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Memories Of Delilah Franklin 

Arbuckle Footnotes

My parents were Louis and Ruthie Stevenson, both born in the Choctaw Nation and Father was a farmer. There were fourteen children in our family.

I was born in 1867, ten miles west of Tatums, on Wild Horse Creek, in the Chickasaw Nation. There were so many wild horses on this creek, that it acquired the name of Wild Horse.

I was born in a log house, with puncheon floor, and a stick and mud or ‘cat’ chimney. The house caught afire many times and I would run for the water bucket and pour water on the fire to extinguish it. We used water from a spring and drank out of a gourd. Our table was made of a large box and our chairs were hewed log benches and blocks. Our beds were made of poles and the mattresses were of hay.

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