Interview 253a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland and Richard Donovan, southern Angelina County native Charles Havard reminisces about growing up in the Huntington/Zavalla/Saron/Bellview area of the county in the middle 20th century. He talks about growing up in a rural area, where his family depended on fishing, hog raising, hunting, growing cotton, and harvesting timber for subsistence and didn’t get electricity in their home until he was almost out of high school. Mr. Havard talks about attending school in Shawnee Prairie, Bald Hill, and Zavalla, fishing the Neches river, hunting squirrels, rounding up hogs, helping his father harvest timber, picking cotton, and making lye soap. He also discusses social events like church services, brush arbor revival services, and cemetery workings. He tells about joining the U.S. Army in 1953 and then working various construction jobs throughout the state as a welder before retiring in Angelina County.
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