Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Rush Myers]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER Harold J. Moss ADDRESS [6934?] Francis St. Lincoln
DATE March 31, 1939 SUBJECT American Folk Stuff
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INFORMANT Rush Meyers, 3104 Holdrege St. Lincoln
After we came to Nebraska, even tho just a kid, I began to realize, we were in a brand new world with people around us who seemed almost foolish in the way they trusted and helped their neighbors. Why there was a man, near Vesta a kind of farmer and trader who had never as far as I [know?], ever heard of my father before, but when dad needed some stock and feed to get started , this man told him to take it along and pay him in the fall when he made a crop. No note, nothing signed and the bill was over $100.00. And it was paid too. I'll bet he'd have tough luck doing that today and a good many have had it too. Most people [don't?] take any pride in paying their bills anymore but they sure hurry to pay off the mortgage on their car even if they let 'em take the home. A grocery bill was almost a [scared?] thing but not anymore.
I liked the thrill and excitement of the eighties from the rattlesnakes around, the house to the tobacco chewin'. Mule skinners on the new railroad which went thru’ near us.
Us boys used to hang around and watch them and the men driving the slips would try to coax us to drive a few rounds while they rested. We would do this but we always picked a guy who chewed tobacco and then we could get a chew.
Our folks wouldn't [hear?] to us buying or having any chewin' around.