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Seymour Texas Old Photos
Seymour, Texas

Picking Cotton in 1943

Photos courtesy Jesse Suttles

"The pictures were taken in Seymour, Texas in 1943. The car was a 1928 Model "A" Ford with 1932 wheels on it. Touring car. A four door convertible. There was no heater in the car. Nor any windows. I don't know how we kept warm. I guess Dad wrapped us up in blankets. If you have ever rode in a Model A, they are very small inside. Dad built a small trailer to pull behind the car. Our bedding and what household goods we needed were in the trailer. It is 293 miles from Longview, Texas where we lived to Seymour. Dad probably only drove about 45 to 50 miles per hour. That was about as fast as you could drive the car safely pulling the trailer with the load. (The car did not have hydraulic brakes on it. They were mechanical. They didn't work very good.)

We couldn't make the trip in one day. We camped out on the side of the road for one night.

We lived on Mr. Redwine's farm and picked cotton for him.

At the time Dad took the family to Seymour they were growing a "wind-proof" type of cotton to prevent the wind from blowing the fiber out of the boll. So the entire boll was picked - not just the fiber. Dad used a long cotton sack and after it was weighed, the cotton had to be shaken out of the sack into the cotton wagon.

If the sack was filled tight, this was a difficult job. So Dad had my mother sew a zipper alongside the side of the sack. When it was time to unload the cotton he merely un-zipped the sack and rolled the cotton out. That was a lot easier.

They still plant "storm-proof" cotton in West Texas, and other states where the wind blows about every day. They don't use cotton pickers out there. They use "strippers." They wait until all of the cotton bolls "open" and then run the stripper through the field one time. It gets everything in one pass through the field. They have to have a special gin to gin the cotton that is stripped. " - Jesse Suttles

Seymour TX  - Father with fish and 1930 Model A Ford

"My dad Audery Lance Suttles at 39, and his 1928 Model "A" Ford with 1932 wheels on it. Looks like he caught a good string of Channel Catfish."

Seymour TX  - Boys and 1930 Model A Ford

"The older boy is my brother Jack Suttles, 13 years old. I am the little guy. I was 5."

Seymour TX 1943 - Children On Cotton Wagon

"This is a picture of all of the children in my family at that time. Left to right Bernice Lee, 8 years old, Jesse Suttles, 5, Doyle Randell Suttles, 3, Jack Audery Suttles, 13, Lillie May Suttles and Millie Fay Suttles, 10 years old twins."

Seymour TX 1943 Mother  & Father
"This picture was taken in the front door of our house in Seymour. Fall of 1943. My Dad Audery Lance Suttles was 39. My Mother Ada Abagail (Dyke) Suttles was 32. We went to Seymour to pick cotton. We stayed until late December before moving back to Longview."
Seymour TX  - Girls on 1930 Model A Ford

"The ones on the end (Twins) are 10 yrs old, the other girl was 8."

Seymour TX 1943  - Audery Lance Suttles

"My dad Audery Lance Suttles holding an axe on his shoulder. We used wood to heat and cook with. (The same stove.) He had been cutting Mesquite, a small spiny scrub. They don't grow very large."

Seymour TX 1943  - Suttles Family in snow

"Suttles family in Seymour just before we moved back to Longview."

Seymour TX 1943 Mother with baby in snow

"The baby was 1 year old."


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