The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 7

The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 2) - Vol. 7

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12-18-37

Miss Effie Cowan, P. W.

McLennan County, Texas

District 8

"When the hill of toil was steepest,

When the forest frown was deepest,

Poor but young you hastened here,

Came when solid hope was cheapest--

Came a pioneer;

Made the western jungles view,

Civilizations charms;


Snatched a home for you and yours,

From the lean tree arms,

Toil had never ceased to doubt you,

Progress path you helped to clear;

But Today forgets about you,

And the world rides on without you--

Sleep--old pioneer.

(Author unknown)

John Love.

"Yer wants ter know more about de history handed down ter us 'bout whar I wuz born in East Texas, an' whar I cum later on an' lived in de Brazos bottom country, befo' dey wuz much of a town called Marlin, or de country north towards Waco or south, east or west.

"I has told yer a little 'bout de town of Woodville in East Texas an' whar I lived near de Nechez river in East Texas; dis wuz a community a long time befo' Dallas had becum' a town. Dis country wuz first called de municipality of Nacodoches. De oldest folks dat lived in dis country used ter claim dat de explorer La Salle wuz killed by his men near de town of Rockland in de northern part of dis country. Dey claim dat his diary dat his men kept after he wuz killed say dat he wuz killed in a days journey ter de Neches an' de Angelina rivers, so dis would put his grave somewhar near de town of Rockland.

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