This film, shot in 1940, includes some sixty minutes of remarkable footage of daily life in Yorktown, a small town in south Texas. In a sequence of unique views, the film features town residents of all ages and ethnicities at work, school and play. The last scene in this film had a narrative -- read about it in the anecdote sent in from the woman in the scene in the next tab!
Ms. Margaret Rerfschlager Hooks wrote a letter to TAMI about making this film. As it turns out, the film had a storyline, and her memories reveal that the opening scenes are missing from the film. TAMI initially believed that the young man and woman in the closing scene were a Yorktown couple, but Hooks' story reveals that she and the young man were actors who barely knew each other! Below is her letter, which includes her memory of the film.
. . . As for the original storyline, a young man is frustrated with life in "Small Town Yorktown" and is planning to hitch-hike his way to "Greener Pastures." His girlfriend is alerted with a phone call, and she rushes out to try and change his mind. The Yorktown Story followed and ends with a convinced young man coming back home.
We've really enjoyed seeing the film on the computer as it brings back so many good memories. After graduating from Yorktown High in 1940, I attended Out Lady of the Lake College for one year. My family moved to Victoria, Texas in 1941, and I went to work in a doctor's office as a secretary-stenographer, a job I really loved! Married several years later, raised a family, was widowed twice, but I'm a survivor! The last of six siblings, I celebrated my "90" birthday last February .
Finding this film was one of the nicest things that could have happened to me -- as the TV commercial says, it's "Priceless."
The films of the Ray Jelinek Collection were rescued from a flooded trailer on Galveston after Hurricane Ike. They were donated by Jan Valentine and are permanently housed in the archives at the Alfred R. Neumann Library, University of Houston - Clear Lake.