Corners of Texas
This is the best of the Society's papers over the past three years—from lynchings to el pato boat building; from sunbonnets to hammered dulcimers; from jokes about droughts and lawyers to tales of folk, gospel and blues music; from gravemarkers to bottle trees, and more.
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I live in Aley, Texas now. It did not disappear under the Cedar Creek Lake. LOL. Also, the hanging tree has rotted, but it did not disappear in the lake either.
My father was the grandson of Jim Humphries, one of the men hung in 1899. His two sons, Sam and George, were the other men hung and my grandfather was their younger brother, Ode. My grandfather was 9 years old on the night of the hanging.
For the most part, the story told by Abernathy is accurate, however, some important details are off.
-The feud between the Humphries' and Greenhaws', as well as the other lynchers, started in the early 1890's. The hanging was simply the event that escalated the violence.
-The feud did not end until 1924, when the last of the lynchers, Mahan, who was thought to have disappreared, was found hanged in New Mexico. Mahan had been tracked to New Mexico by my grandfather, who found him and hanged him.
-All but two of the lynch mob were, in fact, murdered by one means or another in the years that followed the hanging.
-My great grandmother was the first to see the bodies. It was said that when she saw them hanging, she exclaimed, "There's my Jim!" and fell from the buggy that carried her. She suffered a bad bump on the head and was in bed ill for many days.
There are several other interesting facts to this story that are either not discussed or are wrong in Abernathy's account. For more information about this story, contact Jon Humphries.
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J Frank Dobie and the American Folklore Society
Beautifully Printed and Expressive of Texas Carl Hertzog and the Texas Folklore Society
Pistol Packin Mamas Gun Code for Western Women
First Thing We Do Lets Kill All the Lawyers
Forked Stick Folkcraft
NoEared Joe Oil Field Folk Hero
The Rabbit The Lion and The Man Race Relations in Folklore Fieldwork
Longino Guerreros Corrido on J Frank Dobie
The Sunbonnet as Folk Costume
College Creates a New Breed of Cowboy
Laughing at the Clouds Texas Drought Humor
The Blues and Jives of Dr Hepcat
Motorcycles and Majorettes Grave Markers for Youth in Central Texas
The Boat Called El Pato
From African SpiritCatcher to American Folk Art Emblem The TransAtlantic Odyssey of the Bottle Tree
A Hog Race
An East Texas Lynching The HumphriesWilkinsonGreenhaw Feud
Hammered Dulcimers and Folk Songs The Musical Heritage of the C A Lee Family
Singing People Are Happy People A Brief Look at Convention Gospel Music