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Yesteryear - Dec. 18, 2013

45 YEARS AGO -- Dec. 16-29, 1968

Posted: December 17, 2013 8:26 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Miss Fredericks is ‘Good Citizen’ for November

Miss Nancy Jane Fredericks has been selected by the Camden High School faculty as the Jaycee Good Citizen for November.

Miss Fredericks … represented Camden High School at Girls State and served as a marshal at commencement exercises.  She is a member of the Beta Club, secretary of SMA, historian for the Future Teachers Association, chairman of the AFS Club Records Committee, and Drama Club.

City Drugs contest for homes

City Drugs is again sponsoring the Greater Camden Home Christmas Decorating Contest with cash prizes totaling $150.

Those desiring to enter should send their name, address, and directions on how to get to their home to either of the three City Drug Stores in the Camden Area.

Decorations must be visible from the street, but can be either on the inside or outside of the home….

Gifts to county’s needy

Mrs. Daisy Polson’s industrial sewing classes at Camden High School contributed between 350-400 items of children’s clothing to the Camden Jaycee Stocking Fund yesterday for distribution to the county’s indigent families at Christmastime.  The students made the clothes during their classes this year.

In By-Gone Years

Horse tournament feature of Liberty Hill Holidays

In former years at Liberty Hill, the day after Christmas was when the horse tournament was a big event and crowds eagerly gathered in the afternoon for the annual occasion. 

The tournament ground as it was called was a straight stretch of road between two rows of large oaks.  (Now a paved stretch of highway 97 between the crossroads at church hill and the fire tower).  The starting point for the horses was a mud puddle and the horses ran a half mile up a gradually sloping hill.

Three long poles were set upright about fifty feet apart.  Well braced arms extended towards the track.  A stiff wire hung from each of the three arms.  A small white-covered ring was placed in the prongs of each wire.

Twelve riders, who were called knights, rode beautiful, sleek horses, whose bridles and tails were decorated in ribbons.  The knights distinguished by the names of their plantations; as Knight of Cool Spring, Knight of Chester, etc., rode four abreast down the slope to the starting point.  The frisky horses arched their necks and chewed their bits in eagerness….

On either side of the road crowds of spectators hunched shoulders against the wind and craned their necks to watch horse and rider take off….

As the master of ceremonies loudly called his name the knight was given a long, wooden lancet sharpened to a point at one end….  The crowds cheered loudly when a knight pierced all three rings….  Winners of the first, second and third prizes chose their sweethearts to be crowned respectively as queen, first maid-of-honor, second maid-of-honor.

The queen and her attendants hurried homewards to skillfully arrange tiny springs of smilax, mistletoe and holly into beautiful crowns.

The crowning ceremonies were held in a home that night…. 

The knights made a formal speech as he placed the crown on the young lady’s head.

After the ceremonies, there was music on the piano and violin.  Informal games and square dancing were enjoyed till midnight….

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