aka - Miss Violet Johnson, Johnson Oak Inn (47 Oak St)
From: Jennifer Mulvey
Subject: [HistoricalCitizens] Elsies's Interest'n News!!!!!
Hopefully this will help all the new (and some of us seasoned)
participants to know all the inside stuff that goes on in first
person on site. Read and enjoy!
Elsie's Interest'n News
Johnson Oak Inn, Oak Street, North Carolina
Since we've had all kinds of new people stop'n by the inn, I'd
thought I write a wee bit to let you in on the go'ns on of this here
town and all it's patrons. Follow along and you'll get the story.
There's been some discussions lately on the alliances of the folks
here. Figure'n my personal tears fall for neither side, I've heard
the lady folk who run this Inn have declared this a neutral zone, but
I've heard whispers for both sides from the various patrons. There's
a big scuttle over a dinner to be held at the Inn in which Southern
men of standing are attending and I've also heard tell a group of
Northern soldiers are headed this way also. Lordy knows a certain
Mrs. Cressman will let anyone in without any contesting.
Let me tell you the tale of the Inn. Miss Violet Johnson & Mrs. Lily
Cressman are sisters. Seems Violet has been running the Johnson Oak
Inn because all the men folk went to fight'n or are six feet under.
Before I arrived in this town I heard Violet got the Inn building
burned down due to wild night and some soldiers. She still claims
another story, but I've seen the glances. Once Lily heard, she packed
everything up from living the snooty high life and came to help.
Hense all the nice stuff here at our temporary Inn encampment. Now be
cautious, cause Lily is a widow and she's looking for a new man, but
he has to be someone of importance, (like have lots of "shiny stuff"
attached to his uniform.)
Oak Street has a Telegraph Office run by a fine gentleman named Mr.
Thomas Alexander and his wife Mrs. Theresa Alexander. They often
frequent the Inn for meals and conversation, as Theresa has become
quite fond of the ladies of the Inn. I've heard tell recently the Mr.
and Mrs. have gone to the next county over to visit the resident
Mrs. Elizabeth Rosbrugh currently stays at the Inn while her husband
is off fighting in the war. She's fine lady and is always willing to
give some advice on the fineries of fashion. She patiently waits to
hear from her beloved, who is in the 2nd Vermont Troop (Union).
The Hensley's are new to the Newpaper'n business and I hear tell they
are release'n their first attempt at it real soon. Figuer'n I don't
read as well as the rest o'em I'll give it a gander, but I seem to
like the pictures best. They're a small family of three, but Lordy
don't you know there's a fourth on the way!
Miss Madeline McAtee and her family have recently landed at Oak
Street. While traveling to her destination, she was blocked by the
war and is now intent on staying as our new School Teacher. Her
mother, Mrs. Teresa McAtee, and siblings (Jacob & "Lottie") were
traveling with her and now put in some help'n hands in the school
house. Speaking of school house Mrs. Diana Fickas is the current
resident of the school house and holds a refinement and finishing
school for the young ladies in the neighboring counties. Them's real
There are many currently residents of the Inn, whom to help lighten
the load, often offer'n to help in the kitchen or set the table. The
count's too big for me to go postulat'n on all of `em.
I've heard that the empty photography studio is being eyed at by a
newcomer. He's due to land in the town shortly and from the talk of
it he brings others with him, I'll have to meet him before I comment
on any good bits of information.
Like I've said, I've heard Gen. Sherman and some of his men are
headed towards the Inn. We had a run in with them before and needless
to say they are welcomed, but a close eye is kept on their behaviors.
They've been know to get a bit out of hand and one certain Irishman
has a tendency to tell tall tales. Their brass and bold attitudes
tend to get the ladies hearts a flutter'n, but they don't fool me
with their big words and sly smiles.
And I'm "Elsie", that all the seem to call me around here. I'm
guess'n it's because I don't rank as important as the rest. I came
from Ireland in all my state. Accord'n to the towns folk I'm
unlearned and second class citizenship, lower than them black folk.
The fine ladies of the Inn have taken me on board and treat me right
well, although I tend to get a scold'n quite often. I find these
American ways to be a wee bit too uptight and my mouth oft speaks
before my heads done think'n. I figure God wouldn' have given me all
this spit and vigor for me not to use it!
All in all this is our town. Should you want to join in on the first
person fun feel free! Remember to address people as Mrs, Miss or Mr.
so and so. We really should be respectful and use proper names. Women
usually wore something on their heads when promenading and if you
don't know an answer to a question about something a spectator asks,
point towards the people listed.
This is all about having fun and always remember, soldiers and the
Irish can never be trusted!
Some of the First Person Names, (which are different from their real
Lana Bailey – Mrs. Lily Cressmen
Becky Thelin – Miss Violet Johnson
Jenn Mulvey – Mrs. Ealasaid "Elsie" Mulvey
Tom & Terri Willson – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Alexander
Jennifer Rosbrugh – Mrs. Elizabeth Rosbrugh
Karen Stanford – Mrs. Paige Patterson
Marisa Maynes – Madeline McAtee
Teresa Maynes – Teresa McAtee