Good morning from the Comanche County Historical Museum!
Today, I want to write about a display that the Museum has had for a long time. This was THE PATCHWORK OF MEMORIES.
On the right in the great room was a display in the shape of The County of Comanche. There were many small paintings done by the people of the county. I went to visit DOROTHY ROBERTSON when she was living at THE WHITESTONE, and she talked and I was writing as fast as I could. This was a history of small communities and happenings, and each writing had a painting by an artist of the county.
I have no idea how all of this was set up, but I do know from information with the paintings, that there were 49 articles and paintings. I want to write a list of these.
1. AMITY, meaning friendship was exemplified by the farmers who followed WAYNE ROBERTSON, SR, thresher, during grain harvest.
ARTIST: DORTHY BLOYD
2. SIPE SPRINGS. In 1878, THE CHEDISTER STAGE LINE from Fort Worth to Yuma, Arizona headquartered at Captain J. F. Childress’ home in Sipe Springs. For a short time Comanche received its mail from Sipe Springs. A fire in 1878 destroyed the livery stable and 8 Chedister horses.
ARTIST: MYRA DUDLEY
3. CROSS ROADS STORE, owned by C. E. LaRoque served the people in all four directions. The LaROQUE family were all musicians.
ARTIST: TOMMY LEE
4. BIBB, a thriving town was laid off in lots and blocks in 1890, and boasted of having three doctors living there at one time. The country doctor drove far and near to care for the sick.
ARTIST: DORTHY BLOYD
5. GAP, where cotton fields bring back memories of work and fun.
ARTIST: ROCHELLE ELLIOTT
6. INDIAN MOUNTAIN. The cotton gin served the people in the area from about 1900 until about 1915, when Joe King moved it to Sipe Springs.
ARTIST: CLARA BROWNING
7. THE NARROWS, near Beattie, where its dripping springs provided a most beautiful place for the annual school picnics for everyone in the area.
ARTIST: GLEN HARGROVE (AGE 9 AT THE TIME OF THE PAINTING)
8. ROCK BLUFF, named for the unique rock boulders was donated by W.J. Skaggs in 1890 for a school. Today only Rock Bluff Baptist Church remains to serve the community.
ARTIST: ONA DEAN FREEMAN
9. DUSTER. W.L. Blair Store bought chickens, butter and eggs from the local farmers and stocked everything from washboards to lace handkerchiefs.
ARTIST: CLARA BRUTON
We will continue next week with more!
Missy Cox Jones