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100 Years Ago: Reminiscing about the 1870's
Nostalgia isn't a new invention. From the 1915 Adair County News, Melvin White reminisces about Party games, Sunday courting rituals, and Columbia, "a mighty emporium"
The rambling, loquacious, and pungently humorous letters of native son Melvin White frequently appeared in the Adair County News during the first quarter or so of the last century. In one such missive, dated December 28, 1915 and published in the paper eight days later, he reminisced about life and customs in Adair County in the middle to late 1870's.
Wrote the ever-witty Mr. White:
As I am a giddy youngster of fifty-eight wheat harvests, the young people of the present will think we had rather fantastic styles of parties and means of enjoyment. When the Christmas season drew nigh, we met to have play parties. The games were Snap, Jennie Put the Kettle On, Steal Partners, Quaker Pan, Old Sister Phoebe, Imitation, etc. Such occasions I always gave my presence and moral support, but was a perennial wall flower...At seventeen years of age, I was five feet in height and weighed 135 pounds...Long Hungry Tom Taylor, Bascom Garnett and Lucien Hurt were the society leaders, and I was relegated to the society of other freaks...Note: It was in this self-same letter that Mr. White took to task with white-hot vengeance the puritanical "snuffling hypocrites" who damned the fiddle as the instrument of the devil. That cauldron doth bubble and boil over here: JIM: Melvin White Buys a Fiddle and Shames the Hypocrites
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