Location: Worth County MO

Slave Narrative of Mittie Blakeley

Interviewer: Anna Pritchett Person Interviewed: Mittie Blakeley Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Place of Birth: Oxford, Missouri Date of Birth: 1858 Place of Residence: 2055 Columbia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana Federal Writers’ Project of the W.P.A. District #6 Marion County Anna Pritchett 1200 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana FOLKLORE MRS. MITTIE BLAKELEY-EX-SLAVE 2055 Columbia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana Mrs. Blakeley was born, in Oxford, Missouri, in 1858. Her mother died when Mittie was a baby, and she was taken into the “big house” and brought up with the white children. She was always treated very kindly. Her duties were the light chores, which had to be well done, or she was chided, the same as the white children would have been. Every evening the children had to collect the eggs. The child, who brought in the most eggs, would get a ginger cake. Mittie most always got the cake. Her older brothers and sisters were treated very rough, whipped often and hard. She said she hated to think, much less talk about their awful treatment. When she was old enough, she would have to spin the wool for her mistress, who wove the cloth to make the family clothes. She also learned to knit, and after supper would knit until bedtime. She remembers once an old woman slave had displeased her master about something. He had a pit dug, and boards placed over the...

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Biography of Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D.

Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D. The work which he had done as a member of the medical profession in Fall River had already attracted much attention to Doctor Fairchild, whose attainments and abilities are much above the average. Not only does a large clientage esteem him for his services, but his wife, Mrs. Fairchild, is likewise a graduate physician and had a considerable practice, specializing in discases of the eye. The Fairchild family originated in England, coming to America in Colonial times. Doctor Fairchild’s grandfather was Minor Fairchild, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1818, and became a pioneer farmer in Missouri. He died in Chariton County of the latter state in 1899. Minor Fairchild married Miss Goodwin, who was born in Pennsylvania and died in St. Charles County, Missouri. Dr. Anthony Wayne Fairchild was born at Wentzville, Missouri, June 1, 1878. His father is H. W. Fairchild, who was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1851, but when a young man came with his parents to Wentzville, Missouri. He was married at Wentzville to Miss Emma Hines, also a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she was born in 1850. H. W. Fairchild followed school teaching and farming for many years, but finally removed to the City of St. Louis, where he was in the insurance business and subsequently became a merchant. He now lives at St. Louis...

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Biography of William Anthony

William Anthony was long known as a dry goods merchant in Burlingame, Kansas. When he died there he left his widow and four young children. Mrs. Anthony, who now lives at Topeka, gave a splendid exposition of resourcefulness in a critical time. After the death of her husband she took the active management of the dry goods store, and though little acquainted with mercantile methods, she managed the enterprise so successfully that she gave her children the advantages they required at home and in school, and a few years ago sold the business, and moved to Topeka. Born at Marysville in Union County, Ohio, the late William Anthony had the qualities of patriotism and enterprise highly developed. When a mere boy he ran away from home and enlisted in the Union army in Company A of the Sixty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He saw three years of regular service and then re-enlisted and veteranized at Huntsville, Alabama. He was finally mustered out of the service of the United States Government at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 13, 1865, as a corporal. He participated in all the campaigns, battles and marches of his command, and made a splendid record as a soldier. After leaving the army he went to Harrison County, Missouri, and spent about three years teaching school. As a boy he had little opportunity to gain an education, and it...

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Fisher, Lillian – Obituary

Fisher, Lillian Succumbs After Lengthy IllnessLillian May Fisher died at her home at 1208 Seventh street about 3:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church at Cove Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. C.C. Callahan, of Union, in charge. Burial will follow in the Cove cemetery, with Snodgrass and Zimmerman in charge of arrangements. Born in Isadora, Mo. Jan. 19, 1884, she was 53 years, 11 months and 25 days of age. She leaves her widowed husband, Charles; two sons, John K. and Charles Richard, both seniors at Oregon State college; four sisters, Mrs. Ralph Harvey, Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. John C. Hamann, Brewster, Kan.; Mrs. H.B. Flanagan, Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. A.B. Eschenbacher, of Denver, Colo. Mrs. Fisher had resided here since 1910. [NOTE: Wife of Charles Walter Fisher (b. 24 Jan 1879 – d. 25 Nov 1945) of Summerville Camp; La Grande.) The Observer Newspaper La Grande, Oregon Friday, January 14, 1938 Contributed by: Jan S....

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