It was the late 1940s. John and Eleanor Caskey flew from New York to Dallas to see their only child, Jane. Jane had recently left her life in New Canaan, Conn. and followed the love of her life, John, to Madill, Okla. as he pursued a career in natural gas with his cousin. John and Jane married.
Mr. and Mrs. Caskey decided to stay in Dallas before traveling to Oklahoma. As they approached their hotel, the Dallas streets were lined with drunk people, both men and women…even horses. It had them asking if the plane had landed in another country or planet.
At the hotel, people were disheveled, brawling, celebrating and drinking. Dallas appeared to be lawless. And then a chair fell from the sky.
In a fit of whatever takes over a person to do such a thing, a hotel guest had thrown an upholstered chair out of the window.
“Well, Dallas is the most uncivilized city we’ve ever visited,” the parents told Jane when they finally traveled to her small Oklahoma town.
Jane’s parents were both Yale Law School graduates and her father was an esteemed lawyer. There’s even a John Fletcher Caskey Prize at Yale Law School. Because of their Dallas experience they attempted to convince Jane to move back to Connecticut during their visit.
There was an explanation for their disorderly Dallas experience. Unbeknownst to Jane’s parents, it was OU/Texas weekend and they had arrived on the day the game had been played. Even today, can you imagine visiting Dallas during OU/Texas and not be aware of this event?
Jane is my maternal grandmother. I love it when she tells this story of her parents’ visit to Dallas. I wonder what they would think about their great-granddaughter being a part of that OU/Texas tradition?