Surname: Stubblefield

Slave Narrative of Alex & Elizabeth Smith

Interviewer: Henrietta Karwowski Person Interviewed: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Smith Location: South Bend, Indiana Age: 83 Place of Residence: 127 North Lake Street, South Bend, Indiana Henrietta Karwowski, Field Worker Federal Writers’ Project St. Joseph County-District #1 South Bend, Indiana EX-SLAVES MR. AND MRS. ALEX SMITH 127 North Lake Street South Bend, Indiana Mr. and Mrs. Alex Smith, an eighty-three year old negro couple were slaves in Kentucky near Paris, Tennessee, as children. They now reside at 127 North Lake Street, on the western limits of South Bend. This couple lives in a little shack patched up with tar paper, tin, and wood. Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, the talkative member or the family is a small woman, very wrinkled, with a stocking cap pulled over her gray hair. She wore a dress made of three different print materials; sleeves of one kind, collar of another and body of a third. Her front teeth were discolored, brown stubs, which suggested that she chews tobacco. Mr. Alex Smith, the husband is tall, though probably he was a well built man at one time. He gets around by means of a cane. Mrs. Smith said that he is not at all well, and he was in the hospital for six weeks last winter. The wife, Elizabeth or Betty, as her husband calls her, was a slave on the Peter Stubblefield plantation in Kentucky,...

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Biography of Ira Stubblefield

A man of great adaptability, with vigor to carry him through his various undertakings, and wisdom to guide him in the safe path, and, withal, possessed of executive force to manipulate enterprises with success, the subject of this article is a man to whom we gladly accord representation in this volume of Harney county history. He was born in Blanco county, Texas, on April 28, 1866, being the son of W. K. and Eliza (Lumas) Stubblefield. The father of our subject was born in Tennessee, October 30, 1816, and at the age of fourteen went to Bolivar, Missouri, and in his twentieth year he went to Texas and lived in twenty-three different counties in that state. He was on the frontier all of the time and did much hunting and scouting and fought the Indians continually. He was with the noted cattle king, Bob Tout, and the two doubtless slew more Indians when the savages were on the murderous raids than any other men of the country. At one time eight white men, including Mr. Stubblefield and Bob Tout, were attacked by Indians, seventeen in number, and all of the whites fled but Stubblefield and Tout and two companions, and they fought the savages to a finish, completely whipping them. Mr. Stubblefield was in many a battle and skirmish with the treacherous savage and always came out victorious. In...

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Stubblefield, Ralph – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Ralph Stubblefield, 87, of La Grande, died Sunday, August 27, 1978, at the La Grande Nursing Home. He was born February 4, 1891. at Enterprise to Robert and Mary (Foust) Stubblefield. He farmed in Wallowa and Union counties for many years. Mr. Stubblefield was married to Frances Buzzard October 4, 1911, at Cove. She preceded him death on December 17, 1977. Survivors include his sons, Harlan of La Pine, Donovan of Union, Chester of Portland, Frank of Tacoma, Omar of Prineville and Paul of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughters, Frances Nealeigh of Philomath, Mrs. Jesse (Anna) Moore of Burris, Wyo., Erma Trump of Hermiston; a sister, Vera green, Clarkston, 36 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many relatives. Funeral services were held Friday, September 1, 1978 at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. Concluding services followed at the Grandview Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, September 7, 1978 Page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert F. Stubblefield

In many of the walks of life are those in Wallowa County who have labored faithfully for the opening of the country and the subduing of nature’s wilds, but there are none who have met face to face the hardships of the pioneer, and done battle with the opposing forces of the obstacles of the frontiersman, more than those who follow the agriculturist’s life; and well known in this class is the esteemed gentleman of whom we have now the pleasure to write, in giving the salient points of his career, while it would be quite out of place to omit mention of his integrity and faithful qualities of uprightness and enterprise with which he is so richly endowed. Mr. Stubblefield was born in Missouri in 1855, being the son of Thomas and Martha (Kennedy) Stubblefield, natives, respectively, of Missouri and Tennessee. The mother died while the family remained in Missouri and then the father came in 1878 to Union county, settling on Cricket flat and taking a homestead. Here he gave his attention to opening a farm and building a home until just previous to his death, which occurred a short time since in La Grande. At the age of nineteen our subject commenced battle for himself on the plane of life’s activities and his first venture was to operate in the lead mines of Missouri, continuing for...

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