1930-1932 — Rural Colbert, Bryan Co., Oklahoma
By, Myrle Ramey Williams)
These are some of my earliest memories of Grandma when I was about 5,6 & 7 - 1930/1931/1932)
"I remember Grandma as being small in stature, swift on foot, with long dark hair and dark eyes. She always wore beautiful print dresses with an apron over themn which had a pocket to keep her odds and ends. She always had a work bonnet and Sunday bonnet which were made by her. She was a very good cook, had clean soft feather beds, beautiful flowers in her yard and large gardens of vegetables.
She lived on the Hampton farm near the banks of Red River in the Pearson Community six miles southeast of colbert, Oklahoma. I remember her large cozy kitchen with its wood cookstove and can still see her putting wood in the woodbox near by. the stove had a good storage space above it and a big water warmer attached next to it. It took so many, many buckets of water to fill the warmer. She also kept a big coffee pot and iron skillet on the stove.
The dishpan she washed the dishes in by hand was so large it almost covered the stove. When she finished washing the dishes, she would pick up the big dishpan, go out to the back porch, down the stump steps and empty the water near the garden. I can still hear the splash of the water and see the chickens and old rooster coming to see if there were any scraps for them.
She had a big black iron wash pot in the backyard and washdays were an all day affair. There were so many big men shirts and overalls to wash. She did all her wash by hand on a rub board in a big tin washtub......(to be finished)"