Books [Mrs. Charley Huyck]
Many a man has administered first aid by taking
a chew of tobacco and applying it to the cut or
bruise. Sometimes he used just plain wagon dope
(axle grease) if nothing better was at hand.
Hard time dances were a show and a storm center of fun. Some of the ‘get ups' were a scream. The girls wore ragged gunny sack dresses or just rags, and the men came dressed in tacky overalls, or flour sack smocks, straw hats with their hair sticking through, broken cowhide boots, some of they carried a bundle made of red bandana handkerchiefs, tied on a stick, tramp style.
Anyone who came dressed up in anyway was fined for it. A white collar was penalized to the full extent. Prizes were given to the ones, who wore the toughest, worst looking outfits.
We played at a number of watermelon dances. These were usually open air platforms dances and between all the watermelons, they wanted to eat and dancing, the crowd was kept pretty busy.
These were a customary summer celebration and most of them were free, no charge of any sort being made.
During the time William Jennings Bryan first run for President, we lived on a farm south of Col. Bransons, near Lincoln.
Father had an old horse named ‘Jim’ who seemed to favor father's politics. He was a Republican horse according to what happened.
Several very strong Bryan men gathered there one day and were joshing father about the coming election and one of them declared that Bryan would