Mary Scarlett Jones


Conducted by Joe Liles

Part 5


We always had lanterns.  If we didn’t get all our work done during the day, we would use lanterns to go outside and finish it.  We also had lamps with the wicks in them.  We mostly set the lanterns on the table.  The lamp, we might set on the hearth.


In the summer when it would get hot, you would find yourself a shade tree and get under it.  You’d get a book or a newspaper or whatever you could find and fan with it.  Might even be a little bush.  Just to get yourself a little air.  In the house in hot weather, we would leave the doors open at night to get some of that cool night air to come in.  I remember my father would lie down in the door and sleep and never even bother about closing the door.  Part of the night air would stay in the house for a while.


Fish Dam Road came across back there, right by the cabin.  I don’t remember anything but horses and buggies and wagons on that road.  Our mail carrier was named Mr. Sam Woods.  I remember that the road was always a little low and you had to go down a little path to the mailbox.  It was a metal box.  I remember one time when there was sleet on the ground.  I was just big enough to go get the mail.  I went down in there to get the mail, but I had a hard time getting back up out of the road on account off it was kind of icy. 


I remember traveling on Fish Dam Road in a wagon.  We would go on that road to Durham.  We didn’t go that much, but I remember going to a parade in Durham.  Sometimes we might go shopping.  But there were so many kids.  You could just carry a few at a time in that wagon.  Maybe they’d carry the girls one time and the boys the next time.  We always had some straw or something, and we would have an oilcloth, ‘cept it was different, to cover that straw with.  If we were going to church, my mother would have a clean spread that she would put over the straw so the ride would not be too hard on us.


I don’t remember my father owning a horse.  We had mules.  One mule could pull the wagon.  We had one wagon we called a two-horse wagon that my dad would use to haul corn and stuff.  My father would sell vegetables, and he would go on Fish Dam Road to Hickstown which was in West Durham.  We also sold milk and butter.  We usually had two milk cows.  My mother would have these molds, and she would make a half pound and a pound mold of butter.


Going down Fish Dam Road to Hickstown, we had a few friends and neighbors.  Seems one of them was a Griffin.  We had one family, we always would say they were our colored family.  It was the Stanfields.  Their dad was a minister, Henry Stanfield.  We had another neighbor going down Fish Dam Road a little, and they was Bolin, some of our relatives somehow or another, Henry Bolden.  Later on, we had some Eubanks that lived near us.  When things had gotten a little more plentiful and cars were passing on the new Highway 70, the Eubanks had a store about where you turn in to come to here.  The Eubanks had some kind of connection to the speed limit.  If people would go over the speed limit, the Eubanks would go and chase ‘em down.  After they got cars, they did have a speed limit.  That was a white family, the Eubanks family.


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