Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. William Price]
Miss Effie Cowan, P.W.
McLennan County, Texas,
District No, 8.
No. words 2000
File no. 240.
Page no. 1. REFERENCE
Interview with Mrs. William Price, Marlin, Texas, (White Pioneer)
“I was born in the year 1847 at Bowling Green Kentucky, my father was named David Busby, he owned a plantation in the vicinity of Bowling Green. In the year 1849, he brought his family and slaves to Texas and settled in Freestone County at a little community called Cotton Gin, where he lived untill his death.
“First, I will tell you about the stories that were told to us in our childhood of the life and things that were of interest to my people in Kentucky. I can remember as a child the first song that we were taught. It was “My old Kentucky Home”. This song was written, as you probably know by Stephen Foster who was visiting in Kentucky at the home of a kinsman at Federal Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky. This relative's name was John Brown, a [Judge?]. This was in the fall of 1852, but in these days when we came to Texas everything that happened in our home state was as interesting to us as the news in Texas.
“This song, having the beautiful words of love of the old home, was always our favorite. The story of how it was written in the old spring house on the Hill and how Stephen Foster having the inspriation of it, then went to the old mahogany desk in the hall to write the words down, little dreaming that some day it would be the cause of the place becoming a memorial shrine to be kept as a tribute to the writer of this song. I understand that this house was opened to the public in 1924 as a state and national shrine.
“Another thing which found echo in the hearts of the people from this state, in Texas was the horse races. The poet, James Mulligan wrote
“The song birds are the sweetest