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Imogene Oakley's Scrapbook - PERSONAL INTERESTS

The following miscellaneous newspaper clippings and other items were found in a scrapbook compiled by the Imogene Oakley. Sources for the newspaper clippings are not given identifiable sources are The Lexington Republican, the Lexington Progress, and the Jackson Sun. Handwritten dates in the scrapbook for the most part seem to be the date of the event being mentioned and not the date of publication. The scrapbook is now owned by Brenda Kirk Fiddler.

April 29, 1931


LEXINGTON, Tenn., April 30 - Wednesday night at 11:30 o'clock the old home of Judge William H. Lancaster on Church Street was completely destroyed by fire. It was one of the show places of the town, being a 10-room, two-story residence.

The place was occupied by Rush Oakley and family, who were in Moro, Ark., at the time of the fime, where Mr. Oakley is farming. The house was valued at $6,000, partially insured. Household effects of Mr. Oakley valued at $3,000, with small insurance coverage, also were destroyed. The origin of the fire is unknown.

May 2, 1931

Rush Oakley and daughter, Miss Fay, came over from Moro, Ark., Saturday and remained until Sunday looking over the scene of their late home which burned Wednesday night of last week, two days after the family departed for a visit on the Arkansas plantation where Mr. Oakley is manager. Except for what clothing they had with them, their effects are a total loss. This, however, was partially covered by an insurance policy for $2,500. Judge W. H. Lancaster, who owned the building, had several thousand dollars insurance, but we are not informed as to the exact amount.


Clipping with photo of Ralph Page

May 24, 1931 - Leads in "Betty Lou"

Ivy Holland

Imogene wrote "My ideal actor"

July 1931

Program for the Month of July, Paramount Theatre, Helena Ark.

Imogene notes: "Got it in Marinnia, 1931 Joe & Myself"

November 20, 1931

Imogene Oakley attended a shower for Dorothy Lynn Sheppard and saved a Thanksgiving theme napkin (not reproduced).

December 21, 1931

Christmas Program, First Baptist Church of Lexington

Feb. 19, 1932

Miss Elizabeth Summers attended the Shrine Dinner Dance in Jackson last Friday evening where she played the accompaniment for Miss Ivy Holland, who appeared with a vocal number on the program.

Feb 19, 1932

Miss Imogene Oakley was in Jackson Friday evening to attend the Shrine dance at the Southern.

Feb. 21, 1932

Mrs. J. A. Henry spent the weekend with her sister in Dresden, driving down with Miss Eula McDaniel who visited her parents, Rev. and Mrs. E. F. McDaniel.

April 18-21, 1932

Graduation Week Programs

Imogene attends Monday's Senior Dramatic Art Recital with Eddie and Faye. She attends Tuesday's Literary Program with Ruth and Eddie. She attends Wednesday's Music and Dramatic Art Recital with Big Sis [Louise] and Faye. She attends Thursday's "Fickle Fortune" senior class plan with Dummy [James Daws].

June 1932

Princess Theatre Bookings for June 1932

This seems to be a monthly theatre pass, which Imogene notes as being from Dummy [James Daws].

June 1932


A revival will be inaugurated in the First Baptist Church of this place, next Sunday, June 5th, to continue fourteen days, or longer, as the interest demands.

The preacher, Rev. William McMurray, pastor of Speedway Terrace Church, Memphis, will not arrive until Monday. Although practically a stranger here, he comes highly recommended as a forceful, earnest gospel preacher.

Bert Arnold, of Parsons, a capable evangelistic singer, will direct the choir.

A cordial invitation is hereby extended to attend these services twice daily at 9:00 a.m., and 7:45 p.m. The cooperation of the singers of all the churches of town is earnestly desired.

Lola Mai McLeroy,
Weslaco, Texas

Mrs. McLeroy

Nov. 11, 1932

Imogene Oakley attended the American legion Banquet and saved a red, white, and blue napkin with an American eagle (not reproduced).

December 8, 1932

Football Banquet Invitation and Menu

Imogene notes that she went with Addie, Mildred, Sara and Paul Wade. Paul Essary's name is written on this page.

Continue to 1933-1934

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