HEADING BACK EAST
￼￼B: The first settlers come into that country. D: The Hamricks?
D: ‘N the Hammonses?
B:Yessir, ‘n they was some uh them Robertses come there too, Grandpa Roberts ‘n them; and now that’s about the first settlers come in this country. It was just a wilderness, all this whole country, and that ‘uz my great grandpa, they moved over here next to Webster Springs. Well, now you know whether it wasn’t scarce or not, the powder and the lead wasn’t scarce. When they’d kill, they’d shoot at the deer, they’d wait till the deer got behind, between them and the tree, and then shoot the deer, and the bullet ‘d go and cut it out And they said the animals was s’ thick, over there next to that point mountain you know where that spring is, that sulfur spring that’s a, well that sulfur spring there; they lived right close to that sulfur spring there, right close there, and they said of a night that you couldn’t sleep for the animals coming off there to that spring–the elks and the deer and all kind uh animals, they said that ever you could hear, all kind uh noise that you ever wanted to hear a’comin off that hill, they said they’d come off uh that hill a fightin’ an bellerin’ and ever’thing else comin’ off there to that spring, you know, that salt water, they’d drink that, drink that salt and , and she said that they’d put in all night till just before daylight and then she said they started back along, on the mountain, and she said, oh gosh, she said, said they had to keep their hogs in log, in big log pens, notch ’em down, so the bears ‘n’ panthers ‘n’ stuff couldn’t get to ’em; that ‘s the only way they could keep a hog er anything, they’d just come right to the house…!!!
M: De-wight, do you like berry dumplings?