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Throwback Thursday: Christmas 1956, Norman, Oklahoma

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Christmas 1956, Norman, Oklahoma

For the most part, the Stufflebean relatives took turns each summer, visiting in California and Oklahoma. One year, the California contingent headed east and the opposite year, the Oklahoma family went west. Rarely did they get together at Christmas, so 1956 was an exception.

Dave’s Uncle Jess must have been the photographer since he is the only family member not in the picture. Sadly, only the four youngest children are still here today.

From left to right – Mother Ruby, my husband Dave, his brother, Phillip, father Ed, sister Pat, cousin Ronnie, cousin Mark (being held), Aunt Wanda, step-grandfather Claude and grandmother Pearl.

One exciting moment along the way on the trip for the family was checking out the snow –

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In the Snow, 1956

Southern Californians don’t experience much of the white stuff!

Last Mystery Photo of 2016

Here is the last mystery photo for this year, although it’s only half a mystery because I know the two little boys.

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Who Are They?

Half the puzzle is solved and it helps narrowing down where the picture was taken and who the girls might be, although I don’t have the answer to that question right now.

The boy on the left is Alton Horne, half brother of Pearl Lillian Brasher Stufflebean. The little boy being held in the center of the photo is Edward Stufflebean, my husband’s father. Ed was born in June 1917, so this picture was probably taken in the summer of 1918.

Knowing that the first boy is Alton Horne and that Pearl is Ed’s mother, I tend to think that this setting is in Dike, Hopkins County, Texas and that they were visiting Pearl’s family.

Although Pearl’s grandfather, John C. Williams, married twice and had two sets of children, his daughters by his second marriage would be well into their 20s by 1918. Pearl herself was 20 and the young lady holding Ed doesn’t look like Pearl and she definitely looks a lot younger than 20.

Minnie Williams Brasher Horne, Pearl’s mom, had only two children – Pearl and Alton.

The girls could possibly be cousins of the boys or they might just be neighbor girls helping to care for the little ones. They don’t look like each other, so I don’t think they are sisters, but it’s not impossible.

This is a mystery that might never be solved.

Oklahoma State Fair, 1931

I’ve never lived in a place where the state fair was a big event. The Oklahoma State Fair, on the other hand, has always been a big event. Oklahoma became the 46th state on 16 November 1907. Just a month before gaining statehood, Oklahoma held its very first “state” fair, which opened on 5 October.

About 75,000 people attended this first state fair, which charged 25 cents admission, but allowed school children under 12 in for free. There were a lot of competitive events, including chuck wagon racing:

There were rope throwing events, lasso contests, games and animal events, including horse racing. There was a quilt contest and likely baking events. Every family member could find something fun to do.

Edward Stufflebean, my father-in-law, wasn’t around for the 1907 state fair, held outside of Oklahoma City, as he wasn’t even born until 1917.

Although I didn’t title this post as a Treasure Chest Thursday, it could certainly be considered as such because as I am sharing a photo of 14 year old Ed, who had his picture taken at the 1931 state fair with two of his friends.

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Ed Stufflebean, right

The back of this picture is inscribed:

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“Taken Oklahoma State Fair 1931”

I think Ed’s mother, Pearl Brasher Stufflebean, might have written the inscription.

By fall 1931, the U.S. was deep into the Great Depression and I can’t imagine that admission was as expensive as 25 cents with so many people out of work, but I can’t find many details about past fairs online.

I chose today to share this picture because  17 September is the opening day of the 108th Oklahoma State Fair. Attendance has grown considerably from 75,000 in 1907. The 2014 attendance was estimated to be almost 1,000,000. If you are planning to visit on Opening Day, have a wonderful time.