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Slave Narrative of Anthony Dawson

Person Interviewed: Anthony Dawson Location: 1008 E. Owen St., Tulsa, Oklahoma Age: 105 “Run nigger, run, De Patteroll git you! Run nigger, run, De Patteroll come! “Watch nigger, Watch- De Patteroll trick you! Watch nigger, watch, He got a big gun!” Dat one of the songs de slaves all knowed, and de children down on de “twenty acres” used to sing it when dey playing in de moonlight ’round de cabins in de quarters. Sometime I wonder iffen de white folks didn’t make dat song up so us niggers would keep in line. None of my old Master’s boys tried to git away ‘cepting two. and dey met up wid evil, both of ’em. One of dem niggers was fotching a bull-tongue from a piece of new ground way at de back of de plantation, and bringing it to my pappy to git it sharped. My pappy was de blacksmith. Dis boy got out in de big road to walk in de soft send, and long come a wagon wid a white overseer and five, six, niggers going somewhar, Dey stopped and told dat boy to git in and ride. Dat was de last anybody seem him. Dat overseer and another one was cotched after awhile, and showed up to be underground railroaders. Dey would take a bunch of niggers into town for some excuse, and on de way jest pick up a extra nigger and show him whar to go to git on de “railroad system.” When de runaway niggers got to de North dey had to go in de army, and dat boy from our place got...

Isley, Belle – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Services Held For Belle Isley Mrs. Belle Vesta Isley of Joseph passed away Thursday June 28, 1973 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of Joseph and the area east of there most of her life. She was the daughter of Allen and Gullia Kutch and was born in Umatilla County on June 5, 1887. On July 25, 1903 she was married at Enterprise to Madison P. Isley who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1965. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, Alvin and Alfred of Joseph and Matt of Monmouth; two daughters, Mrs. Vern (Bessie) Daggett, Joseph, and Mrs. Lem (Violet) Rynearson, Enterprise; two half-sisters, Mrs. Chris (Daisy) Marti, Cambridge, Ida., and Mrs. Albert (Nellie) Neiman, Culdesac, Ida.; and 17 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Lester Wells officiating. Organist was Wanda Sorweide and soloist was Clifford Collingsworth who sang, “In The Garden” and “Rock Of Ages”. Casket bearers were: Jean Butler, Bud Zollman, Kenneth Stein, E.F. Cool, Morris Pratt and Floyd Kennedy. Internment was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, July 5, 1973 Contributed by: Sue...

Isley, Madison Pennington – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon M.P. Isley, Pioneer Rancher of Joseph, Dies At Hospital Memorial services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel for Madison Pennington Isley who passed away at Wallowa Memorial Hospital on Saturday, October 16, 1965 after being a patient there for six days, Rev. LeRoy Brownell, pastor of the Joseph Baptist Church, officiated, and Mrs. Mae Stein was organist. Mrs. Claire Trullinger and Mae Stein sang “Shall We Gather At The River” and “Beyond The Sunset.” Casket bearers were: Luther Thornburgh, Fred Bird, Bill Cool. A. Daisley, Stone Butner, and S.W. Begley, and internment was in the family plot in the Prairie Creek cemetery. Mr. Isley was one of Wallowa County’s most successful farmers and ranchers, and had lived in the County since about 1895. He was born in Umatilla County on January 1, 1872, son of James and Melvina Isley. On July 25, 1903 he was married at Enterprise to Belle V. Kutch who survives him. He was the last survivor of a family of twelve children. He was a member of the Christian Church, and belonged to Joseph Lodge No. 82 AF&AM. Besides his wife, he leaves three sons, Alvin, Alfred and Matt, all of Joseph; two daughters, Mrs. Vern (Bessie) Daggett, of Joseph, and Mrs. Lem (Violet) Rynearson, of Enterprise; and 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. George (Mabel) Keener, preceded him in death. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday Oct. 21, 1965, Front Page Contributed by: Sue...

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