The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

We give this to show the great disadvantage the early pioneers had as a rule in giving their offsprings on a very limited education and the great need of school books in those early days.

In giving an account of how he learned the alphabet John Bias told the writer the following words at Dugginsville Ozark County Mo., December 27th 1906. "I was born on Bee Creek in what was then Carroll County Ark. November 7, 1844. The country was rough with plenty of pine trees growing in the hills. The land on which I was born was known years afterward as the Henry Tabor Place. This land is not very far from the present site of Omaha in what is now Boone County. My mother could neither read nor spell but she knew the A.B.C.s. My father did not know a letter in the book. One day my mother got hold of some printed matter which contained all the letters of the alphabet and she cut the letters out and pasted them on the outside of her old home made bonnet that was cased with splits made of cedar and taught the letters to me until I could say them over by sight and she continued to teach me until I could repeat them by memory."

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