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Slave Narrative of Aunt Harriet Mason

Interviewer: Eliza Ison Person Interviewed: Harriet Mason Location: Lancaster, Kentucky Place of Birth: Garrard County KY Date of Birth: April 14, 1847 Garrard County. Ex-Slave Stories. (Eliza Ison) [HW: Ky 11] Aunt Harriet Mason-Ex-Slave: She was born one mile below Bryantsville on the Lexington Pike in Garrard County, and was owned by B.M. Jones. She gives the date of her birth as April 14, 1847. Aunt Harriet’s father was Daniel Scott, a slave out of Mote Scott’s slave family. Aunt Harriet’s mother’s name was Amy Jones, slave of Marse Briar Jones, who came from Harrodsburg, Ky. The names of her brothers were Harrison, Daniel, Merida, and Ned; her sisters were Susie and Maria. Miss Patsy, wife of Marse Briar gave Maria to Marse Sammy Welsh, brother of Miss Patsy’s and who lived with his sister. He taught school in Bryantsville for a long time. “General Gano who married Jane Welsh, adopted daughter of Marse Briar Jones, took my sisters Myra and Emma, Brother Ned and myself to Tarrant County, Texas to a town called Lick Skillet, to live. Grapevine was the name of the white folks house. It was called Grapevine because these grapevines twined around the house and arbors. Sister Emma was the cook and Myra and me were nurse and house maids. Brother married Betty Estill, a slave who cooked for the Estill family. Mr. Estill later bought Ned in order to keep him on the place. I didn’t sleep in the cabins with the rest of the Negroes; I slept in the big house and nursed the children. I was not paid any money for my...

Biography of Horace W. Beck

Horace W. Beck, secretary of the Light & Development Company of St. Louis, was born in Kent county, Maryland, September 11, 1865, and is a son of Samuel Beck, who was a native of Maryland and was of English descent, the ancestral line in America being traced back to the early part of the seventeenth century. Samuel Beck became a physician and surgeon and was a resident of Chestertown, Maryland, during the latter part of his life. In politics he was a stalwart supporter of democratic principles and very active in behalf of the party and in support of progressive civic measures. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Kent county for a period of twelve years and at his death, which occurred in 1896, when he was fifty-eight years of age, he left an excellent record as a man, as a physician and as a citizen. He married Ellen Constable, a native of Kent county, Maryland, and a representative of one of the old Scotch families of that state founded on the soil of the new world prior to the Revolutionary war. Dr. and Mrs. Beck had a family of five sons and seven daughters and the mother passed away in August, 1919, at the age of seventy-seven years, her death also occurring in Chestertown, Maryland. Horace W. Beck, second of the family in order of birth, was educated in the public schools of his native state to the age of seventeen years, when he started out to provide for his own support, his first position being that of clerk in a wholesale hardware store in...

Biography of James T. Pedigo

James T. Pedigo, president of the Pedigo-Weber Shoe Company of St. Louis, has the qualities of alertness and business enterprise which make for success and thus he has reached a most creditable position in the commercial circles of the city. A native of Tenne-see, he was born in Clay county, November 21, 1868, and is a son of Zackariah Pedigo, who passed away in 1917 at the advanced age of seventy-seven years. He, too, was born in Tennessee and engaged in farthing in that state. At the time of the Civil war he joined the Union army, loyally defending the cause in which he believed. His ancestral history dated back to early colonial days, when representatives of the name settled in Virginia. The mother of James T. Pedigo bore the maiden name of Mary Elizabeth Meador and came of a family of Scotch ancestry. She died May 6, 1931, at the age of seventy-five. The marriage of Mr. and Airs. Pedigo was celebrated April 13, 1864, and they became the parents of two sons and three daughters, of whom James T. Pedigo, the second in order of birth. All are living with the exception of one sister. James T. Pedigo pursued his education in the schools of Tennessee and Kentucky, his training being equivalent to that of a college course. When nineteen years of age he taught school in Texas and so continued until he had attained his majority. He then went on the road as a traveling salesman for a Kansas City jobbing shoe house, with which he remained for five years, and through the succeeding period of...

Biographical Sketch of George C. Hascall

Hascall, George C.; manufacturer; born, Yipsilanti, Mich., Jan. 17, 1852; son of Philander and Mary A. Christy Hascall; common school education; married, Alden, N. Y., April 10, 1889, Hattie M. Fuller; one son, Robert G., born March 14, 1893; pres. The Tropical Oil Co., The Hascall Paint Co., The Union Products Co.; pres. The Attan Vic Paint Co., New York, and The Knickerbocker Paint Co.; director The Texas Mnfg. Co., Fort Worth Tex.; member Knights Templar, Oriental Commandery, Mystic Shrine (Al Koran), N. M. S., Lake Erie Consistory, Webb Chapter, Iris, No. 229, F. & A. M., member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic and Automobile...

Biography of Milton Gooddell Young

Well known and prominent in the financial circles of Muskogee is Milton Gooddell Young, who is the President of the Security State Bank. Long experience has well qualified him for the important and responsible duties which devolve upon him in this connection and as the years have passed he has made himself a forceful factor among the bankers of his section of the state. He was born in Florence, Alabama, February 15, 1884, and is a son of Andrew M. and Ollie (House) Young.  His father was also prominent in financial circles, being the first bank commissioner of the state of Oklahoma. Milton G. Young largely acquired his education in the public schools and when fifteen years of age started out in the business world, becoming associated with his father in the Bedford County Bank at Wartrace, Tennessee. He served as bookkeeper there for two years and then went to Fort Worth, Texas, where he occupied the position of auditor with the Continental Bank & Trust Company. In 1905 he arrived in Muskogee and entered the Bank of Commerce as assistant cashier. His next position was that of cashier in the Exchange National Bank and he remained with that corporation until April, 1919, when he organized the Security State Bank, of which he has since been the President. His connection with these various banking institutions has brought him a broad and comprehensive knowledge of the business and as the years have passed his steady advancement has taken him to the goal of success. On the 18th of October, 1911, Mr. Young was married to Miss Mary A. Jackson of...

Biography of John Caleb Storr

John Caleb Storr, a native son of Oklahoma and a member of one of the oldest families of the state, has resided in Vinita for the past twenty-three years and has become well known as an attorney, farmer, stock raiser and oil operator, being a man of versatile talents whose efforts are resultant factors in whatever he undertakes. He was born in the Flint district of the Cherokee Nation, near Stilwell, Indian Territory, October 15, 1870, and his parents were James and Emma Jane (Rider) Storr, the former born in Tennessee in 1832, while the latter was a native of the Cherokee Nation. In 1837 the father accompanied his parents on their removal to Indian Territory, settlement being made in the Cherokee Nation, and from 1878 until his demise James Storr followed the occupation of farming in Delaware County. He was very successful in his agricultural operations, accumulating large holdings in land, and he also devoted a large part of his attention to the breeding of fine driving horses. He was one of the leading men of his community and passed. away at Grove, Delaware County, in 1901, in the faith of the Catholic Church. The mother survives and is still a resident of Grove. After completing the work of the grammar and high schools John C. Storr entered the Tahlequah Male Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1890 with the B. S. degree. At intervals for three years he attended a business college at Fort Worth, Texas, and in 1894 came to Indian Territory. For a time he assisted the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation in the...

Adams, Colletta Delores – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Colletta Delores Adams, 88, formerly of Elgin and La Grande, died Saturday at home in Southlake, Texas. Viewing will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Recitation of the holy rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elgin. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine, Texas, at noon on April 26. Colletta was born Feb. 10, 1920, to Joseph and Catherine Schmidt Bodenschatz in Wilmore, Pa. She grew up in Wilmore and graduated from high school there. On Sept. 4, 1944, she married James Adams in Wilmore. They were married for almost 47 years until his death in 1991. In 1953, she and her family moved to Elgin. Although she moved to Texas in 2003 to live with her son and his family, she always considered the Grande Ronde Valley her home. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Altar Society in Elgin. In her later years, she was a member of the Southlake Senior Center and St. Francis Catholic Church in Grapevine, Texas. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, sewing and other crafts. She was often called on to hem a pair of pants or a dress at the last minute. She enjoyed cooking and baking and for many years baked pies for Snyder’s Café. Her homemade rolls were enjoyed by many each year at St. Mary’s annual...

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