We have been busy today, David did his 10 miles, while his brother, Ricky and I walked 4.5 miles. It was a great morning here, low humidity and I think it was in the mid 60’s here – I almost needed sleeves! ☺ So we just walked faster. Ha!
We walked from Ricky’s house to the Mount Olivet cemetery, the town was established in 1901 and the cemetery was established around 1907, which is the time that Oklahoma became a state. William O’Darrough arrived from Ireland while it was an Indian Territory and fell in love, married and settled here. He ended up dropping the “O” and became Bill Darrough, he was a land agent for the railroad and his wife was the person to name the town after her favorite author, Victor Hugo. One of his sons erected a monument in their honor at the cemetery. It was very interesting to read.
The cemetery is quite the mecca, a lot of people do their exercise there and I must say it is a very special place. Two circuses call Hugo their hometown and they have their own section of the cemetery known as “Showmen’s Rest”. Monuments are erected to honor their loved ones and money wasn’t really a concern in this regard, but it doesn’t stop there – I think a lot of people think that way because it shows throughout the cemetery.
There is also a section for several rodeo stars, one is Freckles Brown and the other is Lane Frost. Maybe you recall the movie, “8 Seconds”.
I even found a special marker for Nannie Payne; she has a sewing machine etched on the back of her headstone. Another interesting marker was for William Ansley, he is best known as the spokesman for Buster Brown shoes. I think I had some of those shoes; I got mine from “Crawford’s Shoe Store” in Northshore – back in the day.
If you ever get the chance to stop by, it is really worth the visit. I like to think I got to visit with them all today.
We invited David’s other brother, Gene from Paris to come over for lunch along with their sister, Milly and some friends, Johnnie and Parker. We fixed the Root Beer Pulled Pork and potato salad for them, it was a big hit, and we had a very nice visit with them all today.
Later we drove around town and I took a couple pictures of their train depot, it looks like it was a very special place back in the day! I can just imagine all of the hustle and bustle back then.
Last but not least I was able to finish my “Dancing Umbrella” quilt today.
Needless to say, it has been a wonderful day.
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads, love and hugs.