Halloween 1937

Husband Calling Contest?

Some things have changed and some haven’t. The annual Lions Club Halloween party is an example. The local Club was started in 1937. That same year the local merchants agreed to cooperate in helping with the party, under one condition — that the children discontinue soaping windows. Through the cooperation of the school and parents, the children agreed. Apparently it worked and that evil practice of soaping store widows stopped or at least was greatly curtailed. A look at the Lions Club minutes of 1940 brings back a lot of memories of names from the past. General chairman for the Halloween party was Mark Tenny. Finance: V C. Farrand, Edwin. J. Hill, and James DeBack. Band: Abe Jaffee. Parade: Dr. G. E. Godfrey, Bob Vandeventer and Clifford Frohriep. Cider and cups: R. W. Schaeffer and Mel Burke. Doughnuts: F. D. Lamberson and Fred Reynolds. Serving: Ellis Lake, C. G. Ryan, Ed Davis and Arthur Starks. Prizes: Dr. A. E. Brunson and C. G. Correll. Entertainment and Program of Events: Skippy LaMore and F. R. Damon. Judges: R. J. Bartholomew. Bandstand and lights: Raymond Ward. An addition to the 1940 program was furnishing of free noise-makers to the kiddies. A parade was held with the High School band leading the way. Same route as now. Prizes were awarded for youngest in costume, best blackface, funniest costume, most original, clown, witch, classiest costume and best dressed Indian. Immediately after the awards a program of stunts and contests was held on the band stand platform set up in the middle of town. People were asked not to park their cars in the main business block. Skippy LaMore was the “Field General” and did the announcing. A list of the events: balloon blowing contest for girls up to age 12, coin finding contest for boys up to age 12, pie eating contest up to age 12, cigar smoking contest for all comers, boys shoe jamboree over age 12, husband calling contest, nail driving contest for girls 8 to 12, and a ladies hat modeling for high school girls. All young people in community, from rural schools, and elsewhere, were invited to participate in the parade and contests. Cider and doughnuts were free to everyone after the program. All right now, will someone explain a couple of those to me? What is a shoe jamboree? Cigar smoking? The nail driving contest I can probably guess correctly, but I am stumped at the husband calling contest. Was it based on who yelled the loudest or was it whoe husband responded the fastest? If that’s the case I can understand why there was no wife calling event.