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Slave Narrative of Mama Duck

Interviewer: Jules A. Frost Person Interviewed: Mama Duck Location: Tampa, Florida Age: 109 “Who is the oldest person, white or colored, that you know of in Tampa?” “See Mama Duck,” the grinning Negro elevator boy told me. “She bout a hunnert years old.” So down into the “scrub” I went and found the old woman hustling about from wash pot to pump. “I’m mighty busy now, cookin breakfast,” she said, “but if you come back in bout an hour I’ll tell you what I can bout old times in Tampa.” On the return visit, her skinny dog met me with elaborate demonstrations of welcome. “Guan way fum here Spot. Dat gemmen ain gwine feed you nothin. You keep your dirty paws offen his clothes.” Mama duck sat down on a rickety box, motioning me to another one on the shaky old porch. “Take keer you doan fall thoo dat old floor,” she cautioned. “It’s bout ready to fall to pieces, but I way behind in the rent, so I kaint ask em to have it fixed.” “I see you have no glass in the windows – doesn’t it get you wet when it rains?” “Not me. I gits over on de other side of de room. It didn’t have no door neither when I moved in. De young folks frum here useta use it for a courtin-house.” “A what?” “Court in-house. Dey kept a-comin after I moved in, an I had to shoo em away. Dat young rascal comin yonder – he one of em. I clare to goodness – ” and Mama Duck raised her voice for the...

Charles Carrol Todd of Plant City FL

Charles Carrol Todd8, (Samuel B.7, Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 29, 1857, died Jan. 10, 1902, married Dec. 25, 1889, at Plant City, Fla. Children: 2099. Flossie Delle, b. June 2, 1891. 2100. Marie Lou, b. Nov. 25, 1894. 2101. Frederick E., b. Feb. 12, 1897, d. April 30, 1916. 2102. Charles Carrol, b. Jan. 10,...

Edward Livingston Todd of Georgia

Edward Livingston Todd8, (Samuel B.7, Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 16, 1866, was twice married, first, Jan. 1, 1890, Emma Hall, who died Oct. 4, 1898, second, Nov. 18, 1899, Minnie Ola Chastaine. Mr. Todd lived in Georgia, where he farmed until Dec., 1894, when he moved to Plant City, Fla.; he was ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry, Sunday, July 3, 1896, and has been a pastor of churches ever since, and at this time, (1918) he is serving five churches. In 1904, he moved to Georgia and is now (1918) living near Valdosta, Ga. Children by Emma Hall: 2103. Pearl Allene, b. Nov. 2, 1890, in Hahira, Ga., graduated from the Bessie Tift College, June, 1913; took post graduate course in the Seminary in Louisville, Ky. 2104. Jewell Ray, b. Aug. 15, 1894, in Hahira, Ga.; graduated from Bessie Tift College, June, 1917; teaching at Metcalf, Ga. 2105. Walter McD., b. Aug. 4, 1897, in Plant City, Fla.; graduated from Norman Institute, June, 1917; he enlisted in the U. S. Army, July 10, 1918. Children by Minnie Ola Chastaine: 2106. Maria Ola, b. Aug. 13, 1901, d. Aug. 16, 1901. 2107. Edward L., b. Oct. 17, 1906, d. Oct. 20. 1906. 2108. Althea Virginia, b. March 14,...

Lola Blanche Todd Miller of Plant City FL

MILLER, Lola Blanche Todd8, (Samuel B.7, Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 19, 1868, died July 23, 1906, married March 10, 1892, John D. Miller, who died Nov. 25, 1906. She married second, May 24, 1898, Frank M. Branch, at Plant City, Fla., where she lived the last years of her life and where she died. Child by John D. Miller: I. Felton E. Todd, b. April 3, 1893, d. July 21,...

McKenzie, Huela Van Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Huela Van McKenzie, 79, of Baker City, died Dec. 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. A memorial service will be scheduled later. Huela was born on Feb. 11, 1926, at Plant City, Fla., to Hulon and Gladys Hamilton Van. After graduating from high school, she attended Florida Southern College at Lakeland, Fla., where she studied music. In June 1948, she married Robert McKenzie at Memphis, Tenn. They moved to Pendleton in 1950. She was a housewife and the mother of five children. Huela later worked in Portland as a receptionist at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital and as a clerical specialist for Adult Family Services. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, sewing and cooking. She was a member of the Oriental Shrine in Pendleton. She was also a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at Baker City. Huela was a devout Christian who took Holy Communion every other day while attending chapel services at the care center. The Episcopal Church also gave her Holy Communion frequently. Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Heiple of John Day, Linda Witherrite of Hillsboro and Kathy McClure of Pendleton; her sons, Randall McKenzie of Pendleton and Ronald McKenzie of Dayton, Wash.; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 6, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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