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Slave Narrative of Adah I. Suggs

Interviewer: Lauana Creel Person Interviewed: Adah Isabelle Suggs Location: Evansville, Indiana Date of Birth: 1862 Stories from Ex-Slaves 5th District Vanderburgh County Lauana Creel 1415 S. Barker Avenue, Evansville, Indiana ESCAPE FROM BONDAGE OF ADAH ISABELLE SUGGS Among the interesting stories connected with former slaves one of the most outstanding ones is the life story of Adah Isabelle Suggs, indeed her escape from slavery planned and executed by her anxious mother, Harriott McClain, bears the earmarks of fiction, but the truth of all related occurences has been established by the aged negro woman and her daughter Mrs. Harriott Holloway, both citizens of Evansville, Indiana. Born in slavery before January the twenty-second, 1862 the child Adah McClain was the property of Colonel Jackson McClain and Louisa, his wife. According to the customary practice of raising slave children, Adah was left at the negro quarters of the McClain plantation, a large estate located in Henderson county, three and one half miles from the village of Henderson, Kentucky. There she was cared for by her mother. She retains many impressions gained in early childhood of the slave quarters; she remembers the slaves singing and dancing together after the day of toil. Their voices were strong and their songs were sweet. “Master was good to his slaves and never beat them” were her words concerning her master. When Adah was not yet five years of age the mistress, Louisa McClain, made a trip to the slave quarters to review conditions of the negroes. It was there she discovered that one little girl there had been developing ideas and ideals; the mother had taught...

Biographical Sketch of Wallace McClain

This well-known and representative business man and patriotic citizen of Harney county is one of the firm of McClain & Biggs, liverymen and dealers in horses and mules in Burns, where their stables are, being also owners of a fine stock ranch. Our subject was born in Scotland county, Missouri, on September 16, 1854, being the son of Martin and Sarah (Childers) McClain. The father was in the confederate army and in the battle of Pea Ridge lost his right arm. He served under Price. In 1866 the family removed to Schuyler county and our subject was educated in these two localities and he remained with his parents until 1875, when he went to Waterloo, Iowa, and took up the grocery business. In 1877 he went to Elk City, Kansas, and the next year he came to San Francisco, and thence by steamer, George M. Elder, to Portland and soon he was in Linn county. He was engaged in a flouring mill until 1881 and then came to Summerville, Union county, and freighted from Umatilla to Idaho. It was 1883 when he came to the Silvies valley, engaging with Lux & Miller, stockmen. He took a train of twenty-one cars of cattle to Chicago and another to Omaha and was foreman of the company until he met with an accident of falling under a wagon, which unfitted him for the arduous labors of a stock foreman. This was 1886, and he went into business in Drewsey and in 1889 Mr. McClain married Mrs. Eva (Robertson) Whittle and then moved to Umatilla county. He took up the business of making...

McClain, John – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon John J. McClain died at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital June 26, 1978 where he had been a patient for 5 days. He was a resident of the Pioneer Guest Home, and a former resident of Medford and Salem. He was born September 30, 1886 on Upper Prairie Creek to James R. and Alice McClain. He married Ida Mae Hursch at Medical Springs, Oregon. She preceded him in death in 1939. In August of 1977 he married Lurena B. in Salem, Oregon. Mr. McClain was a meat cutter, retired. Services were held Saturday, July 1 at Bollman Chapel at 4:00 p.m., with Eric Walch officiating. Cliff Collingsworth was the soloist singing “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Organist was Jeannette Powers. Pall bearers were Jim McClain, Max Gorsline, Harold Klages, Jack Harmon, Vern McClain and Norman McClain. Internment was in the family plot at Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph. Survivors are his wife, Lurena B. McClain of Salem, two sons, Gene H. McClain of Sanger, California; Kermit Raymond McClain of Newport, Washington; One daughter, Mrs. Clyde R. (Marilyn) Wilson of Kelley, Iowa; one sister, Hattie Beaudoin; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, July 6, 1978, Page 14 Contributed by: Sue...

McClain, Benjamin Franklin – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Frank McLain Laid To Rest Benjamin Franklin McLain, born June 9, 1892, passed away suddenly at his home Friday, February 27. For some time his general health had been poor and the complications had proved fatal. Benjamin Franklin McClain, the son of James and Alice McLain, was one of the early pioneers of Wallowa County. His early life was spent on the family farm on upper Prairie Creek. He moved to Joseph with his parents in 1910, graduating from the Joseph high school with the class of 1914. He worked a few years in the First State bank in Joseph, later enlisting in the Navy during World War I, and was discharged for disability March 22, 1918. He was married Sept. 10. 1924, to Mary Collingsworth, daughter of Mrs. D.B. Collingsworth of Enterprise. To this union four children were born, Ray, Colleen, Ardis and La Rose. He was rural mail carrier out of Enterprise from 1921 to 1946 when he was forced to retire because of ill health. He was a member of the Christian church of which he was a deacon. He was also a charter of the American Legion, Chief Joseph post no. 18. Frank was a lover of the outdoors and spent much of his spare time hunting and fishing. He leaves behind his beloved wife and children, two brothers, Fred J. McClain of Joseph and John McLain of Salem; two sisters, Mattie Emerick, Oakland, Calif., and one grandchild. Clifford Trout, former pastor of the Christian church in Enterprise, assisted by Edwin Beem, was in charge for the services Tuesday afternoon at...

McClain, Walter James “Jim” – Obituary

Walter James “Jim” McClain, 70, of Baker City, died April 24, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St. Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Jim was born on Sept. 14, 1934, at Los Angeles to Walter Logan and Rosalyn Myers McClain. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He moved to Baker City in 1982. Jim was married three times. He married Mable Norreen Williams in July of 1951; Joann Watson on July 13, 1981; and Laura Pogue on Sept. 9, 1995. He was a longtime member of the Baker City Eagles Lodge and the American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and go dancing with his friends and family. He was a great husband and father. Survivors include his wife, Laura McClain of Baker City; three daughters, Jodi McClain of Baker City, Vici Crites and her husband, Ed, of Ontario and Kelli Rodriguez and her husband, Anastacio, of Ontario; stepchildren, Jim and Tina Pogue, John and Sacha Pogue, Jason and Dorothy Pogue, all of Baker City, Dawn and her husband, Billy Willis, and Larry Puckett, of Texas, and Deena and Chad Vandehey of North Bend; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and best friends and family, Ken and Debbie White of Baker City and Mary and Richard Ashley of Estacada. Memorial contributions may be made to the family through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726,...

Biography of Baxter D. McClain, Hon.

Hon. Baxter D. McClain. One of the new members to take their seats in the State Senate in 1917 is Baxter D. McClain, of Iola. Senator McClain was elected November 7, 1916, on the republican ticket by the Fourteenth District, comprising Allen and Woodson counties. Much may be expected of Senator McClain since he had for many years been an able lawyer at Iola, and his professional attainments and wide experience in affairs constitute unusual qualifications for legislative work. Senator McClain is a native of Kansas, having been born at Oswego, December 9, 1871. Much of his early life was spent in the State of Ohio, and the family belonged to Ohio by many ties and by a residence of more than a century. The McClains were Scotch-Irish people who came out of the north of Ireland sometime in the seventeenth century, settling in Virginia. There is an old homestead in Coshocton County, Ohio, which was owned and occupied by this family for several successive generations. The founder of the family in Ohio was Senator McClain’s great-grandfather, Seth McClain. Born in Virginia, he went into the country northwest of the Ohio River in the early years of the nineteenth century and received a patent, signed by James Madison, President of the United States, to the southeast quarter of section 9, township 4, range 5, in Coshocton County. Experiencing the life of a frontiersman, he became one of the substantial men of Coshocton County and increased his original holdings to 200 acres. He died on the old homestead. The grandfather of Senator McClain was James McClain, who was born on...

Biography of John Birch McClain

JOHN BIRCH McCLAIN. – This pioneer, whose record extends to the memorable year of 1843, was born January 31, 1820, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of John and Mary Swallow McClane. At the age of twenty-two, he left Philadelphia for Texas with the purpose of assisting General Sam Houston to gain the independence of Texas. The ship, however, upon which he took passage, sailing from Delaware Bay in a storm, was delayed thirty days; and, upon his arrival in New Orleans, the young man found that Houston had withdrawn his proclamation of war against Mexico, and that he was in no need of recruits. Encountering yellow fever in the Southern city, he took passage on a Mississippi steamer, stopping off at Burlington, Iowa, and happening along at Fairfield at the time of the Indian treaty with, and the payment to, the Sacs and Foxes. Still having in mind a journey to foreign parts, he had his eye on Chili as a desirable point, and learning something of the route to Oregon, determined to make his way to the Columbia, and await a ship which would take him to South America. Arriving at the rendezvous in the spring of 1843, he found the emigrants gathering, and with them set out upon the memorable journey. He recalls that there were nine hundred and ninety-nine souls in the company, being precisely the same as the number of the loose stock. His recollection of the incidents of the way is vivid and exceedingly interesting. We take the liberty to insert here a little fuller report of his connections with Doctor Whitman...

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