Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. W. Wilson]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER Harold J. Moss ADDRESS 6934 Francis
DATE September 23, 1938 SUBJECT American Folklore
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT J. W. Wilson 2336 North 70th Lincoln
We traveled by wagon from Council Bluffs, Iowa, through the bottom gumbo to the ferry at Plattsmouth. They put the wagons on the outside and the horses on the inside on the ferry, when crossing the Missouri.
It was May 28, 1870 when we reached the farm we were going to take south of Yutan.
The Free Land in Nebraska attracted a good many 'skippers' who would file on the land for speculation.
They would sell out and soon did to the staunch heroic men and women who came to make their homes there. The heart of America's finest people was breaking loose to come to the freedom of the west.
I remember when Thompson Bissell of [Wahoo?] Creek first brought Texas Longhorn cattle to our neighborhood to fatten. They were rangy, poor and had horns about four feet across. They wouldn't eat corn and did not know what it was. In order to get them to eat, Bissell got some native northern cattle and placed them all together. The steers soon got the idea alright.
The Indians, who called themselves, ‘heap good Omaha’, used to come from the Platte river islands and ask for flour and coffee. That was what they wanted all the time. We never had coffee and