Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Love Letter for Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, another Ima Hogg mystery in an undated (1905?) letter to her, addressed to “Sweetheart”:

         It was not just the muchness of your note but the wasness of it that brought that inexplicable joy to my heart. Most heartily do I agree with you, sweetheart, that Fate could not be so unkind as to keep long separated two such loving and trusting hearts. Were I to think that for a moment that we were not to be one forever, that moment would I cease to be. But think not on thoughts so unpleasant for it is by thinking right that you get right. So get right on thought and it will be as you think it. I think only that I love  you, and that you are mine and that no power on earth can separate us, and none can. I love you by day. I love you by night. No winter chill our love can blight. For the moment, dear, I go away--but I leave my love with you to stay. So with love, love, love, and kisses too, I leave the moment my love with you.
         Your Sweetheart.
When I first started to you, I am sure, my love, this note was blue.
Here’s a last kiss and another still.
Here’s one for Jack and one for Jill.
Of course they are all meant for you.
Jack and Jill I thought would do.
That I might give your kisses the rue
Ere I left--don’t you mind.
But if my dear you are really mad
I’ll take them back to make you glad
So there! and there!! and there!!!
The cheeks, the mouth, the hair.
So now I’m off but not to stay.
I’ll soon be back, so dear be gay.
[4 words are crossed out and unreadable] Sweetheart

Will we ever know who “Sweetheart” was?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Summer 1918 Travels, continued

[The little notebook goes on. Here is the second page, which rather like page one. Here she evidently made some purchases, and she kept careful records.] 
[Page 2]

Clock 13.00   B. 4.00
Beds 20.00   Poudre 2.34
[Now, on to New York and New Jersey and more addresses.]

Benj. H. Lindes [?], Lake George, NY.
R. D. 2

Nichols & Stone Co. (chairs paid)
82 Logan Mass.
Brooklyn Chair Co.
425-433 W. 28th St. N, J.

Mrs Spooner  Glenn Falls, N, J,
Chas. Sherman  145 Bay St.
Wm. Turner   Bay St.
Mrs. Hubbell 45 1/2 Park St.

[The next three pages consist of IH’s notes from a lecture.]
[Page 3]Oct. 19  Deal

[The October 19 date is a puzzle, as is the location of the lecture.]
 Reconstructing Am. Bus.

Ante bellum      25 billion per mun.[?]
Nor. orders [?]  46 billion

18,000,000 people changed occupations.
What gov. action would business like?
. . .
Industrial Councils in Eng,
. . . .


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Back to Ima's 1918 Notebook

       At in the summer of 1918, Ima Hogg was full of plans as she set off with friends on a vacation in New York and New England. She began jotting things in a  little steno notebook. Here is the first page:


[She seems to have been happily scouting for antiques that summer. These names and addresses are probably dealers.]

Mrs. E. La Ferriere
         146 N. Main
         Mechanicsville, N.Y.
   oxen wagon double chairs

[Had Ima heard that these were available? Was she planning to buy some?]

Springfield Economy Rug Co.         
     17 Taylor St. Springfield        
(Thomas Mailiff)

Alice Brown - Shelburne Falls Mass.
Pecan hearts .85 Butternuts 1.00

[Here she made note of candy she bought!]

Mark L. Miner Greenfield
Mrs. Louise Phelps Greenfield

[So far, so good. She was now in Massachusetts.]

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ima’s War Diary: A Good Read

“Ima Hogg in Europe, 1914: A Texan Experiences the Beginning of the Great War,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, CXIX, No. 3 (January 2016).


Friday, December 18, 2015

James Stephen Hogg Goes Deer Hunting

It’s deer hunting season now, or soon to be,  in some Texas counties. This news item has no identification and no date: Someone (perhaps Ima?) clipped it from a newspaper in the 1890s.

Here is a readable version:        

         An immigrant from another good old East Texas county--Cherokee--is Miss Viola Dickinson of 232 Emerson. She tells us about a historic big game hunt of the gay nineties in that county, which was Jim Hogg’s native heath.
         During his administration as governor, Hogg went back there for a deer hunt with his boyhood friend, Judge E.C. Dickinson of Rusk, the county seat. Two other lawyers of that town joined in the hunt: District Judge James I. Perkins and County Judge James P. Gibson.
         They hunted on horses provided by Judge Dickinson, the host. As the governor was a very fat man, a heavy bay horse--also named Jim--was chosen for him. Jim’s cruising gait was a jogging trot, and the uncomfortable bobbing of the gigantic, jovial Jim Hogg in the saddle amused his companions.
         At the southeastern county border the party sighted a deer. Judge Dickinson got a shot at the buck and brought him down. The hunters dismounted and were admiring the game and congratulating the lucky deerslayer when seemingly from nowhere there materialized a game warden        
         He informed the legal lights that they had violated the game law, as they were across the line in Angelina County where the hunting season was not yet open.
         The game warden felt that he had achieved a distinction in arresting and hailing into justice court the great governor of Texas and three court judges. Steep fines were imposed and paid. the guests of the occasion had the deer skin treated and presented to Judge Dickinson as a rug for the floor of his office.

Happy Holidays!

Look for more Ima posts in 2016.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ima Hogg: The Books!

Good Christmas gift! Ima Audiobook! Or in paperback. 


All available on

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ima's Mysterious Illness

         A telegram to Will Hogg on July 11 about his sister’s condition led Will to consult physicians in New York in July and August, and talk of a “rest cure.” 
         At first, Ima evidently resisted this suggestion. Is this when she crossed out the pages in her notebook? Something was happening, but the notebook offers no clues.

         Finally she yielded to advice from her brother and the medical experts in New York, and agreed to seek help.

         From October 1 to December 4, 1918, Ima Hogg was “resting” at an upscale sanitarium in Kerhonkson, New York.

        On October 31 her brother Mike, still soldiering in France, sent her a telegram at her Houston address on Rossmoyne Street, reassuring her that he was “WELL AND HAPPY.”

        Mike did not know his sister was far from being well. He did not know that she was ill and in a sanitarium. 
       After a stay at her brother Will’s Park Avenue apartment, Ima came home to Houston on Christmas Eve. 
       She was home, but she was not happy.