Category Archives: Memoirs

Cotton Trading in 1900s East Texas

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, wrote of his life in rural East Texas circa the early 1900’s. Here he describes buying and selling cotton, speculating on price changes — an early “day trader” of sorts. I had been teaching at Reilly … Continue reading

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More of Granddad’s Horse Trading

Recently, I shared a horse trading story my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, included in his memoirs, one of many. He wrote in detailed anecdotes about some of his horse trading in rural east Texas circa  1890-1900 or so. Working from fragments … Continue reading

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Granddad’s Bad Deal Horse Trade

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather and our “guest blogger” via his memoirs, wrote of  his early life in rural East Texas at the late 1800’s, a life that include farming and horses trading, subjects he wrote about often. Here he writes … Continue reading

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Indian Territory (Oklahoma) & Back Again, 1897

Once again, our guest blogger, G.M.C. Massey (my grandfather) shares a story about traveling to visit relatives in the Indian Territory circa the late 19th Century. When I was 17 years of age I was visiting in OKLAHOMA with my … Continue reading

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An Infatuation (2 versions)

Our guest blogger, my grandfather, G.M.C.Massey wrote multiple versions of some of his stories in the various manuscripts of his memoirs. Here is an instance of 2 versions of the same events — with only one significant variation, leaving the … Continue reading

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Back Porch in the Rear View, 2017

The end of the year is awash in people’s lists: 10 Best Movies, Top 10 International News Stories, 12 Stories You Missed, and the like. So why not a list of stories told on the Buller Back Porch this past … Continue reading

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Granddad Plays the Field

More from G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, as he writes of adolescence in rural East Texas in the late 1800’s. I remember that while I was going to the Ivanhoe High School that the teacher had a rule that the scholars … Continue reading

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