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The speaker is a 66-year-old White woman with a college education from Fort Worth, Texas; she was recorded in 1969.



County: Tarrant
State: TX

Commentary:
With a present-day population of more than 700,000, Fort Worth was a north central Texas frontier town in the 1870s, growing quickly in anticipation of the railroad being completed from Eagle Ford, just 26 miles away. When the building of the railway stalled, the town???s population declined just as quickly as it had grown. The citizens of Fort Worth worked together to get the tracks laid, and by 1876 the first train came to town, bringing with it the expected settlers, industry, and commerce. In this segment the speaker talks about her family???s history in Texas during the mid- to late 1800s and references the railroad???s completion.
Inf: My grandfather, Captain _____, came in Fort, came to Fort Worth in the early fifties. He had f-, been on the way to California to find gold. On the way, one time they had to stop at some Indians. And after a m-meal with the Indians, before they parted the next morning, they saw the bones of what were really the man???s best friend, some dog bones.

They went on to, uh, California, but they were not successful, so he came back to Fort Worth and opened a law office. This was brand-new territory, and people here were interested in the United States and in Texas. The main thing was to get the railroad to Fort Worth, and they had to work together to do that.

Not long ago in t-, uh, an attic, I found some old letters. One of these letters was written by my father when he was in the law school at the University of Texas. This was in 1896. I was interested in the prices of the food. And here was one thing that brought it to my mind, especially. The breakfast was from 7:30 to 8:30 and consequently, he didn???t go to breakfast very much. But in the evening for supper, he would have bread for two cents, eggs for five cents, and steak for five cents, and coffee for three cents. That was his usual meal. Today at the University of Texas, it???s very different.


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