Telling It Like It Was: Loving Memories of Grandpa and Grandma by Beatrice Maree Moore O’Neill
Grandpa never learned to drive his Model A Ford. After all the children married and moved away, he wanted a buggy so he and Grandma could go places without asking someone to drive them.
Grandpa never learned to drive his Model A Ford. After all the children married and moved away, he wanted a buggy so he and Grandma could go places without asking someone to drive them. He bought this new buggy in Lockhart from Maseurs Hardware Store. It had been in a showroom window of one of their vacant buildings for years. He paid $98 for it. It would cost a small fortune now. They were both very proud and happy to have the buggy.
Written and Illustrated by Beatrice Maree Moore O’Neill in loving memory of her grandparents, William and Mary Caraway, this book is dedicated to Be’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. But TELLING IT LIKE IT WAS has a broader audience. One university professor said that it needs to be required reading for every classroom that teaches American history. When Be captured some of her earliest and fondest memories, she also created a path for the rest of us to follow if we will let our imagination take us down the road to simpler times—times filled with sounds of roosters crowing at the break of day, hens cackling when they laid their eggs, pigs squealing at hog slopping time, cows lowing in the evening, and, occasionally, the hoot of a big old night owl. Join Bea after supper on the porch to watch the shooting stars cross the sky and fireflies darting in and out . . . with no radio, television, or electronic devices to distract you.
Beatrice O’Neill is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lives in Leesville, Texas, not far from the farm where Telling It Like It Was came to life. Beatrice has lived a full and active life. Her accomplishments include success as a writer, having published an article entitled “The Trials and Tribulations of a Bird Dog Trainer’s Wife” that appeared in Sports and Field magazine; receiving numerous awards and ribbons for her oil paintings; being an advocate for seniors; and organizing fund-raisers for the restoration of The 100-year-old Little Red School House. She is a charter member of the Leesville Historical Commission and a member of the Gonzales County and the Texas State Historical Commissions.
After the Lord prodded her for almost two years, she moved back to Leesville from Houston in 1974 for the sole purpose of reopening the Leesville Baptist Church that had been closed for twelve years. It was in much need of repair and still almost the same as it was when it was built 100 years before. Now, thirty-six years later, it is an active church with many improvements on the old building including a baptistery, restrooms, and central heat and air. A large fellowship building with Sunday school rooms has been added and a much-needed well has been drilled. In spite of Be’s accomplishments, her heartbeat and greatest love has been, and still is, her family.
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