Memories Of Ben Tillery

My father was Buck Tillery, born in Tennessee and Mother was Salley McKinley Tillery, born in Texas. We had four children in our family. Father was a farmer. I was born May 7, 1884, in Longview, Texas.

We came to the Indian Territory in 1887. We settled on Mat Wolf’s place on Chigley Sandy Creek, north of Davis. We came in a covered wagon, crossing Red River at Yellow Hill. We lived in a one-room log cabin with rough boards for a floor and a cat chimney.

I went to school in a tent for three months out of the year. We paid a tuition of 5 cents a day. The school was not graded. Everybody used his or her own books consisting mostly of the Blue Back Speller, McGuffey’s Reader and Ray’s Arithmetic. I later attended a neighborhood school at Mill Creek. Governor Harris boarded the Indian children. Their tuition was paid by the Chickasaw Government and white children paid their own tuition of $1.00 per month.

 

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