The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 114
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114 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
edict Knott taught the school at the "Forks". He was a "Tartar"
among the boys. I donot remember to have ever seen him whip a
girl, but he feasted on the boys. He was succeded in the School by
a Mr Samuels, a much milder man, but pedagogics in those days
were practiced from a different standpoint than prevails in the
more modern schools. Dogmatic authority, and Apple tree coercion
were the methods employed to develope the juvenile intellect and a
comparison of that system, with the methods and discipline in vogue
at the present day, with the fact in view, that children have been
the same in all ages, is calculated to increase our respect for the
primitive plan. I had to walk 3 miles to this school. I say walk,
though I generally trotted or galloped-not astride of a real Horse,
but straddle of a Stick Horse-and it seems to me now that the
pleasure of that exercise is inferior to none that I ever experi-
Our Home was situated upon a beautiful Hill overlooking Elk-
horn creek. For a hundred years that has been the one home in our
family-the Mecca to which children and grandchildren though
scattered to the winds have periodically journeyed to recreate, to
recuperate, and to enjoy the glad welcome of parental love and hos-
pitality. I have wandered much over this fair land of Uncle Sams
but I have never seen a spot in all its length and breadth, that was
so beautifully possessed of all of natures Choicest gifts as the land
My eldest sister............. .had married Sidney Sherman
some time in 1835. His history I need not give, for it is already
written[.] It will be remembered that in this year began the strug-
gle between Texas and Mexico-which culminated in the battle of
San jacinto on the 21st of April 1836 and by that decisive blow
the virtual independence of Texas. In the fall or winter of that
year Col Sherman returnd to Ky for his wife and in the month of
Dec following he moved to his adopted home, the lone star Repub-
lic. It was my fortune good or bad to constitute one of his family
from that time. I was just 12 years of age. My school was ended
-my home abandoned, and my future life and prospects in the
bosom of Texas burried [.]
The journey to Texas was devoid of any special feature-except
that to one so young, and who for the first time was viewing the
busy world, the incidents and sceines encountered on the trip, was
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