Annie Florine "Tookie" Huffman-Lees

With Betty Fuller and Bill Byers

Annie Huffman LeesEuless, Texas was first settled in about 1867 as a small farming community in North Central Texas. The City is located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth Texas, just west of DFW International Airport. It was incorporated in 1953 and at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census had a population of 46,005. The City of Euless encompasses approximately 16.3 square miles. (42.1 KM2)

Annie Florine “Tookie” Huffman-Lees was born in Euless, Texas on September 23, 1915 and has lived there most of her life.

Betty Fuller is a long-time resident of Euless, Texas. At the time of this interview she was the member of the Euless Historical Preservation Committee responsible for collecting narrative interviews.

Bill Byers was born in Euless, Texas and at the time of this interview was the chairman of the Euless Historical Preservation Committee.

Interview

Betty Fuller: Today’s date is Friday February 11, 2005. Chairman Bill Byers and I are interviewing his cousin Annie Florine, known as “Tookie”, Huffman-Lees at her home at 132 Los Robles in Arlington and she is going to tell you about her memories of growing up in Euless, Texas. I have some questions and she’s going to respond to those questions. “Tookie”, can you tell us when you were born?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, I was born in 1915. Over in the old house, it was over there close to the airport property.

Betty Fuller: So you were born in Euless? Do you know where Euless Jr. High School is now? Was it close to that?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It was probably close, not very close. We had to have a horse and buggy. Daddy took us to school in a horse and buggy.

Betty Fuller: Oh really, so you were born farther away? Were you born north of where the Methodist and Baptist churches are located?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Kind of northeast of there.

Betty Fuller: Who was your father?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Steve Huffman.

Betty Fuller: What was his whole name?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Steve H. (Henry) Huffman (1891-1978).

Betty Fuller: You told us the year you were born? What day and what year?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, 1915.

Betty Fuller: What month and what day?

Annie Huffman-Lees: September 23rd.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about your parents, who were they? Start with who was your mom?

Annie Huffman-Lees: My mom was Anne Neely.

Betty Fuller: I didn’t know that! Tell me her whole name.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Annie…

Betty Fuller: Was she Kate (Kathryn Gertrude Fuller) Neely’s sister (1894-1950)?

Annie Huffman-Lees: She was her sister-in-law?

Betty Fuller: Okay, she was Kate’s sister-in-law, because Kate Neely was a Fuller before she married. Was she Kate Neely’s husband’s sister?

Bill Byers: Kate’s brother, John Lee.

Annie Huffman-Lees: John Lee, did you know him?

Betty Fuller: No ma’am.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, he was mom’s brother. All the Neely’s lived over there in a great big house over towards, well kind of close to the airport too.

Betty Fuller: Okay.

Annie Huffman-Lees: We had to go down in a creek to cross. We had to cross in a creek to get back home.

Betty Fuller: Do you know where your mother was born?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, she was born in Dallas.

Betty Fuller: Your daddy Steve, where was he born?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He was born…I guess there at home…

Betty Fuller: In Euless? He was born in Euless?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yeah, but they had an old, old house then. A little old, kind of a log-like cabin.

Betty Fuller: A log like cabin!

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes…

Betty Fuller: Where was it?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It was down there close to the cross-roads at Euless.

Betty Fuller: I know, Willie Byers told me about that, she went to school at Crossroads. Was it close to that school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Your mother’s parents, were they from Dallas too?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: The Neely’s were from Dallas?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, they lived in Dallas. He was a Commissioner of Dallas. Daddy’s dad (Thomas P. Huffman) was commissioner of Fort Worth at the same time (Grandmother, his wife was Cynthia Elizabeth Fuller).

Betty Fuller: At the same time! Do you know what year that might have been?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No I can’t remember what year that was.

Betty Fuller: You were born in 1915. Were they commissioners at that point and time?

Bill Byers: T.P. Huffman was commissioner from 1906 through 1910, so that would have been before…

Annie Huffman-Lees:yes, before papa was born, but he was commissioner at the same time that my other grandpa was in Dallas.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about the house that you remember growing up in. What was it like? Did it have an upstairs and down stairs?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We had an upstairs when I was two or three years old and I remember a big storm had just come up and that we were just scared because my momma was scared because daddy was out in it. Momma took me and Jewel upstairs and put us on the feather bed. She said that the lighting wouldn’t strike so bad on the feather bed. We were up there and we couldn’t get back down because of the door, they had a little thing on the door that turned and we couldn’t get out of there. Momma wanted to let Jewel down in a sheet so she could unlock the door, but Jewel wouldn’t do it. I volunteered to go down in the sheet, but Momma said I couldn’t reach it when I got down there. So she watched the road and when she saw somebody come by she called them and ask them if they could come in and open the door for us. They came in and opened the door and we got out.

Annie Huffman-Lees: There was one bedroom upstairs.

Betty Fuller: One, and down stairs, what was down stairs?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Down stairs we had a kitchen, and I remember standing up on a bench helping momma make chowchow.

Betty Fuller: Chowchow! Tell us how did you make chowchow?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I can’t remember I was so little…

Betty Fuller: But you did use tomatoes didn’t you?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes (laughter). We had the kitchen and we had a living room and a bedroom. We had a bed in the living room then. We had another little room on the west end of the house and we lived there till we were grown.

Betty Fuller: Until you were married?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: What age were you when you married?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Let see, I think I was about eighteen.

Betty Fuller: Eighteen, what year was that, do you remember?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It was 19… 1936 or something like that.

Betty Fuller: You talked about one of your sisters, tell me how many brothers and sisters do you have?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well I had two brothers and a sister.

Betty Fuller: Tell me the names of your brothers and your sister.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Harold Thomas was the young one, Harold Thomas Huffman.

Betty Fuller: Is that the one I call “Bubba?”

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: I went to school with “Bubba.”

Annie Huffman-Lees: You did (laughter)?

Betty Fuller: Yes, I did but he was younger than me. Okay, who else?

Annie Huffman-Lees: My brother, we called him “Tubb” but his name is Henry Murray. Henry Murray Huffman.

Betty Fuller: Who was your sister?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Jewel Maurine.

Betty Fuller: Jewel Maurine. Who did Jewel marry?

Annie Huffman-Lees: She married Heorger Massey.

Betty Fuller: Oh, she was Jewel Massey?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: When I was in high school, we didn’t have dances, of course, at Euless High School. We had banquets and Jewel was a room mother. She helped make and serve the food for our senior banquet. Tell us about anything you want to tell us about when you were growing up. Are there some incidences that you would like to tell us about? Where did you go to school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I went to school at Euless.

Betty Fuller: How did you got to school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, we lived at that house in Euless and we’d walk a lot of the times. We would walk a long way. When we moved over to that other place over in the “black mud” we called it, then we went by horse and buggy.

Betty Fuller: You lived in two places when you were growing up?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: One of them was closer to the school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Was the closer one to the school the first one or the second one that you lived in?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, it was the second one.

Betty Fuller: The house that you described that had an upstairs, was that your first house or second house?

Annie Huffman-Lees: That was the first house.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about your second house. Where was it? What was it like?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well the second one was over in that “black mud”.

Betty Fuller: On the prairie?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Aunt “Tampa” would come over and play the piano for us…

Betty Fuller: Who would?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Aunt “Tampa”, his mother (indicated Bill Byers).

Betty Fuller: Willie Huffman Byers?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yeah, she was really a sweetheart and we would just love for her to come and play the piano for us.

Betty Fuller: You had a piano?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: You said that house was two storied or…?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, that one had one bedroom upstairs too.

Betty Fuller: The new one that you moved into?

Annie Huffman-Lees: The first one.

Betty Fuller: The one at “black mud”?

Annie Huffman-Lees: The one at “black mud” had that.

Betty Fuller: What did you dad do for a living?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He was a Carpenter.

Betty Fuller: He did. Where did he work?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Oh, just anybody that would hire him. You know Deborah Wentworth hired him to do this…and he only made two dollars a day.

Betty Fuller: Two dollars a day? All of you lived on that, didn’t you?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, we all lived on it because we had cows. I learned to milk. After I learned to milk, Jewel wouldn’t do it, she was smart enough (laughter), she suddenly didn’t know how…

Betty Fuller: (laughter) She said she didn’t know how?

Annie Huffman-Lees: And so, I did all the milking after that.

Betty Fuller: What about your brothers, did they do any milking?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, they didn’t do any of the milking. We had a cat that I trained to stand on the other side of the cow and wave like this and I would milk, milk into its mouth.

Betty Fuller: That is why that cat preformed for you. How many cows did you milk?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We just had three or four. I just usually milked one or two.

Betty Fuller: What did you all do with the milk?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We drank it.

Betty Fuller: Did you make butter or cheese?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, we made butter.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about how you made butter.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well we would let the cream stand on the milk until we skimmed it off the top. Then we’d put it into an old churn and churn it.

Betty Fuller: Now tell me what kind of churn did you have? Was it one of those fancy Daisy churn or a Dasher churn?

Annie Huffman-Lees: A Dasher Churn.

Betty Fuller: Did you make sweet cream butter or sour cream butter?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I guess it was sour cream. We had sour cream, butter and eggs. We had chickens too.

Betty Fuller: Who fed the chickens?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We all did. We would take turns. We had lots of cats, and a dog or two.

Betty Fuller: Did you make any cottage cheese out of the milk?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No.

Betty Fuller: Just butter and milk.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Great milk, but now I can’t even drink milk. I have to drink some kind of bean milk.

Betty Fuller: That soy stuff, soy bean milk. When you went to Euless school, were there a lot of students in first grade with you?

Annie Huffman-Lees: There were several there, I know I went to school with Imogene.

Betty Fuller: Jean, Imogene?

Annie Huffman-Lees: She was one of my best friends.

Betty Fuller: What was her last name?

Bill Byers: Jernigan. (Alexander, Mamie Jernigan Alexander’s daughter.)

Annie Huffman-Lees: We just went over there and we would have a good time at school and…

Betty Fuller: Did you live far from her?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No not too far. You had to go on north Main and turn to the right and she lived down there on that road, on the same road my grandma lived on.

Betty Fuller: Your grandma..?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Neely, the one from Dallas.

Betty Fuller: Where there a lot of children in your class in first grade?

Annie Huffman-Lees: There was quite a few of them. Then when I got in the third grade we had a program and I was a chocolate drop. I had a little old hat of a thing that stuck up like a chocolate drop, and I said, “I’m a little chocolate drop, just as sweet as honey! Everybody likes honey, don’t you think that’s funny.” (laughter)

Betty Fuller: Do you remember who the person was that was in charge of the play?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I can’t remember anything much since I’ve gotten near my nineties.

Betty Fuller: How old are you right now “Tookie”?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I’m 89. This next birthday I’ll be 90.

Betty Fuller: Okay, I have another question; do you remember any of your teachers from Euless school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, Mr. Hannibal, he was the one in high school that when we would ask him to work out a problem for us, he said, “It’s too hot in here for me and he left.” (laughter) because we thought he couldn’t work the problem either.

Betty Fuller: Did you go all the way through Euless school?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I lacked one year of finishing school. Momma had “Bubba”; she was all out of shape and was having a hard time. I had to quit school to help her. She had to have help, we didn’t have money to get the help.

Betty Fuller: What grade were you in then?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I was in the, I guess the tenth or eleventh grade.

Bill Byers: Yes, tenth because it just went up to eleventh grade.

Annie Huffman-Lees: “Bubba” was born in 1932, at Euless.

Betty Fuller: Where did you go to church?

Annie Huffman-Lees: At Euless.

Betty Fuller: At which church?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I’m still going to church at the same place I did then.

Betty Fuller: Is that the First Baptist Church?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, I’m still a member of that church. I don’t get to go as much as I’d like to because my car is twenty years old.

Betty Fuller: Do you still drive to that church by yourself?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I can drive by myself, but I’m afraid I’ll get a flat so I usually go with someone when I go, but I haven’t been going. I’ve been watching preachers on TV.

Betty Fuller: Do you remember some of the ministers that you’ve had in the past that you’ve really enjoyed at the Baptist Church?

Bill Byers: Did you like Shambuger?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, Shambuger was good. They had several good preachers; there was one that we had a group picture with. I can’t remember his name.

Bill Byers: A real long picture, about this long?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Bill Byers: Do you still have a copy of that picture?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It’s in bad shape but I’ve still got it.

Betty Fuller: Before we leave we’d like to look at it, wouldn’t we? But anyway your dad was Steve Huffman?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: I remember when I went to that church. When I was baptized in 1946, Steve lead the songs in the church didn’t he?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, he loved that.

Betty Fuller: Now who did he take turns with in leading the songs? Mr. Tillery helped sometimes didn’t he?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It seemed like Mr. Tillery helped sometimes too.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about where you shopped for groceries and clothes.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Oh well, we went up to “Dep” Cruise’s.

Betty Fuller: Who was “Dep” Cruise?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He was the one that had the store you know. Momma took me up to the store with her and tied the horse to the post.

Betty Fuller: There was a post out front?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: More than one or just one post?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, on the building, it had a post kind of like this right here. She tied the horse to that and I would sit in the buggy. She left me in the buggy. Once a dog ran out from under there and scared the horse. It broke loose and started running. I was screaming bloody murder, and someone ran out from under the Tabernacle. By then, it was over there on the Baptist Church grounds and they caught that horse.

Betty Fuller: With you in the buggy?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. Momma was scared to death. She thought I was gonna fall out or something.

Betty Fuller: How old were you then?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I was about three.

Betty Fuller: Three years old. Your momma drove that buggy by herself to the store?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: What kind of things could you by in that grocery store?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, most anything, but you know, we raised nearly everything we had.

Betty Fuller: Like what did you raise?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, we raised green beans, potatoes, and every thing that you would raise in a garden, tomatoes and all that. We didn’t have to buy too much because we had our own milk and eggs and stuff like that.

Betty Fuller: Right, did you have electricity in your house?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No we sure didn’t.

Betty Fuller: What did you use for lighting?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Lamps.

Betty Fuller: Kerosene Lamps, what did you use for heat?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, we had the fire place. That was the main thing. We had little old stoves.

Betty Fuller: Iron stoves?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, an old iron stove, and one time when “Tubb” was just a baby over there at the Black mud place, he fell over on the stove and burned his face pretty bad. We got him in the car and took him riding. That helped him because it was a car without a top on it.

Betty Fuller: You had a car then without a top?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. Uncle Johnnie furnished us with that.

Betty Fuller: Who was Uncle Johnnie? John Neely?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Did you have water in your house? Was the water inside your house or did you have to go outside to get it?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, we had to draw the water from a well.

Betty Fuller: You had a well out-back somewhere?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, we had a well and Daddy would go down in it to clean it.

Betty Fuller: How deep was it?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Oh, it was way deep. It was several feet.

Betty Fuller: What would he take with him when he went down in there to clean?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He would take a shovel and a bucket and he’d get everything raked off in there and he would depend on me and “Tubb” to get him out of there.

Betty Fuller: How did he get out?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We would just get so tickled. We were silly. We were that age, we’d just laugh and we’d get him about half way up and let him back down. (laughter)

Betty Fuller: Well, did he use a rope or what did he have?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He went down on a rope or on a thing we’d crank him up with. We were silly kids. We would just get to laughing and tickled. He finally told us that if we didn’t get him out of there he would really beat us up then, (laughter) and so we got him out.

Betty Fuller: Were you afraid of your dad?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, we knew enough to know that we better mind him.

Betty Fuller: Did you get spanked often?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Not real often, sometimes we would.

Betty Fuller: Was it by your mom or your dad?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Usually Momma with her hand mainly. She would send us out to get a switch. We had a bush out there where she would have us get switches she would switch us with those.

Betty Fuller: We talked about school. You didn’t have water inside of the school. What did you all do for water when you got thirsty?

Annie Huffman-Lees: They had water in a thing that you could push and it would come out.

Betty Fuller: You did have a thing that you could push, you didn’t have a cup?

Bill Byers: Was this at the South Euless School?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Bill Byers: I think that water came from Mr. Cannon who lived across the street. He would run a water line from his over-head water tank. The fountain was outside and it had four knobs on it and you turned it and it just bubbled.

Annie Huffman-Lees: And we could get water that way.

Betty Fuller: Tell us if you have any memories about your clothes. I know when your mother needed groceries you would go to the grocery store. Did your mother sew your clothes or did you ever buy clothes?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, we usually had to get out and Mr. Harper lived pretty close by.

Betty Fuller: Now tell me about Mr. Harper?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He lived up the hill from us and he had a garden and all kinds of stuff for us to gather. We would gather that stuff, me and Jewel. He would give us money and then momma and them would take it and buy us some clothes for school.

Betty Fuller: Did you ever go with your mother?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Where did you go?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We had pecan trees and we would gather those and sell those as well. We got them at the curb at Bedford. We were going around the curb and one of our sacks of pecans fell off of the car and busted so we had to get out and gather up the pecans in the road. Then we went on and I remembered that I had enough pecans to get a pretty red coat that day.

Betty Fuller: Did you go into Fort Worth?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: You went into Fort Worth to buy your clothes and you bought a red coat with the money from those pecans. Do you remember what the store was that you shopped at in Fort Worth? Was it Leonard’s?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It was Leonard’s.

Betty Fuller: Did you often go into Fort Worth for anything else?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Just mostly when we had to have something like clothes or something like that.

Betty Fuller: Did they ever have any kinds of parties? What did you all do for entertainment?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, we had parties once in awhile and we played grind the bottle.

Betty Fuller: Tell us about Grind the Bottle.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well, you put that bottle down there and twist it around and who ever it would turn to would get to do that again. It was very simple we didn’t have too much to do, but we just went to little parties just like that and played all the games.

Betty Fuller: Did the adults play forty-two or dominos?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, they played forty-two.

Betty Fuller: Where did they play forty-two?

Annie Huffman-Lees: They would invite different people over you know and they would play at each others homes.

Betty Fuller: There wasn’t any central place in Euless to do that sort of thing?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No.

Betty Fuller: Now when you started courting or dating, did you call it courting or dating?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Dating I guess.

Betty Fuller: Can you tell us about your dating experiences?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, we would go up to the Methodist Church. They had some people coming up playing and singing.

Bill Byers: They had quartettes; there were a lot of quartettes back then.

Annie Huffman-Lees: The Methodist would have them come over and we would go there. We were coming back from there one night and J.B. McGinnis was in an old car, a beat up looking old car. He offered us a ride home. From then on he wanted to date me. I finally ended up marrying him.

Betty Fuller: You married J.B. McGinnis first.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Right.

Betty Fuller: Before Mr. Lees?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Do you know what year you married Mr. McGinnis?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Hank was bon in 1938.

Betty Fuller: Where did you and J.B. McGinnis live?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We lived in Fort Worth because he had a job up there.

Betty Fuller: Do you remember where he worked?

Annie Huffman-Lees: At a Station.

Betty Fuller: At a Gas Station?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, he finally owned one a couple of years later in Haltom City.

Betty Fuller: Do you remember when he died?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He died in 1980.

Betty Fuller: Did you and J.B. have children?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: How many children did you two have?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We had two.

Betty Fuller: Can you tell us about your children, who are they?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Hank was born first.

Betty Fuller: What’s Hanks whole name?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Henry J. McGinnis, he was born in 1938. My husband just had initials for a name.

Betty Fuller: J.B.?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. J.B.

Betty Fuller: That was it?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. That was all he had. Mac, my husband, had J.B. for a name and Hank was named Henry J. McGinnis. He used the J part for his name and Henry for daddy. Pat’s name is Patricia Ann McGinnis (daughter).

Betty Fuller: When was Patricia born?

Annie Huffman-Lees: She was born the next year, in 1939.

Betty Fuller: Now where does your son live now?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well he died. He passed away about two years ago.

Betty Fuller: Did he have children?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. He sure did.

Betty Fuller: Who were his children?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He had Angela, she’s the oldest, Amy is the second, and Marcy is the third. Angela lives in Dallas and the other, two, I think live in Fort Worth.

Betty Fuller: Who did your son marry?

Annie Huffman-Lees: He married several times.

Betty Fuller: After marrying J.B. McGinnis, did you ever live in Euless after you moved to Fort Worth?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, I lived there for a good little bit because Mac he just disappeared. He just got a divorce for some reason.

Betty Fuller: Mac, you’re talking about J.B., your husband.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes. I lived with Momma and Daddy, for a good bit and kind of looked out for them. When Momma broke her hip, I stayed there and took care of her. When she passed away, I stayed there for twelve years and looked after dad until he died.

Betty Fuller: You have been a care-giver haven’t you! When you were living with your parents, were your children grown at that time?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, they were grown up.

Betty Fuller: So they didn’t live there with you?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No.

Bill Byers: What year did you all build that house next to Uncle Steve?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Oh we built, I can’t remember what year we built that, but it could probably be figured out.

Betty Fuller: Who built it?

Annie Huffman-Lees: We built it, Mac and I.

Bill Byers: Actually Uncle Steve built the house, and it sat right there across the creek from that Texaco Gas Station at Ector and Airport Freeway, under those big Pecan Trees.

Betty Fuller: Those beautiful big trees. So you lived there for a while didn’t you?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Sure did.

Betty Fuller: Now was that before Mac took off?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes.

Betty Fuller: Now your daughter, we haven’t discussed whether she had children. Did she have any children?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Five.

Betty Fuller: She had five. Is your daughter still alive?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, she lives over there close to the college.

Betty Fuller: She’s in Fort Worth?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, she’s in Arlington.

Betty Fuller: I assume her five children are grown?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, they’re grown. I can’t get over that some of them are almost forty-years-old!

Betty Fuller: Well I understand you have a forty year old grandchild.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Let’s see, Brenda will be 48, Linda will be 47, Steve is about 44 or 45, and Melvin is also in his forties. Jody is about thirty eight.

Betty Fuller: Do any of them live around here?

Annie Huffman-Lees: They all live around here

Betty Fuller: How wonderful for you! Do you have great grandchildren?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I’ve got great-great grandchildren.

Betty Fuller: How many great-grand-children do you have?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Several.

Betty Fuller: How many great-great-grandchildren?

Annie Huffman-Lees: About five.

Betty Fuller: Five great-great. Do you know how old the oldest great-great grandchild is?

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well let’s see, here’s her picture.

Betty Fuller: She is beautiful. She looks like she’s two or three or four years old now.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Yes, she is about four years old. I’ve got two smaller ones and Misty’s got one that’s just a little bitty baby, just about three or four months old. Linda has three great-great-grandkids of mine. I’ve got about six in all.

Betty Fuller: Did you get married to J.B. McGinnis in the Baptist Church or did you go somewhere else?

Annie Huffman-Lees: No, we went somewhere else. There was a preacher that we all knew real well and we went to his house and got married.

Betty Fuller: Was that in Euless?

Annie Huffman-Lees: It was in Fort Worth.

Betty Fuller: Your second husband, we haven’t talked about him. You said J.B. died in…?

Annie Huffman-Lees: In nineteen eighty.

Betty Fuller: In nineteen eighty. So when did you marry Mr. Lees?

Annie Huffman-Lees: I married him sometime back about 1967. I hadn’t been married to him three or four years and he passed away.

Betty Fuller: So you have lived here by yourself all this time?

Annie Huffman-Lees: All this time, I’ve lived by myself.

Betty Fuller: You have a beautiful home here.

Annie Huffman-Lees: Well thank you.

Betty Fuller: Tookie, thank you for sharing so many interesting things about your life in Euless so many years ago.

This narrative history was produced through the efforts of The Euless Historical Preservation Committee with assistance from the staff