Dublin- When 100 People Went To Comanche

Since its inception, Texans United has proclaimed over and over again that small town Texas must band together and work together in order to be successful. Once upon a time, people apparently understood the concept.

This photo shows the band stand where the Dublin Band would have played on that day in 1925.

This photo shows the band stand where the Dublin Band would have played on that day in 1925.

It was a beautiful June day in 1925 when a group of 100 Dublin people turned their vehicles* toward the little town of Comanche. Why? Because they wanted to “come over” and extend a personal invitation to the 3-day Dublin 4th of July Fair.

As you can imagine, that many cars pulling into the town square at one time caused quite a stir in the town and soon, everyone was gathered around the old bandstand, where the invitation was given. Next, the Dublin Band took possession of the stand and began to entertain the crowd.

Was the invitation accepted? Of course it was, and Comanche brought its own band to help entertain the crowds. Certainly, it brought its band; after all, the Comanche band was elected the official Lions Club Band of Texas!

Of course, Comanche held its own celebration on the actual day of the 4th, with a picnic at the old Fleming Park.** Of course, there were speakers, etc. but the truly interesting thing to me is that there was also a POLO MATCH at the polo grounds as well. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I assume the grounds must have been near the park, but I really have no idea that is correct. All I know for sure is that Comanche did have a polo club in 1925.

*It doesn’t sound like much of a chore, but I hope you will stop and remember that there were no air conditioners in the vehicles of the 1920s, nor were there paved roads!
**To get to Fleming park, one goes out East Fleming Street, almost to the end of the street. There is a dirt lane that today turns to the right and leads to the old park. It was an absolute beauty in its day. Of course, today that location is private property.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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