Page 12 • Frontier Day • Supplement to the Alvin Advertiser • April 24, 2019
Alvin’s first Frontier Day held in 1953 By Marie Brannon Alvin Historical Museum
It was a brisk Monday morning in November. Bales of hay were
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See for yourself at the Alvin Historical Museum For an in-depth look at this first Frontier Day, visit the Alvin Historical Museum (300 W. Sealy) during the Frontier Day celebration (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to see our display in the lobby. There will be a photo opportunity for children who want to try on some western duds, dozens of pictures and objects related to this story from our archives and a chance to help identify some of the people in the vintage photos. lined up along Sealy Street. Downtown store windows were decked out with various western and frontier themes. Mayor Tony Pugh had made his proclamation, and the hoosegow (jail) was ready to receive inmates. Promptly at 8 a.m., “deputies” began rounding up and “arresting” anybody who had failed to dress up in old-time Western attire. The judge (Bart DeWitt) was at his table waiting to fine the offenders. Meanwhile, the beard-growers were gathering at the corner of Hardie and Sealy to compare the
results of nine weeks of emerging sartorial splendor. Prizes were awarded for the longest beard, the scraggliest one and finally The Most Perfect Beard. Soon, more than 1,000 delegates of the National Federation of Dairy Cooperatives arrived in town at the invitation of dairyman H.C. Finger. They were just in time for the beginning of the parade, which started at the hospital on Gordon Street, went down to Adoue and out to the See FIRST, page 13