The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 83
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Abe Harris, William Wilks, and Willie Hawes; and Uncle Dolph's
driver I have forgotten his name; we drove into Waco on October
ioth just forty days from the time we left Oneida, went into camp
under the big live oak trees on Conger hill where your Father
built his barns.
In 1871 your Father and Uncle Harvey (Conger) had written my
Father they were coming to Texas and wanted some one to meet
them at the end of the Rail Road which was then at Fort Gibson,
Indian Territory. So I took my six mules and two horses and Fathers
two mules and a Negro man I had working for me and drove to
Fort Gibson and brought you two families to Waco. I kept a record
of the money I paid out on the trip and you folks paid me that
amount back. So that answers your questions as best as I can.2
Clara Conger, Charles's seventeen-year-old sister, was a beau-
tiful, animated girl, and it was understandably difficult for her
to leave Oneida. She kept a diary of the entire forty-day journey,
and her observations, while entirely unscientific, are of much in-
terest. The following are excerpts from this diary.
September Ist, 1870, Thursday.
The teams all left Oneida at io o'clock and started for Texas.
There were a great many came to bid us farewell. I stayed at Ida's
until after dinner, then Jim and Ida took me down to Galesburg.
We stopped and got some ice cream and did some shopping, then
went on to Uncle Laurens. They all stayed until i 1-we had a
dance and a real good time eating grapes and talking. Alta and
Frank, Ida and Jim then said they must go home tonight. It was
so hard to see them go. We slept in the tents. It rained in the night.
Started from Uncle Laurens about 8 o'clock, traveled about 5
miles then I wrote a letter to Ida and mailed it at Abingdon. We
went through Saluda, Abingdon, St. Augustine and Avon, and
stopped just a little way from Prairie City. We camped and got
supper about 6 o'clock and O we were so hungry. We ate lots of
apples and wild cherries and Abbie, Newtie, Ralph and myself were
sick in the night. We all went to bed about 9 o'clock. There were
some very kind people rode past and sung for us which sounded
Started from camp about 81/2 o'clock. The dew was very heavy
and every thing was so wet it looked rather discouraging, but soon
got pleasanter. We rode through Middletown, Lorrain and Plymouth
2Charles Conger to Lois Conger Harman, January 7, 1931 (MS., in possession
of Roger N. Conger, Waco, Texas) .
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