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14 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
word domestic in the Old Country is always applied
to servants, and Mother supposed she wanted to buy
some of her children.
Neither Father nor Mother had any experience
in frontier life. They knew nothing, in fact, about
how to manage or what to do, and it was very hard
for them to adapt themselves to the ways of the
people and make a success as pioneers. Father
offered a reward for the oxen, and they were soon
found. Our bills were paid, the doctor bill being
very large, and left us but little money. We had
some friends at Mount Pleasant, but the shining
gold sovereigns were sought after, and seemed to
please them very much.
The day arrived for our departure, and our longhorned
team was hitched together and to the
schooner wagon, and we again headed them towards
the setting sun. Mount Pleasant is a beautiful name,
but we cannot look back and think of that place
without a shudder. It brings to us such painful
It was there the live mosquitoes
Their merry songs would sing,
And the fleas would dance to music
That had such a business ring.
We had by this time become better acquainted with
the oxen, and could handle the whip much better.
Our next stop was at Bonham. Before reaching
there we met several people with teams going to
Shreveport for supplies, and the inquiry was,
"Where are you from, and where are you moving
to?" We would tell them we were moving to Stewardsville.
The wagons were muddy, and on making
inquiry about it one of them said: "When you get
up on the high perrari in the black waxy land you
Here’s what’s next.
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