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Published by WACO TEXAS TX, 1922
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On offer is a super piece of early 20th century Texas Americana being a 1920s handwritten diary of a high school girl from Waco Texas. Ellen Barnett within the 86 pages of handwriting provides an amazing account of what life was like during the 1920's while living and attending high school in Waco. Of particular interest to Texas collectors and historians in this panorama of 1922 through 1930 will be the detailed entries on two important facets of Texas life at the time: football and the Ku Klux Klan. Although she does not write daily entries she writes quite a lot and she has a tremendous personality in many ways and the fact that her high school football team ends up making history as state champions in 1922 is a great thread throughout this journal. Her team, the "old" Waco High Tigers were known for their famous coach Paul Tyson began his career in Waco in 1913. He was one of the best known, and one of the most successful high school coaches in America. His teams at Waco played in seven state championship games, including six consecutive 1922-27. Waco was state champions in 1922, 1925, 1926 and 1927, and runner up 1923, 1924 and 1939. In 1927, Waco had one of the most dominant seasons in Texas high school football history. Ellen is very passionate about the football team and the games they play. She writes with great detail about many of the games, has several pieces of ephemera inside representing her team and gets fired up on numerous occasions concerning specific games; almost to the point of tears. Ellen also tells of the Cotton Palace, one of the most popular fairs in the South. June 3rd, 1923, Ellen details the KKK parade through town and the description is riveting. Research informs us that in 1923 more then 2,000 Klansmen paraded through the city and the organization boycotted businesses of people unsympathetic with its agenda. Many of the Waco's business and political leaders and Ellen seemed to implicitly support the Klan during this period, and one member claimed that the Klan "controlled every office in the city of Waco" during the 1920's. Here are some snippets: 1922 "October 12th, Last night or rather this morning at 5 a.m. the "hull" neighborhood, (with the exception of Mrs. Ivey and us) were awakened by Mrs. Gentry's unearthly screams. "Help, Help, Come quick! Mr. Crow!!" Then she jumped in the car and went off. Everyone in our vicinity has been trying to find out what it was about. Mrs. Chapoton said that Mrs. Gentry went out to her car (to go down and meet Mr. Gentry) and there was a man sitting or rather sleeping in it. Then was when she screamed bloody murder. People a block off heard her. The man was a man who had been going to see her sister and he finally quieted her up, no creo???????" "October 14th, I didn't do much of anything today or rather this morning. But this afternoon mother and I went to town. I never saw so many old men loafing in front of Goldstein's ." "October 21st, I wrote to Cardelia this morning and told her everything that popped into my head. I have to go to the post office this afternoon. Isn't it awful?? The Cotton Palace opens today with a parade at 10:30 a.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. It's the one I want to see. Governor Neff is to head the parade and 1500 Baylor students are to follow giving college yells and songs. I have no desire to go to the Cotton Palace except the night of the Queen's Ball, and oh I want so much, so much, to see that for it must be beautiful and I know the one last year was, for I saw that." "October 26th and 27th, We are going to cook at the Cotton Palace tomorrow. "Aint we got fun?" We served donuts and love knots, they were lovely When we finished cooking we went to see the Art exhibit and all exhibits in the main building. Dennis had the best looking bed room suite out there I ever laid my eyes on, it was perfectly beautiful. Then we went to the automobile exhibit and---oh to be rich! There were some of the best looking cars out there; Hudson's, Cadil. Bookseller Inventory # 0001037

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Publisher: WACO TEXAS TX

Publication Date: 1922

Book Condition: Good

Book Type: Manuscript

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