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Best Dress of Denim

I remember when the best dress I had was brown denim. The children would have to go to bed when I washed their clothes, or I would have to wash them at night. But we were not the only ones that hard times. We had preaching at a schoolhouse. There was a man came to church carrying his baby wrapped in a sheet, and he was in his bare feet. I saw women come to church without any stockings.

We lived there about eight years. One year we had grasshoppers, but they were late in coming, even though they were plentiful. They harmed only the late corn, they ate the leaves of the trees, and you could hardly drive a horse through the timber on accoi~nt of the insects flying up the animals nose, and driving it frantic.

We used to go to Salt creek to get salt for our cattle, where Lincoln is now. Then we moved to Nebraska City. I remember when they moved the capital from Omaha to Lincoln. It was a great day of rejoicing. People thought it would help to build up Nebraska City. A year after we moved there, they commenced to build the railroad from Lincoln to Nebraska City. I have just been reading Sheldon’s "History of Nehraska." He said the road was built in 1871, but I know it was built before that, for we moved to Thayer county near Hebron, in 1871, and it was already in operation.

A Treat For Children

I remember of a little child that was killed. It was playing in a ditch and just as a flat car came along it crawled up on the track and was run over. Another incident I remember when they had a road built as far as Dunbar. On the fourth of July they were going to give the children a ride as far as Dunbar, and I sat up all night to get our children’s dresses made so they could go along.

My husband died in 1898, and my daughter and I have been living in Hastings for seven years. She formerly taught school, but is now staying at home taking care of me.

Well, if you think this is worth publishing and do not get tired reading it, you are welcome to it.


P. S. Here I am an old woman who will be ninety in March, and the last time I was weighed, I was seventy—nine pounds, but I am still able to go to church and Sunday school.

Mrs. Anna (Mason) Knox, was born 16 March 1826, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; died 04 May 1917, Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska; married 28 October 1852, Guernsey County, Ohio, James Knox.

[From the files of: Robert J. "Bob" Hadeen, 201 E. Oak St., Apt. #2, Yakima, WA 98901-1760, maternal great grandson of Anna (Mason) Knox.]

"My Story" by George Van Nortwick, Anna Knox's grandson

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