Gordon Rawleigh Courtney
My parents were formerly of Tennessee. Sometime between 1903 and 1907 they moved to Fort Cobb Oklahoma. That’s where I was born.
My grand parents on the Hawkins side lived near us. We’d get in the wagon and drive 9 miles to Fort Cobb. Stay over night. Come home the next day. The wagon had a front seat and a back seat. Horses pulled it. We went to church in a wagon. Us kids would lay down in the back and sleep on the way home. Hamiltonian Buggy Horses, we had, and a two-seated buggy called a hack. It had a snap on top, and you would put what they call a wardrobe on your lap and you were ready to go anywhere. We’d put the curtains up and go in the rain.
We attended the Baptist Church. We went everywhere by horse and buggy or a wagon and a team. My mom baked fresh cornbread or biscuits for every meal. My dad wore overalls, and mother wore print dresses. My dad liked to read the local newspaper. Mother was not able to read. “When frustrated, my dad always used the word, ‘ Dadcham’ and mother said ‘Oh Lordy Lordy, Lord have mercy!”