Tag Archives: East Texas

Raising Hogs in East Texas, 1911

More early 20th-Century East Texas farming tales from my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey. The year that I came back to Yantis after My third child was born 1911; That is the year following my coming back there in the Summer of … Continue reading

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Gun at the Schoolhouse in 1901 Rural East Texas

Our guest blogger, my grandfather G.M.C. Massey, wrote 2 versions of many events. Here’s 2 renditions of a story concerning his younger brother defending himself against a school rival’s knife attack. Back in the School-Year of 1901 & 1902, that … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 4)

More of Mom’s edit of Granddad’s memoir manuscripts. Some of this has been shared here before but presenting in sequence this time. We only had ice cream when it snowed enough that we could gather it up. If we had … 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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Tale of an East Texas Sheriff, late 1800s

More from the memoirs of my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey: Another character that I would like to call your attention to is Frank Smart, he was very outstanding to me. When I was a small boy I heard My father talk … Continue reading

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Paid for Dreaming — Granddad Wins a Dollar

G.M.C. Massey returns as guest blogger with more about his early days of schooling in 19th Century East Texas, with this tale of learning, dreaming and problem-solving. When I was about 14 years of age, and was in the advanced class … Continue reading

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