pictures were taken in Seymour, Texas
in 1943. The car was a 1930 Model "A" Ford. Touring car. A four door convertible.
There was no heater in the car. Nor any windows. I don't know how we kept warm.
I guess Dad wrapped us up in blankets. If you have ever rode in a Model A, they
are very small inside. Dad built a small trailer to pull behind the car. Our bedding
and what household goods we needed were in the trailer. It is 293 miles from Longview,
Texas where we lived to Seymour.
Dad probably only drove about 45 to 50 miles per hour. That was about as fast
as you could drive the car safely pulling the trailer with the load. (The car
did not have hydraulic brakes on it. They were mechanical. They didn't work very
make the trip in one day. We camped out on the side of the road for one night.
lived on Mr. Redwine's farm and picked cotton
time Dad took the family to Seymour
they were growing a "wind-proof" type of cotton to prevent the wind from blowing
the fiber out of the boll. So the entire boll was picked - not just the fiber.
Dad used a long cotton sack and after it was weighed, the cotton had to be shaken
out of the sack into the cotton wagon.
If the sack was filled tight, this
was a difficult job. So Dad had my mother sew a zipper alongside the side of the
sack. When it was time to unload the cotton he merely un-zipped the sack and rolled
the cotton out. That was a lot easier.
They still plant "storm-proof" cotton
in West Texas, and other states where
the wind blows about every day. They don't use cotton pickers out there. They
use "strippers." They wait until all of the cotton bolls "open" and then run the
stripper through the field one time. It gets everything in one pass through the
field. They have to have a special gin to gin the cotton that is stripped. " -
dad Audery Lance Suttles at 39, and his 1930 Model "A" Ford. Looks like he caught
a good string of Channel Catfish."
boy is my brother Jack Suttles, 13 years old. I am the little guy. I was 5."
"This is a
picture of all of the children in my family at that time. Left to right Bernice
Lee, 8 years old, Jesse Suttles, 5, Doyle Randell Suttles, 3, Jack Audery Suttles,
13, Lillie May Suttles and Millie Fay Suttles, 10 years old twins."
picture was taken in the front door of our house in Seymour.
Fall of 1943. My Dad Audery Lance Suttles was 39. My Mother Ada Abagail (Dyke)
Suttles was 32. We went to Seymour
to pick cotton. We stayed until late December
before moving back to Longview."
ones on the end (Twins) are 10 yrs old, the other girl was 8."
"My dad Audery
Lance Suttles holding an axe on his shoulder. We used wood to heat and cook with.
(The same stove.) He had been cutting Mesquite, a small spiny scrub. They don't
grow very large."
"The baby was 1 year old."
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