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Bevins Tales - BT23 - 1902 Myrtle and Ora B. Enjoyed Living in Town

Updated on November 16, 2018
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Dr. Bill's first passion is family history. His second is a passion for creating family saga, historical fiction stories that share it.

They Continued to Celebrate the Patriotic Events in Oak Springs

Patriotic Decorations were a Tradition in Oak Springs
Patriotic Decorations were a Tradition in Oak Springs

Modern Conveniences Became a Part of Their Lives

1902 found Oak Springs continuing to become a Twentieth Century community, slowly but surely. Caroline, along with Myrtle and Ora B., now had both electricity and a telephone in their home. They had not yet opted for indoor plumbing as it was still rather expensive, but they were thinking about it and listening to what others in the community said as they made that decision. The electric and telephone main lines were now available for hookup around town, but not yet into the rural areas.


In April, Ora B. celebrated his 11th birthday with his family. When the weather allowed, he continued to visit the Waters farm on Saturdays. He was still determined to become a farmer some day, but he also participated in other activities with students his age at school and around town. He enjoyed having his pony and his mother and grandmother were proud of the way he took very good care of their animals as well as his own. He also helped his mother in the garden, including making plans for participation at the fair later in the year.


The local G.A.R. Post still led the Memorial Day Parade and Celebration, but many of the members were getting a little older and fewer seemed to participate each year. Ora B. did still miss his grandfather Lewis being at the head of the G.A.R. events, and that reminded him of the loss of his own father, Howard, as well. So, while they still attended these events, including the 4th of July Parade and Celebration, later, it was not the same for this little family, what there was left of it.

They Enjoyed Participation at the Annual Fair

Flowers in their garden were chosen for Fair Exhibits
Flowers in their garden were chosen for Fair Exhibits

The Fair Was The Summer Highlight

On the first weekend in August, Ora B. and Myrtle again participated with an exhibit at the 24th Annual Oak Valley Fair. It had been a family tradition that they had continued, even after Howard’s death. Of course, this was something Myrtle had done every year since high school, so it was just a part of her. Living in town, with Caroline, very near the fairgrounds certainly helped continue the tradition. Caroline helped with selection of materials to exhibit, flower choices, etc., as well as on display techniques. But, Myrtle had done it so often that it was always her final decisions that prevailed. Ora B. enjoyed assisting his mother, still, but it was really her pride and joy that he was supporting. He knew that, and continued to do so. He helped out in any way he could.


There were six marriages of young folks in the community over the summer that Myrtle and Ora B. were aware of, but there may have been others. They did not attend any of them this year. In the east valley, Theodore “Teddy” Stark married Sue Ellen McKinney. They lived on neighboring farms. Teddy farmed with his father. With not other children at home in the Stark household, the young couple would make their home with his parents. In town, two young folks from east valley families were married. They were Joseph Street and Lena Potter. He worked on Telephone Maintenance and she was a Telephone Operator. They felt they had made a very good decision to become ‘town folks.’


There was a double wedding in the west valley, again between young people of neighboring farm families. Peter Medley married Chloe Kendrick and Charles Kendrick married Dora Medley. Each young man would continue to farm with his father. In addition, David Cox, a third generation farmer on their land, married neighbor Catherine King. Also, George Bishop and Carolyn Rhodes were married before the fall harvest got started. Each of the young men continued to farm with their respective fathers continuing long traditions in the west valley. These families dated back to the early days of valley settlement.

Life Went on in the Oak Creek Valley

Typical rural landscape of the valley
Typical rural landscape of the valley

The Bevins Tales Series of Stories Comes To An End For Now

BT23 will be the last of this current series of stories from Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley. There is surely more to tell, but it will most likely come in another format. We still have not taken up the Journals kept by William McDonald. That may be the next contribution to this general time period.


I have done some preliminary work on the Colonel Jake Patton Memoirs. These will include stories relating back to during the Revolutionary War when his father made rifles for George Washington, in Carlisle, PA, long before Jake was born. Both Henry McDonald and Robert Baldridge had ancestors in the Revolutionary War that I’ve made reference to in supplemental writings about the Founding of this community. Those may be expanded


In the 1997 stories of Heather Gates, we have referenced the Founding manuscript that was ‘discovered’ and being published. Those stories are now being curated and archived on a new platform I’ve mentioned a couple of times here. I’ll be spending a little more time with those, so I invite you to take part in that process as a Patron of my writings. You, my readers, can take part in this effort at www dot patreon dot com slash HomeplaceSagas. Join us Today. For now, the Heather Gates series will continue weekly. I thank you for your continued support, visits here at HubPages, and your comments. I hope you will sign on as Patrons, to get full advantage of those new opportunities as we move forward. I always appreciate feedback and am always available for discussion of the Homeplace Saga stories, of course, on Facebook, via email, and otherwise.

Note by the author

This set of stories picked up in Oak Springs in 1882 when the Bevins family arrived in Oak Springs including young Howard Bevins, the 14-year-old about to become a High School Freshman. He was in the same class as Myrtle Truesdale. This was their story. After they married, they became a part of the larger community, of course. Now, in this new century, the focus will be on Ora B. and his environment.


The stories of the "American Centennial at the Homeplace: The Founding (1833-1875)" collection of historical fiction family saga short stories lay the background for the stories of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek Valley. They

have also been published on "The Homeplace Saga" blog (thehomeplaceseries dot blogspot dot com).


“The Homeplace Saga” historical fiction family saga stories are the creation of the author, William Leverne Smith, also known as “Dr. Bill.”

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      William Leverne Smith 

      8 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you. That has been the goal. It has been more of a challenge than it might appear. Thank you, so much, as always, for your continuing support!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Have you ever seen photograph exhibits of a town, taken over the span of 100 years...it is pretty amazing to see. That is what this series reminds me of, those pictures in words.

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