13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
September 19, 2010
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
The week was indeed a busy one. Our work session with Bell Books was excellent. Randy Bell, publisher , got us to work on Tuesday morning and we were finished with our proofing and highlighting by 8 pm so we did not need to work very long on Tuesday. Georgia worked with him to finish the design for the front and back inside covers and we are ready for the final proof. If everything goes as scheduled the book will be ready by the first of the year. It is hard to believe that we have been working on it since 2009. Time flies when you are having fun.
Saturday afternoon reception brought a crowd of over 80 people which is a great crowd for us. The Fitz family and friends came to visit with the visitors from Amarillo Art Museum and to view the documentary on Mr. Fitz and his art as well as his students. The exhibit is excellent and we thank Lovella for all her hard work on putting it together. The family was pleased with the exhibit and shared many memories with Lovella. I hope she remembers them and writes them down this week.
The Doyle descendants came to the museum and we had a good visit in the ranch room with the exhibits. This was the first trip to Lipscomb County for many of them and they enjoyed seeing the ranch and the county itself. We hope they will keep in touch.
Georgia and I venture to Oklahoma City on Tuesday for the annual national meeting of the American Association of State and Local History. This will be our first experience at a national meeting so we should return with lots of tales and information.
In cleaning the office , I found the four part article written in the Lipscomb Limelight in 1987 on the history of Lipscomb written by the County Extension Homemakers Clubs. the article reported that the first Home Demonstration work began in 1939 when the County commissions hired Miss Frances Weimhold as the first agent. Originally there was nine clubs, Higgins, Locust Grove, Follett, Loland, Lipscomb, Booker, Third Creek, Plains and Darrouzett.
One of their first projects was to make a mattress. George and Lottie Seibel with Kate Blau went in a pickup to Mobeetie to buy a bale of cotton. The cotton cost 5-6 cents a pound and it took 55 pounds to make a mattress. It took 12 yards of ticking at 10 -12 cents a yard. An extra long needle was needed with heavy waxed cord. A mattress cost about $5 and it took the Ladies about a day to make one.
Today there are two remaining clubs at Booker and Follett. They continue with their great programs and host a Christmas demonstration program every year.
Have a good week.
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