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Life-Size Statue of the Abernathy Boys, which stands near the entrance of the Pioneer Townsite Museum on the Tillman County Courthouse Square.

Abernathy Day Celebration in 
Frederick, OK

     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 automobile.

Abernathy Commemorative Coin

A limited edition, commemorative "Abernathy" coin was created several years ago for the Abernathy Day event & proceeds benefited the Tillman County Historical Society.

The front of the 1 ¾-inch coin featured President Theodore Roosevelt & Jack “Catch ‘em Alive” Abernathy, with Abernathy holding a captured wolf. The relief was from an actual photo of the two men that was taken during the April 1905 Oklahoma Territory Wolf Hunt east of Frederick. 

Wording on front of the coin is “Frederick, OK – 1905. The Adventure Begins…”
The coin’s back shows a relief photo of Jack’s sons Bud and Temple Abernathy and commemorates their famous 1910 trip alone on horseback from Frederick to New York City.
It reads “1910 – The Abernathy Boys …and the Adventure Continues.”

Louis and Temple Abernathy

     Louis Van "Bud" Abernathy (December 17, 1899 – March 6, 1979) and Temple Reeves "Temp" Abernathy (March 25, 1904 – December 10, 1986) were children from Oklahoma who, without adult supervision, took several cross-country trips. On one trip they rode on horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan in 1910 when they were 10 and 6 years old.[1]
Early years and journeys
     Louis (sometimes styled Louie) Abernathy was born in Texas in 1899 and Temple Abernathy was born in 1904 in Tipton, Oklahoma. Their father was cowboy and U.S. Marshal Jack Abernathy.
     In 1909 the boys rode by horseback from Frederick, Oklahoma, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back. Louis was nine, and Temple was five.[2]
     When the boys completed their Santa Fe journey, they began planning a cross-country horseback ride to New York City, again by themselves, to meet Theodore Roosevelt when he returned from his trip to Africa and Europe. They made that trip in 1910. They were greeted as celebrities, and 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, which they drove, again by themselves, back to Oklahoma, shipping their horses home by train.[3][4][5]
     In 1911, they accepted a challenge to ride horseback from New York to San Francisco in 60 days or less. They agreed not to eat or sleep indoors at any point of the journey. They would collect a $10,000 prize if they succeeded.[6]
     After a long trip, they arrived in San Francisco in 62 days, thereby losing the prize but setting a record for the time elapsed for the trip.
     In 1913, the boys purchased an Indian motorcycle, and with their stepbrother, Anton, journeyed by motorcycle from Oklahoma to New York City. This was their last documented adventure.
Later years and legacy
     Louis later graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School and became a lawyer in Wichita Falls, Texas. Louis died in Austin, Texas in 1979.
     Temple worked in the oil and gas business.[7] Temple Abernathy died in Teague, Texas in 1986.[8]
     Although they were noted celebrities at the time of their travels, they have almost disappeared from history. Frederick, Oklahoma, celebrates their Santa Fe ride each year and has erected a statue of the boys and has dedicated part of the Chamber of Commerce website to promoting the boys' memory.
In media
Mass media had extensive coverage of the boys at the time of their travels. They were the subjects of the 1910 film Abernathy Kids to the Rescue. Temple Abernathy's widow, Alta Abernathy, wrote Bud and Me, a book about their adventures.[9]]
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• "Abernathy Boys Put Ban On Kissing. Fearless Youngsters, Who Have Ridden Here from Oklahoma, Mobbed By Women". New York Times. June 12, 1912. Retrieved 2010-08-01. Wearing grins as broad as their hats, Louis and Temple Abernathy, the young sons of "Jack" Abernathy, finished the last lap of their horseback ride from Oklahoma City, Okla., at 6:30 o'clock last evening, when they dismounted from their broncos at the door of the Hotel Breslin amid the applause of several thousand persons.
• "Marshal's Sons, Aged 5 and 8, Start Alone on 1,300-Mile Horseback Ride". New York Times. June 11, 1909. Retrieved 2010-08-01. Anxious to emulate the strenuous life and carry out their father's instructions to "toughen up," Temple and Louis Abernathy, aged 5 and 8, respectively, sons of United States Marshal John Abernathy, left late to-day for a 1,300-mile horseback trip. They will travel alone through Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, to Roswell, N.M.
• Staff report (May 30, 2004). Adventurous Oklahoma boys are worthy of a statue. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
• Abernathy, Alta; Harris, Barbara (1998). Bud & Me : The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys. L.J hunt had written a book about them called "The Abernathy Boys." Dove Creek Press, ISBN 978-0966216608
External links
Bud & Me, The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys
Frederick Chamber of Commerce
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