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26 SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
the old tune, and when the gray streaks of dawn
began to appear in the east the revelers began to
take their leave. Some went in carts, some horseback,
with their girls behind them. Other girls had
their own horse and saddle, and most of the girls
in those days were good horseback riders. So the
first party of Dallas County was over, past and gone
into history, and the boys and girls had something
to talk about for a long time.
In the morning Father walked out around the
farm, and in almost every fence corner a horse had
been fed; and he said quiltings were rather expensive,
and he would have to enlarge the farm before
we had many more.
In those early days we had to haul all our merchandise,
groceries and supplies of every kind with
ox teams from Houston or Jefferson, and it got to
be quite a business, and those freighters made good
money. They would get from three to three and a
half dollars per hundredweight for hauling freight
from these points. My father rigged up a team of
five yoke of oxen and a big wagon. Two yoke of
the oxen were wild, and he started me to Jefferson
to haul a load of freight to McKinney. That was the
first time that I had spent more than one night away
from home. I shall never forget that trip. There
was quite a train of us. We reached Jefferson all
right, loaded our freight, between four and five
thousand pounds on each wagon. Several barrels
of whiskey made a part of the load., My brother
William had two long teams and wagons, and he had
a Yankee driving one of his teams, that was rather
a rough fellow, but quite a. genius, and if anything
went wrong he was always ready to suggest a
remedy, and if anything of importance was to be
done the Yankee could be heard to say, "Hold, hold,
let me suggest!"
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/40/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .