The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 29
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"At Christmas and New Years' we sho did have big times and General
Gano and Miss Mat would buy us candy, popcorn and firecrackers and all the
good things just like the white folks.
"I don't remember any weddings, but do remember the funeral of Mr.
Marion who lived between the big house and Lick Skillet. He was going to be
buried in the cemetery at Lick Skillet, but the horses got scared and turned the
spring wagon over and the corpse fell out. The mourners sure had a time getting
things straightened out, but they finally got him buried.
"They used to keep watermelon to pass to company. Us children would
go to the patch and bring the melons to the big spring and pour water over them
and cool 'em.
"When news came that we were free, General Gano took us all in the
dining room and told us about it. We all started back to Kentucky to Marse
Jones' old place. We started the journey in two covered wagons and an
ambulance. General Gano and Miss Mat and the two children and me rode in the
ambulance. When we got to Memphis we got on a steam boat named 'Old
Kentucky.' We loaded the ambulance and the two wagons and horses on the
boat. When we left the boat, we got on the train and got off at Georgetown in
Scott County, on a stage coach. When I took the children, Katy and Maurice,
upstairs to wash them I looked out the window into the driveway and saw the
horses that belonged to Marse Briar Jones. They nickered at the gate trying to get
in. The horses were named Henry Clay and Dan. When the children went down I
waved at the horses and they looked up at the window and nickered again and
seemed to know me. When we were coming back from Texas, Maurice held on
the plait of my hair all the way back.
"I didn't marry while I belonged to the Gano family. I married Henry
Mason after I came to Lancaster to live about 60 years ago. I am the mother of
nine children, three boys and six girls. There are two living. I have no
grandchildren. I joined the church when the cholera epidemic broke out in
Lancaster in 1873. The preacher was Brother Silas Crawford of the Methodist
Church. I was baptized in a pond on Creamery Street. I think people ought to be
religious because they live better and they love people more."
At the time of the interview, Aunt Harriet lived behind the White
Methodist Church in Lancaster. The daughter with whom she lived was
considered one of the high class of Colored people in Lancaster. She holds an A.
B. Degree, teaching in the Colored city school, and is also a music teacher. She
stands by the teaching of her mother, being a "Good Methodist," giving of her
time, talent, and service for her church.
Richard Montgomery Gano was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on 18 June
1830.3 He was the son of John Allen Gano of Kentucky who was a Christian Church
preacher well known in that area. Richard was educated at Bethany College in West
Virginia. He graduated from Bethany in 1849. Two years later he attended the Medical
University at Louisville, Kentucky. In March 1853, he married Miss Martha J. Welch,
daughter of Dr. Thomas Welch of Crab Orchard, Kentucky.
In 1856, at the age of 26, Dr. Richard Gano left his medical practice in Kentucky
and went in search of a warmer climate for health reasons.4 Traveling by wagon, he
came to Texas with his wife, two sons, brother, brother-in-law, servants and horses. On
Grapevine Prairie in Tarrant County, he purchased a log house and one section of land
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