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Life in Oak Spring - Ep 27 - 1909

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Congratulations to all the graduates was the theme for three weeks in May


Activities in the Bevins Family

Ora B and Sarah Jame were careful to enjoy every moment of their Senior Year of High School and each of the events that marked that passage. Their graduating class numbered 14, with eight females and six males. It had been a very active class and the number of separate parties spoke to that point. And everyone wanted to attend each one, with apparent success in doing so. Parties were spread out over more than three weeks in May to accommodate each one.

Mrytle and Caroline hosted a combined party for Ora B and Sarah Jane at the Truesdale home in Oak Springs which had a large yard that also connected to the Campbell yard. Lots of open space. The Waters parents co-hosted, of course, and it was a fine event. During the announcements, Mr. Waters announced that Ora B had agreed to a five-year agreement to work full-time as a farmer with Bernie so as to continue to learn all there was to know about farming. Ora B and Sarah Jane announced their engagement with a wedding at some time in the future. Ora B would continue to live in Oak Springs and continue to make the two plus mile commute to the farm daily.

Later in the summer, Ora B was fascinated by the two month long coverage in the newspapers of a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey as she and three non-driving female companions drove a Maxwell automobile 3,800 from Manhattan, New York to San Francisco, California. She became the first woman to drive across the United States. It took her 59 days. Her name was Alice Huyler Ramsey.

The Wedding was a big event in the yard of the parents


Activities in the McDonald Family

As the weather allowed, Joe and Beth enjoyed watching their home rise from the foundation, board by board. They realized how lucky they were to be able to see this happen but they were careful to curb their enthusiasm to those around them. They would be able to start their life together in a home with indoor plumbing, electricity and telephone service. This was very unusual for rural life in this area. Beth, of course, also closely followed the arrival of their furnishings that she had working so meticulously to select. They had selected an initial garden area just outside the construction area where they had prepared a garden during the spring so that it would in the harvest phase as they moved into the house. In 1906 they had planted a few orchard trees just beyond the garden so that those trees would be fruiting this year, as well.

As Thursday, July 1, approached, preparations for the Wedding at William and Charolette’s farm were in full swing. Their large yard sprouted tents and tables to accommodate the large crowd expected. With everyone holding their collective breaths for good weather, they were blessed with summer sunshine and no rain for the big event. They were married without a hitch and observed all the traditional wedding activities. As the sun went down, Joe and Beth drove the half-mile to the east down Houston Road to their new home. As full darkness settled in the chivaree began. The newlyweds were overrun by a large contingent of their friends, as was expected. They were prepared with game and treats, and everyone had a good time.

Following their wedding, Joe and Beth settled into their new routine together in their new home, with garden and orchard already underway. They each continued their work routines, she in town and he on the farms with William and Jane continuing to provide guidance. By now, they had begun to identify specific projects for Joe to take on to add depth to his knowledge of the work he had ahead of him in the organization. Joe relished these opportunities to show that he could handle responsibilities on his own and with others workers, on occasion. Each month that passed by Joe felt more confidence in his ability to carry out each task assigned to him.

The Gas Station expanded its options for better service

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Family Activities around the Valley

Presley Motors had the April 1 Grand Opening. Dr. Wilcox and Dr. Seaman, Doctor and Dentist, respectively, were the first to receive delivery of their new Ford Model A automobiles from Presley Motors.

Aaron McKee married Alice Nelson the first weekend of June. He was associated with the plumbing business, of course, she with the North Side Cafe. Orvel Street, of the east valley farming family, married Julia Tripp. They will live on the farm. Edwin Toll, at the Hotel, married May Die. Following high school graduation, Theodore Campbell, son of Banker Vic and Kate Campbell, went off to the eighteen-month banker’s school in St. Louis, as his father had done. Quarry Manager, Jonathan Quarles retired and moved to St. Louis to be with his daughter and her family. Archie Archer became the new Quarry Manager.

In July 1909, R.R. Callahan, his wife, Matilda, and her brother, J.R. Farrell, moved to Biloxi, Mississippi. Prior to their departure, effective July 1, Grover and Julia Johnson took over as Proprietors of the Donegan Tavern. Also, effective July 1, Alfred and Amenah Garrett took over as Proprietors of the Billiard Parlor. Also in July, Steve Bricker and his son, Gary, installed upgraded Gas Station Equipment to their building, making it easier to service both automobiles (cars) and trucks. There were now a total of seven such vehicles in town. One was their own truck equipped to take gasoline to rural customers who had hit and miss and other engines requiring gasoline.

The Farley Funeral Home kept busy during 1909. Dr. J.D. Potts, 79, passed away in January. Builder Abner Wingfield, 77, passed away in March. Long time Real Estate and Insurance man Jacobi Inman, 76, passed away in May. He had served on the Town Council for 25 years. Leanne Die, 80, passed away in August. Rhoda Adams, 77, passed away in September. The year ended with retired Diamond Restaurant Manager, Ralph Cornelius, 73 and his wife, Inez, 74, passing away within a week of each other in December.

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William Leverne Smith (author) from Hollister, MO on February 19, 2021:

Thank you for your continued support, Bill. ;-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 19, 2021:

Always a fascinating history lesson. Thank you for the edification and the entertainment.

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