Florence Minch Stauffacher Africa Diaries - Index
The treehouse at Rumuruti - "18 ft from the ground, White spot on
the veranda is J. holding baby Raymond. Kanunga and Thoebe on
Oct. 19, 1908
||Informal list of words & abbreviations with
||Jan. 1, en route to Kenya. Left USA Nov. 1 '05. 4 weeks
in London with diphtheria. Jan. 9, landed at Mombasa. Jan.
11, arr. Kijabe. Feb. 5-Mar. 19, John & Ridler gone to
Laikipia. Apr. 11, first mention of Mulungit. May 8,
married to John. June 7, leave Kijabe for Laikipia
(Rumuruti). June 14, arr. Rumuruti. June 28, plans for
house & tree house. Aug. 15 Hurlburts visit. Aug. 27,
Mulungit's cultural conflict. Sept. 17, Mulungit's mother
waiting for him to die. Oct. 15, leave for Conference at
Kijabe. Oct. 25 arr. Kijabe. Nov. 6-14 return to Rumuruti.
Dec. 22, elephants in the garden.
||Feb 7, Rumuruti, move into new house. March 9, Masai man
wants to buy Miss N. March 22, Miss Nischer & Mr.
Barnett discuss engagement. Apr. 13, horrid hyenas
fighting at night. Apr. 20, turns 27. Apr. 21, 1 yr. since
John & C.E. Hurlburt returned from Samburu. May 8, 2nd
wedding anniversary. May 14-29, John leaves for Kijabe to
see Hurlburt. May 29-July 21 Mrs. Hurlburt & children
visit. July 18, Raymond born, visit from leopard. Sept.
1-14, en route for Conference at Kijabe. Sept. 22-27,
return to Rumuruti. Oct. 5, John pulls part of his tooth.
Oct. 25, Bustard "turkey". Nov. 19, Barnetts visit. Dec.
2-19, John leaves for Kijabe to see Hurlburt. Dec. 13,
First mention of Tagi. Dec. 24, leave for Kijabe, possibly
||Oct. 4 '09, in Illinois, with Mulungit. Nov. 1, John
& Mulungit traveling. Feb. 1 '10, John back. Feb.
8-10, John traveling. March 1, leave for Kenya. Apr. 12,
arr. Mombasa. Apr. 15 arr. Kijabe. May 4, preparations for
John & Gribble trip to Niam Niam (Azande tribe,
Belgian Congo). May 19-Aug. 20, John leaves for trip,
Florence at Kijabe. Sept. 15, leaves Kijabe for Rumuruti.
Dec. 3, Barnett twins born. Dec. 14, Raymond goes astray.
Dec. 16, Claudon born. Dec. 31, at Rumuruti waiting for
next assignment. Hurlburt not pleased with Niam Niam trip.
||Jan. 13, at Rumuruti waiting for CEH decision. John
leaves for Nairobi. Feb. 17, Conference at Kijabe. Mar. 20
& 23, deaths of Karl Barnett & Mr. Wall. Apr. 10,
John building a road at Kijabe. June 27, assigned to
Matara to await CEH arrival. Aug. 10, waiting for Hurlburt
& considering leaving the A.I.M. John building road
from Matara to Kijabe. Sept. 24, left Matara on camping
trip to Nairobi. Oct 8, at Kijabe. Feb. 9, 1912, Hurlburt
arrived, cleared up misunderstanding, approved Congo trip.
Apr. 4 between Kampala & Hoima on way to Congo.
(C.E.H. & Mr. Patten-C.E.H.'s secretary, Mr. & Mrs
Haas & baby, Miss Harland, Dr. (Miss) Newberry, John
& Florence with Raymond & Claudon.) Apr. 21,
Mahagi, Belgian Congo. Apr. 23, Claudon takes first steps
walking from John to Mr. Hurlburt. May 15, Hurlburt leaves
the group. May 25, May 22, Miss Harland sick. Storm blows
down house. May 30, still at Mahagi. Storms, relentless
thieves, Raymond sick. June 12, Mahagi, Mr. Haas sick.
June 30, at Api Hill, starting to build.
||July 1 '12, starting work at Api Hill, boils. July 9,
earthquake. July 18, building a road. Aug. 13, spotted
hyena stealing chickens. Sept. 10, heavy thievery.
Debating how to respond. Sept. 17, single ladies move into
their house. Oct. 7, Mr. Gribble joins group. Oct. 28,
John & Gribble look for new mission site with fewer
mosquitos & more congenial natives. Nov. 11, at
Gasengo Hill (Kasengu). Jan. 13, 1913, letter from
Hurlburt instructing John to find a way to Faradje. March
21, move into new (unfinished) house at Kasengu. May 3-19,
Mr. Studd & Mr. Buxton at Kasengu. June 25, Mr. Haas
left for Kilo & Arebi. Aug. 12, Mr. Gribble & Dr.
Newberry married. Aug. 16 Florence leaves with party for
Faradje. Aug. 25, en route, relentless problems with
porters. Sept. 5, arr. at Aru. Sept. 17, at Faradje.
||Oct. 27, back home at Kasengu after long difficult
safari. Dec. 18, Dr. (Newberry) Gribble's medical
emergency. Jan. 1, 1914 more on Gribble's medical
||Apr. 14, Hurlburt & party arrive at Kasengu. Apr. 27
Hurlburt party leaves for Aru. June 20, Mulungit arrives
at Kasengu. July 2, talk of War. Aug. 3, letter from
Dungu-Hurlburt unwell. Aug. 3, intruder. Oct 1, War
becoming more & more of an issue. Oct. 9, Hurlburt
arr. Kasegu. Oct. 22, Hurlburt & John decide John
& Florence should leave for Kijabe & if possible
U.S.A. Oct. 25, camped at Butiaba, Uganda. Oct. 31, on
board "S.S. Sanley". Nov. 5, at Jinja. Nov. 12, on board
"Nyanza" bound for Kisumu, 200 donkeys on board, looking
out for German gunboats. Nov. 20, back at Kijabe. Dec. 31
camped a Kapiti Plains en route to Mombasa.
||Jan. 8, left Mombasa on "Llandovery Castle". Jan. 20, at
East London, South Africa. Jan. 23, Capetown. Feb. 14,
Plymouth, England. Mar. 7, New York. Mar. 22, Chicago.
Apr. 2, Hooppole Ill. John still in NY seeing a naprapath.
Mar. 27 John rejoins Florence in Ill. Living with family.
Aug. 15, mention of ear trouble. Sept. 13 Raymond &
Claudon start school. Oct. 26, building a house for
||Jan. 7 teaching school in Illinois. Jan. 12 & 15,
death of infant Byron Brunemeier. Mar. 4, waiting for
letters from John. Mar. 18, with John in Chicago. Mar. 20
saw Dr. about hearing loss. Mar. 22, in new house. Mar.
31-Sept. 18, Cora joins John & Florence. Apr. 20,
turns 35. Apr. 28, Emil gets manured. June 2, school
year ends. June 6, leaves to be with Alice. June 9, Darwin
Minch Stockwell born. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, in Chicago to see
Hurlburt. Nov. 3, hoping to go back to Africa Dec. 15 but
no money. Dec. 1, letter from Hurlburt. "Plan for March
instead of December." John to work among Masai &
Florence to teach. Speaking at area churches.
||Feb. 25, decide to try to catch the Mar. 10 boat for
Africa. Mar. 6, in New York. Mar. 7, British Embassy
denies permission to enter Kenya because of German
ancestry. Mar. 12, in Philadelphia awaiting clearance to
go. June 4, at Hatboro PA. June 9, visit from Hurlburt.
Oct. 4, still "under inquiry" by British Embassy. Oct. 16,
permission granted to enter British East Africa. To sail
on Dec. boat. Dec. 11, rec. word boat leaves Dec. 18 from
New Orleans. Dec. 20, John having passport trouble. Dec.
30, in New Orleans. Pipes freezing.
|| Jan. 8, sail for Africa from New Orleans. Jan. 16, St.
Lucia. Feb. 6, Capetown. Feb. 10, Durban, South Africa.
Raymond diagnosed with diphtheria. Mar. 14, sail from
Durban. Mar. 22, Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika Territory. Mar.
27, Zanzibar. Mar. 29, arr. Mombasa. Apr. 3, Kijabe. June
5, first time leading a meeting at Kijabe. June 15, leaves
for Masai country. June 18, arr. at Siyabei. July 3, in
unfinished house. July 24, leave Siyabei for Kijabe for
school. Aug. 6-9, back to Siyabei. Oct., controversy
recruiting Masai soldiers. Nov. 12, end of war. Nov. 13,
Spanish influenza breaks out. Nov. 23, RVA closed, "come
get children". Nov. 27 arr. Kijabe, snafu connecting with
Claudon & Raymond. Nov. 30 back at Siyabei.
||Jan. 17-20, leave Siyabei for Kijabe. Jan. 29-Feb. 1
head back to Siyabei. Feb. 25, Mulungit & Tagi doing
translation work. Mar. 1, Gov't wants Masai wariors to
disarm. John & Florence ordered to leave Siyabei
station. Mar. 6-9 leave Siyabei for Kijabe. May 9,
disharmony & bitter feelings. June 2, RVA opens. June
23-25, return to Siyabei. June 30, started school at
Siyabei.July 3, prayed first time in Masai in public. July
11, Tagi translating Romans. July 18, roof on house;
leopard escapes gun trap. Aug. 4 Mulungit's infant
daughter dies. Aug. 20-23 leave for Kijabe to pick up
Raymond & Claudon. Aug. 28-31, back to Siyabei. Oct.
4, lion kills cow, Mulungit drives it away. Oct. 9,
burning dead hyenas. Nov. 4, strong storm. Nov. 25-Dec. 6,
John leaves for Conference Committee at Kijabe. Dec. 11,
Tagi translating & John copying Revelations. Dec. 17,
leave on safari to Hot Springs. Dec. 25, Christmas at
Endaotua. Dec. 31, in camp at Nyiro, almost home from 2
||Jan. 1, back at Siyabei from two week safari to Hot
Springs. Jan. 6, two lions one hyena & dog in gun
trap. Jan. 24-26, en route to Kijabe for Conference. Feb.
20-22 back to Siyabei. Feb. 29 work started on stone house
at Siyabei. John digging water ditch. Mar. 16-26, John
gone to Kijabe. 7 ft. 7 in. leopard in gun trap. May 3-5,
headed for Kijabe, Field Council meeting. May 11-13 back
to Siyabei. June 17-Aug. 1, on safari to Eldama Ravine,
etc. Aug. 22, Lady McMillan visits. Aug. 29, worried about
hearing loss. Sept. 25-28, to Kijabe for Conference &
school. Oct. 26-28, headed back to Siyabei, Raymond &
Claudon at RVA. Nov. 8 John appointed Deputy General
Director. Nov. 14, hyena eats tent strap. Nov. 19, move
into new (unfinished) stone house at Siyabei. Nov. 24-26
en route to Kijabe. Kicked by mule. Dec. 31, at Kijabe.
||Jan. 1, At Kijabe; meetings, conference & get
Claudon & Raymond. Feb. 24, Claudon & Raymond
leave for school at Kijabe. Mar. 9, building new school.
Mar. 23, Sydney Gabbott's death. May 7, cut hand. May 21,
leaves for Kijabe conference. May 30, leave Kijabe for
Siyabei. June 17, on camping trip. June 28, Raymond,
Claudon & Linnel Davis leave for R.V.A. Aug. 12, leave
on camping trip; rode in Ford. Aug. 19, praying for a
Ford. Sept. 16, John has tapeworm. Sept. 26 leave for
Kijabe; measles at R.V.A. Oct. 3-5, back to Siyabei. Oct.
30, Raymond baptized. Dec. 19-27, Mara River camping trip.
Dec. 31, "Little of the real has been recorded after all."
Concerns over serious hearing loss.
||Jan. 2, Herdman takes Raymond & Claudon to R.V.A.
Jan. 21, at Kijabe for Conference. Controversy over church
unity arises. Feb. 4, back at Siyabei. Feb. 14, Lord &
Lady Stanley camping. Mar. 6, school opens in new
building. Mar. 8, John called to Kijabe over general
strike. Mar. 18, missing John. Apr. 25, John taking
chloroform as worm remedy. May 4, John taking oil of male
fern. May 24, at Kijabe. May 29, Siyabei. June 5, Lime
Spring safari. July 17, John takes big dose of turpentine.
Aug. 1, Barnetts visit. Aug. 18, Kijabe for Conference.
"Alliance" controversy. Sept. 13, Gabbotts visit. No John.
Oct. 4, leopard in & out of gun trap. Oct. 11, Mines
safari. Nov. 2, McKenrick & John disagree. Dec. 7,
leave for Kijabe- Masai trouble. Dec. 26-Jan. 1'23, trip
around Lake Naivasha.
||Jan. 1, at Kijabe for Conference. Jan. 24, at Siyabei.
Feb. 17 John replaced by McKenrick as Deputy Director.
Mar. 5, big dose of turpentine for tapeworm. Mar. 13,
explanation for replacing John. Apr. 18, Claudon &
Raymond home from Kijabe. May 9-15, at Quarantine en route
to Kijabe. May 30, back at Siyabei. June 19, turpentine
worked. July 28, death of Tagi. Sept. 1 children (&
Propsts) home from school. Sept. 7, Shaffers arrive. Sept.
19, digging up black mamba eggs. Sep. 27-Oct. 2, at Ngong
en route to Kijabe. Oct. 4, Siyabei. All Kikuyu must clear
out. Oct. 31, planning for furlo. Dec. 20, Raymond &
Claudon home from R.V.A. Dec. 27-Jan. 4, '24, family
camping trip to Mara River.
||Jan. 1-4, returning from Mara camping trip. Jan. 21,
leave for Kijabe Conference. Jan. 31 Conference closes. Dr
advises take furlo soon. Feb. 1 John books passage for May
10. Feb. 2, first trip home from Kijabe to Siyabei in big,
quick, safe, comfy car. Apr. 15, leave Syabei. Apr. 17,
Kijabe. Apr. 26, Nairobi. Apr. 28, Moshi. Apr. 29,
Mashame. May 3, Moshi. May 7, Mombasa. May 10, sail from
Mombasa. May 20, Port Said. May 26, Genoa. May 27, Milan.
May 31, Zermatt. June 3, Lucerne. June 8, Cologne. June
11, London. Saw Mr. Hurlburt. June 18-24, on board
"Majestic" for New York. June 28, New Concord. July 2,
Hooppole, Il., mother passed away. John traveling. Getting
medical treatments. Sept. 18, Cedar Rapids. Nov. 28, John
leaves for Chicago.
|FMS Diary 1925
||Jan. 1, Florence at family home, Hooppole Illinois; John
in Chicago. Jan. 21, with John in Chicago house-hunting.
Mar. 1, John wants to go to California. Mar. 25, John
leaves for California. June 16, F. M. Brunemeier born.
July 27, Last night in the old home. Florence joining John
in California. Aug. 5, arr. San Bernardino. Aug. 25 sister
Cora & family sail for China. Visit C.E.H. who is
facing challenges. Aug. 28, piano arrives. Oct. 31, John
turned down by Am. Sunday School Union. Looking for work.
Nov. 24 Barnetts arr. in California. Dec. 31, elected
Sunday School Superintendent- hoping for excuse to resign.
||Jan. 1, in California. Depressed. Moonlighting by
knitting socks. Jan. 26, at Garden Grove helping Hurlburts
care for Beka. Mar. 16, bad news from Siyabei. Apr. 16,
leaves Hurlburts. Moves back to San Bernardino. May 13,
visiting at San Rafael. July 10, Claudon shaves. July 28,
"bot a car". Aug. 11, moves to San Rafael-shared house
w/Browns-no money. Sept. 10, Albert (bro.-in-law) dies.
Oct. 21, Siyabei station closed. Dec. 17, at San
Bernardino; trying to make decisions.
||Jan. 1, heading back to San Rafael from San Bernardino.
Feb. 20 heard Fritz Kreisler in San Francisco. Mar. 15,
Mrs. Westervelt suggests keeping Claudon &
Raymond. Apr. 14, left for Yosemite. May 22, goes on
a fruit fast. May 30, Coras back from China.June 5,
preparing to return to Africa. June 10, left San Rafael.
June 18, saw Hurlburts at Garden Grove. June 25, at Grand
Canyon. July 22, arr. Sulphur Springs, Ark. to deliver
Claudon & Raymond to Westervelt Family & John E.
Brown College. Aug. 22 at Joplin, MO; goodbye to Claudon
& Raymond. Traveling with Barnetts. Sept. 13, at
A.I.M. home in Brooklyn N.Y. C.E.H. organizing a new
mission. Sept. 22, sailed from N.Y. on SS "American
Farmer". Oct. 2, London. Nov. 3, Mombasa. Nov. 5, Kijabe.
Nov. 9, Siyabei. Dec. 26, lump on left breast.
||Jan. 1, at Siyabei. Jan. 15, General Conference at
Kijabe. Feb. 2, back at Siyabei. Feb. 24, death of Helen
Shaffer. May 10, Morris boys visit. June 18, horrific
birth. June 30, Ngiro River camp. July 14-Aug. 8, John
gone. Sept. 30, lonely without John. (climbing
Kilimanjaro?) Nov. 28 calves eat Masai Testament, etc.
Dec. 3, outschool effort rebuffed.
||Jan. 1, at Siyabei. Inauspicious start to new year.
Tensions within the church. Jan. 19-28, Gen. Conference at
Kijabe. Mar. 15, Shaffers leave on furlo. Apr. 27, elders
"This mission has done nothing". Aug. 21-Sept. 25,
Kilimanjaro trip. Pages lost. Sept. 27-Dec. 31, back at
||Jan. 1, at Siyabei. Tensions continuing
within church. Jan. 5, Hulda Stumpf murdered at Kijabe.
Jan. 15, leave for Kijabe. Jan. 31, back at Siyabei. Feb.
8, Masai elders announce female circumcision policy. June
30, "A more trying & disappointing half year
we never lived thro." Sept. 1, 5 girls circumcised at
Siyabei. Sept. 6-15, trip with Guildings to Mara &
Lemek. Sept. 26, at Kijabe. Oct. 3, with Barnetts at
Eldama Ravine. Nov. 7, back at Siyabei. Dec. 2,
acquittal at Stumpf trial. Dec. 28-31, at Kijabe-John
||Jan. 1-26, at Kijabe - General Conference. Jan. 27, at
Siyabei, with Shaffers. Apr. - more controversy with
Masai. May 8, 25th anniversary celebration. June 20-rest
of year, locusts. July 6, Edwards visit proposal. Aug. 18,
bought a Ford. John learning to drive. Aug. 19-Sept. 6,
visit to Rumuruti & Mt. Kenya trip. Sept. 7, back at
Siyabei. Sept. 24-27, Narosero trip. Oct. 6, Edwards
arrives. Dec. 31, at Siyabei.
||Jan. 1, at Siyabei. Edwards leaves. Jan. 23-Feb. 2,
Genl. Conference at Kijabi. June 14, John finishes Masai
vocabulary. June 17, leave for Kijabe. July 2, at Siyabei.
Also Mr. Scudder, awaiting his fiancee. July 9, John
begins at Masai-English vocabulary. July 28, Raymond
interested in Miss Sloop. Aug. 16, more about female
circumcision. Sept. 7, Mr. Hoyt shoots lion. Sept. 15-Oct.
7, visiting other missions. Oct. 8, Shaffers gone with
hydraulic ram. Oct. 25, Andersens visit. Mr. Andersen ill.
Nov. 18, at Nairobi & Kijabe. Nov. 22, at Siyabei.
Nov. 24 thinking of returning to USA.
||Jan. 1, at Siyabei. Jan. 25, at Kijabe. Jan. 31, at
Siyabei - John working on water supply, elders oppose it.
Banks dysfunctional. June 7, at Kijabe. June 9-Aug. 18, at
Lasit. Moshi, Himo, Loitokitok getting dental work done,
visiting Shaffers, D.C. Whitehouse having shauris,
exploring Kilimanjaro. Aug. 24 back at Siyabei, via Simba,
Mboni, Kangundo, Nairobi & Kijabe. Dec. 13-18, at
Kijabe & Nairobi to meet son Claudon arriving from
U.S.A. Dec. 19-31 at Siyabei planning to accompany Claudon
|Yrs. 1934-1959 being transcribed.
||Jan. 1, at Bafuka, northern Congo. (Among the Azande
tribe, or "Niam Niam".) Jan. 3, at Oicha. Jan. 7, at
Rwenzori, running guest house. Jan. 23, school opens at
Rethy. Feb. 14, at Oicha. Feb. 19, at Rwenzori. June 29,
[at Oicha] broke arm. July 9, at Biasiko. July 16 back at
Oicha. Aug. 5 back at Rwenzori. Aug. 20, Claudon shoots 3
buffalo. Oct. 22, at Oicha. Oct. 24 back at Rwenzori. Nov.
11, thinking about Heaven. Nov. 24, at Oicha, bad back.
Dec. 3, back at Rwenzori. Dec. 23 family together at
Rwenzori for Christmas. Dec. 28, John's records &
||Jan. 7, left Rwenzori for Oicha. Jan. 10, with family at
Rethy for Conference. Jan. 11 stung by bees. Jan. 19, at
Oicha. Jan. 20 at Rwenzori. Feb. 18 Jorgensens' visit.
Mar. 5, at Oicha with dysentery etc. Apr. 4, Dr. says
"never be left alone again". Apr. 15, end of school term
at Rethy. Apr. 26, Oicha, Lou Trakis visit & Bill
Howard buffalo hunt/narrow escape. May 21, start of school
term at Rethy. May 26, Dick has measles. June 22, at
Rwenzori. June 24, back at Oicha homeschooling Faith &
Dick. Sept. 23, at Rethy, start of school term. Oct. 2,
back to Oicha, homeschooling Faith & Dick. Dec. 29, at
||Jan. 1, camping by Semliki river & Rwenzori. Jan. 5,
Rethy. Start of school term. Jan. 21, at Aungba. Jan. 23,
at Adi. Jan. 25, at Blukwa. Jan. 26, at Oicha. Jan. 31,
Swiss woman attends church in khaki slacks! Mar. 23,
Claudon finishing construction of Oicha church. Apr. 8, at
Rwenzori. Apr. 12, at Katwa. Apr. 13, at Oicha. Apr. 16,
at Rwenzori. June 10 Claudon & family move to
Rwenzori. June 19 Billy & Faith run away from boarding
school. June 23, Claudon working at turbine at Rwenzori.
July 1, at Nyankunde. July 4, [niece] Beth arrives at
Irumu. July 5, at Bogoro. July 6, back at Rwenzori. Aug.
4-11, at Rethy, end of school term. Aug. 11 at Oicha. Aug.
12 at Rwenzori. Oct. 22 Raymond almost killed by paint
fumes at Rethy. Dec. 31, with family, (except John &
Betty) after camping trip at Rwenzori.
||Jan. 1, at Rwenzori with family gathering. Jan. 13, at
Rethy. Jan. 25, end of Conference, beginning of school
term. Back at Rwenzori. Apr. 16, electric lights come on
at Rwenzori, sort of. July 27, death of Jane Buyse. Aug.
16, end of school term at Rethy. Sep. 5, campout at Pa
Dad's hut. Sep. 21, school term begins at Rethy. Dec. 14,
end of school term. Kids home for vacation. Family united
for Christmas. Dec. 31, debating about going on camping
trip to Bogoro plains (Kapuru).
||Jan. 2, Stayed at Rwenzori. Didn't go on Bogoro plains
camping trip (Kapuru, Jan. 2-7). Jan. 12, Dick slides down
precipice. Jan. 17 Rethy school opens. Feb. 18, finished
(crocheted) table cloth. Mar. 8, new metal roof on house.
Apr. 27, Claudons leave for Mombasa & trip through
Europe to USA. May 16 leaves for Rethy. June 30, at
mid-term-picnic, Rethy. July 20-23, at Kacengu. Fell out
of car. Aug. 8 graduation exercises at Rethy. Aug. 10 at
Nyankunde en route USA. Aug. 12 flies from Leopoldville.
Aug. 13 flies from Lisbon to New York. Aug. 15 at 253
Henry St., Brooklyn N.Y. Aug. 17, at Sloops. Aug. 24, at
Columbia, SC. Aug. 28 at Media, Minneola FL. Sept. 15-29
road trip with sister Cora & Edward to Placentia,
California. Oct. 18-22 at Mt. View Hospital. Dec. 31, with
Cora & Edward.