From a special section of the Waldron News newspaper of 23 April 1981, consisting of interviews of Scott County citizens 80 Years of age and over. The interviews were done as part of a celebration of the Bank of Waldron's 80th anniversary.


In Danville on April 18, 1900 Nora McDaniel was born to David C. & Alice Brooks. She has lived 80 years of her life in several different communites in Scott County. She now lives in the Mt. Moriah community where she attends the Worldwide Church of God. Mrs. McDaniel has five children, James (Chuck) House of Waldron, David C. House of Parks, Mrs. Jimmye Craig and Mrs. Barbara Barnett of Waldron and Don H. House of Woodward, OK. Mrs. McDaniel has lived an active life making sorghum, making soap, farming, working in timber and as a housewife. She said "Eighty years did not seem long as I was living it, but now, looking back I see so many changes that has come about in this changing world since I was born in 1900. That's what makes this 80 years seem so long - I've lived in the country almost all my 81 years and being from a large family I have many fond memories, such as the first automobile I ever saw." "I think it was owned by Mr. Mac Bird and in the fall of 1907 or 1908, Mr. Bird and some friends came out in the country to do some quail hunting and passed by the little school that I was attending. It was late in the afternoon and as the car was climbing a hill it made the worst noise any of us had ever heard. Some of the older girls thought the world was coming to an end, but our teacher told us what it was and said we could go to the window and see it pass. Our teacher was Rufus Slaughter and if any of you also remember this, please let me hear from you. Everyone was so excited, we were determined to follow that thing and get a good look at it. About half of the school kids started following the tracks. A mile up the road, we decided it was getting late and would soon be dark. We started to walk the 3 miles back to our home and knew we would be in trouble for being late. We had a lot of explaining to do to our parents, but they understood and we promised never to be late again. My dad asked me what I thought of that automobile. I said all I got to see was it's hide. "It's hide?" he asked. I told him all the big boys and girls got to the window before us little folk and the thing was gone and all I got to see was its hide. My sister who was five years older told Dad I was trying trying to tell that I saw the track. I told Dad the track looked like where a big snake had crawled. The automobile was the talk at school for some time. I've seen a lot of changes in my time and lived through two depressions and have done plenty of hard work and have always looked on the bright side of life."

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