Lula Brannon Briscoe, ca. 1903. Courtesy of the Brannon/Briscoe family
It’s time for Episode 13 of “Voices from the West,” our blog series featuring audio recordings of historical documents from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.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.
Union suit advertisements: Los Angeles Evening Express (January 10, 1898); The Los Angeles Times (January 12, 1899); The Los Angeles Times (October 10, 1902).
Late November in Oklahoma can be quite cold, especially without central heat. In this letter, Lula tells her mother she bought two “all wool union suits.” Union suits weren’t outerwear, however. They were long underwear, seen in these newspaper advertisements.