The Knox Historical Museum Corner will continue featuring rare unpublished photographs from our county’s past. With the Daniel Boone Festival only a few days away, I thought it appropriate to feature two children dressed in their festival attire who were planning on walking in the Daniel Boone Parade.
The people featured in this week’s photographs circa 1958 and 1960 respectively are of my brother, Bill Oxendine, (Knox County PVA and author of the story Making Molasses II and III) and my sister, Linda Oxendine, (retired Knox County elementary teacher and co-author of Knox County, Kentucky: A History Book for Children.) Both are dressed in their handmade costumes created by our mother, Lucy Oxendine.
Linda’s costume was made from brown cloth sewn with fringed material edging the neckline and sleeves. Her necklaces were designed from colored pasta noodles strung onto long pieces of yarn. Linda, age 7, is carrying a drum that she made in music class under the direction of Mrs. Martha Beddow at Knox Central Elementary. Linda constructed her drum from a piece of rubber inner tubing laced with a long piece of cord which was placed over a large vegetable can that Mrs. Beddow obtained from the Knox Central lunchroom. She instructed all her students in her classes on how to make a drum as students were studying about Daniel Boone and Native Americans at the time. Linda made her drumstick from a red rubber ball attached to the end of a sturdy stick. Lastly, her headdress was created from a strip of brown cloth with a chicken’s feather sewn to the back.
Bill’s pioneer costume consisted of a tan khaki shirt and pants that my mother had sewn with strips of fringed cloth to resemble leather; of course, his outfit was topped off by an actual coon skin cap. Bill, age 7, is holding a wooden long rifle made by Mr. Ralph Mays in his Carpenters Shop at Knox Central Vocational School.