Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. R. A. McAllister]
“It was in the fall of 1877, that the grasshoppers came thro' our community and the sky was again darkened for two or three days. They were in great droves and destroyed the grain and damaged the bark of the trees, they left their eggs and the next spring they hatched out and the gardens were ruined from them. When they grew wings they left. They came with a September equinox storm.
“In the earlier days the land produced far more abundant crops than it does now. It was expected after we commenced to raise cotton that at least a bale would be harvested to the acre. The insects had not gotten a start and the soil had not washed away. If we had the coil conservation in those days our production now would have been a different story and the land in much better shape . The open spaces in the Odds community in the early days was covered with mesquite trees. It was considered Prairie land, altho' the terrain is hilly and rolling. Prairie fires must have prevented the growth of trees in days gone by. A few trees dot the community here and there and if they could talk, they could tell many a story of picnics and happy days of the young (now the old) generation. Up at Buffalo [Mott?], where the cowboys used to camp, and rest in the heat of the summer sun, many a boy's name with the initials of his sweetheart was carved on the