Beatrice Parker Green was an early resident of Mosier Valley. Her family lived in the area for many years and she recalls her childhood and family associations there.
At the time of this interview, Dan Clark was a Euless resident and a member of the Euless Historical Preservation Committee.
Dan Clark: Today is October 18, 2006 my name is Dan Clark and I’m representing the City of Euless Historical Preservation Committee. I'm interviewing Beatrice Green who lives at 900 West Parkway in Euless. Beatrice tell me when and where you were born?
Beatrice Green: I was born November 4, 1907. I’ll be 99 years old next month.
Dan Clark: Really, tell me where you were born?
Beatrice Green: I was born here in Mosier Valley. Do you want my parents’ name?
Dan Clark: Yes, tell me about your father.
Beatrice Green: My father was a Parker. William Parker.
Dan Clark: And where did he come from? Was he born here as well or did he come from another place?
Beatrice Green: He was born here. He was born in Mosier Valley. I think he was the first born of that family.
Dan Clark: Do you remember what year he was born, or what day?
Beatrice Green: No.
Dan Clark: They didn’t issue birth certificates back in those days, did they?
Beatrice Green: Well, papa was pretty good about keeping records of things.
Dan Clark: Was he?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, down through the years as we moved around he had books. He liked to read and he spent time reading to himself.
Dan Clark: And what was his first name?
Beatrice Green: Bill.
Dan Clark: Bill Parker? And what was your mother’s name?
Beatrice Green: Judy Easton, ah Esther F-a-r-r-e-a-r.
Dan Clark: Where was she born?
Beatrice Green: Here…somewhere around Euless, Bedford, but may be another …way out in the country.
Dan Clark: Tell me when you were born, do you remember if your grandparents were still alive?
Beatrice Green: Oh yes, I remember my grandparents very well.
Dan Clark: What about your grandfather, what was his name?
Beatrice Green: His name was John Parker and her name was Betty Elizabeth Parker.
Dan Clark: Yes, you have an article about them here on the wall. And where did they come from?
Beatrice Green: I don’t know. I never discussed with them about where they come from, only that she was put off here by…old master and them, she was born of a slave. Uh hum, her and her brother, she had a brother. His name was…let's see what was his name, I think they called him Little Bill, I’m not sure.
Dan Clark: Do you know where they came from, where they were slaves?
Beatrice Green: No, but I do have, I have a cousin that know more better because we started to make a record of that. She’s a school teacher, she lives in Dallas. She comes and see me real often, not every week but she’s much younger; she knows a lot more that she could help me with, but she’s a school teacher, she’s busy.
Dan Clark: So your grandmother had not been a slave but her parents had been slaves?
Beatrice Green: Her parents were slaves. She was born by the old master…she and her brother. When they freed the children, this old lady right there, well she taked them in.
Dan Clark: What was her name, do you remember?
Beatrice Green: Yes, Lish Young.
Dan Clark: And she lived around here?
Beatrice Green: Yes, my grandmother lived with Lish Young. Her husband was older and he had been married before and he had three maybe four boys. I know she had three…and she got sick…his wife got sick. You know they used to live a long time ago cause they didn’t have much to depend on the Doctor and them…so he worked around over the railroad down by the Trinity River. And his wife was layin sick a long time and he come over to Lish Young’s house and asked her to let my grandmother stay with the children during the day while he had to be away…I don’t know what age she was but she must have been maybe twelve…I don’t know how long she laid but anyway, Lish Young said, yeah she can go and stay with your wife. I don’t know how long this happened and his wife finally died. And when she died they buried her up the railroad you know where the old burying ground for the blacks was. He carried her up there and buried her and he had these four little boys that my grandmother was sittin and he asked her when he come back, he asked her, do you think enough of me to marry me? And she said, yes sir. I don’t know what age. So, then they got on their horses and went out to Bedford and got married. So they do…some of them went and got a license, and they got married and come back there and that’s where she lived, and then…my daddy was the oldest of that union.
Dan Clark: Oh I see. So that was your grandmother and grandfather. And he already had four boys before he married?
Beatrice Green: Yes. He had four boys by his first wife.
Dan Clark: Did you call those men uncles? Were they your uncles?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah. They were my uncles, I knew them.
Dan Clark: Did they all live around there?
Beatrice Green: Yes.
Dan Clark: So you had a pretty large family living around here?
Beatrice Green: Yes. It was all by name…Uncle Ace, Uncle Johnny…and Uncle Phodie, he died. I did never see him. I don’t remember him. There was Lance and Johnny and Uncle Phodie and…I’ll think of…he had another brother.
Dan Clark: Where did they live after they got married, that’s a pretty big family, did they have a big house?
Beatrice Green: Yes, they had this old house, that was a very big old house, must’ve had something like a family room with a big fireplace and on the side there was a kitchen and then a dining room. And then the next was the bathroom but you had to go out doors then.
Dan Clark: No pluming inside?
Beatrice Green: Uh uh…they’d come in to the bathroom, they had a big tub and there was a hall that divided…you could come back out on the front porch all the way across from the fireplace room over to another bedroom. And then grandma and granddaddy’s room was on the southwest end. And then the girls’ room was in the front.
Dan Clark: Was that a brick house or a wooden house?
Beatrice Green: So far as I know, when I seen it, it was just a wooden house like these there on…
Dan Clark: So, they had four boys by the previous marriage and then how many people all together all lived there?
Beatrice Green: Was in the family?
Dan Clark: Yes, in the family.
Beatrice Green: My daddy was one he was the oldest, and then there was Aunt Clara, Aunt Kelly and Aunt Lucy. I think that was the three sisters. Aunt Clara, Kelly and…so that was the family.
Dan Clark: So that was about ten all together in the family?
Beatrice Green: I would guess so.
Dan Clark: How long did your father live there? Till he got married or did he leave before?
Beatrice Green: Yes he lived there with them, as I learned it. I was way down the line of the children…so he…when this marriage started…my daddy was the oldest, and he had two brothers, three brothers and then he had about three sisters, which was a large family.
Dan Clark: Large family. So, your father left there when he married your mother?
Beatrice Green: Yes.
Dan Clark: And did they move in to another house then?
Beatrice Green: I don’t know, I was too far down the line…but they still lived in the area, here in Mosier Valley.
Dan Clark: What’s the first house you remember?
Beatrice Green: It was a log house. It didn’t have an upstairs room, it was built high. The boys went up on a…like a ladder and they’d sleep in the upstairs. And downstairs was large enough for two bedrooms and a fireplace, sitting room and the dresser, they’d call it then, where your lamp sit on it and the drawers were for certain things that they kept in there.
Dan Clark: And did they cook in that fire place or was there a kitchen?
Beatrice Green: No, not when I knew about. It was a big kitchen built on a long…across this log house. One end had a big safe…it was fixed where flies couldn’t go in there.
Dan Clark: Did they have a refrigerator or an ice box?
Beatrice Green: They’d…never had a ice box until…I’m about the fifth child down and I don’t know…
Dan Clark: How many brothers and sisters did you have altogether?
Beatrice Green: We have twelve of us, seven boys and five girls.
Dan Clark: Well that’s a pretty big family.
Beatrice Green: Seven boys and five girls.
Dan Clark: And you were the youngest?
Beatrice Green: No, I was the fifth child down. I was the second girl. The oldest boy was named Fodie Parker, next one was named Dan, and the next one was named Lloyd, double L-o-y-d. Lloyd and then my sister named Kellie, named after one of her sisters, and then there’s me next, Beatrice, and then there was Emma.
Dan Clark: Are any of your brothers and sisters still living?
Beatrice Green: No.
Dan Clark: Tell me what did your father do, did he work or…?
Beatrice Green: Farm, not share farming, he must have farmed his own. See, they had…this is stuff that they told me about on the research that we’ve been going through with my cousin. We’d already been through some of this…probably if she’s here she could help me better but she’s a school teacher. She got on to the, that this land…well my grandfather parted it all to each one to have a place to live, farm and to also build. So, we went into the research and found out this land was given to his wife by the ones that had been slaves.
Dan Clark: The ones that had been slaves or the slave holders?
Beatrice Green: Yes, the slave holders. My cousin found out that the land didn’t belong to my grandfather at all; it belonged to her, the girl he married. And so, then like it was in those years, it was just turned over to him you see.
Dan Clark: So how much land did your father get, do you know?
Beatrice Green: No, I can’t say exactly how much but they all got like an acre or two, something like that. All the way from there to Hwy. 183 and so it reaches clear across Mosier Valley. The reason I know, my aunt, my oldest aunt whose just next to my father, she got married, even the second time and when she did, you’ll probably want to go over this again, she wanted to be sure, she had such a good husband the second one, she wanted to be sure that if she passed first, she wanted him to have some land that the children born from her and him, ah nobody could take…so she carried me up to Union Bank and Trust Company and I signed on the papers for him to have a certain amount of it…so you’ll find that in record too. So he cut this land up into parts, I don’t know how much each one but that’s where it reached to Hwy. 183. The reason I know, my aunt passed it, deeded part of her land to her second husband and so her first children always know that he had a place to stay. And so, well that’s the info. she passed, she sold…oh no, when she passed, those children sold some of this land on back to them and the one they sold it to said…come got me and said…I know you the one that signed on it cause it says your name, cause you all went to Union Bank and Trust, they did…she felt like I was a responsible person, they didn’t thought that I was gonna live the longest. I don’t know…and so, cause she knew there was so many of them there might be a misunderstanding.
Dan Clark: So when you grew up, you had family all around you?
Beatrice Green: Ohh, yeah. I knew all of my aunts and uncles. I didn’t know uncle Phodie, he passed away. There’s Uncle Lance and Uncle Johnny…
Dan Clark: You pretty well knew everybody in Mosier Valley?
Beatrice Green: I knew everybody in Mosier Valley.
Dan Clark: You mentioned earlier that your father liked to read. Did he go to school?
Beatrice Green: He never, we never talked about that, I was too young but he always did the figuring. He’d sit up and read novels, they’d called em books, at night you know and then we’d play checkers together.
Dan Clark: I see. You had electricity or you used…?
Beatrice Green: Oh no. Big old lamp light, you had to feed your lamps everyday.
Dan Clark: What about your mother, did she read?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, but not a lot because she was much younger than he was. Gosh, she must have been…she was eighteen; I think when she got married. I don’t know.
Dan Clark: Did she ever work or was she a housewife?
Beatrice Green: Housewife. Never, never worked.
Dan Clark: How long did she live?
Beatrice Green: I don’t remember the year, see when I got sick about four years ago, well, they just cleaned out my house and divide the stuff cause they thought that was the end. I don’t know anything about the records.
Dan Clark: What about your father, do you remember when he died?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, I remember when he passed. Sure do.
Dan Clark: How old were you then?
Beatrice Green: I was married…I married when I was sixteen. My daddy lived a long time, my children knew him.
Dan Clark: Tell me, when did you get married?
Beatrice Green: I married on December the 3, 1923. I was sixteen years old, sixteen in November and married in December.
Dan Clark: Did you go to school?
Beatrice Green: Yes. We all went to school over here, just a little one room school; even teach was in the same room.
Dan Clark: What was that called? Just Mosier Valley School?
Beatrice Green: Um hum. Yes.
Dan Clark: And was your husband in school there too?
Beatrice Green: Oh no, he was at Dallas County. He was in Perris’ farm. See, I went to school here and I didn’t know them until a couple of years before I got married.
Dan Clark: How many years did you go to school?
Beatrice Green: Very few, very few. I was pretty good to get with the others and learn, you know? We started moving around cause we outgrew the house and they didn’t build on to houses and so we just moved out and went to Benbrook.
Dan Clark: That was a long way off, wasn’t it?
Beatrice Green: That was back on the other side of Fort Worth. I was trying to think of the community there…
Dan Clark: So was that a pretty major thing in your life, to move to Benbrook?
Beatrice Green: Ah no…yes it was, we didn’t wanna leave all the kids cause there’s not a school out there…only for whites. So then we come back here at school time when we was through picking cotton and doing the things that needed to be done. We’d come back and lived with my grandma and her girls cause always one lived…maybe a couple of them lived and helped…you know see after her, because I never knew her to do anything except to see after the family.
Dan Clark: So how old were you when you moved to Benbrook do you think?
Beatrice Green: Eleven.
Dan Clark: Eleven, so you moved to Benbrook and you’d stay there in the summer, pick cotton and…?
Beatrice Green: Work out there, no there wasn’t a, I don’t remember us ever picking any cotton. I don’t think they were raising a lot of cotton out there. They had something, we used to have a big garden and we’d have to do that…they’d walk through it, going back to the…what ever patch, I don’t know, but we didn’t…the boys did but I was only eleven years old and when we moved out there, why then there was just a barb wire fence between our house and the white people and so, we had to have the papers drew up that we wouldn’t molest anything, you know, on their property. And so when the year was gone, Mr. Scrubbs say, well Bill, I mean my daddy said to Mr. Scrubbs, I’m ready to resign the papers and he says, you don’t need to, your children didn’t molest or bother anything and we was raised like that, what ever needed to be done, we did it, if our ball went in their yard, which was just a barb wire fence, we might would’ve asked them if we could come over there and get it. It was some very, very, very nice people that we lived with…of course I worked for them till they died.
Dan Clark: Did you? Well, was your father pretty strict with you?
Beatrice Green: Yes, very strict with us. We had to walk the short line. Like I said, Bill, daddy went to him and said, now Mr. Scrubbs I’m ready now to sign papers another year that we had to sign at the beginning and he said, your children haven’t molested anything, you don’t have to sign those papers.
Dan Clark: Were any of your brothers a problem for your father? Did he ever have to discipline them?
Beatrice Green: No, if he did, I don’t know it. He probably took 'em in the other room and talk to 'em and tell 'em what he’s correcting them about.
Dan Clark: You came back to Mosier Valley to go to school?
Beatrice Green: Well, we come back when we got through picking them, whatever, doing the stuff in the yard, in the garden, in the patches…probably some cotton, maybe we did, but anyway we come back and stay with my grandmother. My grandfather passed while we were out there. And we stayed with my grandmother and the oldest girl and her husband. They stayed there and taken care of the place.
Dan Clark: When you got married, did you move with your husband out of Mosier Valley?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, we’d come on back here and lived and went to school, continued going on to school after we’d come out here and stayed so many months and go to school, then when it come time to do farm work, we had to pick cotton.
Dan Clark: Where would you go to do that?
Beatrice Green: Out in Arlington Prairie, we’d go there and Grapevine Prairie.
Dan Clark: Where ever there was cotton to be picked you’d go there?
Beatrice Green: Um hum.
Dan Clark: What was your husband’s name?
Beatrice Green: His name was Clifford Green.
Dan Clark: Clifford Green. How old was he when you got married?
Beatrice Green: I think he was twenty one.
Dan Clark: So he was older than you?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, he was older than me, a very good husband.
Dan Clark: How long were you married?
Beatrice Green: We married in '23 and he must’ve passed in…I can’t remember.
Dan Clark: Quite a long time?
Beatrice Green: We got it in my books and things, on my records…they thought it was the end of me, they kind a divided it all up so I have no record of it…but he was twenty years old, his birthday was…
Dan Clark: When you married did you move into your own house?
Beatrice Green: No, we stayed with his parents for a while.
Dan Clark: Where did they live?
Beatrice Green: They lived in West Irving, they called it Bear Creek at that time…we lived in West Irving and then we’d pick cotton on the Grapevine Prairie.
Dan Clark: How did you meet your husband?
Beatrice Green: At a picnic. They used to have…they’d have it down in west Irving. We’d all get in a truck and everything, riding down, see em play ball and all the games and things, and he…he’d then come home when I’d come.
Dan Clark: Would that be like a church picnic or a school?
Beatrice Green: I don’t know, but I’m sure at sometime a church picnic. But they also have a dance place where they could dance but when night come, we had to…we’d have to come home, we had to go back home, we couldn’t stay out after night.
Dan Clark: Was that a long drive? Did it take a long time?
Beatrice Green: No, this was truck and time for cars and things.
Dan Clark: Dirt roads?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, sure.
Dan Clark: When you were growing up, did your family go to church a lot?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, my mother was a church person and I don’t know if my father was a Deacon or anything…I don’t think he was, but he went cause we didn’t live too far from the church.
Dan Clark: What church did they go to?
Beatrice Green: St. John Baptist Church, it's still there. The most beautiful building, especially the inside. And then the next building is a, Church of God in Christ. I haven’t been in it since I was sixteen.
Dan Clark: You were in a different church than your mother?
Beatrice Green: No, we all belonged to the same church until I got married and then when I got married and went to west Irving, there wasn’t a church down there that they belonged to. They were Baptist and when I come from here, I said oh, I says, I’m going to Mosier Valley and join that church because that’s where we were raised, in the Baptist Church. So, we all come up here, I wasn’t a member, I was just a child and go to Sunday School like that and so when I brought them up here, well I joined St. John with them. And so, we’d come back and forth together and that lasted about two years and then I was born again in the Church of God in Christ.
Dan Clark: That time right after you got married when you lived with your husband’s parents, how was that, did you get along with them okay?
Beatrice Green: Oh yes, she was one of the nicest…I was just like one of the children and when we worked in the fields, she’d wash down my clothes, washed mine and my husbands, washed our clothes. When we’d come in, the meal was ready and on the weekend, everybody went together and cleaned the house, shell the peas together.
Dan Clark: Did they have indoor plumbing in that house?
Beatrice Green: No.
Dan Clark: Did they have a well?
Beatrice Green: Yeah. They had a well in they yard. They were living better than we was. They was nice peoples. I stayed married from that time until forty years ago when my husband passed. And they were like my own parents.
Dan Clark: How long did you live with them?
Beatrice Green: Oh, not too long. We moved into a house. My husband worked, we picked cotton and did things like that until we got…we also moved to a…trying to think of the little town right off of Mosier Valley…between Mosier Valley and Fort Worth…anyway, we used to go up a hill and the school was right on the…I don’t know what they called it up there.
Dan Clark: So you and your husband moved in to your own house after a couple of years?
Beatrice Green: Yes.
Dan Clark: Do you have children?
Beatrice Green: We had two. The first one she…my mother-in-law don’t want us to leave there so she could kinda see after me and so we had ah…I’m trying to think of the doctor…in West Irving…well he’d come and I wasn’t ready to deliver and he said to deliver on the rocking chair and waited till I was ready. And of course we only had two children.
Dan Clark: So your child was a daughter?
Beatrice Green: Yes. The second one was a little boy. He wasn’t premature but he was born…course they didn’t have doctors then, mostly midwives you know, so they had a couple of them and I was so tiny then, small, and so they had to tie my arms and someone would hold them…
Dan Clark: Tie your arm?
Beatrice Green: Yes, work on em, help me through delivery.: Dan Clark: Was that hard?
Beatrice Green: No, it was…they were very much hard to work with, my grandmother too; my mother’s mother was a midwife. Every time white people…you see em going in a buggy…grandma would be with em, she delivered the blacks and the whites too.
Dan Clark: Your daughter, what was her name?
Beatrice Green: Martha Rae, see the blue picture?
Dan Clark: And so she lived? Your son didn’t live though?
Beatrice Green: No, he died the same day he was born. My daughter went to Fort Worth and she finished there and she went and got her license, she’s in Cosmetology. She worked in Grand Prairie.
Dan Clark: Was she the first person in your family to graduate from High School?
Beatrice Green: Yes, of my sisters and my brothers.
Dan Clark: Did they all graduate from high school?
Beatrice Green: No, just went to this plain old simple school where we had one room. They’d teach in there and you have to be quiet while the teacher’s teaching over in one corner, until segregation was brought in.
Dan Clark: Did you have your own books at school or did you share books?
Beatrice Green: No, we had books but no telling how people had…see I was here when segregation was broke down in Euless. They also got a record with me cause I’m just about the oldest person around. So we got the books when we…some of them were good books and some of them wasn’t, what ever was left over from Euless, that’s what they brought up here…
Dan Clark: From the white school, they brought books?
Beatrice Green: Yes….a black man done always brought the books; just put them in the back of a wagon and brought 'em…
Dan Clark: When you were growing up in Mosier Valley as a child, did you have much contact with the white people in Euless or did you just stay pretty much in Mosier Valley all the time?
Beatrice Green: Oh no…no more than…I’d pick berries you know, that used to be what we did in the spring time.
Dan Clark: You picked berries?
Beatrice Green: Blueberries, blackberries and those kinds of things. They had fields of them, you know. We mixed in; you know we had no problem with the whites. We all worked well until when we got ready to ah…course gave them that information too…
Dan Clark: When the schools were integrated, that was the first problems?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, we went down cause my daughter was in high school and I had a nephew, but he was living with my mother…and so, she asked me to go with him when we had to carry our children down there. And so when we went down, I went with my nephew.
Dan Clark: To the Euless school?
Beatrice Green: Uh hum.
Dan Clark: And what happened?
Beatrice Green: Well, we knocked on the door and the principal came and we told him we’ve come to enroll our children.
Dan Clark: Were you frightened?
Beatrice Green: Noo, we…we were just as brave as anything. I went with my nephew, we faced them, it was all that noise.: Dan Clark: So you knocked on the door and the principal came to the door?
Beatrice Green: Um hum and we told him we come to enroll our children in school, and he closed the door and he went back, so they turned down school.
Dan Clark: They let everybody out of school?
Beatrice Green: Yes. I guess it was the teachers you know, and the whites, they all got out you know. We just rolled up just like how the lawyer told us to, and so when they got em all out of there, well then they told us to come in…so then, I’m the only one that’s left that went, but my mother was the one that got me to go with my nephew.
Dan Clark: Your nephew and your daughter were there too. So what happened when you got inside the school?
Beatrice Green: We told them we’d come to enroll our children in there. Well, that kind of turned it off you know. And so we kind a talked about it, and so one of the black guys come to take some pictures of it and I did know the principal’s name, he reached back and got his pistol.
Dan Clark: He had a gun?
Beatrice Green: He did.
Dan Clark: Were you frightened?
Beatrice Green: No.
Dan Clark: No?
Beatrice Green: No, we just sat over there cause we had a order from the headquarters to go on and enroll our kids in there, and we just knew they weren’t gonna bother with us, may be some trouble but it wasn’t no big deal. So, this boy came in to take a picture and when he did, he snatched it, this camera from him…
Dan Clark: The principal did?
Beatrice Green: He had also reached for his…
Dan Clark: To get his gun?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, I don’t know who he was but you could find out who he was. And so there was nobody left in there, of course I’m the only one that’s living now. And so, we stayed right in there and enrolled our children. Course, somebody notified them we was coming and they figured there probably be trouble you know. So this street that go right by the school…where it was at that time…and they had a big bridge that go right in there…
Dan Clark: As this was going on, was your daughter or your nephew frightened?
Beatrice Green: No, he just stayed to his self with the children. We had them with us, so we just sit there together so they go to class.
Dan Clark: How did this end?
Beatrice Green: It calmed down, and we enrolled our children and the law was…covered the front to see that there was no trouble and this one that snatched his thing, well he went there, there used to be this bridge there, kind a like, used to be going over Arlington, it’s a big bridge, whatever, so this one that had the camera, he sit in the edge of that taking our picture, anyhow, we went on over to the other school…you could probably find it in the record…you would probably see me sitting up there, my little nephew was.
Dan Clark: How old was your nephew when this happened?
Beatrice Green: He must have been, probably nine, eight or nine.
Dan Clark: So, in the end, did you just leave for that day?
Beatrice Green: Everything was just as calm, you see all the white children and they teachers went away. There wasn’t nobody there but we black people, them and the law, so we stuck around.
Dan Clark: What was the final result, did your children then go to Euless school?
Beatrice Green: Yes, they went with them; they just taught them just like they do em. They had a few fights but nothing bad, they had a few fights.
Dan Clark: Where did your daughter graduate from high school?
Beatrice Green: Fort Worth. She was bused every day. We had to be able to furnish the bus if we didn’t carry em in our car. Course there’ll be days when we go in to Fort Worth and we carry em…would be the way we would go to town during the day. We go by the school, eat late evening so she could ride back in that bus. So it was no easy thing but we weathered it.
Dan Clark: Tell me, did your husband work, did he have a job or did he farm?
Beatrice Green: Oh, he was a mechanic, he was a good mechanic and he was a good builder. He worked on buildings.
Dan Clark: Did you ever work or were you a housewife?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, I worked, I worked a long time. I worked at Meacham Field. I had certain white people that I worked for. The ones that we lived in, in Benbrook, well they come over here and they get this farm, we worked on their farm, that’s where my little boy was born. And my husband worked there cause he was a smart person.
Dan Clark: What did you do at Meacham?
Beatrice Green: I was a bus first and then I was on the floor with the waitresses.
Dan Clark: In the cafeteria, in the dining room?
Beatrice Green: Me and my daughter too, we had certain kinds of clothes that we…
Dan Clark: Was that a good job?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, good job, we all got along.
Dan Clark: Did a lot of people pass through there?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, I guess there were soldiers and things, but whatever, what they called it, tips, yes, they tipped by the month and whenever they tipped, well its split and me and my daughter got part of that.
Dan Clark: So that was pretty good money?
Beatrice Green: Oh, that was nice.
Dan Clark: Do you have grandchildren? Did your daughter have children?
Beatrice Green: Yes, I got me some grandchildren. I wish you could see the rest of them.
Dan Clark: How many grandchildren do you have?
Beatrice Green: Not many. My daughter had three boys, that’s who takes care of me, and he works for Meacham Field Airport and the other one is retired, I don’t know what company he’s working for but he’s retired.
Dan Clark: You have great-grandchildren?
Beatrice Green: Yes.
Dan Clark: How far can I go, great-great-grandchildren?
Beatrice Green: Yes, there’s some great-great-grandchildren. Some was just born, not even a month old. Yeah, big family, I had eleven sisters and brothers.
Dan Clark: Well, that’s a good thing.
Beatrice Green: Seven boys and five girls. My daddy was just strict as the police. Whatever was supposed to be done, he told us to do it and we did it.
Dan Clark: So they grew up knowing how to follow the rules?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, and they made…they worked everywhere, west Irving, my brother worked for companies in West Irving, the one that lived down there. And the other one worked for…if I could remember I’d tell you. People…outstanding people that my oldest brother worked for til he died. They didn’t have any children so his wife and her brother adopted some children in the family and had brought one out here to be with her and he carried em back to the bus line and while he was there, well, some of our neighbors caught…his pigs was out…he said I’m gonna drive these pigs here back out of town and when he did, some boys come along, hit him, knocked him and killed him right there on Christmas day.
Dan Clark: On Christmas day? And he was just trying to get the pigs back in?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah. And they called him “Happy”. But you know, there wasn’t a lot done, don’t know how many years ago.
Dan Clark: Do any of your families still live in Mosier Valley?
Beatrice Green: No, I’m the only one that’s here now.
Dan Clark: Do you still own land in Mosier Valley? You don’t own a house there now, do you?
Beatrice Green: Oh no, I don’t.
Dan Clark: Tell me, let me go back a little bit about your father’s family. The Parker name…where does that come from? Do you know?
Beatrice Green: I don’t know where it come from…her name or his name but, you know them they’re gone. There’s a place up here called Parker Graveyard, right there on Hwy. 183 and the highway that go right into Fort Worth…I can’t think of it right now. Anyway, it come from…of course I don’t know where it came from but that’s from my granddaddy. But there is a Parker Graveyard, I don’t know where it’s still at, that’s called a Parker Graveyard. Now it used to be that on Sundays there was more white people going back and forth down there to my grandfather and them…because you couldn’t tell my daddy was black…so what I’m asking is, was he white? I say no, no, my daddy…well all his people was real white, you couldn’t tell…my sister, why her hair was down to here and so it just come from her people…my grandmother and grandfather, he was tan you know. But more white people be down there on Sundays I don’t know what. Some kin you know, them to her…cause this wife did not want these two children that was born from the old master and so they put them off and Lish Young…she’s the one that kept my grandmother and her brother until he went over there and asked her to let him stay with the children cause…I don’t know how long they stayed together, but that was a sweet old couple.
Dan Clark: Did you have much contact when you were growing up with the white people in Euless?
Beatrice Green: Well, just like a peep. Did some cook, pick mostly. But we’d always went there for groceries, like I…with no problems.
Dan Clark: Did you go to the grocery store there?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, they sold, grocery stores there...as we grew up my daddy and my mother was east of the Star and Mason and so they would say okay ya’ll can work, after that you can have your money to buy you clothes for the summer. We were well, very well disciplined; we knew…it was just like soldiers….we know what’s right and what’s wrong and that’s what we did, and no problems. Don’t mean that we didn’t get some whippings some time.
Dan Clark: Did you buy your clothes or did you make your clothes?
Beatrice Green: My mother was a good seamstress, she made a lot of em. All the boys got…you know, course she didn’t make for the boys but she always kept us pretty nice…people say…you dressed nicer than most of em cause mama could make our clothes.
Dan Clark: Did you get dressed up for church every Sunday?
Beatrice Green: All the time. She’d get us ready if she…I’m sure that she was pregnant with some of my little sister or brother. She didn’t go but she had the big boys walk with us and carry us, we could get dressed up and go…
Dan Clark: Did she have a big hat that she wore to church?
Beatrice Green: I don’t remember, I don’t imagine she (laughter) with so many other big things to do, but she never had to work. My daddy made their living, he and the boys. The boys worked on them railroading…two of them, and when they got their check, he’d take one check and let one be divided between the two, and that’s the way there was no problem about who made the money daily. We were brought up in a very clean and intelligent family. We were poor people like every body else, don’t want to make you think we was living…we had plenty of food, a little itty biddy house to live in, not even a…upstairs, they just had a hole cut out up there and made like a step ladder on the wall, the boys slept upstairs and we slept downstairs.
Dan Clark: Do you remember if your father always had a car or a truck?
Beatrice Green: No, when they come in existence well people was given; well he always had a truck or something.
Dan Clark: What was your favorite thing to do when you were growing up? What did you enjoy the most?
Beatrice Green: The picnics. The picnics, and my daddy, he’d start the night before, cooking the meat, and getting everything together. I mean whoever was sponsoring it, the next day then mama would have our clothes and things, our clothes all stand out like we were all actors, actresses, all dressed up. They thought my mama was the best seamstress and housekeeper there was around and she had to be…had five girls. We had small houses but we were raised clean and intelligent, as much as we could.
Dan Clark: Would they have music at the picnics?
Beatrice Green: Yes, late evening they would, you know, they would let everybody get dressed in they best and when they’d get that late, mama would get ready to go home and then he’d get…who ever belonged…the jig, they’d call it a “jiggy” that’s the reason how these little boys that lived in Arlington…he’d come over here and bring them and then papa’d get him to come and bring us and when its time for us to start going home when night come, my mother’d go home and carry us home and put us to bed.
Dan Clark: Would the boys, your brothers go home at the same time or would they stay?
Beatrice Green: They wasn’t, no they could stay out a while but they was some big boys, I mean they weren’t grown boys, you know big boys, they stayed out longer and mama would stay with us.
Dan Clark: Would there be people at the picnic that drank beer or whiskey?
Beatrice Green: If they did, I didn’t know about it. Most of them were just so happy to meet together, you know…
Dan Clark: All well behaved no fights or anything?
Beatrice Green: No, I never heard, never heard of it.
Dan Clark: Do you remember the first time you went to a movie theater or the first time you saw a movie?
Beatrice Green: Ah, yeah, that was after I got in my teens, the boys would carry us, we’d go to Fort Worth one time and we went to Dallas. Not a whole lot, but I got to go to Fort Worth and Dallas, mostly Dallas cause the people down there was more in time with what’s happening. You could go to what was a nice one where black people could go to and we were going with the boys that lived down there and so then they’d come get us after dinner and then we’d go there and then we’d come home in the evening and always had something. We used to have library tables, you know in the living room.
Dan Clark: Long tables?
Beatrice Green: No, it’s a beautiful table, they called em library, cause it had books and we’d have a cake or something to serve to our company when they’d come so we had to be home at the night. They didn’t let us be out at night you see.
Dan Clark: When you went to Dallas, how would you get there?
Beatrice Green: We went in a car, the boys we was going with was Irving boys, was a little bit ahead than some of these boys up here.
Dan Clark: I see, they’re a little more modern, huh?
Beatrice Green: Um hum, some of them was.
Dan Clark: Did you think that was a long trip?
Beatrice Green: Oh no, we thought it was just wonderful to be with them and then most times they’d have these sisters with them and you know…and we’d have other girls that be talking…
Dan Clark: What did you do when you got to Dallas?
Beatrice Green: Go to the, go to the picture show.
Dan Clark: Movies?
Beatrice Green: Movies it was, I don’t know what they would call them but they were really acting people at that time.
Dan Clark: Oh, it’s like stage show?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, see I had just started doing that, I had only been to very few in Fort Worth but they were more up on everything than the Mosier Valley people and so, I guess they went to Dallas more.
Dan Clark: Would that be expensive?
Beatrice Green: I don’t know, those boys, they’re the ones…
Dan Clark: Someone always paid for you?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, the boys would.
Dan Clark: You did pretty good if you got em to pay for you…
Beatrice Green: Yeah, the boys, they’d come. There’s sometimes they called. They’d corner us, we were pretty nice looking girls and things, dressed nice at that time and they come on and show us off and go with us there and then we’d go into Dallas to the picture shows. Not a lot of them but we were…
Dan Clark: When you went to Dallas to the picture show or to the play, whatever it was, would you have to sit in a certain area?
Beatrice Green: Yes, you had the white seats and the black seats.
Dan Clark: How would you feel about that?
Beatrice Green: We were used to white people. We were born and raised around, you know the Scrubbs and in Benbrook you know…
Dan Clark: It just seemed like a natural thing?
Beatrice Green: Um hum, we kinda stayed apart you know, not like they are today, but we don’t have no problem.
Dan Clark: Do you remember the first time you ever saw a television set? Do you remember the first television you ever owned?
Beatrice Green: Um uh.
Dan Clark: Did you learn to drive a car?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah. Right after I got married, my husband had a car…his family…
Dan Clark: Did he teach you?
Beatrice Green: Yeah, we’d be going, you see a car coming and I’d go to pull out the side, he’d go, why did you turn? Didn’t you see that car coming? I can’t pass that car. He’d put his foot on my…on the accelerator and make me pass that car. He’d teach me how to do it and after then when I got ready to go forth I’d go forth.
Dan Clark: Drive the car yourself, huh?
Beatrice Green: When I worked at Meacham Field, I went every morning. Yeah, see he’d get up and have my car warmed up and everything.
Dan Clark: Did you ever take the train some place?
Beatrice Green: Let me see, did I go anywhere on the train? I don’t know, not after I got married, no further than Tarrant or Eu…what’s the nice little town up here?
Dan Clark: Hurst? Tarrant or Hurst?
Beatrice Green: Hurst. We lived down there, you know his mamma’s biggest sister and she was a soul. She was a singing star and she…we’d have to walk a pretty good ways to get on the train and they come up there and help us out and then we’d…dusty going on the road…
Dan Clark: Did you ever fly anywhere in an airplane?
Beatrice Green: Never did that until I got married.
Dan Clark: And, where did you go then?
Beatrice Green: Oh, any place I wanted to go. My husband was a good provider. I flew here to Washington, not when I was…I done got more mature then, but I had a…I had a…up that way and I didn’t wanna fly…
Dan Clark: Were you frightened?
Beatrice Green: Oh yeah, I told him…I say, well can’t I get a bus or something? No, it’s so long, that’s been years ago when…well I just couldn’t hardly stand it, and finally they talked me into it and I got on there and started talking to somebody else till I know I was in Washington. Ever since then I’ve been flying regularly. When I got ready to go to California, I just go up there, down to Euless, get on the…wouldn’t go to sleep cause usually somebody on there to talk to. But I been everywhere, I had a good providing husband. I had my own farm, plenty of clothes and I’ve had a good life.
Dan Clark: Good.
Beatrice Green: My daddy did the best they could with twelve of us. We wasn’t the poorest ones, we had a little bitty house, like was roosting sometimes but as best they could afford cause they did everything they could to make us better, happier and more classier…they did it, we know that, we know that by heart.
Dan Clark: Well that was good.
Beatrice Green: Thank God all raised up good, got a little education, we didn’t none of us gone to high school but I prepared my daughter. That’s the first time I seen a high school, but I went to school.
Dan Clark: So you’ve been interviewed for the paper too? Someone told me you had an article in the Star Telegram?
Beatrice Green: Yes.
Dan Clark: I don’t see the date on here.
Beatrice Green: It’s just two years ago.
Dan Clark: Two years ago? It says, “Woman is getting ready to celebrate ninety seven years in Euless. The woman known as Mother Beatrice Green is in good health and has several generations of family living nearby”. So were you called Mother Green…Mother Beatrice?
Beatrice Green: I’m the mother of the Church. I’ve been there since I was sixteen.
Dan Clark: Well, I will have to find this article. I can probably get it out of the Star Telegram.
Beatrice Green: You can.
Dan Clark: It was about two years ago, huh?
Beatrice Green: Yes, that was when I was ninety seven. I go to church; I haven’t missed church, not one Sunday. I have a cousin that’s not very far up there and she’s got children, she carry children off to Sunday school, come back and get me.
Dan Clark: So, you still go to St. John?
Beatrice Green: No, I go to Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ. The one that’s being built right next to the church before you get to St. John.
Dan Clark: So you are a very religious person?
Beatrice Green: Yes, I’ve been in the church since I was sixteen. I study the word as much as I can see and of course I’m a missionary out here. I have my license. The Lord has blessed me.
Dan Clark: Do you read a lot?
Beatrice Green: Not a lot.
Dan Clark: Do you watch T.V. very much?
Beatrice Green: I don’t watch T.V. You might know the white lady, I don’t know her name but she’s of course, in the hospital somewhere, she’s a teacher and she comes here all the time to see me. About my T.V., they removed it, the line wasn’t far enough for it to connect and she got me a connection so that it’ll reach there, she is one sweet lady.
Dan Clark: Do you go out much, besides church?
Beatrice Green: I don’t have an opportunity to go out cause it seems like not anybody to carry me. Now at Christmas they take me over to Arlington to see everything.
Dan Clark: Do your grandsons come here?
Beatrice Green: They would worship me if I let em…them big ole boys come lay down on my bed so they can look me in my face “are you really feeling alright? Sure, I’m just fine." And put me a telephone in, I have the best if they can afford it.
Dan Clark: Do you talk on the telephone a lot?
Beatrice Green: Not a lot…yes I guess a lot, I don’t dial nobody because I am a missionary. A lot of them call me for information…got to pray with them. And sometime I’m on here at night when they call me.
Dan Clark: Do you sleep well?
Beatrice Green: I sleep well; I’m the last one to get up. I eat my breakfast in bed everyday.
Dan Clark: That’s a pretty good life, isn’t it? Breakfast in bed?
Beatrice Green: It’s a good one, I never seen nothing like it, never. They just roll my bed up, give me a wash cloth, fix a place for my telephone and my call button.
Dan Clark: That’s a good life.
Beatrice Green: God is a good god; he will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory. I have some girl use to belong to my church, she sells property, what do you call them?
Dan Clark: A real estate agent.
Beatrice Green: She’s a real estate, we’re all suppose to give a thousand dollars for getting the foundation down in the ground cause such a great big building go on the top…and she sent me back two hundred dollars on mine. That’s just the kind of friends that I have, what ever they can do for me. So the Lord has done great things for me and I couldn’t be in a better place.
Dan Clark: That’s great Beatrice, thank you for talking to me.