Durant Daily Democrat
Wednesday, January 20, 1926
The Jefferson Highway Being Marked by Signs
The entire route of the Jefferson Highway, extending from Winnipeg, Canada, to New Orleans, is being remarked by the Cedardahl Sign Co. of Owatonna, Minn. under a contract with the International Jefferson Highway Association.
New steel markers have been put up this week on the streets followed by the highway through Durant and the highway is now designated by the new JH markers from Durant north to the Canadian line, with the exception of a short stretch in Missouri where the route of the highway is in question.
The marking party, headed by G. A. and O.L. Cedardahl, is now working south and expects to have the entire route marked to New Orleans by the time the Canadian “Pine-to-Palm” Winter Motor Tour party goes over the highway next month.
According to schedule, the Winnipeg and Manitoba citizens who will make the Fellowship Run to New Orleans will be in Durant on the morning of February 1. Arrangements are being made by the Chamber of Commerce for their reception and entertainment during their short stay here. Announcements of the exact time of their arrival will be made later.
Monday, February 1, 1926
More Than Hundred Canadians Visit Durant On “Pine to Palm” Trip Over Jefferson Highway; Pleased with Roads
Thirty-one automobiles carrying more than one hundred Jefferson Highway enthusiasts from Winnipeg, Canada, were in Durant for a short while this morning on their “Pine to Palm” tour of the Jefferson Highway, which started at Winnipeg and will end at New Orleans.
Among the tourists was William McCurdy, business manager of the Winnipeg Tribune, who organized and sponsored the present tour, and his guests Hugh H. Shepherd, past president of the Jefferson Highway Association, and his wife. Mr. Shepherd, after guiding the destinies of this great international highway for several years, relinquished the reigns last Friday. The mayor of Winnipeg was also among the tourists. A large number of ladies accompanied their husbands on the trip.
Pleased with Roads
The Canadians were agreeably surprised at the fine roads in Bryan county, they said, as many of them were over the roads here ten years ago when the route of the Jefferson Highway was planned. Then they traveled over muddy roads, and today they sped into Durant on a paved highway and then continued on a paved road until they reached Red River. They were greatly pleased at the improvement in the condition of the highway here.
A group of representatives of the Durant Chamber of Commerce met the visitors north of the city and escorted them to Durant, arriving here at 11 o’clock, and then accompanied them to Denison where they were entertained at a luncheon.
A large group of citizens from Denison met the visitors here and escorted them to the Texas city. They included:
W. S. Hibbard, mayor of Denison and president of the National Bank; W. L. Peterson, president of State National Bank; J. L. Greer, business manager Denison Herald, and president of Denison Chamber of Commerce; J.M. Crumpton, city commissioner and manager of Hotel Simpson; E. H. Hughes, director in Denison Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of Jefferson Highway in Texas; M.M. Scholl, editor, weekly Gazeteer; R. M. Gray, staff reporter Denison Herald. L.S. Lacy, E.H. Flanigan, H. Vaughan, W. P. Lebrecht, Jack Catchetchy, W. Deberry, Clyde Ellsworth, C.H. Streyhorn, S.V. Earnest, members of D.O.K.K. from Denison to meet the Winnipeg D.O.