Days Gone By - stories from the past

Have you ever heard of the dumb supper? It use to be quite popular in Pike County, Alabama

THE DUMB SUPPER

(Transcribed and unedited story from a WPA (Works Projects Administration author from Pike County, Alabama)


Written by Lois Lynn

11/12/1936

The Dumb Supper was one of the popular past times of earlier days and one still enjoyed in certain rural sections of the state.

Where three or four girls are having a spend the night part, the supper is prepared by them with the expectation of their future mates coming and eating the supper. If he fails to come to the supper that is a sure sign she will be a “maid”.

Group of girls Cooking Coffee County, Alabama 1939 Marion Post Wolcott (Library of Congress)

Never opened her mouth

The art of preparing the supper is for each girl to participate in everything that is done and not to utter a word. In fact, if one even opens her mouth the spell is broken and the expectant guest is kept away.

When the supper is placed on the table, each girl hides behind the door; then the visitors arrive and when the supper is finished the girls come out of hiding, each taking her own beau by the arm, and as is the custom he proposes before the entire crowd.

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Confrontation:: Lost & Forgotten Stories

Prior to statehood, Alabama was a vast wilderness with a large Native American population. It is only natural that when new immigrants from other states arrived, conflicts over the land would arise. Soon, these small conflicts exploded into war.

Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.
Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

 Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial and read this book for Free!

(Visited 2,911 times, 2 visits today)

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me
All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .
For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

Tags:

8 comments

  1. Barbara Brookshire

    Never heard of it, but Box Suppers were common place. Single ladies packed a supper in a box and they were auctioned off. She dined with the purchaser of her box.

    1. Wanda Moore Wilson

      The box suppers were held once a year at our school

  2. Joseph T. Watson

    I had a red and white table

  3. Juarine Beech

    I never hear of this. Heard of box suppers. Interesting.

  4. Any male that has been favored to dine about anywhere down in LA (Lower Alabama)
    will tell you if they get fed like that, they won’t care what the girl looks like! But in Coffee County, he wouldn’t lose a thing—they’re all living dolls!

  5. Melissa Welch

    I have heard of this. My grandmother, RT Stokes Woodfin was born in 1890. She talked about girls getting together and having a “dumb supper.” She said they also had “backwards suppers” where they had breakfast for supper and wore their clothes backwards. This also included participants walking backwards all the way to the hosts home and eating with the non-dominant hand. She always loved reminiscing over the days of her youth.

  6. Jeff Davies

    Carrie Sue said that this was how she met you at Pemco.

  7. Sondra Moses

    Never heard of this one.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *