Margie Neely Massey
Conducted by David Massey & Betty Fuller
January 27, 2006 10:15 a.m.
Euless, Texas was first settled in about 1867 as a small farming community in North Central Texas.† The City is located midway
between Dallas and Fort Worth Texas, just west of DFW International Airport.† It was incorporated in 1953 and at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census had a population
of 46,005.† The City of Euless encompasses approximately 16.3 square miles.
Margie Neely Massey was born in Euless, Texas in 1922 and has lived in this City all of her life.† Her recollections of life here
are recorded in the following narrative that describes the years between 1922
David Massey is a life long resident of Euless, Texas.† His mother died when David was 13 and his father subsequently married
Margie Neely Massey.
Betty Fuller is a long-time resident of Euless, Texas.† At the time of this interview, she was the Chairperson of The Euless
Historical Preservation Committee
- Margie, tell us when and where you were
born and who your parents were?
- I was born in Euless, Texas on April 3,
1922 and my parents were John Neely and Kate
- Tell us anything that you know or
remember about your grandparents.
- Well, I only had one grandparent that I knew;
the other grandparents had already passed away
before I was born.† I lived with my grandparent,Louisa
P. Neely, and she was a wonderful person, I always called her Mama.
- Tell us any stories that you remember that
your parents or grandparent told about earlier times when
they were younger.† Wasnít your grandmother raised
by a lady who had been a slave?
- (36) Well, she was certainly
superstitious, I donít know, I donít remember if
she was raised by a person who had been a slave, but she had a lot ofsuperstitions,
I know that.
- She was married to a Civil War Veteran,
is that right?
- Thatís right and she drew a Civil War
pension as long as she lived.
- And what did your parents and
grandparents do for a living? What were their
- My Granddaddy Neely was a County Commissioner and my Daddy was a car salesman.
- He was a County Commissioner for Dallas County, isnít that right?
- Thatís right.
- And when the Hwy 80 went where it is now,
called Chalk Hill, he was in charge of that?
- He was; and at one time it was named Neely
- Ah, tell any interesting facts about the
role of housewives in the days of your mom or Grandparents.
- (64) Well, of course they did everything;
they washed everything by hand in a tub and used
They baked the bread and cooked everything
from scratch.† We had our own garden and we cooked our vegetables,
the garden just provided the food and it had to be prepared all the
time.† That pretty well took up their day with house cleaning and laundry
- Do you remember about the schools,
stores, churches and transportation in Euless when you were very young?
- I remember the Fuller Brothers grocery
store.† Now I do remember that there was a
store that a guy name Deb Cruz ran and it was there for a while.†
It had originally belonged to my Grandfather, T.W. Fuller but when
he passed away Deb Cruz took it over.† The store that I remember
most though was Fuller Brothers grocery.
- (92) There was a store called Fitchís
Grocery, wasnít there?
- It was in Bedford.
- Well now, in more recent years it was Tolbertís.†
Wasnít that a grocery store originally owned
by a Fitch then by Leon McGinnis?
- Oh yeah, Reece Fitch but that was...
- That was later?
- That was much later.
- When you needed a doctor where did you
go? Who was the Doctor? (102)
- Well, we either went to Grapevine or Arlington, however, doctors made house calls in those
days.† Dr. Perkins was the doctor that delivered me
and he came to our house.† There was also one named Dr. Rhodes in
Tarrant and he (110) made house calls.
- Tell us about Dr. Rhodes Margie; because
we have a picture of him at the Fuller House
with the Fullers.† Where did he live? Did he deliver you?
- No, no, Dr. Perkins delivered me (112)
but Dr. Rhodes was also a doctor. I donít really know
anything about him to tell you the truth.† I just know that
he was a doctor and the thing you know is that they just made house calls
so that they came to us, we didnít have to go to them.
- And he lived in Tarrant2
- I think so; I think he lived in Tarrant.
- Can you tell us about some of the
families you remember that lived in Euless when you were growing up?
- Warren and Jesse Fuller stand out more in
my mind than anybody else because they were so good
to help anybody to do anything they needed help
with. They were always there and they were so good to me when mymother
passed away and I just always thought so much of Warren and Jesse.†
- And you were related to almost all the
family in one way or another, werenít you?
- Well, at that time I was related to them... nearly
everyone in Euless was kin to the Fullers
and I was (laugh) a removed cousin from the Fullers so...
- When did electricity and telephones and
water come to Euless?
- Well, electricity came to our house when
I was in High School.† Uncle Steve Huffman had
electricity in his house and he ran a wire from his house
to our house.† We had one light in our house just above, straight
in the ceiling.† That was the first electricity
that we had and water didnít get here until the
- What did you do for water, how did you
get water Margie?
- Oh, we had wells, everybody had wells and
we just didnít have any running water.† Well, we did
finally get to where we could pipe it in, pump it
out of the well and pipe it in to our homes but that didnít happen till after
I started teaching.
- But the wells had a pulley, a rope and a
- Thatís right.
- To pull the water out one bucket at a
- Do you know who dug the water well?
- Uncle John Fuller dug the well that I got
- Was Uncle John a relative?†
- My Motherís brother.
- Troy Fuller the other night told about
letting watermelons and various things down into
the well to cool em off.
- Thatís the way we cooled them.
- Ah, how did you dispose of garbage back
in those days?
- Well, we either hauled it to some place
where they had a gulley3
that they let us put it in or we burned it.†
That was until in the 50ís I think was when that black man
started a trash collection service; that you were talking about.
- Did he pick up your garbage too, that
- Um hum.
- You would have been in a lot of trouble
with the environmental protection agency for the way you
disposed of garbage.
- Yes I sure would, but it was after Heorger
and I married that the black man picked up our garbage;
that was in the 50ís.
- When did you and Heorger marry? (183)
- 1952.† That was when I was in college.
- And what did people do for entertainment
in those early days in Euless?
- Listened to the radio.
- You had a radio
- We had a radio, we listened to the radio or
Iíd read.† Sometimes they were so busy doing all
their house work they didnít have time for entertainment. We
kids just played games and stayed out in the yard and played with each other.
- You said you had a radio; you got
electricity so that you could listen to radio at about
- In the 30ís.
- In the 30ís.† So before that, did you
have a radio that was battery operated or...?
- Oh, we had a little old transistor thing
but it never did work very well.
- Crystal Radios
- Yes, it never did work very well...
- Some of those early radios had little
wind generators that charged batteries.
- Did you have summer jobs?
- My summer job was culling5
tomatoes for Sam Mills.
- And where did he have those tomatoes,
where did he raise them?
- Was it close to you?
- Yes, pretty close, part of it was up there on his home place,
which was there on Huffman Drive (212)
- On Huffman Drive, was his home there?
- He also rented some land over kind of
behind where Buddieís6
(later Winn Dixie) used to be and we culled some over there.
- Was Sam Mills living in Euless when you were young or did he come later?
- Yes, I went to school with his daughter, Juanita...
- And, didnít Sam own the house that had
originally been owned by the Huffmanís?
- Yes, but I found that out just recently.†
- Who was that?
- Well, Bill Byersí grandfather and my
great-grandfather T.W. Fuller owned the house originally...and
when they built the big house which...
- (on) Aransas
- Well, I guess they sold it to Sam Mills,
the old house...
- And I know, I remember Sam Millís
- Itís down on south Vine Street right
now, that house is.
- I took a photo of that one. Okay, and
did Sam have a lot of acres?† Did he raise anything
else other than tomatoes?
- Well, he was a Dairyman.
- We didnít say that.† He had a dairy.
- Were there a lot of dairies around Euless in those days?
- Oh yes...
- Tell us something you remember about
people who had dairies.
- I donít really remember too much about
the dairies but there were quite a few of them
that had dairies.† They had this Tennessee Milk Plant thing up
here in Euless and people would milk their cows and take it up there and
had it taken care of.† I donít remember too much about it.
- And I guess he milked by hand, I donít
guess he had milking machines?
- Well, they had milking machines as far
back as I can remember...
- Did they?
- We had our own cow, of course we just had
one and we just milked it by hand.
- You had chickens?
- Yes, had chickens, had eggs (laugh).
- Did you raise any veggies or anything?
- Oh yes...
- Tell about it...
- True, they had a garden.
- Tell us about what you raised...
- We always had a garden, we had potatoes,
onions, green peas, black eyed peas and thatís
where we got our food, we just ate off our garden.
- In the winter time, did you
- Oh yes, my mother canned everything she
could get her hands on andif she had enough for the
winter after she had such supplies for the summer
then she just canned those too (268) and that lasted us all winter.
- I remember my mother-in-law, Annie
Fuller, and Horace; Horace dug a cellar.†
Annie kept her jars of food down in the cellar...
- We had a cellar.
- Did you keep any food down in there to
keep it cooler or not?† Where did your canned
- Probably in the cellar, I donít remember,
the only thing I really remember about that
cellar was that every time a cloud came out, my grandma thought
we ought to go into the cellar8.
- Do you know who dug your cellar?
- No I donít.† It was just there, I just
remember it being there because I had to go so much.
- I think a lot of people, Ross Cannon
had a cellar and Horace Fuller had a cellar. People
filled them up during tornado time.
- Where did you go to college Margie?
- Well the first two years I went to what is now the University of Texas in Arlington.†
At that time it was North Texas Agricultural College in Denton, Texas and was part of the Texas A&M system. †
After my two years there I
went to North Texas State Teachers College in Denton, Texas, now The University
of North Texas.† I graduated there and began my teaching career.† I did my
graduate work, earning a Masters Degree at Texas Christian University in night classes and the summer.
- What year did you start at North Texas Agricultural College?
- The school in Euless didnít have enough
credits so I had to take tests from the heads of the
departments before I could even get in to the college.
- So you passed them?
- I passed everything except Spanish.† I
made a 69 on it and the Spanish teacher said that
anybody that hadnít had Spanish in two years and can make
a 69 deserves to be in college.
- My stars alive, how wonderful.† Well
how did you know enough Spanish to do that?
- I donít know, I guess the good lord just
really helped me.
- Thatís wonderful.
- Tell about what age you were when you
learned to read and what grade you started school
- Well, I was three years old when I
learned to read and my grandmother was the
one that taught me.† My Aunt Eula had been a teacher.† She wasnít at
that time, but she had all these cards9
and everything that she had used. My grandmother got them
and sheíd give me a pan of water and a bottle and
I would pour the water from the pan to the bottle and all the time I was
doing that she was teaching me to read.† She was showing me thesecards
and thatís how I learned to read.† I started school at age 7 in the third grade.
- Wonderful, tell me, now Aunt Eula, who
was Aunt Eula?
- That was Aunt Eula Neely Fuller.† She was
Uncle Johnís wife.
- John Fullerís wife?
- John was my motherís brother and Eula was
my fatherís sister.
- Okay, now John Fullerís daddy was?
- T.W., Thomas W.† Wasnít he a post
master in Euless? Can you tell us anything about the stories
you heard about him being postmaster? (326).
- No, I didnít even know it till I read the
history of Euless and I saw hispicture in there and
saw he was the first postmaster. †I thought Robert Nail was the
- When you were in college; part of the
time you lived on campus didnít you?
- I lived in Denton but it really wasnít on
campus.† It was just a private home and they rented
rooms for college students and there were about six
of us who lived in the house.† It was about two blocks from the campus.
- What was the University called then?
- It was the North Texas State Teacherís
College I think.
- When I went there.† When I went there,
tuition was very nominal and so Iím sure when
I came from Euless, we didnít have a lot of money around here
then, so we could afford the tuition.† Did you have to do anything to supplement
your income in order to pay for college or your room and board?
- No, no I didnít.† My mother provided that
for me.† At that time my tuition for the whole
year was $72.00.
- $72.00 for the whole year?
- And in Arlington it was $50.
- Cheaper than North Texas?
- Yeah, but it was just a Junior College.
when my husband went to school there, I never went to Arlington, he had to wear
a uniform. He had to be in the corps10.†
Was it that way in 1939 when you went to school there, did the guys have to be
in the corps?
- Well, we wore uniforms the first year...
- You did?† I did not know that.
- Umóhum, blue chambray with white collars
and heart cuffs and our dress uniform was navy blue, wool (357),
or kind of silk, not really silk but something
that was cooler than wool.† We had to wear it when the weather was
hot.† The first year I went there we wore uniforms and then the second year,
they cut them out for the women.† The men wore uniforms all the time
as long as they were in that ROTC thing.
- (364) Do you remember, what your room
and board was when you were up in Denton, in school?† Was it expensive?
- No, as I said we lived in this home and
we did our own cooking.† They just let us live in this,
they had a big old two story house and they rented out
the top story.† There were three rooms up there and we had six people up
there; two to a room.† We had a great big, huge kitchen and we did our own
- How marvelous!† Do you remember
anything about any of the courses you took at North
Texas or in Arlington?† What were your favorite courses?
- The psychology courses were my favorite
thing because I really did enjoy that
professor. I liked government real well too. I enjoyed all my courses really
but those were the two most interesting ones.
- (180) Margie where did you first teach?†
- Well the first year I taught was at
Minters Chapel.† It was a two teacher school
and now, I would say itís somewhere in the DFW Airport area but I donít
know where.† I taught the first, second, third and fourth grade. The other
teacher was another Margie and it was both our first year to teach. She
taught fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth I guess, I donít know for sure.†
The eighth may have gone into Grapevine but I think she taught the eighth.†
That was my first year, then the next year I started in Hurst and I finished
up my career there.† I taught 39 years in H.E.B.11
so that made a total of 40 years teaching.
- And what age were you when you started
- I started teaching when I was 20.
- Was Minters Chapel a two room wooden
- A wooden school.
- Do you remember what the other Margieís
last name was or where she came from?
- No I donít, but her parents lived in
Grapevine.† She was married but I donít know where
they lived before.† Anyway, she was a sister to the daughter,
Hermalee, that eventually married James Himes, so they were from
- The Himesí farm yes.† Some of them were
here and some of them were there.† Do you
know anything about how much money you made when you
first started teaching?
- Yes! I made $90 a month and was paid till
the end of school and we didnít get another paycheck until
October after we taught a month then we got another
- So school did begin in September, you
didnít have to wait for the cotton picking
to get done.
- No, no we started the day after Labor Day
but we didnít get paid until the first of October.
- Now that was what year?
- During the war did you have savings
programs like those war (418) stamps.† I remember
when I went to Sowers School we had spelling bees and
if we won we got stamps.
- We didnít have any at Minters Chapel.† After
I started teaching at Hurst they had what
they called banking.† Some bank came out there and some of
the kids would save money that way (423).† Just little old banking accounts,
but we didnít have any kind of war stamps that I remember of in school.
- You taught grades, one, two, three and
four at Minters Chapel.† Did you say how many students
you had all together in those four grades?
- I donít remember for sure but it couldnít
have been over twenty five.† Of course, I had
more in Hurst than I did in all four grades at Minters Chapel.
- Margie if any of these questions remind
you of other things that would not be a direct response to
the question, feel free to talk about those (428).
- Do you remember what your grandparents
or parent did?† Did they have jobs?
- Thought weíd already covered that.
- Well, I may have missed that (440).
- Betty (Speaking to David)
- When did they die?
- When they died?
- Yes, when your mother died?
- You said you remembered one of your
my grandmother was 96, almost 97, when she died in 1960.But mother died in
- That was Kate.† I interviewed Kate when
I was in High School. Remind us
of your grandmotherís name again, the one that, died...
- Louisa Pethenia Neely (446).
- Can you spell Louisa Pethenia?
- I can spell Louisa, L-o-u-i-s-a but I
canít spell Pethenia.
- Was it Pathenia ?
- I guess itíd be p-a-t-h-e-n-i-a...
- Was she a Fuller? She married a Fuller?
- No, she was a Neely
- She was a Neely.
- Um hum, she was my daddyís mother.
- Your dadís mother.
- But weíve already covered that, her husband
fought in the Civil War and she drew a Civil
War pension as long as she lived.
- Was it very much?
- No, Iíve forgotten how much it was.
- Was she brought to the house or did she
stay at the funeral home?
- She was brought to the house; she was
brought to Aunt Annie and Uncle Steve
- People sat all night long?
- Um hum
- (467) Do you remember much about Mosier Valley?
- I donít remember much about it but I had
visited the school and they had the neatest,
cleanest school.† The teachers were all, you know, so sweet and
nice and Vada Johnston was the only teacher that I remember.† I do remember
that Mr. Reddick was the Principal (474) at that time, when I visited
there, I do remember him. Wasnít that his name, Reddick...?
- Yes, Reddick. I know that he came to the HEB District
when they closed the Mosier Valley School.† When you visited there was it a cement
block school or was it the old two room wooden building? Do
you remember which one it was?
- (480) No, I donít remember that, but it
was not too long after I started teaching at Hurst
that we went over there for some kind of a teacherís meeting
or something.† When we visited that school it may have been the old
one.† I donít know.
- Betty, do you have anything in your
archives about the racial incident?
- I do know that Pryor Reeves was in
charge of transportation.† He was (488) Hattie Cribbsí
brother.† Hattie was married to Louis Cribbs and she owned
all the Sotogrande property.† Pryor lived across the street from her. He
took that old wooden Mosier Valley School and put it in his pasture when
they built the new school.† He stored hay in it.
- I remember that...
- One of our teachers in our district,
(494) Gordon Doggett, was looking for it because
he had heard it was still surviving and I told Gordon it was over in
Pryor Reevesí back pasture...He went over and got it, cleaned it out and moved
it to Bedford.† The building is now on Bedford Euless Road just west
of Central Drive.† Itís still there in the back yard of a house. I also know
that in 1913 the Mosier Valley School originally was part of the (500)
Arwine School on Pipeline Road where Morrisdale is.† In the 1800ís and
then after that it went to the Evatt School.† Evatt School was supposed to
be somewhere on Hwy. 157.
- I donít know anything about that...
- Willie Byers knew about that school.† It
was somewhere close to where the Baptist Church is down in that area now.† It was called E-v-a-t-t, Evatt School.
- I remember granddad telling about a
school he attended down in that area.
- Oh yeah, I remember my mother called it
the Crossroads School.
- The Crossroads School...
- Thatís right, thatís right...
- Thatís where Willie Byers went to school;
well do you know where that Crossroads School was.
- No, I sure donít know where it was but I
just remember hearing my mother talking about
going to the Crossroads School.
- It was probably right in the area of the
Huffman Drive and 157.
- Thatís where I thought maybe they were
trying to tell me where it was. One other
question about schools if you donít mind. †I know that in 1913, apparently
there was no more Evatt School.† The Tarrant County records show
it was part of the Arwine School (519) first.† Mosier Valley was assigned
to Arwine School. Then it was assigned to the E-v-a-t-t School and
then in 1913, I guess thatís when Tarrant and Euless combined.† They built
that two storied school in Euless.† It was originally two stories, so
Mosier Valley was † assigned to the Euless Schools.† †I know the fall after
I graduated from Euless High School in 1950, Mosier Valley students came
to enroll in the Euless School.
- I was still young, but I remember it was
a pretty major incident.† Theirschool was very
dilapidated. They came up to enroll their children in the school
on South Main which was at that time Euless Independent School District.†
News reporters stirred things up.† The Superintendent of Euless Schools
punched out a reporter.
- Who was Superintendent?† Not Johnny
- O.B. Powell.
- Mr. Powell.† He was Superintendent when
I was there.
- He punched out a reporter.
- He hit somebody? Iíve never seen the
man loose his temper in my life. Mosier Valley took their case to court and won. A new school was built.
- The people from Mosier Valley wound up being satisfied.† Their children went to the new
school in Mosier Valley and the High School students were
bussed to Fort Worth.
***taping stopped then restarted***
- Margie, we were talking about Mosier Valley School, and
you said you started at Euless School when you were six or seven years old.† Tell us some
things about the school.† Was it two stories or was it one story?
- Well Iím pretty sure it was two story.† They
built a new building while I was in school and by the
time I graduated they had an entirely different thing
but Iím pretty sure that when I started it was two stories.
- I know that when I was in school we had
that cement brick gym (551). †I know it was
built because the state would not accredit a school district that
didnít have a gym.† They had to build it. (Speaking to David...Was that
gym there when you went to school?)
- (speaking to Betty...No, it was built
while I was in school)
- (550) The first year I went to school was
in Arlington because it was time for Jewel and
Louise (a cousin) to go to High School so Uncle Steve and Uncle
John rented a house, a big two story house, and we lived in that.Louise
and Jewell lived with us and went to High School in Arlington so I started
school in Arlington. Mine was right across the street and down four or
five houses from where we lived. Thatís where I first started school.
- Was that downtown Arlington or out a
- Well it was close to the First Methodist Church.
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- I remember that real well.
- I have seen a document written by a
lady who came to do a survey for the Euless Community
and she was a friend of the Methodist Church minister at
- That must have been that thing Weldon
- Yes, I have a copy of it.
- She was one of the ones that
- Yes, she interviewed everybody in Euless at that time.
- That was in 1931 when my mother-in-law was
pregnant with my husband, James Fuller.† Annie Fuller,
Horace Fullerís wife was pregnant.† She was living next door to
Amp Fuller, his dad.† Miss Posey did the survey; she surveyed
all the people in the community.† She mentioned prohibition12.
She said that there were some stories about prohibition. Do you know
anything about; have you ever heard any stories about Parris
- Iíve heard some, when I was very young.†
(043) My father Heorger Massey had a small engine
repair shop. Parris Cox used to come by to get things
repaired.† He would spin yarns (050) while he was there.† He told about
how during prohibition, he was a pilot and he would go to Mexico and buy pure alcohol.
- I didnít know he was a pilot.
- He would buy alcohol in 5 gallon tins.†
He would stuff it in the airplane with him and the
last time he even had one sitting on his lap.† He said he could
bring that pure alcohol up here and put some caramel color in it.† That
was an agent and then heíd sell it.† The last time he did that he had the
airplane so over loaded he didnít think he was going be able to get up to
take off speed.† He said, if I ever take off, Iíll never do this again and he didnít.†
This was 100 proof alcohol and if heíd crash heíd a been one big flame... (chuckling).
- (074) I know that the lady who was
doing the survey for her masterísthesis at SMU said
she was down in Tarrant where they made alcohol. She
wasnít too "peachy keen" about going down there because there was a "still"
down there somewhere but she did interview those folks.
- Thatís right.† One of the stories I
remember was about a revenue officer who was
trying to arrest somebody and there was a little grocery store down
- Do you remember who had the grocery
- (090) I donít remember the name of the
grocer but this revenue officer chased this person he
was trying to arrest into the store and the person ran in
the front door and out the back door.† The revenue officer came out with a
gun and the store keeper didnít know what was going on, so he shot and killed
- Was it the revenue officer who was
- The Revenue Officer was killed. It was
justifiable homicide; I guess they thought because
all the storeowner knew was a guy with a gun running into
- Aunt Ethel Fuller, Jamesí aunt, told me
that they moved a house, just before she died and
they moved a house to Main street.† She said that was the
grocery store from Tarrant and its still there today.† Theyíve remodeled
it, sided the outside.† I wonder if thatís the one youíre talking about.
- Do you have anywhere in your records
that at one point Tarrant had a train station?
- Thatís important.
- Yes, I saw it, it was there when I was
still in High School. It was near Ben Reeves
place in Tarrant.
- I remember that Mr. Fitzgerald, from our
church, First Baptist Church, went into a pool room to
witness to Ben Reeves to try to get him to come to
church and our people at church didnít take to it at all.† They almost turned
Mr. Fitzgerald off of the Deacon Board.† They really reprimanded him
for going in to that Pool Room.
- I know when I graduated from Euless High School in 1950, we werenít allowed to dance.†
I did hear that some people in Euless went off to other places
to dance, but I didnít.† We had Junior and Senior Banquets and I remember
Jewell Huffman Massey, Davidís mother, being in charge of the
food for our junior and senior banquet.† My mother helped . †I have
a picture of the two of them helping serve.
- That was probably when she was PTA
- Yes, she was PTA president.
- Do you have any thoughts about prohibition?
- I donít know any stories or know anything
about prohibition. I donít remember there being too
much said about it here in Euless because all these people
were church people.
- Theyíd used to say that everybody in Euless went to one or the other of the churches.
- Thatís right, we were right across the
street from each other and we had church at
the Baptist Church on the second and fourth Sunday and we had church
at the Methodist Church on the first and third Sundays.† If there happened
to be a fifth Sunday, then we all got together and sang.
- The songs were wonderful. I just
remember that there was a Fundamentalist Baptist Church.† Do you remember much about it? I was a Baptist,
but I canít remember anything about that Fundamentalist Church.
- Those were the people that werenít
satisfied with our church and theybroke off from
the First Baptist Church.
- I didnít know that...
- They were disciples of J. Frank Norris.
- I was so young I donít remember.† I just
remember that most of them had been members of
our church and they just broke off from our church and started
- Thatís good to get that into the
history of Euless.
- Betty, do you have the Aurora Borealis
story anywhere in your history.
- No, you want to tell that to me?
- Well, Margieís the one that...
- Okay, I was at an ice cream supper at the
Methodist Church, First Methodist
here in Euless.† I donít know for sure how old I was, probably five
or six.† These beautiful Northern lights showed up and everybody was
scared to death because they thought the end of the world was coming.†
Thatís the thing I remember more than anything else but I do remember
that it was beautiful.† Of course Iíd never seen anything like it
before or since, but it was spectacular.† I remember it quite well.
- It was about 1928?
- I was about 5 or 6 years old. I just asked
"Tookie" the other day if that happened before
Aunt Pearl died or after. I was four when aunt Pearl died. She
said she doesnít remember.
- Who is Tookie?
- Huffman McGinnis Lee.
- Who is she?
- My motherís sister.
- Your motherís sister?† How old is she?
- Sheís 90 now.
- Turned 90 last year.
- I interviewed her, she is sharp as a
tack. I didnít know that she was Took.
- Sheís the first one I was talking to that
mentioned the Aurora Borealis; then I asked Margie and
she remembered also.
- Margie Massey, I only remember you as
Margie Massey I guess, well no thatís not
true, because I remember I went to interview Kate Neely.† We appreciate
this interview with you and we had a delightful time.† We thank you
for coming.† You are wonderful.† Your memory is superb.† Thank you
so very much.
- Thank you Betty and Iíve enjoyed it...
***Note was attached in Betty Fullerís handwriting: "Grandmother,
Annie Huffman, was operated on at home on the kitchen table.† Her doctor was
This narrative history was produced through the efforts of The Euless Historical Preservation Committee with assistance from the staff of the City of Euless Parks and Community Services Department. - June 2006
A board having a corrugated surface on which clothes can be rubbed in the process of laundering
A small town southeast of present day Euless.
Tarrant was located on the Rock Island rail line that ran between Dallas and Fort Worth.
A deep ditch or channel cut in the earth
by running water after a prolonged downpour
radio receiver (also known as a Crystal Set) is a passive radio receiver
consisting of a variable LC circuit tuned circuit, a diode detector, and audio
transducer. These are the original and simplest type of radio receiver in existence.
This device was in very wide use during the early part of radio's history and
is still in limited use today.
To pick out from others; select;
To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd,
A grocery chain that once operated in
the north Texas area.
Can (or Canning):
To seal in an airtight container
for future use; preserve; As in canning peaches.
Go to the Cellar:
The best protection from
deadly tornados was below ground in the cellars.† When the weather appeared
threatening, people would go into the cellars as protection from potentially
As in flash cards, a card printed with words
or numbers and briefly displayed as part of a learning drill.
Student Military Cadet Corp at North Texas Agricultural College, then affiliated with Texas A&M University
Hurst Euless Bedford Independant School District
The forbidding by law of
the manufacture, transportation, sale, and possession of alcoholic beverages.
The period (1920-1933) during which the 18th Amendment forbidding the
manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages was in force in the United States.