This might help someone. The Gainesville Weekly Hesperian Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas July-August, 1894
Courtney Items Editor Hesperian The picnic given at this place last Friday was a very successful affair. Everything that could culinary art could do was done, and judging by the amply supplied tables, the good housewives of the Flat are well versed in the art of feeding the hungry. Everything from corn and cabbage to the most tempting delicacies of culinary accomplishments was spread and the doughty picnicker enjoyed a feast long remembered. Music was another feature of eh day. From all parts of the grounds came the mingled melody of organ and violin. If you dance, you had your choice of two platforms, each supplied with a first class string band an a host of pretty girls to select your partners from. If you wanted a cold drink to counteract the heat of the day, three large stands were ready to serve you lemonade, ‘sweet as the honey from the comb, cold as the frozen ocean, good and nice and everybody liked it.’ If you wanted to swing, there were two ready to carry you ‘twenty times around the world for 5 cents.’ The candy man was here. The phonograph was here. In fact almost every kind of fakir was here, well loaded with wares, music and witticism. And when you were thoroughly tired of all these and wished for a quiet shady corner somewhere that you might rest, it was easily found. Nothing was left undone to make the occasion an enjoyable one, and that it succeeded is evident by the many congratulations form those who came from a distance.
PROF. JOSEPH EDWARDS delivered an able and highly appreciated address concerning schools and school matters, for which we tender him our sincere thanks.
The Methodist people are holding a protracted meeting here this week. Great interest is being manifested by the young people. BRO. GARRETT is a man married to his work as a minister of the gospel, zealous to the cause and a laborer that never tires.
Our community has been invaded by the indomitable music teacher, in the form of a very charming bit of femininity and answering to the sweet, if time-honored name, ‘Susie.” MISS SUSIE MOORE is well versed in her line and we are sure is a great blessing to our neighborhood.
Threshing is now the order of the day and it is a goodly yield the wary hayseed is storing away for future use. Signed Meda, Courtney, I. T., July 24, 1894
From Courtney Editor Hesperian MRS. KATE TAYLOR, in company of her mother, MRS. BRADLEY of Red River County, and her sister, MRS. BAGWELL, are attending a family reunion at Mill Creek, I. T.
WILBURN FOWLER and family are visiting at Duncan.
C. A. HUNN and family have just returned from Ardmore.
H. M. DENNY starts to Wolf City tomorrow where he expects to meet a sister from Tennessee, another family reunion.
MISS MAGGIE MOORE, a young lady of charming grace and fair of feature, is visiting her sister, MISS SUSIE MOORE, this week. They are both stopping at the Hotel de HENRY DENNY. We trust that Miss Moore’s stay among us will be a pleasant one.
The Methodist people are meeting a few miles east of here on the RUBOTTOM farm. Much good is being accomplished.
SAM HOLLAND, one of our best young men, now lies helplessly bandaged with splints and muslin. It happened this way. SAM was engaged in the not unpleasant pasttime of courting a young lady when his foot slipped and he fell out the door, breaking his leg square in two, just below the knee.
Crops as fine as every grown in the Flat. Signed Meda, Courtney, I. T., Aug. 7, 1894