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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
air has tied around her pie (lightly, so as not to push the nuts
into the meringue). Down by the river (it's the Sabine, of course)
is Huxley, in the sugar cane bottoms; and there quite naturally
the special treat is syrup pie. Around Waterman, on the other
hand, you get mostly pecan pies; at Aiken it's plum pies; at
Grigsby, blackberry; and out at Lone Cedar the specialty is
pickled peach pie with black walnuts. At Lone Cedar there is
a woman whose husband has quit her three times and come back
every time for just one more piece of her pickled peach pie. The
daughter of the leading farmer and the wife of the president
of the School Board usually feel that their station in life demands
a pie with store-bought filling; so they always have raisin pie or
coconut pie. However, they have the same kind, for the general
store considers both coconut and raisins to be "fancy groceries"
and never stocks both at the same time.
The master of ceremonies at a pie supper may be the country-
side wit, whose idea of fun is to switch ribbons on boxes, or he
may be the local boy who made good in the nearby county seat,
dispensing plow handles. Once the master of ceremonies had to
have a voice loud enough to be heard over the children playing
"Flying Dutchman" outside and the women exchanging recipes
inside, but now that the County Agent has a loud speaker which
he will loan, that talent is unnecessary. Occasionally, the auction-
ing will be in charge of the county candidates, who perform the
service in return for a minute or two in which they tell the
people how capable, honest, and efficient they are. Whether for
politics or mere pleasure, the pie supper is an institution which
has added greatly to variety and zest of life in East Texas.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/42/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.