Manuscripts/Mixed Material [O. T. Cardwell]
EDITORIAL FIELD COPY
Mrs. Florence Angermiller, P.W.
From F. C. by
Mrs. Gussie Hale, P.W.
Tales of Early Days. UVALDE COUNTY, DISTRICT #10
APR 15 [?]
O. T. CARDWELL
O. T. Cardwell, who lives on 502 South Getty Street, and ranches out near Spofford is active and up and going inspite of his 77 years. He seems to greatly enjoy being in the cattle business and is very capable. His parents who were farmers, first lived in Caldwell County where he was born in 1861, then they moved to Gonzales in 1861. The following is in his own words:
“At the outbreak of the Civil War, I was too young to remember war times, of course, but soon after, felt the effects of it. I was the youngest of our family of four boys and two girls. There were thirteen other children besides, that my mother cared for during the war. She took care of them till they were old enough to make their own way in life. Their fathers had been killed in the war and their mothers had died of grief or hardships. It was necessary for my mother to take a count on the children of nights and I well remember the touch of her hand on my forehead at night when she came to our beds to take her count. I remember the old trundle bed that was pulled out from under my mother's bed and three to five of us youngsters tucked in for the night.
“One night, the count was one short. Mother could not find him. She roused the little army of kids and sent us out in search of the lost one. We had been playing 'Hide and Seek,' and this one had hid himself so well that he could not be found. The play had gone on without him and he was forgotten but not by mother when she took the count. When we found him, he was covered up in the corner of the fence with some rubbish he had pulled over himself to hide him and he was dead to the world in slumberland.