|Title||McIntyre, Maggie Cawthon|
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10 page hand-written document. Written on a yellow legal pad in pencil by Maggie Lee Cawthon McIntyre. Document was written in late April or early May, 1997. Topics include: Genealogy of the Cawthon and Tooke families, Koran, La. In the early 1900s, the Cawthon-Bruner house and farm, furniture, Koran Baptist Church, home life in the early 1900s, and agriculture.
TRANSCRIPTION OF HAND-WRITTEN HISTORY BY MAGGIE LEE CAWTHON MCINTYRE
Document Received May 6, 1997
To the best of my knowledge I will give you what I remember about our home in Koran. I talked to my sister, Annis Cawthon. She an I know how the house looked. We were not sure of the dates the property was bought, the acres, when the house was built, nor when the 2 rooms were added, but we knew the approximate time. It should be recorded in Bossier Courthouse.
I can remember a few incidents quite vividly as far back as July 15, 1915, but so much as grown dim. Too, I was only 8 when we moved to Doyline.
I am Maggie Lee Cawthon McIntyre, born Sept. 23, 1911. I married John Duncan McIntyre on March 20, 1942. We had 1 daughter, Marilyn Annis McIntyre, born Dec. 15, 1946. my husband served 33 months in the European World War II. He died Feb. 11, 1948. My current address is Doyline La, P.O. Box 555, 830 College St., Doyline, La. 71023.
Our parents were James Alexander Cawthon born Mar. 6, 1878 and Maggie Mae Dance born Feb. 5, 1878, both are deceased. Our father was a farmer and did carpenter work when he finished his crops.
Our mother was a home maker. There were 2 boys and 2 girls. The oldest John Ardis, born Mar. 16, 1907, died Oct. 2, 1984 wife Elenora Albrecht, daughter Elisabeth Albrecht Cawthon, hus. Stephen Daunders, Annis Cawthon, born May 4, 1909, never married, I was next, and James Dance was born July 16, 1915, wife Jaunita Davis and 2 sons Richard James, born Sept 21, 1954 and John Robert, born April 16, 1956 who was killed in a car accident Sept. 25, 1976. John and I had a daughter, Marilyn Annis McIntyre born Dec. 15, 1946, hus. Earl Everett Mayfield, born Nov. 21, 1946. They have 1 daughter, Annis Elisabeth Mayfield Foster, born Nov. 27, 1971, divorced. We had very few relatives on our father's side, except the Tookes. They were the only ones we knew. His mother died when he was 2 years of age. His father who was an architect, was in California and it was never learned when he died. Daddy was an only child. He had a brother but he died when young. Our father lived with his grandparents. After his grandfather died he and his grandmother Ella KolbsCawthon moved into the home of her sister, Elizabeth Kolb Auds Jones Tooke and their children. He lived with the Tooke family from age 13 until he and Mama married in Jan. 1905. I think we were in some way related to the Tooke family, but I do not know. Daddy grew up feeling this was his family. Mama had 4 sisters and 2 brother. We had only 10 first cousins, all are deceased, and a few second cousins.
We attended the Koran school until Dec. 1919. The Koran school only had the 1st through 7th grades. The reason our parents moved to Doyline was so Ardis could enter high school. High School started in the 8th grade then. There was no transportation to Haughton from Koran at that time and our parents knew we must finish our education. The Koran school had 2 rooms and there was a stage in one of the rooms. I started in Sept 1917, and was small for my age, but we walked 4 miles a day, rain, shine or snow.
While we lived in Koran we attended the Baptist Church. We went in our surrey in the morning, but in our wagon at night. Our father ordered a T Model ford in 1916 or 1917 from Sears. It came in parts and he built the car. Then we went to church in our "good" car so I thought. We also had a buggy, which Mama used.
Our parents married in Jan 1905. They lived in McDade for a year. They bought land, I'm not sure of the acres, from Uncle Jones Tooke who lived across the road from us. It was located 2 miles from Koran. My sister and I think it was purchased in 1906 and the house was built the same year. Our brother was born in the house in March 1907.
The house first consisted of 1 bedroom, a dining room and a kitchen. There were front and back porches. The well was at the end of the back porch. The other 2 rooms were added in 1916 we think. They had not been added by July 15, 1915, then day the youngest child was born.
There were 4 children then and I an sure our parents felt the need of more rooms. The rooms were added next to the other bedroom on the opposite end from the kitchen. Our parents bought furniture shortly after they married.
I remember the dining room. We had a dining table, six chairs, a high chair and a sideboard. I have this furniture. My sister knew there was a bed in the dining room. All I remember about the kitchen we had wood cookstove, kichen safe, and a small table. The high chair was used by the 4 of us, my daughter and our niece, who has the chair. It was bought for her father.
When the other rooms were added we had a "front room" and another bedroom. The front room was used as the guest room and sitting room. The furniture included a double wood bed, dresser, washstand with large bowl and pitcher, a rocking chair, another bed and probably another chair. There was a fireplace between these rooms. In the other room were two double beds and several ---(?). We also had two trunks and another dresser, but do no know in which room. The minister made our house home when he came for services.
In the first bedroom I do not remember what was in this room except a double bed. The may have had other furniture I just don't know what. The only decoration we had on the walls were Mama's pictures. She studied art and we are proud of her pictures. All of the family has some of her pictures. Our younger brother, Jimmy and his son, Richard, are also artists. I also has some of their work. We did not have fine things, but we were comfortable. Mama was a very good housekeeper and an excellent cook. My daughter has "Papa's clock" on her mantle. It stayed on the mantel in our bedroom at Koran.
We used coal oil lamps, water from a well. I do not know if we had a wood heater before the fire places were added. We did not have ice except on special occasions. Daddy would go to Haughton to get a large block of ice and put in sawdust. We had homemade ice Cream and watermelons on July 4th. This was a real fun day with friends and relatives visiting. The milk was kept in the well. We had our own cows and I am sure we had fresh milk daily. I cannot remember any grass in the yard, but there was sand. Mama had flowers. I remember petunias, Phloxs, roses and I am sure others. When we moved Mam brought a cutting from one of the bushes and it is still living. I am sure we had other flowers since mama had many flowers here.
We had large gardens. All kinds of vegetables were grown and Mama canned various kinds. She also had jelly, jams, cucumber pickles, chow chow, peach pickles, canned peaches, pears, watermelon rind preserves, There were peach, pear, plum, fig and apple trees. Mama did not waste any food. She also dried apples. We had cows, hogs and chickens. We had our milk, butter, eggs and meats. We had a smoke house where the hog meat was kept. We had good smoked meat during the winter. I think we had turkeys. I remember Mama telling about trying to kill a wild turkey. There were wild turkeys on the place, too.
In addition to the smoke house we had an outdoor toilet, a large barn, and a chicken house. There was a small house on the place (we called it a cabin) where a black family lived. I think they were called farm hands. We often went to their house and "Mrs." was very good to us. She was a good cook. Once she brought us baked possum and turtle soup.
The main crop was cotton and there was a cotton house near the field. Other crops were corn, sugar cane (daddy made his own syrup) sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, velvet beans for the livestock, possibly others. We had two mules, Mary and Maude, and two horses, Dolly and Diamond.
Annis, my sister, and I do not remember hearing of an old stage coach road. Annis knew there was a lane between our place an Uncle Jones place. We knew one family who lived on this road. This is a Highway now that goes to the dam, I think.
Our nearest neighbor was Uncle Jones family. There were several families on the road going to Koran.
Annis and I believe there were three stores, two of the stores belonged to the Sapp family. Mr. Odom's store, which was later Cousin Lex Tooke's place. We usually stopped by the older Mr. Sapp's and he would give us a piece of candy. There were glass cses up front and large glass jars on top, some contained the candy.
There was only the Baptist Church. There were all day meeting with dinner on the ground. I can see Carrie Plant Carter (?) playing the pump organ. The one song I remember was "When the World is Called up Yonder." (Ed. Note: Possibly "When the Roll is Called up Yonder?" )
There was a Masonic lodge building. The social activities took place there. Our parents took us to the "box suppers" parties. The ladies fixed boxes with crepe paper. Mama always had fried chicken and cake and other food. Mama always fixed an extra box and we would stop by and leave [it] with a very poor
family. Since daddy belonged to the Masonic Lodge we went to most of their social events. There were, also, ice Cream suppers and fish frys. In later years some Doyline ladies told of going to dances there, but I do not remember this event.
Koran had a doctor who had an office next to his home. Dr. Stewart was the only one I knew that was there. The school was located near Dr. Stewarts home. There were a number of home in the town. Most of the families farmed and lived in the vicinity of Koran.
I did not want to leave Koran, and it took a long time to feel at home in Doyline. I missed being with Ida (Tooke) and Aunt Lizzie. Ida was our play mate. I loved hearing her play the piano. She would take us to the ..... gullies and we would slide down pine straw covered slopes. She always found something to entertain us.
More information on many of these subjects can be found on the Oral History Tapes recorded during the visit with Mrs. McIntyre.
McIntyre, Maggie Lee Cawthon
Koran Baptist Church
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