Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Rush Myers]
A few of us boys had gone to look on and were settin' on a platform at one end of the [ball?]. We called it nigger heaven though it was just a stage used for entertainments. The dance got going’ and the Irish got into a couple of the sets and the Turkey Creek Boys were in the other. Then one of the Irish busted right out and said “I can whip any man here who says he can shuck a hundred bushels of corn a day.” Jack Shoner of the Turkey Creek Boys took him right up and they went to it right there while the dancers were still going through the steps.
Then some more pitched in and the dance turned into a free for all. Why, even some the rival girls pulled a little hair, although mostly the women then let their men do the quarrelin'.
Ruf Pierce, a two fisted hard fightin' old timer took a hand there and tore into the fight. He had a neck yoke and knocked 'em right and left till the tough Irish decided they had had enough.
Now a days they would call the law but then they just took care of the thing themselves.
It's funny but in those days nearly every one was hard up but no one asked for relief. It was considered a disgrace and what was done in this way was volunteered and not asked for.
Public opinion was a different sort too. Why if any couple went to the Judge to get married, people were apt to think it was a 'shot gun' affair. And if a young couple were keepin' company and one of them went