One of the reasons why I love to read old newspapers is because they give me a glimpse of my ancestor’s daily lives. The little items in the “locals” provide much more than just the facts and figures of births and deaths and marriages. Yesterday, while researching an obit for someone, I came across this gem. “Marse” Alexander was my gggrandfather.
Caddo Herald, February 25, 1910
The box supper at Freeny last Friday night is pronounced a success by all who attended and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, a good crowd attended and aided in making the affair a success. Mrs. Mace of Denver, Colo. was present and favored those present with several vocal numbers. Jim Moore of Caddo, was chosen auctioneer and a right good one he was. The proceeds of the sale of cakes netted something over $30.00. A $5.00 shirt waist donated by the Bass Co. to be given to the most popular young lady present was awarded to Miss Lillie Arp. The pair of baby shoes donated by H.G. Huffman and which were to have been given to the prettiest baby, were sold, as there were no babies present, to Mr. Chas. Price, the highest bidder. A fine cake was offered to the ugliest man in attendance; only two entered this contest (others knew that it would be useless to try): Judge Freeny and “Marse” Tom Alexander. The race was hotly contested and was the cause of much merriment, the cake finally being awarded to Mr. Alexander. Mr. Freeny, though sorry that he lost the cake, frankly admitted that he believed by rights Mr. Alexander to be the ugliest of the two and justly entitled to receive the cake.