Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Miss Mattie Mather]
“My sister Ada and I each bought twenty acres of the old Jim Farr Ranch where we now live. She lives over there in the next house, she only has two acres of land left she traded eighteen acres of this city land for two-hundred acres out on Grape Creek where they are expecting an oil boom, they have some oil near her place.
“You go over and let Ada show you her two acre farm, she is an old maid also, you know I am 80 years old and she is a few years younger. We don't live together it takes the entire house for each of us as you know I'm blind and when I place something I want it to stay there until I move it.
“If I were to go over she would start the chicken feud again. She is really sold on Barred Rock chickens and white turkeys. She will also show you a shoe box full of prize ribbons that she has won at different fairs. I always liked the game chickens something that will stand up for its own rights, they caused so much confusion that I sold them.
“I read and write for most of my past time. I use the paint and braille system to read and correspond with my blind friends. I bought a typewriter and learned to write to my seeing friends.
“I am very independent even though some people say I'm handicaped. I do not get a pension, I didn't ask for it, and don't want it. I am not like those people begging for relief.