Road Trip! July, 1911

The start of the road trip.
The start of the road trip

On July 19, 1911, Jessie, her mom, Swayne, Bud and Jessie’s friend Kathleen left on a road trip to Mississippi. They were going to Tupelo to visit Antoinette, or Aunt Nettie, a dear friend and college roommate of Jessie’s mother, and to tour Mississippi. Incredibly, they did not have a single flat tire on the trip, but they did have a couple of “narrow escapes.” The roads were terrible, sometimes impassable, and of course there were no motels. The first mishap occurred on the first day, way out in the country in Mississippi. The road was so bad that the car ended up stuck in a ditch. They got help from a family that had a farm nearby who gave them a delicious country dinner, put them up for the night and helped them pull the car out of the ditch the next morning. The family had five children, all Vs:  Vera, Vesta, Velma, Victor & Virgil Luke. And finally, on the way back to Memphis near Grand Junction, Tennessee, late at night out in the middle of the woods, the car became hopelessly stuck in the sand. They walked until they found a house. It was a beautiful old colonial home with (as Jessie points out) hand carved woodwork throughout. The very nice people by the name of Pulliam gave them a late dinner, put them up for the night and helped them get the car out of the sand the next morning. Sandwiched in between these events was a lot of family, friends, fun, food and frivolity.

Red banks along the way. Kathleen, Swayne, Jessie (L-R)
“Red banks along the way” L-R Kathleen, Swayne & Jessie
The first accident
“The accident”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie & "Black Maria"
Jessie & “Black Maria”
The Luke family
The Luke family

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie on a mule at the Luke's
Jessie on a mule at the Luke’s
On the way again
“On the way again”

 

 

 

House party in Tupelo. Bud has his arm on Swayne. Jessie is 2nd from left.
House party in Tupelo. Bud has his arm on Swayne. Jessie is 2nd from left.
"It's only brother." Bud between Jessie & ?
“It’s only brother.” Bud with Jessie &

 

 

 

 

 

"The coming lawyer." Bud, Swayne to his right.
“The coming lawyer.” Bud with Swayne
House Party in Shannon, Miss. Jessie in middle.
House Party in Shannon, Miss. Jessie in middle

 

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