SHARPENING SAW MILL BLADES by Jesse Suttles A note about “Saw Mills” My Granddad on my Mother’s side of the family ran a saw mill. In North East Texas. His son told me some stories about the every day life at the mill. He said that his Dad was the only one that filed (sharpened) […]
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Have you ever made ice cream this way?
(Another great memory from NE Texas by contributing author, Jesse Suttles) Ice Cream without a Freezer by Jesse Suttles When I was a small boy, ten years old. 1948, we lived in North East Texas. We lived about 10 miles from town. Sometimes we would go to town in a wagon. When Dad’s old car […]
Growing up in West Texas with snakes and trains in the good old days – this takes you back in time
GROWING UP IN WEST TEXAS by Jesse Suttles Dad told me a story about his family moving to a different place when he was about 12 years old. It was probably close to Memphis, Texas, Hall county. It was in the wintertime. Dad said not far from the house there was a large rock formation. […]
You would probably get in trouble doing this today!
This story is a continuation of “Moving in Two Covered Wagons” Dad’s family had to move on to Dallas Texas. When they got to Rockwall, the farm that Grandad had rented, the people were still living on it. So the family had to move on to Dallas, Texas. They lived on “Elm” Street. While living there […]
What if you had to pack everything in your house and move across country in a covered wagon like this?
We have trucks, moving vans and paved roads today which makes moving from one state to another much easier. Imagine having to pack up an move all your belongings in covered wagons and on trails rather than paved roads. The task seems daunting, but this occurred, even as late as the early 1900s as revealed […]
Moving in two covered wagons from Arkansas to Texas – Here’s what it was like
MOVING IN TWO COVERED WAGONS by Jesse Suttles In the winter of 1914, my Grand Dad, Joseph Monroe Suttles, moved his family from Russellville, Arkansas, in Pope County, to Dallas, Texas. Originally, he had planned to move to Rockwall, Texas, located about thirty five miles north of Dallas, where he had rented a farm, but […]
The simple life in the good old days [story & pictures]
I enjoyed every day of it. I miss living like that by Jesse Suttles This took place when I was about 16 years old. I am 76 now. When I was a young teenager. My little brother Doyle, my self and two or three friends would go fishing on Sulfur River in North East Texas. […]
Old Washing Machines and the Good Old Days
OLD WASHING MACHINES by Jesse Suttles A picture of an old washing machine brought back a lot of old memories. When I was a teenager back in North East Texas. My job every Saturday morning was to draw water from a 10 inch bored well. I would fill the old cast iron kettle. Then I had to […]
The case of the missing water melons
Missing Water Melons by Jesse Suttles This is another story that Dad told me several times. Dad and Mother were married in 1929, in Avery Texas. In 1930 they were in Freestone Co. Texas. Where Dad and Mother lived. There was a places fenced off to raise a garden. Dad planted several different kinds of vegetables. […]