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Joe Turner bought pigs as he bought chickens

About: A memory of Joe A. Turner, my grandfather

By Linda Waggener

Re-reading her own chicken-selling story in ColumbiaMagazine reminded Geniece Marcum of another that her mother shared with her. One story she used to chuckle and retell was of her father buying her pig.

The story went that Addie sold her pig to her father in order to have money to buy an $8 ticket to visit her sister, Bessie Turner VanZant, in Hoopston, Illinois.

When Addie was ready to come home after her 6 months visit came to an end, she wrote to her dad and told him she'd sell him her pig for the $8 dollars train ticket.

He replied with the money for the pig.

When she came home she discovered that all her friends had added wide lace to the yokes and sleeves, and she said she just had to have some, so once again, she offered the pig to her dad for sale.

As he handed her the money to buy the lace, he asked his daughter how many times he was going to have to buy that pig before it was his.

Joseph Alexander and his wife Almedia Anderson Turner had six daughters: Bonnie, Daisy, Olga, Ida, Bessie and Addie.

This story was posted on 2010-12-15 21:00:16
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