• Jones, Woolam Teach Head Starters About Frontier Travel

    COMANCHE HEAD START 2013Well, Missy Jones was at it again last week, and this time she had David Woolam on her team as the two taught Becky Hicks’ 40 Comanche Head Start kiddos about traveling in a covered wagon.

    We all know that seeing something is much better than just hearing about it so Woolam graciously made the at least thirty-minute cross town treck in his wagon and under the power of his team of mules. Of course, the children were excited, to say the least!

    The day started with David explaining things about the wagon and team to the children.

    David Woolam explains the ins and outs of traveling via wagon.

    David Woolam explains the ins and outs of traveling via wagon.

    Then, all kiddos were given a chance to climb up in the wagon to see just how it felt to be there.





    After all had been photographed inside the wagon, we headed inside where Missy read a story that she had written for the children. First, she and Woolam explained a photo of a covered wagon.


    Then…it was story time.


    The story began like this:

    “It was a hot day in April. The wagon had made good time, the flat prairie and rolling hills easy to drive the wagon over. Pa said the grass was the best he had ever seen, that horses and cows would do well here.

    “Pa wanted to stop and rest the horses. He had two good horses pulling the wagon, and his saddle horse was tied to the back of the wagon. Pa said you had to have a good saddle horse in wild country like this. Ma always reminded him not to talk about “wild country” because he might scare Jack.  But Jack knew that this was Indian country, and he must always stay close to the wagon and mind Pa and Ma at all times.

    “The first settlers to come to this land had camped on a good creek south of here. Pa had gotten the patent on some land near the settlement of Comanche before they left home. A patent is like a deed to their land. Now, more people would be coming to settle here.

    “There was good timber here. Pa said you could cut down trees and build a log cabin withut having to drag the trees very far…”

    And then it was time to head for home….

    What a wonderful difference a few volunteers can make!

    What a wonderful difference a few volunteers can make!

    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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    3 Responses to Jones, Woolam Teach Head Starters About Frontier Travel

    1. Becky Hicks says:

      Wanted to give you all a big thank you for taking your time to stop by Comanche Head Start. The children loved the wagon, mules, the story and the story books with “their” name being in it.
      You all made this day a very special day for the children to see something that they would have never seen before at this age.
      We hope you will come back next year to share again.
      Comanche Head Start will have 28 children leaving for Kindergarten this fall. We just hope the teachers are ready for the stories that these children can tell.

      Again thanks to you all.

      Becky Hicks, staff and children from Comanche Head Start

    2. Wanda Mireles says:

      That is so wonderful that Missy Jones & David Woolam took their time to do this for the Head Start kiddos! My son told me about getting on the wagon and hearing a story. He said, “They aren’t strangers momma. They are my friends.” Now I know what he ment. Thank you for making an great impression on my son!

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