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Clarence Smart Letters

Submitted by Jan J. Barnes
© 2003

Clarence Smart was the son of James Marion Smart and Nina Belcher.  He was born 11 Aug 1890 and died 14 July 1914, hit by a train while working for the L & N RR at Mallory Station close to Franklin, TN.  This collection of letters was given to his sister, Lela Smart Johnson, and following her death given to her son, Guilford Martin Johnson.  Thanks to his children, Larry, Jim, Patsy, and Jerry for allowing us to post this collection.


Fountain Head, Tenn.

Oct. 8, 1909

Mr. Clarence Smart

Dear Brother,
I will try to ans. your letter this morning.  We are all well, hoping you are the same.  I am glad you are having good luck and I hope you will do well but Brother if I were you I would come home.  Mama said tell you when I wrote if you only knew how bad she was hurt because you were gone you surly would come home and you know we won't have a mother always.  I go over there most every week but have not been this week.  Papa was over here this week and said they was all well.  Leo said tell Bubber hello for him and the baby is getting as fat as a pig.  Lizzie came home with me and stayed from Sunday until Wed. and she said she wish Brother would come home that she wanted to see him.  Austin is still at work on the road.  Well I guess I had better close for this time as I am in a hurry.  Write soon and let us hear from you.  from your sister.

Beulah Crafton


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