T.C. Wells

(Deb) Welcome back to Around Kansas. I’m Deb and this is Frank. And Frank you know watching the news, nothing ever changes. You know, the skirts may go up and down. The hem lines and stuff and people’s…the pants may get baggy or whatever, but people just don’t change. And what people have to deal with never changes. Life never changes. That’s one of the things I’m reminded of in dealing with history, you know pioneer stories. And one of the segments that I wanted to do today was just to remind people when you get discouraged and stuff, people 50 years ago, 150 years ago, 500 years ago, dealing with the same stuff. What have you got to deal with every day Frank? (Frank) Oh boy, you don’t want to know. (Deb) But really, we’ve all got family. We’ve got you know money, you know jobs and moving. All the same things. And that’s exactly what people dealt with. (Frank) The universe revolves. (Deb) It does. (Frank) Revolves, revolves. (Deb) Yes, as the world turns. (Frank) What was is now again. (Deb) Now again. Let’s take a look at how it was. Life is life, no matter where or when you are. Our days are filled with the ordinary challenges of life: money troubles, relationships, relatives, work. It was the same 150 years ago. This is a letter written by Kansas pioneer Thomas C. Wells to his relatives in the East. His letters were collected and published. Though written more than a hundred years ago, there is so much we can all relate to. So much of this young couple’s struggle holds true for folks starting out today: I did not write home last week for I had enough else to occupy my time. The past week has been an eventful one to me; on Thursday evening last Ella and I were married. Everything passed off very pleasantly; all the guests that were invited came, except two, and they were quite unwell; sixteen, besides ourselves and the family in whose house we were married, were present, and that is doing pretty well for Kansas, for you must know that they all had to come from one to five miles over the prairies in the dark and several of them got lost and wandered about for half an hour or more before they could find the house. We would not have hurried matters quite so much had not Theodore been intending to start for home on Tuesday, next, and as he was the only relation that either of us had out here, we wanted him to be present when we were married. My expenses have been much greater than I expected since I have been here this time. I have been obliged to pay a board bill of six dollars a week for myself & Theodore besides one dollar a dozen for washing, and my house has cost me more than I expected etc. etc. and the man who engaged to furnish me with rails disappointed me so that I did not get my field fenced and the stray cattle have harvested considerable of my corn for me which is not very pleasant, but I hope I shall do better another season. I wish that you and father could come and make us a good long visit when we get settled in our new home, it would be so nice; but I would like still better to see you settled near us in a home of your own. Ella sends love. Yours truly from your affc’t son, T. C. Wells.

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