Sixty years in Texas Page: 7 of 398
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In writing the sketches of the old pioneers that
are recorded in this book, and the hardships that my
father and family endured, and the many difficulties
that we finally overcame, I have tried to confine
myself to the facts as they occurred, and I will also
state as a fact that I am not an educated man. I
never had an opportunity of securing a common education.
I went to school five or six months in an old
log cabin-the first built in the north part of the
county. The school house was known as the Bark
Log College, and the school was known as a Blab
School. The teacher gave the scholars the privilege
of studying their lessons out loud. I studied grammar
for three weeks, and became far enough advanced
to know a noun from a pronoun, and tried
to parse simple sentences the last week of the school.
If the reader should find grammatical or other errors
in sketch or poem, I will kindly ask you to pass the
imperfection by; and on the other hand, if you find
anything that you appreciate in sketch or poem, be
good enough to speak a kind word about it. It will
cheer and gladden my heart, and I shall appreciate
it very, very much.
When I was growing up I determined to secure
the means to educate myself. But when I reached
my majority the war came on, and before the war
closed I married, and after the war closed I found
myself with wife and baby in a log cabin out on the
bald prairie, and it was a hard, hard struggle for a
living. We had four children born to us, and we
determined if, by hard work and economy, we could
save enough to give bur children better school advantages,
we would do so, and we have done that
much at least.
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Jackson, George. Sixty years in Texas, book, 1908; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20205/m1/7/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .