Female speaker, date of birth unknown, third-generation Texas German Date/Place of Interview: late 1960s, Central Texas. Interviewer: Glenn G. Gilbert
|Yes, and you said that your grandfather broke his knee.
No, they shot him in his knee.
Yes, the knee was shot up. They didn't think that he would survive.
So he didn't break it when he fell from the horse?
No, no, they shot him in his leg, in the knee, and then they shot him, and he fell, and his horse fell on him.
Was his horse dead?
Yes, his horse was dead. And he couldn't get out from under the horse. And then afterward, when they found him, then they brought him home. And my uncle, my father's brother, had the rifle that killed the Indian. And every time they killed an Indian, they would carve a mark in the rifle, they put a "V" in the stock.
Uh-huh, and how many Indians ... how many "V"s were there ...?
I don't know how many were carved in there, but he [my grandfather] only killed one.
Male speaker interviewed by Glenn G. Gilbert, late 1960s, South-Central Texas
|And are there also blacks around here?
Oh yes.Can they speak German or Bohemian [Czech]?
Yes, there are some who know German and some who also know Bohemian.German and Bohemian?
Uh-huh.Are there also Mexicans here?
Oh yes, a large number of Mexicans are moving in to the whole valley. Many farmers move away and retire, and their places get sold, the land gets sold, to city people, and then the houses sit empty, and then Mexicans move in.Oh, they're renters.
Uh-huh. They move into the house and work somewhere else.