Family History: 10 Years Old and Putting Meat on The Table

by Herman Adcox
(Mineral Wells, Texas)

Herman Adcox

Herman Adcox

I just finished reading a book that reminded me me of my folks giving me a well used Stevens Junior .22 caliber rifle on my tenth birthday.

It certainly wasn't given as a toy, but to be used only for putting food on the table. The short rifle was a single shot and used only short shells.

When we needed meat, Mother would give me three bullets and I would quietly disappear into the woods on our farm in Texas, where there was an abundance of squirrels.

Sometimes I would come home with three squirrels, often just one when I shot too quickly. Rabbits were next on the family’s diet. We, of course, preferred cotton tails over jack rabbits.

Tales like this are included in my attempts to add to our history. I believe our history should include items other than born, married, number of off spring and death.

About 6 years ago, I decided to get a computer camera and microphone to visit with some friends on the internet.

Then I exercised my right to not obtain a full nights sleep (this happens almost every night anyway), and put the real early morning hours into recording my immediate family history.

It took several nights of recording, but I do have it on seven CD’s.

Author's Note: Herman Adcox runs , A website for Babyboomers and Seniors. Please visit it

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