A Thanksgiving Dinner

DEAR EDITOR:- I thought I would write you from this vicinity and let you know all the news as the weather is bad and I have not much to do that a little chat with you would be of some interest. Health is very good, some cases of croup but getting along all right. There is not much work going on but a great amount of talking.

Well I will give you the news of how we all enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at the residence of James M. Stewart.

At the usual hour there came quite a little crowd to partake of the refreshments of what would be considered a palatable meal, and when the ladies of Tribune and vicinity undertake to prepair a Thanksgiving dinner you may know that they understand their business and can prepare a meal that is fit for a queene. There were 34 that took dinner and there were 7 baskets full left. Those in attendance were: J.H.G. Logan and wife, J.M. Mathews and wife, A.T. Courson and wife, S.J. Stewart, wife and family, E.C. Bailey, R. and Geo. Hudgens, W.B. Lane, Earl Courson, Mrs. W.T. Thomas, Misses L. Mathews Dora Hudgens Ellen Thornhill, J.C. Griffin and wife, Misses Lelie and Mattie Griffin of St. Louis.

The table was spread with all the eatables that could be desired and after the guests had eat to their hearts content, they retired to the yard where the young men participated in the past time of jumping and playing ball. At 3:30 o’clock they began to depart for their homes with thanks and blessings to the all wide, and with a desire that they may be able to meet again under the same roof and that this year may be prosperous, and that they may continue in well doing, giving praise to the all wise for the blessing of all good things.

Pulaski County Democrat
5 December, 1902

Courtesy of Old Settlers Gazette

The dark black line marks the Fort Leonard Wood Boundary as envisioned in December of 1940. The dotted line denotes the 1941 proposed addition to the fort. The boundary line changed several times but what didn’t change was the disappearance of four small communities: Wharton, Tribune, Cookville, and Bloodland. Evening Shade and Palace continued outside of the fort boundary. The map will give the reader an idea of the population concentrations, although it is not to scale. This graphic first appeared in the Springfield News Leader on January 19, 1941. Roberta M. Routh, Pulaski County Director of the Social Security, Division of Public Assistance, later used it in her report, “The Army Comes to the Ozarks,” in June of 1941.

Learn more about Tribune and the other ghost towns of Fort Leonard Wood in the 2010 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette.

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