Harold J. Pugh Special Topic
Editor- in - Charge. Allen County
Julia Gurdner, Ex-Slave
82 Years of Age.
Mrs. Julia Gurdner resides at the home of her daughter at
1222 South Main Street, Lima, Ohio. She was the property of Dr.
Gurdner. One is immediately impressed by the lack of the features
which are usually found in the colored race. She is very fair in
complexion with a thin nose, and very thin lips. Her hair however
is very kinky and snow white. She has an outstanding personality,
is very intelligent and happy. She sometimes becomes vexed over the
fact that her daughter will not allow her to work. The only work that
she every did was housework, before and after her marriage.
"I was born in the year of 1855, but I don't know what month or
what day. Folks say it must have been sometime in July, 'cause it sho
was hot and I first seen the light of day on a plantation just east of
Knoxville in good old Tennessee.
Yo' all ask me about de times when I was a slave. Of course,
I was very young an' don't remembah a whole lot. My paw and maw was
owned by Dr. Gurdner, a well known doctor in those parts. He was always
good to his slaves and we worked for him an' I never 'membah only once
when he got mad and beat one of his slaves. This was a young slave an'
Lawd, he was mean, The master tole him an' warned him not to do certain
things. Dis boy when he got a change he would run away, sometimes as far