Memories of E.V. Arnn
This Indian Pioneer Paper was recorded by W. P. A. fieldworker Maurice Anderson on December 21, 1937 at Mr. Arnn’s residence in Pauls Valley, OK.
I was born in 1866 inArkansas. Father was J. W. Arnn; mother was S. C. Arnn; both born inArkansas.
I came to the Indian Territory in 1900 and settled at Howe in the Choctaw Nation and went to work making ties and braces for the coal mines and worked at this two years. In those times I had to work at anything I could get to do to make a living, as I had a large family to feed.
I have worked many a day for 50 cents ($14.10) but then you could buy a sack of flour for 75 cents ($21.20) and there was lots of wild game and wild hogs. I always had plenty of meat to eat and there were berries, plums and all kinds of wild fruit and we would can everything we could get so in this way we always had plenty to eat, but money was hard to get.
While I would be working in the woods making ties, my wife and children would do the farming. We would raise a small patch of corn and have a garden and during gardening season my oldest son would sell vegetables to the coal miners and in this way we managed to make a fair living.
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