Pulling the Sack in Fisher County Texas

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The Journey of Migrants Experiencing the Harvest of King Cottonbefore the Introduction of the Cotton Stripper

To the Reader: This is column #11 a series “Pulling the Sack”. We continue the journey of a 15-year-old girl named, Joselyn Garza, as she shares the routine of pulling bolls and the anxiety of the rumored coming of the “cotton stripper” that will change her way of life. Readers are encouraged to comment on the narrative, please call Brother Jim at (512)216-9519 or email

Photos of downtown Rotan and cotton fields are requested/welcomed.

In Route from Rotan to Sylvester…Attending a Dance

Joselyn: On our return from Rotan to Sylvester, we were invited to stop by our San Marcos friends’ place near Roby for a dance. Music is dear to our hearts; and since we are all with our families; our folks could watch the dance floor/partners. Courtesy was up- most and no loud boisterous behavior would be tolerated. The music came from two guitars; we had no accordions or drums. Listening to the guitar made me wonder, could I ever learn to play? Where would the guitar come from and who would teach me? I would be willing to try. The two young men who came with us were watching me.

Razor and Suno Described

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