Memories Of Mrs. Ella Herring
This week we have the Indian Pioneer Paper of Ella Herring, a Chickasaw citizen. This oral history was recorded by W. P. A. fieldworker John F. Daugherty on November 3, 1937, at Mrs. Herring’s residence in Sulphur.
My father was Noah McGill, born at Fort Smith, Arkansas, December 25, 1848. My mother was Eliza Brinder, born near Tishomingo. There were ten children in our family.
I was born at Tishomingo April 28, 1891, in a little log house. I went to school in a log house for two years and then I attended Governor Guy’s school for Chickasaw girls and boys at Sulphur. We were boarded by the Governor and his wife. There were four teachers.
Father was a sheriff in the Chickasaw nation and later was a jailer at Tishomingo. One day he was to hang a man who had been sentenced to hang and he was a friend of father’s. Father tried to resign because he did not want to hang a friend but they wouldn’t accept his resignation, so he was forced to officiate as hangman.
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