Sneed Teague

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Sneed Teague

Brinkley, Arkansas

Age: 68

Occupation: Works on railroad

"My owners was Miss Betsy and Master Teague. Miss Betsy had a sister

lived with them. Her name was Miss Polly. They was French folks from the

old country.

"My ma had belong to the Cox before the Teagues owned her. The Teagues

had three families of servants.

"I remember them--yes mam--they was very saving people. They made

everything that they used. The shettle, the carding machine, the

spinning wheel and all, they made em. They had a carding machine

different to anybodys in the country. It worked by a foot treadle.

Another thing wasn't like nobody elses in the whole country was the bed.

It had four tall post. The head board a little higher than the one at

the foot but instead of using slats across from the railings it was

mortised together and hemp ropes wove bout a inch apart. It was strong

and didn't seem to give (stretch) much.

"They raised sheep and they wove and spun wool altogether. They didn't

fool with cotton. Never did, not even down to my time. That carding

machine I'm telling bout turned out rolls of wool. It was right pretty.

They made all kinds of wool things and sold them. The old man had three

or four boys. Mr. Jim Teague run a wood and blacksmith shop. He sold

plows, wagons, hoes. They made spoons, knives, and forks out of sheets

of some kind of metal. Everything they used they made it and they sold

mighty near every thing folks wanted. The servants stayed on after the

war. My ma stayed till she died. My family had a little dispute when I

was twelve years old and I left. Ma died and I never went back. I

come to Forrest City and got work. I been farmin' and working on the

railroad. I have done track work. I got 10 acres land and a house. I

don't need on the relief. If I need it I would want it. The reason I

ain't got a garden and cow is I work out and not there to see after it.

"Some times I vote. You make enemies cause they all want you to vote

for them and I can't do that. I don't care nothin' bout votin'. I don't

enquire no more bout politics.

"The fellow what raises things to sell is better off with prices high

but if he is working for money, times is hard for him. Cause the money

is hard to get and hard to keep now. The young folks morals ain't like

young folks used to have. Seemed like young folks too smart to be

trained in morals like they was when I was comin' up."

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