These are some of the stories my grandmother, Margaret Donley, told me and her other grandchildren. Most of the stories are about her childhood in rural Texas -- mostly Montague County and Wellington -- before and during the Great Depression. Among the people she references often are her parents, her grandparents, and her siblings, Mary Jo, Muriel, Kathleen, Ben, and Snooks. These stories were collected by my mother prior to my grandmother's 95th birthday; they are told in a close approximation of my grandmother's storytelling style.
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Quicksand - June 9, 1920
On Ben's thirteenth birthday, we all went berry picking. Only Mama didn't go, and I can't remember Mary Jo being there. We had no conveyance, so we walked about two to three miles northwest of Whitesboro. We were looking along the creek, and Muriel…