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Vernon Remembers

Vernon remembers Granny as hard working, strict but a cheerful lady. She was happy-go-lucky most of the time, but had a violent Irish temper (which she pronounced, "Ourish"). The temper would come on like an explosion. She didn't smoke but always had bit of snuff in her mouth, which Vernon remembers her chewing, but never saw her spit it out.

If you ever sneezed in her presence she would fix you an eggnog with brandy. If you ever got it all down you didn't care if you had a cold or not. She didn't waste the egg or milk. She didn't drink, but they always had a bottle of brandy for medicinal use.

Her sister Annie [my grandmother] Dora's mother, was also a happy-go-lucky person and played games with her grandchildren. She also had an "Ourish" temper. She wasn't an alcoholic, but she liked her spirits, and smoked a lot. During the depression she rolled her own cigarettes.

Vernon said, "I can remember each declaration day we would go their house, the one in the picture with Pap's family in front of it. Everybody that was related to us in any shape, form or fashion. (and some that weren't related) came to his house. Grany would have tubs of corn, pies, cakes and all types of food. This was an old Indian tradition. Events such as weddings, graduations, county fairs would not be complete without time-honored delicacies such as corn, corn bread and the zesty corn broth that was seasoned with a dash of lye and called "sofke"

One man that wasn't related to us had an old Ford truck. I can remember this (I must have been around three years old). This guy had a five gallon ice cream freezer. It was big, it was as tall as I was when I stood up. Everybody had lots of eggs and milk so they would make lots of ice cream."

There were two full blooded, fat Cherokee Indian women named Starr that would show up each time. They were old maids, never married. They lived around Briartown.

During the Depression four or five people couldn't get loans and Paps signed for them. They all went belly up and Paps lost his place. All he saved was his mules. From putting two and two together, I think the banker was crooked, and caused them to lose the property, so the bank could get it. Paps then went to work for the county grading roads. I can remember when Paps dragged the roads with his mules.


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