This is such a great story! Unfortunately I couldn’t find a follow-up article. I may have to dig a little deeper when I return from vacation. I did find an earlier piece about two of the girls walking from Calera to Durant to go shopping because the train wasn’t running on schedule.
The Caddo Herald
June 2, 1922
Hike to Hot Springs
To walk from Calera to Hot Springs, a distance of 200 miles, in ten days, is the aim of three Bryan County girls, sisters, of Calera, who started the trip yesterday and passed through Durant. Misses Ruby, Lois, and Fannie Belle Hulsey are the girls and they are known as Bryan County’s champion pedestrians, having made several trips thru the country on foot.
Smiling grimly, they trekked north out of Durant yesterday, declaring they would make the trip to Hot Springs in ten days and walk but ten hours a day. Ex soldiers say if they make it, the campaign hats of the doughboys are “lifted” to them. To fulfill their aim the three girls will have to hike twenty miles a day and most veterans of the late war can tell you that means “some jaunt”.
Miss Lois has been attending the Teacher’s College here during the past term. Miss Fannie Belle taught school at Calera and Miss Ruby taught at Shields School.
They were outfitted from toes to jaunty caps for hiking and carried regulation road packs on their backs. They wore light hiking boots, khaki trousers, and shirts, and spiral puttees (leggings).
The Misses Hulsey will follow the Jefferson Highway to McAlester, then take the best highway out of that city to Hot Springs. They will spend the summer in the Arkansas summer resort, returning here next fall when they will take charge of school rooms in Bryan County again- a difficult task it would seem for girls who love the great out of doors as they do and after a summer spent next to nature. The Democrat will attempt to keep their friends posted regarding their hike to Hot Springs. Durant Democrat
These young ladies formerly lived in Caddo and are held in high esteem by their many friends here who hope they may have a successful and enjoyable summer.