Big Thicket Legacy
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of North Texas Press
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Few books are able to catch the spirit as well as the sound of a place, especially when that place has as strong an identity and barrel dialect writing. They have also kept honest. They haven't these old settlers said in the way that they said it, so if some of the terms used jangle the sensibilities, remember that they are writ ...
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...southeast Texas they found a forest so thick they could not get through, so they settled on its fringes or went around. It was de scribed as a forest so thick it could not be traveled even by foot. Indians, attracted by abundant game, could penetrate portions of known as the Big Thicket, and, though the origin of the name is ...
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...included but which were nonetheless helpful in giving us a fuller understanding of the area and its people. We are deeply grateful to the following for many pleasant hours and for the information Brett, Annie Moye Hendrix, Ruth Lee Hooks, Peter Mihelich, Jean ...
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...old Brackin place. I was born at Honey Island, October 10, 1874, there, five miles from Saratogie and six miles from Honey Island, notched and fitted and leveled. The floor was three inches thick and hewed out of logs. The kitchen wasn't built on to the rest of the house but was connected by a shed. It was built out of round ...
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Sandy. Came from Mississippi about the time all the rest of them. teen. He very often told me of the journey. He said they bunched had ox wagons, generally two yoke of steers to each wagon, with a cover on it. Some had a little tent packed away in their wagon. would get out and work a while, if they could find something to ...
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...seventy-five miles. Bevilport was on the Neches River, in Jasper vil, established residence in Tyler County up here and ran a water hair, either brindle or yellow, what we call dun, and some of them large, not as large as the collie or the German shepherd, just a medium-sized dog. In the early days, they were trained for most ...
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...fifteen years old, and I've been at it ever since. Most of my work has been right here in the Big Thicket, loggin' for myself, under I guess it's just what you're raised up in, but I like to be in the woods, done a little bit of everything in the woods. I just like it. I miserable in my life. Finally I just got sick, after six or eight ...
Sam Houston Cain
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...the turn of the century it was discontinued and the post office at ville, Texas, where he lived till he died, and where he is buried. Smithfield, Livingston, Moscow, Sumpter, Calita, Piney Point, and Shady Grove. There was several boat landings also on the river, especially at every plantation. Vernon Lee, brother-in-law of Sam ...
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...new and rich and they could grow anything. The dandelion starts just like spinach and cook it the same way. They ate poke salad, hickory nuts, walnuts, pecans, beechnuts, wild grapes, five or six kinds of grapes for jelly, and they made wine out of grapes, some of the most unusual, I guess, are the orchids, more than twenty ...
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...fight during the Civil War, was at the Kaiser Burnout. There was lins, they was brothers; and Uge Cain and old man Jim Williford. man's fight. That's the reason they wouldn't fight; they didn't own nothin'. In my opinion it was the best thing in the world they freed the niggers. If they hadn't, all these sawmills where we made a ...
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In his early days he was paralyzed. He had what we call infantile paralysis, I'm sure, but I don't think they knew what it was then. His father was dead and his mother and two or three of the boys, shallow ponds, and that's where the squirrels stayed. Fount got wagon, and that goat would pull him all over that open pond and ...
A. Randolph Fillingim
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...out, because it was a pain to put that land in cultivation--a little field, with virgin timber on it and no market; we had to cut and hogs. It was so thick and so much big timber on it, it was just and there was four of us boys to do that, clear it and put it in father, Joseph Jones, in the fifties. It was about three miles south ...
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...them, six girls and a boy. My grandfather was the only boy in the family. They said he was spoiled rotten, absolutely rotten-mean as the devil, play tricks on the niggers, whites, everybody. My sippi, bringing his married children and their families with him. I aunts were married there--Jeff Hart's children. But old William ...
The Slavonian Stave Makers
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...and Hungary busted up after World War I. It included Austria and didn't come to America till three or four years after my daddy. He worked for the other fellow about four years and then lit out on his own, and at one time he had just a little short of a hundred on summer with the folks, and come back again. It wasn't very hard ...
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...ters up there started a little too early to suit me and quit a little too late in the spring. I've never regretted leaving up there, but I way. Dollars are a whole lot more powerful than they should be. visited northeast Texas in the early days, and he said, "It is a fair woods once, with fresh claw marks on it. He said, "That's where a ...
Dr. John Richard Bevil
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...lived in Alabama. In crossing it they found a lot of switch cane, which was very good grazing for cattle in the winter, kept them stopped and bought a section of land there. It was bought from a private individual. Gold was used nearly altogether. I remember the time there was very little money in the country, and there was ...
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...goin' and gatherin' 'em, markin' 'em. Then in later years got to havin' cholera, and we'd have to vaccinate' em, which would cost about ten cents a head. But if we had a big mast, we'd make lots twenty-five and they'll make two bunches, and nine times out of ten about half of 'em just leave this whole country, go twenty or ...
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...bayin' a young bear. His wife tried to talk him out of it She said, "That bear will kill you, Warren Brown." He said, "No he won't, kept aimin' that old hoe until he got his aim just right, and he hit they'd come close. They're quick and they can kill a dog with one slap. He said the bear was goin' to crucify his dogs; that's the ...
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...job there, and they'd just laugh at me. One old boy said, "I know where you can get a job, but you can't stay there." I said, "Why?" He says, "You'll find out." So it was down on a old floating barge, it the Blue Goose. It was down on the other side of Port Arthur. gians; every kind of nationality on earth would be there. They'd ...
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...of [cottonseed] cake, and we done fairly well with them the first I didn't think much of that country. It was completely different from the country I'd been raised in. It was boggy and I didn't like it at all. I lost about half my cattle, just about half of 'em. They bunches of' em. It was pretty bad, and I just couldn't help it I got ...
James Addison Moye
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...sometimes the sun was up when they quit dancin' and playin' the throw it in a barrel. After a while it ferments, and you can draw it water. And it will kick you down; I can witness that Best beer you There was eight of us boys and five girls in papa's family, and it was sort of like a fella I stayed all night with way up the country ...
Bill Willie Gilder
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...twenty-five children. I got to the seventh grade; that's all we had. country. The first one was a man, J. N. Perkins, and the next one was a woman, Miss Foley, and they was strict! I'd study my lesson told me if I'd sleep with my books under my head at night, that'd make you learn your lesson. I'd study my lesson real hard before ...
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...circling and picking his trail up. And the cat will jump over to other trees and come down. He's more like a coon than a fox, but ground before he'll tree. Nine out of ten times a cat will just run it through a bunch of hogs and get the hogs to rallying, and they'd Now they'll hunt up deer; they'll go through deer to try to switch ...
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...from the steam mill just under this hill. Grandfather had slaves lots of him. He treated them well and had nice little houses for fit tightly, and the servants' quarters were under the same roof but separated from the main house, and that part was one story. Up the river he had a ferry. The river wasn't like it is now. That ...
P. O. Eason
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...up and scratch within fifty yards of my camp. They've been close enough at night that I'd hear them snap and snarl at one another. I never had any fear of anything like that I never even thought night, but they go wild just before daybreak, and I've heard wild I've heard all my life that a panther screams like a woman, but ...
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The stories in this book are complete in themselves, but each one describes life in the Thicket from a different point of view. Together they present a segment of history by the people who made it....
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 42 b&w illus. 1 map.
Publication Year: 2002
Series Title: Temple Big Thicket Series