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Slave Narrative of Enoch Beel

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Person Interviewed: Enoch Beel Age: 79 Location: Green Grove, Hazen, Arkansas “Yes maam I was born a slave, born in slavery times. I wer born in Hardman County, Tennessee. My own daddy was a Union soldier and my mama was a cook fer the mistress. We belonged to Miss Viney and Dr. Jim Mass. My daddy drawed a pension fer bein a soldier till he die. He went off to wait on some men he know. Then he met some men wanted him to join the army. They said then he get paid and get a bounty. No maam he never got a red cent. He come back broke as he went off. He say he turned loose soon as he could and mustered out and lef them right now. He had no time to ax em no questions. That what he said! We stayed on that place till I was big nuf to do a days work. We had no other place to go. There was plenty land and no stock. Houses to stay in got scarce. If a family had a place to stay at when that war ended he counted hisself lucky I tell you. Heap of black an white jes ramlin round through the woods an over the roads huntin a little to eat or a little sumpin to do. If you stay in the field workin about puttin back the fences an round yo own house you wouldn’t be hurt. “The Ku Kluxes war not huntin work theirselves. They was keepin order at the gatherins and down the public roads....

Biography of Wood Hurt

Wood Hurt, an alert and enterprising business man who since 1918 has been financially interested in the Muskogee Wholesale Grocery Company and is also identified with other business interests of importance which contribute to general progress and prosperity as well as to individual success, was born in Hazen, Arkansas, on the 16th of August, 1877, and is a son of Thomas Spencer and Nellie (Myers) Hurt. The father was a farmer, devoting his entire life to agricultural pursuits. The son was educated in the public schools and initiated his business career by securing a clerkship in a general store, in which he was employed for six years. He afterward engaged in the furniture business at Hazen, Arkansas, for a period of three years and in 1900 he removed to Oklahoma, establishing his home in McAlester, where he became a director of the Townsend Grocery Company. He was associated with that undertaking until 1904, when he sold his interest and became identified with the Hale-Halsell Grocery Company. In 1913 he turned his attention to the wholesale produce business in Muskogee and later consolidated the business with that of the Muskogee Wholesale Grocery Company in 1918. He is likewise a director of the Ratcliff-Sanders Company of Tulsa and in 1916 he established the Wood Hurt Motor Company, handling the Buick cars and the G. M. C. motor trucks. His judgment is sound and his keen sagacity and un-abating energy are potent forces in the profitable management of various interests, and individual worth and ability has established him as one of the representative business men of the city. On the 30th of...

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