The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 105
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Someone told me it was the Wright brother's plane.
From ox wagon to huge ocean liners, passenger planes with
unbelievable speed, jet propelled planes and with other things I
know so little about and-the H. Bomb, the last I have heard of.
I shall not attempt to explain or describe any of the scientific
achievements-I know so little about them, but I'm so thankful
for them if it ever becomes possible to use them in the right
These few pages may help some one in the future to fully ap-
preciate what he has.
This should be put among happenings in Tarrant County.
Up to the time we left Tarrant County, we had not even
heard of matches. I presume they were in use in the East.
Fires had to be kept burning in chimney, all the time or, if
you had not learned to use flint (rock) and steel, you just picked
up the shovel and trudged to the nearest neighbor's and "bor-
rowed" a blazing chunk. If the wind was strong, hurry hurry or
it would burn out before you reached home. Flint and Steel?
Placed a piece of fluffy cotton with rich pine shavings on cotton
and strike flint rock with back of unopened picket knive-soon
a spark would ignite the cotton and shaving's we had a fire!
I do not remember of my folks having to "borrow" fire. We
had a good neighbor who would forget to bank the coals and
cover them with ashes, so very often, and very early children
of this careless family would be at our door with a big shovel
on which they would take home coals or a chunk to start a fire.
Now, we flip a knob or turn a button to obtain a fire, and many
other things in daily use.
Now, I shall tell you about the first matches that came into
our house. 'Twas then in the early 1870's. My parents rode
horseback ten miles to do some necessary shopping. When they
returned late in the day, a crowd of eager children gathered
around to see what was in each package. I picked a small barrell
shaped container, gave the lid a vigorous twist, the lid came off
and out tumbled three dozen matches-aflame. They had cost
25 cents. All my fun was spoiled for that day.
The match incident belongs among the Waco notes.
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