84. John Oskins (William H. Herndon Interview).
Septr 16th 1865
Went to see Jno Oscans — or Hoskins — who lives about 1 Ë M South of Gentryville — Saw him — is about 48 ys of age — went to School with Abe in this Co — The School House is situated yonder — down there by the Spring — You see that big oak tree which is Scratched & burnt — The School House was there — The fire & Smoke Coming out of the Chimney partially Killed the tree — the School House was a Kind of hewed log house — had two Chimneys — one door — holes for windows — greasy paper was pasted over the holes in winter time to admit light &c — Swany — or Sweeny
129Spring that Abe drank out of a thousand times — There it is (we went down to it) walled up with brick — here is the old burnt oak tree — here Stood the School house — here were the Chimneys.
Hoskins farm is on the road leading from Rockport to Gentryville — about 14 M north of Gentryville
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2359 — 60; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:95 — 96