John W. VanMatre Ledger


 In the year of 1896,
I John W VanMatre united with the Baptist
church at a place in bollinger Count, Mo
known as Mount Pleasant No. 2 by
experience and Baptism. baptised by Referend
Uriah[sp?] Jamison and by Revrent Wm Baker
then I came to Indiana and that church went
down and in April 1938 I united with the
Baptist church in Cklay County Ind at a plce
called Little Black recieved by Relation
the Minister who was Moderator at the time was
the Reverend W. A. Maalicoat of <the time was> Tirstan Ind [sp]
My Wife Dora Van Matre united with the
same church at the same place in the same
year and was baptised by Thomas Gaither of the
faith and order he being baptised by the same
Reverend Baker.  She spent the rest of her life
with out a church home but departed
this life in the full faith once delivered to
the saints with a glory beam on her face
and her funeral was preached by the same
Reverent Malicoat.

  Writen by J. W. VanMatre at 8oclock PM
April 10, 1938

-- continues in fainter hand --
September 10, 1938
oh Dora dear Dora
My love for thee shall
never never die
but I hope to soon Meet you in
the skies, Your John

J. W. VanMatre

Sad and lonly this Rainy
dark day her alone in My
fondly Broken home think of times
long ago bl--  you was with me
God --- -- Me and help Me
Bear it your John