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A Tribute to Our Matriarch, Louise Brinson Price

A Tribute to Our Matriarch, Louise Brinson Price

This tribute to Louise Price was written in 1987 upon her 97th birthday, just months before her death that same year.


Louise Price was born: Louise Marie Brinson on April 1,1890.  Her parents, Frank and Lizzie Cosby Brinson we’re both school teachers from Xenia, Ohio.  After a short relocation to Duncansby, Mississippi, the Brinson's moved again, this time to Rentiesville, Oklahoma.


They heard repeated reports of freedom and progress to be made in Indian territory.  Frank Brinson travelled alone to Rentiesville first to check it out, then returned to Duncansby to gather his family in 1906 and move there.  It was called an all “colored” town at the time.  Rentiesville was named after William Rentie, a freedman and settler of the area.  He offered Frank and Lizzie 40 acres as an incentive to move there.  They acquired 40 additional acres on their own.  Frank also bought a building and set up a general store, complete with lumber to sell to newly arriving families who built more homes and businesses.


Louise Marie, a bright young student began her education in Xenia and Duncansby. Later at the early age of 16 she attended Western University in Quindaro, Kansas.  After graduating she returned to Rentiesville and taught school for 4 years.  During the summer months she attended an academic school in Eufaula, Ok.  While there in the summer of 1912 she attended a lawn party, where one of the main diversions, aside from lawn croquet was “Fling Ding” – a fun thing that required the ladies to do some jumping thus exposing the ankles and some of the upper limb.  But it was enough for a young man, also at the social event, named Frank Price.  “He promptly fell in love with my legs.” Louise remembered with a blush.


Frank Price was not content with his love for a pair of lovely legs so he immediately sought to know the whole person. And there is no evidence that Miss Brinson discouraged this interest because 3 months later Frank Price and Louise Brinson were united in marriage!


Louise completed the remainder of the school year and began to settle into a full time career of wife and mother.  The first four of their ten children were born in Eufaula. The Price family then moved to Rentiesville with the Brinsons.  The post office official at the time was a Mrs Franklin, the mother of outstanding historian John Hope Franklin.  Upon Mrs Franklin’s retirement,  Lizzie Brinson assumed the office.  Then when Mrs Brinson retired guess who became Postmaster - right,  Louise Price.  And when Louise retired, her firstborn: Jackie took over as head of the post office now handily located just behind the Price family home.


The four Price children that came with their parents from Eufaula;  Jackie, Homer, Gladys, and Helen were soon joined by their six other siblings: Bernice, Joe, Opal, Frank, Lillian, and finally Herbert.  Although a very devoted mother, Louise found the time and energy to maintain a steady interest in her church and community activities.  Indeed she may have seen this use of herself as part and parcel of responsible Parenthood.


Even now with half of her children grown, Louise gives the definite impression that she is first of all a mother and anything after that is second place at best.  The businesses and farming continued to prosper for the Brinsons and Prices.  For Frank Price there was his career as a police man as well as farmer.  He and Frank Brinson were interested in the positive growth of their town and they participated accordingly. Both men lost their lives while doing so.  First Frank Price Sr was murdered by a man he intended to arrest.  Then three years later, the patriarch: Frank Brinson was killed by an unknown robber in the family store.


Saddened but somehow strengthened by the fact of her enormous losses , Louise Marie squared her shoulders and with the help of her older children, did the things that had to be done ,  and she did it magnificently.


Now approaching her 97th birthday, mother Price is serene and glowing in the love of her large brood of descendants.  She now resides in the home of Gladys; a retired school teacher, and her wonderful husband Hoyle Carter, also retired from the school system in nearby Summit.  Louise continues to attend her church of 80 years in Rentiesville.


Mom Price enjoys her tv shows and is an avid rug maker.  She makes sure that all her children and grandchildren have mother-made gifts of love.  Her second love, or maybe first is her church and one of the  proud possessions is her meritorious award certificate presented to her as a missionary of the A.M.E. Church by presiding Bishop for her over 50 years of service as a missionary in her church.





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