The First Baptist Church of Lipan will kick off its week of Vacation Bible School with a bike parade tomorrow, July 27, at 6 p.m.
Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Friday, July 28 – Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon each day. For more information, call the church.
CUSTOMS IN THE LATE 1800s
Another excerpt from the book, “Glancing Backward, a History of Lipan, Texas” tells us of the customs of early Lipan settlers. Here is what Mrs. Hubbard had to say about the bedding of the time.
“Mrs. Sally Shaver had a woolen coverlet, about one hundred twenty-five years old, that was made by Mrs. Candy Shaver Morris, the mother of Mrs. Shaver’s husband, Arthur Shaver.”
“Coverlets, made of wool, were used as a bed blanket or bedspread. The wool was sheared from the sheep, washed, and dyed by dipping it into a dye bath that was made by using bark or berries boiled in water to give the desired color. After drying, it was carded and spun on a spinning wheel into thread.
Cotton could be used in a similar manner.
A simple or intricate design might be chosen for weaving the thread into cloth for the needed article, be it a coverlet, a coat, pants, dresses, shirts or bedding.”
“Mattresses were the pride and joy of a well-furnished household. Many of the settlers brought as much bedding as possible with them but sometimes that was a scanty bit.
Children often slept on pallets on the floor. A quick or makeshift mattress could be made by stuffing hay or corn shucks into a mattress cover.
The superior mattress was made of the down and soft feathers plucked from the under body of the ducks and geese. These fowl were often kept for the feathers they produced. The thrifty housewife saved the chicken feathers also. It was important to ‘sun’ the beds regularly.
A feather bed was warm and soft and often slept on the year around. The hay or shuck mattress might be placed on top of it during warm weather.
A feather mattress, pillows and quilts were considered to be important items in a girl’s hope chest.”
What work it was to be able to have a comfortable bed back then. I’m so glad we can purchase our mattresses today, aren’t you?
Saturday, July 19, Bob and Mary Ann Perry traveled to Hamilton to attend the annual Perry-Dunn Reunion. It was held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Hamilton.
Bob is the youngest of 11 children born to Robert and Myrtle Perry. Also attending were Bob’s only two living sisters, Margene Soulard of Longview and O’Leta Wallace of Bedford. Many of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, neices, nephews, and extended family were also in attendance. There were over 100 people there.
The oldest person attending was Bob’s cousin, Loy Clanton, age 89, and the youngest was Keith Gulliford, his great-grandson, age two weeks.
After a delicious barbeque lunch, an auction of donated items was held. Family auctioneers were Willie Spaeth, his son Chris Spaeth, and George Perry.
Everyone enjoyed themselves, and plans have been made to meet there for the reunion next year.
Tomorrow, July 27, is Hadley Shockley’s birthday. Happy Birthday Hadley!
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