Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. M. J. Cannon]
[Tarrant?] Co., [Dist.?] 7
[Mrs. M.J. Cannon?], 73, was born in Arkadelphia, Ark., on July, 30, 1864. Her father moved the family to Jewell, Eastland Co., Tex., on Sept, 15, 1864, where he established a 160 acre stock farm. She married M.F. Cannon when 15 1/2 Yrs. old, and they moved to Crosby Co., [Tex.?], where they established a 220 acre stock farm. They reared two boys who developed into cowboys, and a girl who married J.J. Wallace, who's father operated a ranch at Cisco, Tex. Her husband died in Slaton Texas, in 1918, and she now resides at the Masonic Home for the aged located 12 [Mi.?] [?] of Ft. Worth, Tex. Her story:
“Why, yes, I was raised in West Texas when it [was?] considered the sure enough wild and wooly [West?]. If I could [remember?] all the things that happened to me, You'd be able to write a big book on it all. [As?] it is though, my memory sort of fails me right when I want it to work but I'll tell you all I can recall. The most of what I tell you will be about the good times we had because that's about all I ever thought about when I was growing up and while I was young.
“First, I was born on July the 30th, 1864, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Just as soon's I was able to be carried good and my ma was able to take a long trip, my dad set out for Texas on September the 15, 1864. Dad's name was [Eldridge?] Nix and he settled on what was known as the 'Nix Place'. It was right outside Jewell Texas, in Eastland county, and had about 100 acres in it. I suppose you'd call the place a stock farm because he farmed on a small scale but he really worked cattle. That was his aim, to work up a cattle ranch. I don't recall whether he had a brand or not. I suppose he did have but I didn't pay any [attention?] to that.
Now, the reason I didn't pay any attention to anything in the way of business was because I was pure-de [spoilt?] when I was a kid.