Louise O'Connor - When were you born?
Violena Elliot - In 18 and 94. My grandmother came from Mississippi, my grandfather from Louisiana. I think my father's parents came from Mississippi too. Yes, Grandma Johnson was a slave, she was very young in slavery time, she was about 15 years old. Now Green, I don't know whether my grandmother Green was a slave or not, my grandfather was, Green. My father was a good farmer. We had nice horses, we had a surrey. And along toward the last we had a car. We were pretty good livers when I was a child. Now the second marriage I married Will Elliot, yeah, he was 50 years old I married him. We married in 30, 19 and 30. Well I met him when I was very young and forgot about him. We mostly corresponded through the mail. And when we got ready to marry they were working cattle. He didn't have many days off. And I had a cousin living in Refugio, and I come to Refugio and married him.
Louise O'Connor - What was he doing when you married him?
Violena Elliot - Working at the O'Connor Ranch.
Louise O'Connor - What kind of job did he do out there?
Violena Elliot - Do out at the O'Connor Ranch? Pasture rider. That's what he's doin' now, I reckon that's what he was doin' then. He look like he liked that work. In fact he enjoyed it. He'd tell a lot of stories on what went on out there, working those cattle. My husband got hurt two or three times out there. Yeah he got real hurt. At first, you know, he wasn't used to being in the hospital. He didn't want to cooperate but I went up there, I bought things, robes and everything, carried it up there. Yeah, he got hurt real bad twice. One time it was… well both times, he said a horse stepped in a hole and just kind of flipped with him one time. Kilt the horse. I had his body brought back home and put right here in this corner. O'Connor and them come to see him. They were very nice to Will, I'll tell you.