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Dr. NUGEN (!), Jimmy's appendicitis, NO CELL PHONES, & phone at W.R. fall of '59

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  • Bob Friend
    Nancy (Guinther) Treesh has informed me that by the fall of 1959 a phone was installed at West Richland. That was when my family moved to Waterloo -- which
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2010
      Nancy (Guinther) Treesh has informed me that by the fall of 1959 a phone was installed at West Richland.  That was when my family moved to Waterloo -- which explains why I have no memory of a telephone at my old school.  Unless someone has a vivid memory of a phone there  PRIOR  TO  that fall, I am thereby concluding it was not installed before that time.
       
                       --Little Bobby of Fike's Corners and Kirk's Hill
       
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 2:26 PM
      Subject: Dr. NUGEN (!), Jimmy's appendicitis -- AND NO CELL PHONES ! 12-28-09

      Brother Jimmy--
       
      Oh, OK -- so you must be afraid of offending our tough-guy cousin, Lee Friend, who spelled Nugen with a "t" at the end in an earlier e-mail! <g>  Lee was pretty smart in school, so I figured he knew the correct spelling.  Anyway, I believe you -- you have a good memory for such things.  (I corrected the spelling to your original version in your e-mail below).
       
                     --Bob (aka Little Bobby...)
       
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jim Friend
      To: bobby friend
      Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 1:50 PM
      Subject: Re: [Rich_Twp_Schools] Dr. Nugent, Jimmy's appendicitis -- AND NO CELL PHONES ! 12-28-09

      I see you thought my spelling of Doc Nugen's name was a typo and corrected it...well, it was Doctor Nugen.  Ted Nugent is the only Nugent I ever heard of. 
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 1:05 PM
      Subject: Dr. Nugent, Jimmy's appendicitis -- AND NO CELL PHONES ! 12-28-09

      I can assure you that no phone was installed at West Richland when the restrooms were put in
       
      I left W.R. after the sixth grade; whether a phone line was installed after that I have no idea; I think Lee's 8th grade class (which would have been my class, too, had I stayed there instead of moving to Waterloo) was the  LAST  class to graduate from W.R. as part of a two-room 1~8 facility.  After that, from what I recall others telling me prior to the June '09 reunion, there were no more multi-grade classrooms in Richland Twp.: West Richland, East Richland and Corunna each housed two grades, one per classroom, so that grades 1~6 were handled by these three outlying schools, with grades 7 and 8 attending classes at Waterloo.
       
      After the spring of 1959, I did not set foot in West Richland School until I rode my motorcycle from Lake Co. to DeKalb Co. one cold day in November 1976; I stopped by the school and shot some photos, outside and inside; anything of value had been stripped, but at least all the walls, floors and roof remained as I had remembered them from days gone by.  I have those old 35 mm slides somewhere, and sometime I will locate them and convert them to digital and e-mail the resulting images to you.  This project is one of many -- on one of many lists!
       
                  --Little Bobby of Fike's Corners and Kirk's Hill

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jim Friend
      To: Lynn and Debbie Kirkpatrick ; Lee Friend
      Cc: Bob Friend / Kerstin Stolpe-Friend ; Joe Eldridge ; Stan & Carol Hoke
      Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:38 PM
      Subject: Re: feed mill vs. chop mill ... what do YOU think ??


      OK, thanks for the correction I posted that it may have been Garrett.  Doc Nugen was the one who operated on me on February 8, 1959 for appendicitis.  The day before I was feeling great  and we had been sledding down Lee's famous hill most of the afternoon.  That night my appendix went bad on me.  Dad's car broke down in Auburn and Virgil at the Ford Garage let Dad use his car to get me to Garrett for the surgery.  It was Sunday and Dad had walked to a phone booth and called Virgil at home.

      How did we ever get by without cell phones for emergencies?  What if that car had broken down miles from a phone or even a house?  
      Remember the last years of phone booths before nearly everyone packed a cell phone?  NO PHONE BOOKS ! 
      We all survived those times because there were phone booths and call boxes sometimes.  I surely like cell phones much better.  I remember the pay phones that had greasy ear pieces and smelled like cigarettes.  Disgusting they were. 
      So here's my question:  Did the township schools we attended have a phone?  I am thinking not...maybe they installed a phone for emergencies when they finally decided to put in flush-toilets in the summer of 1958.   Anybody know?

      At the reunion last summer I spoke to Mr. Sliger and he said rural electricity came to Richland Twp. in 1936 and he asked me when the schools were wired.  Of course that was way before my time, as I was born in 1949. 

      JIM

       
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