Manuscripts/Mixed Material [W. A. Wood]
William V. Ervin, P. W.
District # 8
No. of words 500
File No. 230
Interview with W. A. Wood, Glen Rose, Texas- Early Settler
“My father brought the family to Texas, to what is now Somervell county in 1874, when I was twelve years old. When we reached the Brazos River it was up, there was no bridge, and no ferry. We built a skiff to cross but we had to leave all our things on the other side until the river went down, when we could bring them across in the wagon.
We settled on the land along the river where we landed. Nearly everybody lived in log houses. We built a house of cedar logs. The living room had a puncheon floor, and the kitchen had a dirt floor. We came from Arkansas, and we had a well-built house there. I didn't see how we were going to live in this log house, but we were comfortable. The log houses were not as tight as lumber houses, but/
People were friendly and glad to see you. If you went to see anybody and stayed a week, they wanted you to stay longer.
The land was good and would raise almost anything. Crops were generally good. The land is not as good now as it was then. It has washed away. I can show you places where good land has been washed away and now there are big gullies.
When we came there were, at Barnard's Mill (which is what the place was called then), the mill, a dry goods store owned