Last week I listed all of the swine owners who had more than 100 pigs in their possession when the census taker made his rounds in 1860. When I was compiling the list of swine owners, I decided to use 100 as the cut-off number since I noticed many individuals owned exactly 100 animals. I did not realize just how many there were until I completed the list. Twenty-one individuals told the census taker they had exactly 100 pigs and I don’t have a good explanation as to why so many farmers opted to use this amount other than to say it would be an easy number to remember. With 100 pigs living on your farm, I would think there was the chance at any given moment you might have another litter born which would increase your holdings. Then add in the outside influence of your neighbor’s pigs running back and forth with your pigs doing the same thing and the quantity was changing constantly. Personally I would not want to own so many pigs which would require a lot of time to feed and care for.

I first thought I might be able to list all of the owners of 100 pigs more or less by the area in which they lived but I don’t have enough information to accomplish this. Therefore, I will just list them in the same order in which they were listed on the 1860 agricultural census. Some of the individuals were more or less in the same area since the census taker would make a specific area each day. However, on the following day, he might be halfway across the county in a totally new area. Susan Anderson, the widow of Dr. Anderson who was killed on Pisgah Ridge by William Love, is the first one on the list with 100 pigs. Next is Jesse Walton, who was one of the sheriffs of the county. He lived in the Petty’s Chapel area. Next is Benjamin Roberts, who lived near Pursley, followed by Richard Rushing of Pisgah Ridge, Andrew J. Meazell, who lived near Curry, and William Love, also from the ridge area. Actually his home was slightly off of the ridge on the bank of Richland Creek. Jacob Eliot is next but as far as I have been able to tell, he lived in Corsicana but owned several tracts of land along Richland Creek which might have been the probable location of his pig farm. Then there is Joseph Burleson, who had his plantation located on the south side of Richland Creek near Birdston.

The next man on the list is Robert McCarter, who lived south of Eureka, followed by William H. Garner. Mr. Garner lived in the area where Liberty Hill Park is located on the south shore line of Lake Navarro Mills and his family cemetery is located in the park. J.M. Curry, who migrated here at the same time with William Garner, is next on the list. Eight members of their wagon train died just after they reached what became the Curry place northeast of Purdon. All eight are buried in a straight line inside the Curry Cemetery along with at least 40 other individuals. Farther to the west was Britton Dawson with 100 pigs. The next person is Jacob Hartzell from Dresden followed by Salomon B. Van Hook. James Page, W.C. Neil and F.B. Hunt along with Henry Fitzgerald were next on the list, but I am not familiar with where these individuals lived. The last three farmers who had 100 pigs were E.H. Root, whose name keeps appearing on several of these lists but he is another person who I have not researched, followed by Robert Hodge of Chatfield and Abner Carroll, who was another person living on the ridge.

Music can be historical also. When I was very young, I took piano lessons and then eventually got into the junior high band, the high school band and Navarro Junior College Band. During those years I took piano, I learned the names of some of the master composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and others. Most of us are familiar with at least some of the compositions these masters wrote as we still occasionally hear them on the radio or as the background music in a movie. Then came the music of the roaring ‘20s. Though not heard much anymore, anytime a movie is made depicting this era, some of the tunes are familiar. During the early 1940s, when we were living in San Antonio where my father was stationed during the war, the radio carried the sounds of the Big Bands such as Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. I can still hum most of those tunes and know part of the words. This past weekend, we attended the Rock and Roll Show put on by The Coasters, The Platters and The Drifters at the Palace Theatre. Talk about bringing back memories, I knew every word and every tune as if it was still the ‘50s and ‘60s. Even though I don’t believe any of the members in either group was an original, they were great. Not only was their singing sensational, they also put on a superb show in every sense of the word. I would gladly buy tickets again this week if they want to come back. No question, music can be very historical regardless of what time period it was produced if 50 years or more later, people can remember the lyrics and the tunes. This is a true test of the value of a musical piece if it can be remembered 50 years later. Our three children were raised listening to the music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and the other night we took one of my daughters, Julie, and my son-in-law, Rick, to the show and I noticed they were singing along. I want to personally thank the group at the Palace for a memorable evening.

Since we are talking about the true test for a musical piece someone must be able to remember the lyrics or the tune 50 years later. We are having our class reunion this year. Fifty years!! This makes all of the living members of my 1957 class of Corsicana High School certified pieces of antiquity. In archeology, we use 50 years of age as the criterion time whether to record a site or not. Therefore the surviving members can now be officially recorded as antiques. Scary! Also on the sad side is the fact we have lost over 50 of our original group. Just this week, Brooks Wheeler passed away and he was a super nice guy. We are starting to lose our bunch at an alarming rate.

Next week: The total value of the livestock here in 1860

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