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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 35
sport of us in the beginning, because we did not have
that tact and skill that qualified us for frontier life.
But we had the grit and determination never to give
up short of success. Many have died and others
have dropped out of the old neighborhood, but the
descendants of Lionel Simpson and John and Mary
Jackson own the land for many miles.
My father died in the spring of 1866, just after
the close of the War between the States. He lived
to see all of his sons return after that bloody conflict,
and we had a grand reunion, and a glorious
time, that lasted for many days; and my dear old
mother lived to a good old age, surrounded by her
children and grand-children, with all the comforts
of this life, loved by all who knew her. At the age
of 87 years she crossed over the river and went
to her reward.
I admire and love the old pioneer women, and
think them superior in many respects to the women
of the present. But I would not think of making
any unfavorable comments on the noble women of
the present age. Many of them are in the forefront
of every charitable and Christian enterprise, always
doing something for the betterment of others.
They move gracefully about with a crown of flowers
on their heads and dressed in a garb that seems
to have been woven from the moonbeams of midsummer.
Their attractive appearance, and good
works, will always be admired by good men. But
let us turn to the old pioneers and look at the grand
old women that stood by their husbands faithful and
true. They endured the hardships, suffered the
privations, braved the dangers, and overcame the
difficulties that are incident to a new and a wild
country, without a murmur of complaint; and when
I think of my dear old mother, weak and frail in
body, but strong in mind and spirit, how she worked
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