Watching a hard life become a good life – Part 1

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The home of 84-year-old Lewis High Sr., of Mexia, is pretty quiet these days, but memories of long ago come back to him.
Lewis and his twin sister, Louise, were born in September 1932 to Joe Willy High and his wife, Annie Matillie (Franklin) High, in a rural area of Freestone County. Joe High was a sharecropper, and that was a difficult life, renting land to farm in exchange for a share of the crops produced. Lewis and Louise had six brothers and one sister. The boys tended the hogs and cows, and brought in wood for the fireplace and stove.
“We had to do that before we came in to eat,” Lewis said. “Those were our chores. Everybody knew what they had to do, and they done it. It wasn’t like, ‘Mommy I don’t want to do it,’ or ‘Daddy, I don’t want to do it’ – you done it.”

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