Sunday, September 30, 2012

Red Hatters Visit White Oaks Ghost Town

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society drove to White Oaks, New Mexico where we toured the Old School House Museum and had a barbecue lunch at the No Scum Allowed Saloon (a biker bar).

Claude Hobbs, a 92 years young WWII hero, (he was on the beach at Normandy) led us through the museum while relating a running commentary on the historical significance of items and photos on display. Each of us rang the school bell (one with a rope pull). By the time we each had a turn, I'm sure people in the little town of White Oaks thought there was an emergency or an invasion!

Claude even pointed out the school desk that he sat in and the fact that he had carved his initials in the top. He is, indeed, a historical treasure himself and still a very handsome gentleman.

L to R: Rosa, Linda, Penny and Monica inspecting a 99 year old stove
Claude Hobbs
Marian and Dorothy
This school house was presented to a "teacher of the year" and his children gave it to the museum after his death
Monica getting a better view of the little school house
Dorothy (back to us), Claude, Marian and Rosa
Claude with his trusty horse, just before he went into the Army during WWII
Claude, Marian, Monica, Penny and Rosa (Linda and Dorothy are in discussion)
Rosa, ringing the school bell with Marian awaiting her turn
Can't you just tell this is something she's always wanted to do?
Penny is filled with glee getting to ring the bell
The Gumm Brothers home behind the school house currently being renovated

This is the Hoyle house built for his bride from France. She came, took one look and left!
No Scum Allowed Saloon - live music and dancing
We found a nice man to take our picture with his machine
The nice man is Harvey T from Ruidoso KEDU Radio
Some of the pictures I took didn't turn out for some reason. Couldn't have been the photographer now, could it? We all agreed that we had a great time and can't wait to get together again.

This is all I have to say for now.

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