When the second schoolhouse in our
Beckham County, Oklahoma, community was being built, neighbors got together and
hauled lumber from Magnum, Oklahoma, the closest rail point but still 50 miles
When the schoolhouse was finished,
some young men wanted to have a big country dance there. My Uncle August sometimes
attended country dances with these fellows, a couple of whom were reputed to have done
some cattle rustling.
Because the fellows were afraid to
ask my grandfather, who was on the school board, for permission to use the
school, they put Uncle August up to doing it for them. If August could get the
schoolhouse, they said, they would bring beef for a barbecue and they'd have a
In the afternoon before the dance,
the beef was made ready. In the evening the country dance started and it lasted all
night and into the next day. When all began to say their farewells, one of the
young men asked August if he had enjoyed the dance. August said he had. The
young man asked if he liked the beef. August declared the beef was really good.
A second fellow winked at August.
"I thought you would like it," he said. "We got the steer out of
Evan Fuchs Sayre, Oklahoma