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Slave Narrative of Josephine Ann Barnett

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Location: De Valls Bluff, Arkansas Age: 75 or 80 “I do not knows my exact age. I judge I somewhere between 75 and 80 years old. I was born close to Germantown, Tennessee. We belong, that is my mother, to Phillip McNeill and Sally McNeill. My mother was a milker. He had a whole heap of hogs, cattle and stock. That not all my mother done. She plowed. Children done the churnin’. “The way it all come bout I was the onliest chile my mother had. Him and Miss Sallie left her to help gather the crop and they brought me in the buggy wid them. I set on a little box in the foot of the buggy. It had a white umbrella stretched over it. Great big umbrella run in between them. It was fastened to the buggy seat. When we got to Memphis they loaded the buggy on the ship. I had a fine time coming. When we got to Bucks Landing we rode to his place in the buggy. It is 13 miles from here (De Valls Bluff). In the fall nearly all his slaves come out here. Then when my mother come on. I never seen my papa after I left back home [TR: Crossed out: (near Germantown)]. My father belong to Boston Hack. He wouldn’t sell and Mr. McNeill wouldn’t sell and that how it come. “I muster been five or six years old when I come out here to Arkansas. My grandma was a midwife. She was already out here. She had to come with the first crowd cause...

Sasser, Ella Mae

Ella Mae Sasser, Services Tomorrow Ella Mae Sasser, who had been in ill health for the past several weeks passed away Tuesday morning, March 13, 1973, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Following the death of her husband, Chester H. Sasser, on February 14th she had moved from the Joseph home to an apartment in Alpine Village. Mrs. Sasser was born July 22, 1905 in De Valls Bluff, Ark., the daughter of John and Minnie Buchanan. She had come to Wallowa County with her family 55 years ago. On June 4, 1922 she was married in Enterprise to Chester H. Sasser. She was a member of Silver Lake Rebekah Lodge 121 of Joseph and Eagle Cap VFW Auxiliary 4307 of Enterprise. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Wilda) Trump and Mrs. Robt. (Cherryl) Zacharias, both of Joseph; three sons, Wilford (Grant) of Wallowa, Earl Dean, Portland, and Ernest (Bunk) of Enterprise; a sister, Mrs. Darrel (Gertrude) Greenough of Lostine; two brothers, John E. Buchanan, New Plymouth, Ida., and Marion V. Buchanan, Clarkston, Wash.; and 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel, Rev. Douglas Money will officiate and interment will follow in the Enterprise cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday March 15, 1973 Contributed by Dixie...

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