The Indian Pioneer Paper Of Ida McNelly

This week we have the Indian Pioneer paper of Ida McNelly. This W.P.A. interview was recorded by Maurice Anderson on February 23, 1937 at Mrs. McNelly’s home in Pauls Valley, OK

I was born in Texas on November 8, 1887. Father was John Burd and mother was Liddia Avance.

I came to Indian Territory with my father and mother in 1900. We settled between Stonewall and Allen on Boggy Creek. My father farmed there. We raised cotton, corn and garden vegetables.

There was lots of cattle and hogs and people just let them run loose. Our farm was fenced with rails. We lived in a log house.

Everything was cheap, you could get plenty of work, from fifty cents to one dollar a day for labor. One dollar then would go as far as four dollars will now.






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