Every now and then a family gets lucky. The descendants of the Rinehart and Burks family certainly did when Adele Burks Peacock picked up pencil and paper and began to write about the things she remembered of days gone by. Adele is the mother of Erath County’s (with strong ties to Comanche County) Don Peacock. Because Don’s wife, Mary Sue, was so generous in sharing family history with me, I will have more on their family lines soon!
The following are the words Adele wrote.
I am the oldest of three children of Hugh and Ella Rinehart Burks, born in 1918 in a log house. It was the first courthouse of Comanche County.
At five, I started to school at Swan Hill. The first day of school, our neighbor, Lee Patton, took me in his new Model T. He was used to driving horses, and when we got to school, he tried to stop the car by saying, “Whoa.”
My parents raised all of our meat and vegetables so our food was very good. The washing and ironing clothes was hard, but Mama always kept them clean. I have the pot we used for washing.
On the banks of the South Leon River, near our house, was a large pecan tree where I spent many happy hours.
Reading was my greatest pleasure. I remember when we gathered corn, and the men were unloading, I would rush into the house to read. I also remember every time Papa shaved, we kissed him.
When I was eleven, we went to Woodson for a few days to pick cotton. I picked 200 pounds in one day. Grandmother Burks went along to cook and every morning she fried sweet potatoes.
My brother, Lonnie, and I had many chores to do, but one thing I wouldn’t attempt was milking cows.
My sister, Estelle, and I looked so much alike that it was confusing to others but fun for us.
My uncle, Cowboy Slim Rinehart, played the guitar and sang. He became very popular and recorded many songs. He was killed in a car accident in 1948.