There were five rooms in that small house, but to all of us it was a mansion. It was our home. We all had jobs to do. Reba and me helped keep the house clean (every Saturday we would wax the 'red roses' linoleum' in the living room.) There was so much to do, working in the fields, planting and taking care of a large garden. The work was hard, but we had love and respect for each other.
Mama had an old upright piano, and every night after supper we would gather around and sing gospel songs until bedtime.
From the time I can remember Johnny (J.R.) wrote songs, and sang them. He told me one day he was going to be a singer. I wondered if that would ever happen. You can see our house today, Its been totally restored and is open to the public.
The Cash Family
From Dyess to Nashville
I am Joanne Cash. I am next to the youngest of seven children born to my parents Ray and Carrie Cash. From the oldest: Roy Cash, Louise Cash Jack Cash (who passed away at 14 years old)
Johnny (J.R.) Cash, Reba Cash, Joanne (Me) Cash and Tommy Cash. Daddy was a very hard working cotton farmer. Early every morning he would be in the field by sun up, but not before mama would cook a big breakfast for us. We had bacon, eggs, gravy and a very big pan of Mamas homemade biscuits.
The five room house # 266, was about a mile and a half from the town of Dyess, Arkansas. Its about an hour over the Mississippi River from Memphis, north. remember Johnny (J.R.) wrote songs, and sang them. He told me one day he was going to be a singer. I wondered if that would ever happen.