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The speaker is an 84-year-old White woman with a high school education from Kennard, Texas; she was recorded in 1970.



County: Houston
State: TX

Commentary:
Surrounded by the Davy Crockett National Forest, Kennard is 130 miles north of Houston. Settled as a mill town, it saw a steady gain in population until the 1920s, when there was little timber left for the industry to sustain itself. The population of the small town held steady through the 1930s, but declined after World War II. Kennard has just over 300 people today. In this segment the speaker talks about her wedding and her life raising a family in Texas.
FW: You were telling me about your wedding. That might be a good place to begin.

Inf: Well, we married in nineteen and nine, in the year nineteen nine.

Aux Inf: On the fifteenth day of August.

Inf: Yeah. Fifteenth day of August. At the church, as our revival was going on. It was the third Saturday in Aug-, Sunday in August, you know. Nineteen and nine, and uh, we married sitting up in a buggy, for we didn???t have no more transporta-, no other transportations at that time. And eh, our revival was under a brush arbor. Do you remember, sir, things like that?

FW: I???ve seen them, yes.

Inf: And eh, it was a large crowd in the church who came out and witnessed us being married, sitting up in the buggy, but we didn???t get out.

FW: Now, why is that? Why, why didn???t, why weren???t you in the church?

Inf: Uh, we w-, we ran away in those times.

FW: Oh, I see. [Laughter]

Inf: See? We was trying to get away. We wanted to marry. I was, I mean uh, sitting up in a buggy because we didn???t have any more transportation, you see [FW: Uh-huh]. And that was in nineteen and nine.

Aux Inf: On the fifteenth day of August.

Inf: And we have been married up to this date, sixty years, and be sixty-one in August [FW: Mm-hmm]. And we went through two Depressions, raising our family, and we had d-, five children. And, at that time, our, the first World War began in fourt-, nineteen fourteen. Ended in nineteen and eighteen. The next World War, Sec-, World War Two [Traffic in background], began in forty-one. W-, when did it end?

FW: Forty-five.

Inf: Yeah. Yeah. Ni-, forty-five. That???s right. And in those times, we all lived on a farm, see. And we had a hard old go, but we all worked and made our living at home on the farm.



The speaker is an 81-year-old White man with a grade school education from Crockett, Texas; he was recorded in 1970.



County: Houston
State: TX

Commentary:
Located about 120 miles north of Houston, with a current population of about 7,000 residents, Crockett is the county seat of Houston County. The city is named after Davy Crockett, who is thought to have camped under an oak tree near what is now the town???s center on his way to the Alamo. In this segment the speaker talks about the horse-powered cotton gin and its dangers.
Inf: Well, it [FW: Is that what it was?] was a, a-, I don???t know hardly what you call it. It was uh made with a, uh, block-and-tickle [sic] outfit. In other words, this uh, uh post, big post had uh, threads on it [FW: Mm-hmm], cut around that, uh, and then the other thing fit in there that run it up and down. And uh, was run by horsepower. And uh, this uh, one thing, it uh, I remember about. This beam, crossbeam down there, this lever, uh naturally went under this crossbeam [FW: Mm-hmm]. And uh, a lot of times the uh, mule that pulled this thing around and around would get lazy, something or other, and uh, one of the boys or one of the older men or something or other would uh, ride on that thing and keep that mule a-going. And uh, one old fellow that was on there, eh, uh, let his leg slip, got down in there and this other beam come on there, cut that leg [FW: Mm] slam off. And uh, I can always remember of this uh, old one-legged gentleman hopping around there on that uh wooden [FW: Mm] leg that they had uh-, he bought it somewhere. I don???t know where it come from [FW: Mm], but uh, it was uh, quite a curiosity t-, to us younguns to [FW: Mm-hmm] see him walking on that uh, wooden leg.

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