Miss Effie Cowan|
McLennan County, Texas
| September 20, 1937|
"I wuz born In Bosque County near de town of Meridian; My daddy an mamy's name wuz Nathaniel an' Catherine Frierson, I wuz born de first year of freedom an' lived in Bosque County a few years, an' den we moved down on de Harrison an' de Dunklin Farms whar we lived untill I wuz a good big girl, den we moved to Waco, Texas.
"De first thing dat stands out in my memory of de days when I wuz a child wuz going to Waco an' watching de people cross de Brazos river on de ferry boat; Our folks would let us chillun go down ter de river an' stay an' watch de ferry boats whilst de ole folks bought dey supplies, so dis wuz de bigges' thin' on our trip ter Waco besides de ride down dar. Yer see hit wuz about sixty miles an' we goes in de wagon drivin' de oxen, an' hit takes us mos' all day to go an' mos' of de day to cum home, an' so we stay all night at de wagon yard, if we has de covered wagon we sleeps in de wagon.
" Waco wuznot any bigger dan Meridian is now, if as big. As well as I kin remember, de place whar de folks buy dey supplies wuz on what is now Bridge Street, near de river, so hit wuz not far for dem go an' leaves us chillun down at de river wid one of de oldest ones ter stay an' watch an' see dat we dont fall in. De day's ter go ter Waco wuz on a Saturday jes like dey do now.
"After awhile dey build de old suspension bridge, an' den we goes watches de people as dey cum into Waco, an' drives across hit, dey stop an' de toll-keeper dat stay in de little rooms at de end of each side of de bridge, cum's out an' dey has ter pay him twenty-five cents