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Abernathy Day will be held in Frederick this weekend

FREDERICK  A fundraiser will be held Saturday to benefit the Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick.

The event which will raise money for the museum and bring people together for Abernathy Day from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 200 N. 9th Street.

The Abernathy boys were Louis and Temple Abernathy of Frederick and their father was U.S. Marshal Jack Abernathy. In 1909 the boys rode by horseback from Frederick to Santa Fe, N.M., unsupervised. Louis was 9 and Temple was 5. That was the first of several trips they took cross-country. The next trip was from Frederick to New York City, to meet Theodore Roosevelt. That trip was in 1910 where they rode their horses in a ticker-tape parade just behind the car carrying Roosevelt. While in New York, the boys purchased a small Brush Motor Car and drove it back to Oklahoma, shipping their horses back by train.

The last documented trip was in 1913 when the boys purchased an Indian motorcycle and, with their stepbrother Anton, journeyed by motorcycle from Oklahoma again to New York City.

"We wanted to honor the Abernathy boys," said Cacy Caldwell, one of the members of the Board of Directors for the museum, said. "We wanted their legacy to live on in Frederick. For the last couple of years, we haven't held our annual fundraiser, but we needed to if we were going to remember the boys. The interest in the museum kind of waned but now, with funding cuts, more interest is being shown."

"The Oklahoma Historical Society used to fund us," Caldwell said. "Gradually through the years, they have been tapering the funding down the last five or six years until now. We have now been completely cut off."

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