Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Miss Mattie Mather]
“When I was a little school girl 11 years of age paralysis struck an optic nerve which caused me to be blind. I suffered and worried until we found that I could continue my education by entering the Institute for the Blind, Austin, Texas. I entered this institute in 1873 and received my diploma in 1881. I remained there a year longer continuing my music which proved to be helpful and entertaining throughout these many years.
“In October, 1900 I came to San Angelo. My sister and brother kept insisting that I come out and claim some school land by paying a small fee. Guides were located in San Angelo, as new comers arrived these guides would help them get located for $100.00. The confusion began when more people came than land was available. In order to get the usual $100.00 [?]