The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 10
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Y our Pa has no one to keep house for him. I know you do the best you can ... I will try
to come sometime. Be a good girL Do all you can to help your Pa. Be kind to Herbert
and little Velma. Take good care of your clothes and keep everything in its proper place and
your Pa will be proud of you and he will be good to you ... I think of you all every day of my
life and I do wish I was near so I could assist you all. If I was, I would make your clothes and
learn you how to make them. Letter dated June 29, 1923, from Virginia Elizabeth Barganier
to her granddaughter, Winona Barganier.
Mother was nine years old the night her mother, Clio Sallie, died. It was the middle of July
and Clio had been canning tomatoes. Clio was a heavy woman and had become very hot. By
evening, Clio was not feeling well and she went to bed early. Mother was not feeling well
either, but her stomach complaint was caused by eating too many figs. Clio let mother sleep at
the foot of her bed that night. Sometime during the night, mother was awakened when she
heard Clio cry out. Mother opened her eyes and saw her mother sitting up in bed, clutching at
her chest. The doctor was called, but it was too late.
It started out to be regular Sunday morning. Frank was watching cartoons. Roger and I were
reading the paper. Things changed when the phone rang. It was my sister-in-law Rita telling
me that Daddy was sick and he had been taken to the hospital. She said not to worry; she
thought he would be okay. But he wasn't okay. The next call came an hour or so later. It was
my brother, David, saying simply, "Daddy's dead." I didn't understand. How could he be
dead? Rita had said not to worry and I hadn't. But now Daddy was dead. I was suddenly
gasping for air as if the breath had been knocked out of me. It couldn't be but it was. Daddy
was dead, and something in me was gone as well
DGS Journal10 1996
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