UDC prepares for By Gone Days

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Presenting a check Robin Ritchie is chapter president, Joyce Whitis. Others pictured include Rhonda Stanfield, Sussanne Rankin, Robin, Billie Walker, Marilyn Ewers, Sarah Leatherwood, Virginia Anglin, Alesa Hunt, Barbara Thompson, Jane Klein and Mary Frances Thompson. Contributed

Members of the Major George B. Erath 2679 chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy met at Agave in September. Plans were finalized for the group's booth to be in place at By Gone Days on the Bosque slated for Oct. 13 at the Stephenville Museum Grounds. There will be crafts, baked goods, water, auction items and “Goober Peas” for sale.

During the War Between the States Confederate soldiers were often starving and left to search for food as they marched through the South in defense of their homeland. They stripped ears of corn from the stalks and dug peanuts from the fields, consuming the raw product in order to stave off their hunger. They named the peanuts “goober peas” and even composed a song with that name.  In recognition of the soldiers’ diet, The UDC booth will offer small burlap bags of raw peanuts for sale.

Following the business meeting, many of the members gathered at the Stephenville Historical Museum for a tour of the buildings.