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Cumby......Ninety Years Ago
(Reprints of "The Cumby Rustler" from 1909

From the Cumby Rustler,
G. M. Morton, Editor

Friday, June 25, 1909:

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Some expressions of Grandma Bays -- M. Caroline Cox, the subject of this article, was born near Arkadelphia, Arkansas March 25, 1835; was married to Jim Aiken, a Georgian by birth, June 23, 1851. To them were born four children, three boys and one girl. Her grandchildren, great grandchildren, step-grandchildren number about one hundred. She, with her husband, came to Texas in January 1858. Her first husband died Dec 15, 1865. She was married to Jackson Knight, a Tennessean by birth, Oct 12, 1867. He died Nov. 26, 1881. She was married July 27, 1882 to Dr. G. B. Bays, a native of Virginia. She has lived in and around Cumby since January 1858. The Indians at that time came as near as Collin County on their raids, where they killed John Long and Uncle Frank Long of Prairie View, while he was trying to save some children from being killed by them. She also knows of the killing of the father George and Hugh Wilson of this country. She says that in the summer of 1860, people had to haul water eight and ten miles, and all supplies were hauled by ox wagon from Jefferson, requiring from fifteen to twenty days to make the round trip. Corn was worth $2.50 per bushel. People raised most of the wheat used, which was cut and threshed by hand. She cut and threshed grain herself, carried it to Black Jack Grove to an old tread mill run by oxen owned by John Green. In those days they paid from fifty cents to one dollar per pound for coffee. The ladies spun and wove their own and much of the men's clothing at home and wore home-made  shoes. She lived on Turkey creek between Cumby and Donelton. Houses were very scarce in those days; game was plentiful; churches small and far apart. She has held membership with Cumby, Miller Grove and Palestine Baptist Churches, her membership now being with the latter. When a widow, she bought corn at $1.50 per bushel, and had it hauled by oxen from Arkansas. She carried her babe in arms and walked and carried corn to John Dial's old mill, one and one-half miles, to feed herself and children. She has worked all day and then with a babe in her arms, carried water a distance of one mile after night with which to wash. She says once when there was no money and women and children were destitute of clothing, and no cotton raised here, when men would pass through here hauling cotton from East Texas, women in distress have taken it away from them, as they had nothing but Confederate money to offer for it. They would have carding and spinning parties by night. This all happened here in an early day when Cumby (Black Jack Grove) had only about thirty small houses and no railroad.  This old landmark is still very active, her mind strong and clear. -- D. W. Garvin

Mack Howard, grandson of Mack Howard, was quite painfully scalded about the chest, abdomen and limbs while at play last Sunday. He and some companions were using a bucket with a tight fitting lid as a steam boiler. The bucket was filled with water, the lid fastened on and fire place beneath. The steam pressure this created blew the lid off  and the boiling water thus released struck the little fellow squarely on the front of his person, scalding him quite severely. A doctor was summoned and he is doing as well as could be expected.

Miller Grove Melodies --- Dr. McDowell made a trip to Galveston recently. Miss Maggie Corbet of Lone Oak is visiting relatives in Miller Grove this week. George Marable and wife have a fine boy at their home. The young people enjoyed an ice cream supper at J. W. Delay's Saturday night. 

Judge Patterson on Pensions -- I am now in possession of the Confederate Pension blanks.

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