Social Life of Old Timers

Entertainment for the young people of the old timers was very little and not often. Dances were held about every two weeks. They were not like those today because they lasted until daylight; they had fiddlers instead of an orchestra. They danced square dances, waltzes, mazurkas, polkas and others. George Clark and Pete Johnson were fiddlers for all occasions. The dance hall at Old Town was used for the dances.

There was a Literary Society which also helped entertain everyone. At these parties they sang, had readings read, debated various subjects. They took their basket lunches and ate after they were too tired to play any more games. Everyone, young and old, went to this Society.

During the winter, folks went on skis to parties and dances. Many times people from Round Valley came up to dances, and people from Meadows Valley went there. Christmas was celebrated with a dance and a tree. Christmas gifts were put on it for everyone.

July fourth, Independence Day, was celebrated at a grove east of Meadows. They had a speaker, had the Declaration of Independence read, and sang songs. They set tables and had basket dinners. Sometimes they took washtubs full of food. Everyone ate until there was no more to eat. Games were played, and egg races and foot races for the men and boys were enjoyed. To finish the night, a dance was held. Tickets cost $l. The hotel served a midnight supper at 50¢ a plate.

Horse racing and baseball games were enjoyed for a week at a time. People from Grangeville, Riggins, and other places came for the races. ‘Tin Horn’ gamblers came and purses were put up for the winning horse. The racetrack was located in back of the Loyal Campbell home.

The Riggins baseball team came up, and they and the Meadows team played their games by the week. Today we have basketball, football, baseball and other games at the High School gym.

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