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Life in Oak Spring - Ep 28 - 1910

Dr. Bill's first passion is family history. His second is a passion for creating family saga, historical fiction stories that share it.

The Model T Ford had been selling well across the country


Activities in the Bevins Family

Halley’s Comet was in the news. It was visible from earth. It was said it will next return in 1986. Ora B and Sarah Jane and their families all enjoyed looking up to see the comet on clear sky nights. It was truly a miracle, in their eyes. In May, King Edward VII of Great Britain died, it was reported in the papers. He was replaced by his son as George V.

Ora B thrived as a full-time farmer. Bernie was very happy to see he had made a good decision in allowing Ora B to go full-time. Ora B now also felt ready to make suggestions to Bernie. One was to expand their usable productive land base by clearing away some brush and trees in one corner of the 160 acre plot Bernie had. Bernie had let it sit because he really didn’t need more wood. Ora B saw it as an extra income opportunity in future years. Bernie encouraged Ora B to do it in his free time.

Sarah Jane’s brother, Cecil, who was always drawing something, entered a drawing of his in a Springfield Art Show contest and won first place in his category. Everyone was quite surprised. It even made the front page of the Enterprise. Cecil was the only one not surprised. “It was an excellent drawing” was his comment. He continued to do drawings and entering contests. Ora B was proud of the works that Cecil produced. His belief: “I certainly could not do that.”

Henry Ford announced that he had now sold 10,000 cars. Two flight related news items caught Ora B’s eye, in November. The first was the first air flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight took place in the United States. The flight, by Wright brothers pilot Philip Parmalee, was between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. The second story was the first fixed-wing aircraft takeoff from a ship. It was from a temporary platform erected over the bow of the light cruiser USS Birmingham in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Typical farmland


Activities in the McDonald Family

Joe & Vernon were admitted to the Masons based on all their study and commitment. They were each pleased to have made that commitment and looked forward to many years of service to their community through this association. Beth was pleased to able to participate with other women in the community on the family activities of the Masons. She believed it was the most important social group in the valley.

After Spring work was finished, Elwin Johson semi- retired. He left the Bunkhouse and moved in with Darwin and Melody Johnson. Fred Johnson moved out of his parent’s home and into the Bunkhouse as the replacement Hired Man. In town, Sally (Rhodes) Campbell sold the Boarding House and the Dry Goods Store to the long-time managers, Joseph and Vicki (Campbell) Carver, respectively.

William and Jane were very pleased with the progress Joe was making in taking his place in the community as well as taking part in the operation of their farming enterprises. They did their best to reinforce and reward Joe as he achieved the goals they had set out for him.

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Horse Harness Shop


Family Activities around the Valley

Mont Norton married Matilda Keith the first week of June. He was affiliated with the Sales Barn. Frank Weston married Hazel Pruitt. He was affiliated with the Implement Shop. Isaac Parks married Agnes Wingfield. He was affiliated with the Parks Carriage Works. Jacob Jackson married Opal Tripp. Both were affiliated with the Harness Shop. Wilfred Taylor, Blacksmith, married Ada Adams. The young west valley couple, John Cox and Dora Yokum, married and moved out of the valley. Ernest Elgin, the Eye Doctor, married Elsie Mason. Frankie Gifford became Assistant Manager at Whiting Hardware as of July 1, 1910. At a Chamber of Commerce meeting, Martin Wilhite and Fannie Powell, struck up a conversation about running their businesses with a son and a daughter, but without a spouse. Martin had some good ideas that Fannie found most useful. Thus did a budding relationship begin and thrive. They soon found many other things they had in common and talked and talked about them.

Julius Swenson, living in the Reeves Place Bunkhouse, after the spring crops were in, announced his retirement. He had a niece back in Illinois who asked him to come stay with her and her family. He decided it was time to do it. Ira and Eva Mason moved to Brownsville, Texas, permanently, in April. About the same time that Julius announced his retirement, William McDonald learned that Howard Miller was back in town looking for work. After some discussions, Howard accepted a position with the McDonald family and would live in the Bunkhouse starting July 1. All of the Bunkhouse men were now in their 20s. In August, Shorty Cox retired as Barber, leaving Van Hay to run the shop. Shorty soon moved to Texas.

In February, there was a long, very cold spell, with about ten inches of snow. As it warmed, Samuel Street was found dead in his home. He had moved to town in 1902 and his wife had passed a few years ago. He apparently had gotten confused, and didn’t realized he had to put wood in the fireplace to heat his house. In the spring the Nixon apartments were all remodeled and made to accommodate couples and not just single males.

Augustus and Clementine Ward announced their retirement, turning their businesses over to their grown children and grandchildren. They said they would now spend half of the year in Arizona and half of the year in Oak Springs. In December, Lillian (Campbell) Rhodes passed away in her sleep at the Campbell Boarding House.

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William Leverne Smith (author) from Hollister, MO on February 26, 2021:

I have found it very useful to place the stories here in the proper historical context. Thank you for your support!! ;-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 26, 2021:

Wonderful as always, my friend. A trip through the history books.

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