Current newspapers often run brief “Remember When” columns in which they recap news from past years. In Tillman County’s early decades, newspapers did the same thing.
The following “Twice Told Tales in Tillman County” is from The Frederick Press, May 19, 1933, and looks back on county news from 30 years ago (1903), 20 years ago (1913) and 10 years ago (1923).
NOTE: This content was transcribed from a microfilm copy of the May 19, 1933 Press, and legibility of some content, particularly names and numbers, was sometimes poor. In some instances, therefore, spelling of names and dates (especially birth dates) may be transcribed incorrectly.
From The Frederick Press, May 19, 1933
Twice Told Tales in Tillman County
30 Years ago (1903)
Mrs. George Decker went to Lawton Saturday to remain until after commencement. Her daughter, Lucretia, is one of the high school graduates and expects to spend the summer with her parents on the claim southeast of Frederick.
Mrs. Louise Triloff, who has been keeping house for her son, R.H. Wessel, editor of the Enterprise, for the past two months, departed Wednesday for her home at Sterling.
The People’s Drug store placed its phonograph in front of the telephone receiver Sunday when connections were made with Vernon, Hobart and other points. Those stations reported they could hear the music perfectly.
Robert A. Weathers, a lawyer of Cordell, arrived this week.
L.J. Sears received supplies for the weather stations in time to register Sunday’s rainfall and found it was 2.55 inches. He resides 2 ½ miles southwest of Frederick.
D.E. Dilts, residing southeast of Frederick, is irrigating his half-acre garden by means of a windmill and 45-barrel tank. The cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables which he planted are doing nicely.
The Rose Hill correspondent says that settlers of that locality feel very kindly towards Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Walts for taking their organ to the singing. [NOTE: Rose Hill was located three miles east and one mile north of Frederick].
Wood & Zumwalt recently sold two buggies to Ira Holloman and one to George McHugh.
The Alpian correspondent reports Mrs. O.W. Conrad has nearly 100 little chickens with eight or 10 more broods to hatch soon. [NOTE: Alpian was located six miles west and one mile north of Frederick].
20 Years ago (1913)
Twenty years ago May 23, Dr. C.B. Ball and Dr. C.B. Shannon came to Frederick from Oklahoma City and opened dentistry offices.
Mrs. J.E. Arrington and young son who have been visiting her parents, Mrs. And Mrs. J.E. Hines, departed Saturday for their home at Indianola.
When E.W. Conley, rural route carrier, arrived at the E.L. Box residence, six miles southeast of town, Tuesday, he noticed the house on fire and made a record-breaking trip on his motorcycle a quarter of a mile where he got Reed Box and took him to the scene. They were soon reinforced by Warren Jones, owner of the farm, and another son of E.L. Box’s. Water was obtained from a cistern but this was too slow a process, and the house was destroyed together with most of the household goods.
A daughter, weighing 7 ¾ pounds, was born to Atty. and Mrs. J.E. Williams Tuesday.
Walter Wright returned from Denton, Texas, Sunday where he was called by the sickness of his father, pioneer resident of the place. The elder is afflicted with cancer, but has changed his method of treatment, and when Walter left he was on the mend.
Several Frederick Shriners attended the imperial council at Dallas, Texas, this week, including W.W. Rogers, John Carr, W.D. King, A.M. Pritchard, Wm. Ray, R.J. Harris and J.H. Beard, Jr.
Ladies of the Methodist church at Oake’s chapel, five miles west and two south of Frederick, will serve dinner at the B.R. Byrns’s sale Tuesday.
G.B. Hawkins from southwest of Frederick, who has been sick with pneumonia the past month, is again able to be around.
First load of alfalfa from the 1913 crop was brot to town May 13, having been grown by M.S. Fentress from west of Frederick and sold for $9 a ton.
Among the 35 births reported for April by Dr. H.L. Roberts, county health officer, are the following: To Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Griffin, April 3, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Hutton, April 23, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Wynn, April 5, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. John Ham, Davidson, April 23, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wofford, Davidsion, April 13, a boy; to Mrs. and Mrs. J.B. Peter, Davidson, April 3, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Reffner, Manitou, April 24, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Maricia, Grandfield, April 4, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. D. Hammond, Grandfield, April 3, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. Percy Burke, Hollister, April 22, a girl; to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Hickerson, Davidson, April 13, a boy; to Mrs. and Mrs. G.W. Johnston, Grandfield, April 25, a boy; to Mr. and Mrs. F. Dudenhoeffer, Grandfield, April 27, a boy.
Deaths the past month included the following: Joanna Bondurant, 75, Frederick, in grippe; Cora Esther Russell, 13, Manitou, tonsillitis; Miller Ethel Powell, 21, appendicitis; Livie Alexander, 5, Frederick, pneumonia; Malisia Givens, 67, Manitou, apoplexy; James Cox, 12, Loveland, appendicitis; Rexter Kinder, 5, Frederick, measles; Mrs. E.J. Briscoe, 53, Frederick, pneumonia.
Machinery of the old alfalfa mill, which has been an eye-sore to the city, has been shipped to Woodson, Texas, having been bought in by the Southwestern Lumber Co., which has a mortgage on the property.
10 Years Ago (1923)
Frederick high school will close May 13 when these 54 young people will be given diplomas: Ethel Alexander, Jack Harper, Rena Jack Blackmon, Pearl Eady, Thomas Lovelace, Jennie Comer, Carl Jones, Winnie Smith, Hubert Gilbreath, Robert Cull, Irby Fry, Sallie Wilson, Lawrence Johnson, Gertrude Trendley, Merel Russell, Louise Rowe, Ina Mae Wages, Dale Culver, Fred Brown, Velma Renick, Opal Witherspoon, Lucile Wagers, Melba Kemp, Merle Perkins, Ruby Flood, Floye Stinson, Helen Muller, Dora Alexander, Velma Tanner, Ione Johnson, Zelma Walker, Cressie Emmick, Leona Emmick, Porter, Griffin, Ruth Dodson, Alma Scheller, Dean Hanes, Faith Brown, Tressie Pearson, Dovie Bagwell, Wilborn Hemphill, Wilbur Hershey, Bertha Taylor, Marie Wilson, Wyndola Coates, Abbie Parks, Herbert Smithers, Waneta Lewis, Willie Mae Canton, Velma Southall, Virgil Woodward, Mart Dodson, Forrest Carter, Clara Matheson. Baccalaureate sermon will be given by Rev. A.S. Cameron, presiding elder of the Lawton district of the Methodist church.
The best fat cattle marketed in Oklahoma City May 1 were shipped by R.M. Dosher of near Tipton, consisting of two cars of Hereford heifer yearlings which averaged 671 pounds each and brought $8.75 per 100.
W.C. Newland of New York city, who has been visiting his mother, Mrs. J.G. Newland, and brother Jack Newland and family, left Monday for Ft. Worth, Texas.
W.L. Walker of Hollister has again been elected a director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers’ association.
City Clerk D.W. Womack swore in these new council members Tuesday night: E.J. Cowen and J.D. Moore, 1st ward; A. Lair and A.M. Banta, 2nd ward; D.M. Long and Robert Calvert, 3rd ward; T.A. Lovelace and R.L. Christian, 4th ward.
These seniors were given diplomas at the completion of Consolidated No. 3 school Thursday night: Edna McClug, Zita Mae Wolfe, Verna Perryman, Nellie Taylor, Gladys Maxfield, Beulah Barnes, Ruth Randolph. Rev. W.B. Higgins, pastor of the Frederick Christian church, gave the commencement address. [NOTE: Consolidated No. 3 was Henderson School and was located five miles south of Frederick.]