Abernathy Dinner in Frederick, OK
June 7, 2014
Bud and Temple Abernathy drive their Brush Runabout enroute from NYC to Oklahoma, 1910
Abernathy Dinner Set for June 7, 2014
The Tillman County Historical Society’s 2014
Abernathy Day Dinner will be held Saturday evening, June 7, 6:00 p.m.
at the Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick.
In addition to a complete chuck wagon BBQ dinner, the event will
feature two acclaimed storytellers who will perform as early Frederick
area settlers Jack and Jessie Pearl Abernathy.
Fred E. Peters will portray Jack “Catch ‘em Alive” Abernathy, famous
wolf hunter and friend to Theodore Roosevelt. Abernathy served as U.S
Marshal in Oklahoma Territory and later, the young state of Oklahoma.
Jaye McLaughlin will portray Jessie Pearl Abernathy, Jack’s wife and
mother to his six children.
They will present an original program titled “The Intrepid Adventurers:
Catch ‘Em Alive and the Boys”. They plan to perform this program at the
National Storytelling Conference in Phoenix this July. Peters and
McLaughlin live in Fort Worth, Texas, and have told the story of the
Abernathys in many performances to school and civic organizations
throughout the region.
They are associated with Tipi Storytellers and are members of the Tejas
Storytelling Association and the Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers.
The dinner and performance will be held on the beautiful museum grounds
east of the townsite’s red barn. Ticketholders should bring their own
Tickets to the dinner are $15 for adults and $7 for children 10 and
under. All proceeds will be used for operations of the Pioneer Townsite
Tickets will be sold through Friday, June 6, at the Pioneer Townsite Museum’s general store.
are also available at the following Frederick businesses: Frederick ACE
Hardware, KC’s Gift Shop, BancFirst, First National Bank of Altus
(Frederick branch), and Tillco Supply.
The tickets may also be purchased at the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, 580-335-2126.
The Abernathy Day event, held annually in Frederick on the first
Saturday of June, celebrates the 1905 visit of President Theodore
Roosevelt to Frederick for a hunting expedition with famous wolf hunter
Jack “Catch ‘em Alive” Abernathy. It also celebrates the remarkable
exploits just a few years later of Jack and Jessie Pearl Abernathy’s
young sons Bud and Temple, including the boy’s 1910 trip from Frederick
to New York City and their return trip to Oklahoma driving a Brush
Tillman County Historical Society
Temple cranks the Brush. Bud sits behind the wheel enroute home to Oklahoma, 1910
Crowds lined the streets to see the famous Abernathy Boys in their Brush Automobile, 1910