Sunday, February 1, 2009


Brenda Moore Franklin shared this photo of her grandfather, Jesse Davis Moore (left) with his pal, Willie Martin. The date of the photo is 1914. Jesse was the son of Charles Davis Moore and Elizabeth Dee Simmons. Willie's parents are not known to me, but I found a Willie Martin in the 1900 census, about the same age of Jesse, and he was in the household of William D. and Florence Martin near the Greenwood community of Itawamba County.


The Country Experience said...

What a treasure! Any idea what the fancy chaps were for, or what they were made of?

Mona Robinson Mills said...

I wish I knew! I suspect that the two friends may have visited a local fair and dressed up in the chaps for the photo, but can't say for sure. It is a cute picture, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I don't know if these "characters" were ever in or near Tulsa, but we stopped in this place along either the Will Rogers Turnpike (enters Tulsa from MO or the Turner Turnpike (between Tulsa and Oke City)and had our two young sons photographed in just such a garb. They also had a stuffed Shetland Pony that children could be placed upon wearing a ten gallon hat!

There was also a "Wild West Side Show" that I remember traveling the country around the 1950's. That too could be the source of the staged setting! bettye