Voices of the Ozarks – Maurice and Jerry Stevens

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Maurice Stevens

My name is Maurice Stevens, I was born September, 1930 in Marquand Missouri. My parents are Ruby Stevens and – Stevens. (Note: Jerry Stevens, Maurice’s son, also participates in the interview.)

There wasn’t a lot of money around. My dad had a farm and raised various animals.

Maurice went to school in a small country school, Greasy Creek named after the nearby creek. When he got older he went to the Marquand schools. I graduated from the highschool in 1948.

Jerry Stevens

He and the kids used to play softball but didn’t have gloves. He liked school and mentions that he and his sister did well in the spelling matches.

We ask him what he did on the farm and he says he helped with most things and mentions cutting wood, picking corn using a team of mules. The didn’t sell the produce because there were 8 kids so the food was to feed the family. They did timber work to help bring in money. read more