Mary Louisa Johnson was born in San Augustine around 1872. She lived there until her family moved to Abilene in 1888. She married Edgar Howard Boone in 1894 and they continued to reside in Abilene until 1918 at which time they moved to Dallas. They had two children, Mary Eugenia and Howard Willoughby Boone, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Boone wrote these reminiscences, chiefly in verse form, for her grand-children. She describes growing up in rural East Texas in the 1870's and 1880's including games, clothes, food, seasons, holidays, entertainment, and anecdotes about black servants, She includes brief genealogies of the Davis, Price, Johnson, and Boone families. She was the great-granddaughter of Elijah Price, one of the prominent early citizens of San Augustine. The collection is a photocopy of a typescript.
("Mary Louisa Johnson Boone Reminiscences." East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University).