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Memories Of A.B. Bridges

Arbuckle Footnotes

I was born in 1859, in Mississippi. Father was W.W. Bridges born in North Carolina. Mother was Lucy Ann Adair born in Tennessee. I came to the Indian Territory with my family in 1884. We came on the train to Gainesville, Texas, and were met there by my uncle Watson Wells, who lived at old Thackerville in the Chickasaw Nation.

There was no railroad from Gainesville to Thackerville at that time so my uncle met us in a wagon and hauled what few things we brought with us to his home and my family stayed at his home until I could lease a farm.

The first year I farmed my uncle loaned me a pair of mules and by borrowing a few plow tools from neighbors I made my first crop in the Indian Territory. Farming wasn’t new to me for I had been raised on a farm back in Mississippi.

 

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