Adele Burks Peacock Tells Of Days Gone By

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.

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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.

The old courthouse spent some years as a home. It was the birthplace of Adele Burks (11-28-1918), who lived there until January 1933. Notice the "leanto" attached to the front of the house.

The old courthouse spent some years as a home. It was the birthplace of Adele Burks (11-28-1918), who lived there until January 1933. Notice the “lean-to” attached to the front of the house.

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.

Adele Burks

Adele Burks

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.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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3 Responses to Adele Burks Peacock Tells Of Days Gone By

  1. mary peacock says:

    Thanks Fredda! Thought I would say that the picture
    Of Adele Burks Peacock on the bridge was taken when the old cabin was near the Leon River. I would like to know if anything remains of the old bridge.

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