Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Old Timers Dictionary]
March 8, 1937
Anthony, New Mexico
OLD TIMERS DICTIONARY
There is no doubt, that today and not to-morrow, is the propitious time to collect and preserve some of the true stories of this Great Southwest. For there are not many of the early settlers or old-timers left. Many, who were the path-finders for us, have passed away, leaving no records of the heroic parts they played in the historical drama of our country.
Take one old-timer for instance,-- one of the oldest pioneers of our community. Her house is old, too, but it has not withstood the ravage of time near so well as she. When I asked her how long she had lived in Anthony, she laughed and replied:
"Gracious, child! Why don't you ask me how long I've lived in New Mexico? 'Cause if you get any sense out of my story I'll have to start from the beginnin' over in Lincoln County, where we located before comin' to Dona Ana."
"What year was that?"
"1881. We moved to Anthony in 1897. My first husband had been out in this country before, but as I told you, Lincoln, tho, he druve a freight train across the plains from Kansas to Colorado. It was slow travel, too, 'cause they druve ox teams in them days. Besides, if they wasn't watchin' for Indians, they was a slowin' up to let the buffalo go by.