From Elder Geo. A. Clegg in Eastern States.
Monroe Co. W. Va., Jan. 21, 1906.
Dear Sir : -- As many of your readers are interested in Missionary work and thinking some of them woud be pleased to hear something about the spreading of "glad tidings" in this part of the Lord's Vineyard, therefore I would ask that you publish this letter, if it will not be infringing, too much, upon your time and space.
I left my home March 27th, 1905 for Salt Lake City and after being set apart and commissioned to preach the gospel, started for my field of labor at 7 a. m. on the 29th. We stopped off twenty-six hours at Chicago where I had an opportunity to see some of the many sights of that great city. My next stop was Jersey City. From there I crossed the Hudson river on a ferry-boat to New York where I took the elevated train and went to the president's office. While there I visited many places of interest, among them being Brooklyn bridge, Wall Street, Coney Island, etc. I was assigned to labor in West Virginia and left New York for my field April 5th arriving at Charleston, our headquarters, on the afternoon of the 6th stopping at Washington, D. C. on the way where I had the opportunity of viewing our nation's capitol city and found it to be a very beautiful place. I visited the capitol building and grounds, the White House, Washington monument, the statues of the great generals and many other places of interest. I was given a companion and started out into the country to preach the gospel and have been doing what little I could ever since. There is considerable prejudice here but we are working it off to some extent and have been quite fortunate in securing entertainment.
West Virginia is very mountainous, in fact, there is very little level land but it is one of the richest states of the union in coal and timber. The yield of wheat in some of the counties is as low as seven bushels per acre but the soil produces good crops of corn. For this reason we got more corn bread than wheat bread but I can get along with that part of it very well.
The weather has been very nice this winter. We have had two or three inches of snow several times but it would soon go off again. At present the ground is dry and the people are plowing.
I am enjoying my labors and trying to do all the good I can and hope to be able to stay until I am honorably released. In the mean time I am doing all I can, in my weak way, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the good people of West Virginia for there are many good people here and the work is going on nicely.
Thanking you for the Wave which comes regularly every week, for it is like a letter form home, I remain your humble servant
Elder Geo. A. Clegg
Charleston, W. Virginia Box 174
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Contributed by Carl Clegg. The above letter was printed in the Wasatch Wave. I have a photocopy of the original article but do not have the date of publication. It was probably published in February, 1906. If anyone has the printed date, please email it to me at carl@cclegg and I will post it. George Almon Clegg would have turned 36 earlier in the month this letter was written. He left at home his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Giles Clegg, and several children -- including 3-year-old Almon Giles Clegg, my paternal grandfather, born 28-Jan-1903.
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