By Jean Hayworth
The Breckenridge Lumber Yard was invited to become a member of the Associated Leader of Lumber and Fuel Dealers of America. Therei Knox, the manager at the Breckenridge Lumber Yard said that it was an honor and privilege to be chosen from all the lumber yards in Breckenridge, there were six others at that time, and their lumberyard was the youngest in business, according to the manager. The Breckenridge Lumberyard would have access to a larger quantity of lumber and the highest quality of lumber was guaranteed as a member.
Germany had seemingly recovered from the World War I devastation of her factories with many of the factories up and going again with production of the largest dirigible in the world, the Graf Zeppelin and the largest airplane in the world, the 100 passenger Dornier Seaplane, which had 12, 500 horsepower motors to propel the plane through the air carrying the 100 passengers and crew.
Germany also had produced the fastest ocean liner in the world, the Bremen, which had just shattered the world record for crossing the Atlantic in 4Â½ days.
The Breckenridge American published an article written by a young man from Breckenridge, Oscar Glickman, who had traveled to New York City to visit family during the summer months. The young Glickman explained his impressions of life in New York City.
Glickman said, "everyone went to the beach on the weekends, which was the only place to breathe fresh air in addition to the parks in New York City. Coney Island was a special place with the large Ferris Wheel and the famous hot dogs." Glickman said, "he was amazed with the theaters which he found to be a block long with four and five balconies high. While in New York City that summer, Glickman saw and heard Rudy Vallee, Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra among others. He said, "he made the obligatory trip to the Statue of Liberty where the stairs going up single file for 300 feet but it had resting areas along the way."
Glickman reported that the traffic was terrifying and a pedestrian crossed at their own risk at many points. He also saw and walked along Wall Street. Glickman said, "everyone traveled about the city on the subway which a person could ride for five cents. He liked the idea that everyone sat out on their stoops in the evening and visited. He heard and saw many ethnic groups in the neighborhood such as Turks, Greeks, Scotsmen, Spaniards and Frenchmen. He thought that was most interesting even though he couldn't understand them. Everyone seemed to get along and managed to learn enough of the languages to converse with neighbors."
One thing, among many that he found overwhelming, was that the phone books were 18 inches thick to accommodate the five boroughs of New York City. A small child really could use the book as a booster seat at the dining room table, as depicted in many movies of that era.
Glickman said, "it was an amazing experience to see the hustle and bustle of a large city like New York City and he saw many sites that he couldn't even remember them all. Over the next several months he thought they would all come floating back to him and he planned to write them down to help him remember his summer experience."
Floyd W. Holder, chairman of the local irrigation commission of the Chamber of Commerce, received notification that the irrigation project for the Clear Fork of the Brazos was given a one-year extension by the State Board of Engineers. The irrigation project would affect the northwestern portion of Stephens County and parts of Shackelford and Throckmorton Counties. Preliminary plans of the project had been submitted to the State Water Board for review.
As reported earlier, the first bale of cotton in Stephens County was brought in by J.R. Dozier. His farm was noted as one of the most progressive in the county, located four miles east of Breckenridge toward Caddo. It was the first bale ginned that Monday morning by the Breckenridge Gin Co. manager, Moy McCharen.
Later, Vernon Tubbs brought in the second bale. His farm was located nine miles north of Breckenridge on the Woodson highway.
That bale was followed by the third person to bring in his cotton bale, S.W. Wilson, who resided eight miles west of Breckenridge.
The city businesses had raised $100 in "Bonus Money" that was distributed to the first three farmers who brought their bale of cotton in to be ginned at the local cotton gin.
The stipulation for the annual "Bonus Money" was that the land be located in Stephens County and the owner lived in the county.
This annual recognition was by the Chamber of Commerce, who represented the businesses in Breckenridge, to reward the local farmers with a "Bonus Money" incentive to bring in the first bale of cotton.
In Iron Mountain, Mich., an oddity had occurred which involved the Born family and the Olson family. The Born family had one son, Edwin, and four daughters that included Dora, Ruth Amy and Effie. The Olson family had four sons and one daughter which included Ethel, Theodore, Charles, Archie and Oliver.
Between 1924 and 1929, the five Olson siblings married the five Born siblings. The first couple to wed was Theodore Olson to Dora Born, which was followed by Charles Olson to Ruth Born, Archie Olson to Amy Born and Oliver Olson to Effie Born. The last siblings to wed, in 1929, was Edwin Born to Ethel Olson.