Pulling the Sack in Fisher County Texas

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

To the Reader: This is column #12 a series “Pulling the Sack”. We continue the journey of a 15-yearold 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.

Beginning of a Romance

Narrator: Lionel, son of Sonny Bevers and about the same age as Joselyn, had a plan focused on the bird nest in the chinaberry tree outside the door of the migrant house, where she lived. After rehearsing it, he tried it out on Joselyn.

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