Homestead Dating Competition in Rooks County, Kansas

Two young bachelors devise a plan in Rooks County, Kansas.

Dating Competition

Fine clothes and fancy boots won't necessarily win you a homesteadin' girl.

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I've heard my daddy tell how he enjoyed the contests and dances which were favorite forms of entertainment in Rooks County, Kansas, in the 1880s. The story that amused us most took place at a dance held in a home where there were two charming young ladies.

A dude from another community came all togged out in fine clothes and fancy boots. My daddy and his pal had squired the girls for some time, and they didn't appreciate this new competition. So with the girls, they plotted to show the dude a too-good time.

The girls brought out photograph albums and autograph albums, and they really entertained the guest. They sat on a big wooden tub full of cobs near the stove, one girl on one knee of the young man, had her sister on the other knee. As the stove needed stoking, first one young lady, then the other, would tend the fire, but the gentleman was never allowed to leave the tub and always one of the sisters would be with him.
When refreshment time came (about midnight), the poor guy could scarcely move. He ate and said his goodbyes. He had been bested!

Lula Husband Bright
North Platt, Nebraska

 


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