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[Alone at Last]
Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014: Away from the crowd and the prying eyes of the younger children, these couple take time to catch up on some courting and socializing in the semi-private atmosphere of darkness. Kissing games at Stir-off gatherings are a favorite pastime. Looks like a few girls in the background are jealous and looking for a beau. The kissing game usually started with single boys and girls forming a circle. A girl would run around the circle and tag a boy and he would then chase her around the circle. The idea being that if she beat him back to the spot he vacated - she was safe. If he caught her - a kiss was the prize. It's been said it was amazing how many girls got their feet tangled running around that circle. People watching the molasses syrup as it boils down use short pieces of sorghum cane stalk to make “sop sticks” used to dip into the molasses syrup for a taste. This was the height of the fall social season. Harvesting the sorghum, extracting the juice, boiling it down into molasses could take days and weeks going round the clock to finish. Overall Background:These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is the NBC Today Show story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early 1980s. Let me briefly set the scene of the time and era that these photos were made. World War II was raging. Television did not exist. Radio reception sporadic in this mountain country. School was held only three months a year mostly during the winter months. Most news of the changes in the outside world was learned, they say, “By looking at pictures in the Sears catalogs.” They farmed steep and rolling hillsides of very poor land. In most of America, to help in the war effort, the rationing of food and other essentials was prevalent. Very few of these Tennessee mountaineers and hill folk had homes with electricity. None with indoor plumbing. Water came from wells which was diverted from nearby streams. Heat in the winter months from a single fireplace. It is where Joe Clark, HBSS was born and raised. Now living in Detroit Michigan, he returned to photograph and capture the memories and the good times of the people he knew so well so well and to document their lives which he saw changing. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc286313/
[Alpha Chi Honor Society, 1942]
Photograph of the Alpha Chi honors society organization in 1942. The group is in a large room and everyone is dressed formally. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179105/
[Alpha Chi Honor Society Formal Evening, 1942]
Photograph of the Alpha Chi honors society organization. The group is in a large room and everyone is dressed in formal evening wear. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179106/
[Alpha Chi Members at a Banquet]
Photograph of the Alpha Chi National Honors society banquet in 1942. Eleven individuals are present in the photograph, one of the male individuals in playing a piano as the rest remain sitting at the dinner table. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179104/
[Alpha Delta Pi Sisters Making Signs]
Photograph of two female members of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority making a sign during October of 1961. The two individuals are outside on a grass lawn and they are both painting a sign. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179107/
[Alpha Phi Omega Evening Dance]
Photograph of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity's social dance. The members are dancing and dressed in formal evening wear. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179110/
[Alpha Phi Omega Group Photo]
Photograph of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity organization and its members. There are 38 male members present in this group picture all wearing formal suits. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179108/
[Alpha Phi Omega's Formal Dance]
Photograph of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity's social dance. The members are dancing and dressed in formal evening wear. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179109/
[Alpha Xi Delta Seal/Badge]
Photograph of the seal or badge for the Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity. The design is white on black background, though their official colors are light blue, dark blue, and gold. A quill can be seen in the center of the design. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc228390/
[Altec employee working on utility line]
An Altec employee works on utility lines after the Ringgold fire. On January 1, 2006, the Texas town of Ringgold was devastated in a fire that forced thousands of people to evacuate several towns in North Texas. Around 32 houses were destroyed in Ringgold, a ranching town of about 250 people. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24057/
[Alter boy is seen during the service]
Alter boy is seen during the service. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth22390/
[Alter boy lights a candle]
An alter boy lights a candle. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth22397/
[Alumni Association Hosts An Old Timer's Banquet]
Photograph of five individuals taken during the Old Timer's Banquet held October 31st, 1959 at Homecoming. The group is dressed in formal attire and three of the individuals are male, two are female. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179120/
[Alumni Association Officer Homecoming Luncheon in 1956]
Photograph of the alumni association officers of 1956 posing for a picture with guests at an officer luncheon. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179149/
[Alumni Association Officer Speaker in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association on stage as a speech is given by a male individual. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179144/
[Alumni Association Officers Group Photo in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association posing for a group picture on a couch. There are four male individuals and one female in the group. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179142/
[Alumni Association Officers in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association posing for a group picture. There are three male individuals and one female in the group. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179140/
[Alumni Association Officers on Couch in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association posing for a group picture on a couch. There are four male individuals and one female in the group. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179141/
[Alumni at North Texas Homecoming in 1959]
Photograph of alumni during North Texas Homecoming activities. Identified in the photo are (L-R): Miss Manora Boylan, Ben Wooten, Robert Lee Bobbitt, Miss M. Ann Moore, and J. C. Matthews. The two women in the photo were on staff in 1909. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth164031/
[Alumni At Old Timer's Banquet Reception]
Photograph of a dinner held during the Old Timer's Banquet on October 31st, 1959 at Homecoming. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179121/
[Alumni Dancing at 1988 Homecoming]
Photograph of alumni in formal wear dancing at the 1988 North Texas Alumni Homecoming Dance. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth164040/
[Alumni Football Game - North Texas vs. San Jose, 1954]
Photograph of a three individuals, two men and one woman posing on a football field next to the empty bleachers at the North Texas vs. San Jose, 1954 game. The two men are wearing football uniforms with the numbers 88 and 99 on their jerseys and the woman is holding flowers and her purse. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179138/
[Alumni Football Game - North Texas vs. San Jose, 1954]
Photograph of a group posing at the 1954 football game next to a black vehicle on the football field. There are four individuals in the image, two men wearing football uniforms jersey numbers 88 and 99 leaning next to the vehicle. One man is sitting on the drivers side of the vehicle, and a woman sitting on top of the back holding flowers. Behind the group the football fans are visible on the bleachers. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179137/
[Alumni Officer Dinner in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association at a dinner. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179145/
[Alumni Officer Formal Dinner in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association at a dinner. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179146/
[Alumni Officer Speech in 1955]
Photograph of the officers of the Alumni Association on stage as a speech is given by a male individual. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179143/
[Alumni Officers, 1955]
Photograph of the 1955, alumni officers consisting of four individuals, a woman and three men posing inside a room. One man and the woman are sitting on chairs next to a table with a lamp on it, while the others stand behind them. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179139/
[Alumni Officers in 1957]
Photograph of the four male and two female alumni officers of 1957 posing for a group picture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179147/
[Alumni Officers with Piano in 1957]
Photograph of the four male and two female alumni officers of 1957 posing for a group picture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179148/
[Alumni Promo - We Haven't Been Normal for Years]
Video footage of a promotional video for the University of North Texas citing what makes the school unique. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc505311/
[Alumni registering during 1959 North Texas Homecoming activities]
Photograph of two alumni at registration during 1959 North Texas Homecoming activities. Identified in the photo are (L-R): Beulah Harriss, Hugh L. Lackney, and Lida Pittman Watson. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth164032/
[Alumni talking during North Texas Homecoming activities]
Photograph of two alumni talking during North Texas Homecoming activities. Identified in the photo (foreground) are (L-R): Virginia Mauldin Francis and C. C. Cowan. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth164035/
[Amanda Evans Rides Delena Doc]
Photograph of competitors in the 1997 National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular held at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. In this image, a horse, Delena Doc, ridden by Amanda Evans, separates a cow from the herd during a cutting competition in the Junior Youth Division of the Finals. Delena Doc was owned by Rory and Diane Evans. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth162138/
[Amanda Freeland Social Media Talk]
Amanda Freelander lectures in front of a class of students at Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth442879/
[An Amber Alert message about a kidnapped child appears beside the highway]
An Amber Alert electronic sign beside the highway flashes a message to travelers about a kidnapped child. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth22463/
[An Amber Alert sign alerts travelers about a kidnapped child]
As the sun sets over the highway, an Amber Alert sign flashes a message about a kidnapped child. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth22460/
[American flag]
This image is a close-up of an American flag with the blue sky as a background. Around 500 people congregated on the outskirts of Dallas to protest against amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Led by the group, Citizens for Immigrant Reform (CFIR), the protesters carried banners and signs alluding to the lack of legislation which would punish undocumented immigrants who live in this country. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth23348/
[American flag on sombrero]
An American flag is attached to a multi-colored sombrero that is worn by an immigration protester. According to the Dallas Police Department, at least 100,000 people marched in the most well-attended civil movement in the history of Dallas. The protesters demanded the legalization of Hispanic undocumented immigrants, estimated to be about twelve million in the United States. The so-called "mega march" was carried out to demand immigrant amnesty as members of the U.S. Congress debated immigration reform. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth23141/
[American flags]
Immigration protesters wave American flags at the April Mega March in Dallas. According to the Dallas Police Department, at least 100,000 people marched in the most well-attended civil movement in the history of Dallas. The protesters demanded the legalization of Hispanic undocumented immigrants, estimated to be about twelve million in the United States. The so-called "mega march" was carried out to demand immigrant amnesty as members of the U.S. Congress debated immigration reform. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth23144/
[American Shorthorn Breeders' Association Registry Certificate, December 13, 1917]
This is a certificate from the American Shorthorn Breeders' Association. The registry form has not been completely filled out. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth187274/
[Amicus Brief Pertaining to the Case of Baker vs. Wade, cause no. 82-1590, 1980.]
Documents that relate to the case of Baker vs. Wade, challenging the legality of sodomy in the state of Texas, filed November 19, 1979. Documents include the Amicus Curiae Brief (newspaper clippings, letters, and petitions). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc304790/
[Amount of Forage Received for April 27, 1863]
Report of the amount of forage received for April 27, 1863. A total of 36 sacks of corn, 32 sacks of oats, and 37 bales of hay were received. The report was created on May 1 as indicated on the back page. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth186583/
[Andrew Perks Rides Haidan Seek]
Photograph of competitors in the 1997 National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular held at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. In this image, a horse, Haidan Seek, ridden by Andrew Perks, separates a cow from the herd during a cutting competition in the Junior Youth Division of the Finals. Haidan Seek was owned by Lachlan and Jan Perks. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth162293/
[Andrew Sligh Rides Tina Bar Peppy]
Photograph of competitors in the 1997 National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular held at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. In this image, a horse, Tina Bar Peppy, ridden by Andrew Sligh, separates a cow from the herd during a cutting competition in the Amateur Division of the Finals. Tina Bar Peppy was owned by Terry Sligh. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160479/
[Angel Flight #1 at Kiwanis Club Minstrel, 1961]
Photograph of AFROTC members in uniform posing for a picture for Angel Flight at the Kwanis Club Minstrel in 1960. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179158/
[Angel Flight #2 at Kiwanis Club Minstrel, 1961]
Photograph of AFROTC members in uniform posing for a picture for Angel Flight at the Kwanis Club Minstrel in 1960. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179159/
[Angel Flight - 1961]
Photograph of AFROTC members on Angel Flight in 1961. The members are in uniform on a football field. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179160/
[Angel Flight - At Corp Night (AFROTC)]
Photograph of Angel Flight (AFROTC) at Corp Night in 1960. The photo was taken at night, the AFROTC group is on the field with the marching band behind them. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179156/
[Angel Flight - Rehearsal Before Corp Night - 1960]
Photograph of the Angel Flight rehearsal before Corp Night in 1960. The group is standing on a football field posing for a picture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179157/
[Angela Wilson at Salute to Faculty Excellence event]
Photograph of Honoree Angela Wilson and Jerry Holbert at the Salute to Faculty Excellence event. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth442932/