MONDAY - TO BROOKSTON
I left Canton around noon today and drove to Bill and Cindy's farm at Brookston, about ten miles by road from Paris. They have a beautiful place where they raise Red Angus and Black Angus cattle. Since Brookston is only a Post Office and a few houses, they go into Paris for all their shopping.
TUESDAY - TO HONEY GROVE AND PARIS
Bill and Cindy took me riding around the area, since this was my first visit. Honey Grove was our first stop. We had lunch at a little cafe on the town square. Then we went to the library so I could buy a postcard to send my brother. This little town is significant because it is where our mother was born. She lived on a nearby farm until about age 12, when the family migrated around 1919 - in a wagon pulled by mules! - to Gaines County, on the high plains of west Texas. Leaving Honey Grove, we drove to Paris to see their replica of the Eiffel Tower -- this one with a Texas twist. Somehow I can't see the Parisians putting a Stetson hat on their own Tower!
WEDNESDAY - TO BONHAM
Today we went to Bonham where we visited Sam Rayburn's house and his library. The house was completed in 1916. It is located on US 56 about 1.5 miles west of town. All the furnishings are original and are placed exactly as they would have been while he lived there -- right down to the setting and 'food' on the breakfast table. I was disappointed that taking photographs inside the house was not permitted. The Sam Rayburn Library is just west of downtown Bonham. It is a lovely building. The exhibits include a replica of his office in Washington DC with the furniture he had actually used. A fine statue of "Mr. Sam" stands in front of the library. The construction was completed while he was still alive.
THURSDAY - TO HUGO, OKLAHOMA
Today we journeyed 'abroad' to Hugo, Oklahoma to see the historic Frisco Depot. I don't think I've ever seen so many artifacts in a railroad museum. The once-busy Harvey House Restaurant has been closed but the volunteer at the museum told us that someone is considering re-opening it. The counter is in the shape of a horseshoe and is wider than normal -- to protect the Harvey Girls from male customers. They were required to live in a dormitory upstairs and were not allowed to date either co-workers or customers. Sometimes they slipped out the windows via boxes of freight stacked under the windows!