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Slave Narrative of Jane Montgomery

Person Interviewed: Jane Montgomery Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Homer, Louisiana Date of Birth: March 15, 1857 Age: 80 I was born March 15, 1857, in Homer, Louisiana. I claim to be 75 years old, but that’s jest my way of counting. My mother was Sarah Strong and my father was Edmond Beavers. We lived in a log cabin that had jest one door. I had two sisters named Peggy and Katie. Mammy was bought from the Strong family and my pappy was bought from Beavers by Mister Eason. We slept on wooden slabs which was jest make-shift beds. I didn’t do no work in slave times ’cause I was too little. You jest had to be good and husky to work on that place. I listened and told mammy everything I heerd. I ate right side dat old white woman on the flo’. I was a little busy-body. I don’t recollect eating in our quarters on Sunday and no other time. I don’t remember no possums and rabbits being on our place, ’cause when white folks killed a chicken for their selves, dey killed one for the niggers. My pappy never ate no cornbread in all his put-together. Meat was my favorite food. I never ate no dry bread without no meat. We wore homespun clothes. My first pair of shoes was squirrel skin. Mammy had ’em made. We wore clothes called linsey that was wool and cotton mixed. My father was the onliest overseer. It was sho’ a great big old place. My master jest seen the place on Sundays. They was jest seven Niggers...

Biography of William E. Ellington

William E. Ellington is at. the head of one of the leading productive industries at Kansas City as senior partner in the Ellington-McCarthy Motor Company. He was born in Homer, Louisiana, April 11, 1882, a son of William H. and Rebecca (Jordan) Ellington. The father, a native of Georgia, became the owner of a sugar plantation at Homer, Louisiana, and was one of the substantial business men of that locality. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party and his religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. He was a typical gentleman of the old school, courtly, kindly and with a high sense of honor. William E. Ellington attended the public schools of New Orleans and also Ogden College at Bowling Green, Kentucky, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree. He turned his attention to the banking business as a clerk in the Commercial National Bank, one of the oldest banking institutions of Shreveport, Louisiana, and later he went to Dallas, Texas, where he represented the J. I. Case Plow Works, having ten salesmen under his direction at that point. In 1913 he was transferred to the Kansas City branch of the business as sales manager and continued In that position until 1916, when he was made sales manager for the Grant Motor Company of Kansas City. Thus he continued until December, 1917, when he established business on his own account under the name of the Ellington Motor Company, which on the 24th of May, 1920, became the Ellington-McCarthy Motor Company, handling the Gramm-Bernstein trucks, the highest priced trucks on the...

Turner, Zeek – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Zeek Turner, 91, of Richland died April 23, 2002, at the Boise Veterans Hospital. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond of the church will officiate. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Zeek was born on Dec. 8, 1910, at Homer, La., to Zeban and Rosalee Turner. He was raised by his grandfather at Marshall, Texas. He was married to Margaret Clark around 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. After his discharge he and Margaret owned and operated a restaurant and bar in San Bernardino, Calif. He then worked for FMC in Los Angeles and then transferred to Portland. He was a shift foreman with the company before retiring in 1983. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He and Margaret then traveled all over the United States before settling in Richland. Survivors include his wife and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his only son, Clyde. The fate of his brothers, W.C. and Joseph, is unknown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Ambulance Fund through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814....

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