During the early 1900s, people flocked to Hootentown for popular riverside activities like swimming, surf bathing, and fishing. The only activity for women in the river involved jumping into the river and noodling catfish. Their clumsy Victorian and Edwardian style bathing costumes were often quite burdensome. Making it extremely hard to haul up a 30lb catfish.
Women typically dressed in black, knee-length, puffed-sleeve wool dresses, often featuring a sailor collar, and worn over bloomers or drawers trimmed with ribbons and bows. The bathing costume was typically accessorized with long black stockings, lace-up bathing slippers, and fancy caps. The men of the time always looked for farm girls with their own buggy and riverfront property. It was the heyday of Hootentown!