Collected by Max Hunter (H-5 )
For Mary C. Parler
Spoken by J. W. Breazeal
Transcribed by Frances Majors April 27, 1958
Reel 247, Item 1
This is J. W. Breazeal, 1871 N. Broadway in Springfield,
I was bom January 1, 1872, near Mansfield, Missouri, in
Wright County. Of course, you understand that I am now
past eighty-six years of age. I was reared on a farm;
spent a few years trying to teach school; worked seven
and one-half years in a general store; later operated a
lumber yard— was manager of a lumber yard— for sixteen
years; then later bought into a little grocery store.
We're now living in Springfield, operating a rooming
house and trying to make an existence. I have been a
great lover of music, and especially of old sacred music.
For about fifteen years I went with a group of singers
known as the Old Christian Harmony Band, singing out
of The Old Christian Harmony and Work and Worship song-books.
The band is now practically all gone. Of the
original, I guess I'm about the only one left. I
served from '34 until '45 as the leader of that band;
and still, where we sing, I lead in The Old Christian
Harmony Songbook. I also have an Old Four Notebook—
just four notes: so, la, fa, me. And instead of the
seven, we just have the four. At this time I'm going
to sing you just the notes from the song known as
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