Joe's column reminded me of a family photo I have in my collection and I can't help but wonder if it was taken on July 4, 1902. Here's the photo:
Someone had written "July 4 Barbecue" on the back of the photo. The short couple on the far right are my grandfather, William Lanza Council and his first wife, Leah Steagall Council. I don't know who the other people in this photo are, but would love to know.
This is a photo that's fun to study, from the pouch hanging on one of the ladies' belts to all the stuff going on in the background. There's lots of fun stuff to see.
Behind the group of ladies and gentlemen, there's a pavilion-type building, a tent, and a group of men in the grove of trees behind my grandfather's right shoulder. Here's a closeup of the tent:
Looks like a a barbecue! When I read Joe's column this week I couldn't help but wonder if this was taken at the 1902 celebration. My grandfather and Leah were married in 1900. This is before their daughter was born in 1907. My guess is this photo was taken sometime between 1901 and 1905 - so the chances are pretty good.
According to Joe, the 1902 celebration featured a foot race, sack race, high jump, ladies' foot race, greasy pole climbing, wheel barrow race, barbecue, speeches, basketball game and many other activities.
Today's Fourth of July celebrations look very different from those over a hundred years ago. While I am known to wax nostalgic for days gone by, I am so glad those long white dresses and big hats are no longer considered proper summer attire for Kerrville ladies!
Have a wonderful holiday!