Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
February 20, 1950
Mitch ..When I was coming down here I asked an elderly lady where you lived
and she said she couldn't tell me too well--told me to go across the
street. But she asked me when I was leaving if there was going to be
a marriage or something. Now, how would that pertain to you?
High . . .Wul, I'm a justice of the peace. That man from Oklahoma that I
started to tell you about--he come to hunt me to buy t h e farm. And
they told him up there--so he told me--he said--they said just go
north and he said when you come to a cannin' factry, why--that's where
he lives--said, he owns that cannin' factry down in there. And they
came down this other road and come to where my girl lived, f i v e miles
up the creek here. And she told 'em to come around this way--'fraid
to tell 'em to come down the creek-- 1fraid they couldn't make it.
And he come around this way and he had uh--uh--a woman lawyer w i t h
him. They come from Jay, Oklahoma. You know whur Jay is?
Mitch . .No, not exactly.
High . . . .Well, there's where they come frum an' she--her man got killed with a
car wreck. And he had got--his w i f e had got killed in a car wreck.
But he's real old and she wasn't but about forty, I guess. And she's
a lawyer and h a r d a-hearin'. And s h e - - u h - - w h e n I went out there the
last time to git to pay f e r my place, why, I talked with her and she
said, Now, I've never married yit. But, said, i f I ever git ready
to marry, said, I'll come--bring my man--come plum back there to
have you to marry me. And she said that embarrasses me a lot about
my hearin'--in court. And she--they said she had awful good luck in
court with her--with her--courtin'--with her lawyerbusiness.
Mitch . . W e l l , what other positions have you held, Mr. High, around here in
High . . .Oh, what you mean, uh--
Mitch. . Well, you were justice o f the peace.
High . . .W e l l , I've been school director some o f the time. I've been a justice
of the peace for--uh--thirty or forty--thirty-five years, I guess,
anyway--all told, from first and last.
Mitch.. .How old are you now, sir?
High . . .Seventy-two--few days ago. Never moved. I'm a-set t in' in twelve
f o o t of where I'se born. The Highs come here a hunderd and f i v e
years ago from Benton County. That book tells where the old man
High put up a mill there close to Rogers--East of Rogers--a corn mill
run by water--water mill. But, hits flour mill there now.
Biographical Material (cont.)
Mitch . .That's up in Missouri.
High . . . In--yeah,* in Benton County-- enton County--right east of Rogers.
The book tells where--about where they come-- They come frum Illin--
Indiany to there, though , frum--wul, my paw was bornd in Ohio. And
then they come--drifted down here. He brought e i g h t b o y s and four
girls when he landed over here in this field of mine--in '45--1845--
in the fall--'45 Well, now that little song that I ' s e a-fixin' to
*Mr. High is hard of hearing and did not understand the statement made by
Mitchell concerning the location of the mill. The mill is located
near Rogers, Arkansas, and not in Missouri.
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