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Our friend Georgia Walden, a newspaper columnist for the Commerce Journal based in northeast Hunt County, wrote the following.

“The NE corner always indulges in a good cause. One week will be glorious spring, sunshine and singing, next week it will be dripping rain and clinging mud, and this week the southern storms are sweeping our beautiful fields wildly, blinding poor old plowboys and powdering their faces with dirt and dust, swirling the ruthless students like so lots of autumn leaves as they wearily make their way to the monotonous country school; Even the young chickens spread their tiny wings and lay panting in the barn yard, not to mention the stunned housewife who was forced to “do her busy job” despite wind or weather. We almost never realized that we had felt the full meaning of the old song for the past ten days. “No matter what the weather, when the wind blows.” But we must be patient with our souls, and “spring would only be gloomy weather if we had nothing but spring.”

Impressive! Such delightful, almost poetic writing.

But that’s not all that appeared in the May 2, 1902 issue of the journal. Nothing like that entertains us today.

“Jardin, a parish in the northeast corner of Counties Hunt and Hopkins, Delta and Fannin, was alive Saturday night. A great music concert at the WF England residence brought together the beauty and chivalry of Jardin, Fairlie and Pecan, along with a host of temporary callers from other areas. The “most beautiful of the fair” were Misses Ownsby, Miss Lester and Miss Delia, who had a “study in brown” in a soft, lackluster, black costume made of mousseline and aced appliqué with their dreamy, shiny brown hair. to put some luck in a brown study. Miss Mag, with her beautiful golden hair in soft robes clad in blue and white, was adorable. As always, the Fairlie girls caused a stir. Misses Willie and Austina Hammer, Maude Abernathy, Alice Roundtree and Ella Mabry have fully confirmed Fairlie’s reputation as beautiful, stylish girls. Mr. Gardner, a pianist from Honey Groves, shared the honor for beauty and wit with the girls. Oh, how he can sing. Sang “Martha and John”, “Sparkling Sunday Night” and many other vocal jewels, much to his own satisfaction and the edification of his listeners. The instrumental music Ms. SH England played on the grand piano was perhaps good or bad; we only know that it could not be heard above the other noises – there was a perfect pandemonium; “Snap” that elegant game was playing in one room, teenagers chasing the buffalo in another, while the matronly crowd in the third vied to see who could say the highest.

We deeply regret the degeneration of Hunt Country to have a nominee for the county clerk. Our women are sure to come to the front, leaving femininity behind. When a woman rules a man in her house, she has everything she has got sense and nerve with. “

Quite a few opinions for the residents of North East Corner to digest!

Taylor is chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission. She can be contacted at [email protected]