Lula Brannon Briscoe, ca. 1903. Courtesy of the Brannon/Briscoe family
It’s time for Episode 10 of “Voices from the West,” our blog series featuring audio recordings of historical documents from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.
Our goal is to show that history is more than a timeline. At its core, it’s about people. And not just the famous and infamous, but the everyday and ordinary. If you missed previous episodes, you can start here.
The oldest of six children, Lula had moved with her family from Texas to the Chickasaw Nation in 1898. They settled in Sugden, a small community near today’s Texas border that consisted primarily of farmers. She married Robert Willis Briscoe and together they had five children.
The Pittsburgh Press (August 24, 1904).
Food Chopper/Grinder from Sears, Roebuck, and Company Catalog, ca. 1902. Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection. Dickinson Research Center. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Lula updated her mom on several townspeople, including Mr. Easterling who had recently opened a hotel. This might be Claude V. Easterling, who was mayor of Sugden in 1904. She also told her about the chow chow she’d made using a grinder like the one seen here. The pickled relish is still popular today and found in grocery stores across the country.