Category Archives: anecdotes

Pappa’s Childhood: Conclusion (part 11)

Conclusion of “Pappa’s Childhood,” a section of my grandfather’s memoirs, edited by my mother, Dell Buller,  from some of her father, G.M.C. Massey’s manuscript notes. After about a year, we bought an old improved place near Pleasant Grove. We let the unimproved … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 10)

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey’s memoirs continue, as edited by my mom into the section she titled “Pappa’s Childhood.” All our family had had a siege of the mumps and it had skipped me entirely. It hurt me for I wanted … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 3)

My Mom edited the start of her father’s autobiographical notes.  I’ve shared this part about his early schooling in 19th Century East Texas in a prior post, and now wanted to include it in sequence. About this time, the first school in out neighborhood … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 2)

Continuing with my Mom’s edit of the beginning of her father’s autobiography, here is part 2, describing growing up in late 19th Century East Texas. Something that made an indelible impression on me when I was very young was what they called then as … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 1)

My Grandfather’s memoir manuscripts have provided numerous prior “guest blogger” posts here on the back porch. I also mentioned how my mother, Dell Buller, tried to edit his rambling and repetitive notes into a more straightforward timeline. She pieced together”Pappa’s Childhood,” a … Continue reading

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East Texas Weather Report — December 1897

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, provides this winter weather warning: don’t forget your shoes. Another thing that demands attention at this time is a freak weather action. Along in December 1897 the weather had been very warm and murky for several … Continue reading

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A Few Stray Dog Tales

Not that the dog was stray — no, these are just some left-over tales of my dog, Brutus. I’ve already written how he became my dog (accidentally) and how I killed him (on purpose —okay, I “put him to sleep” … Continue reading

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