RE: [jacksongenealogy] Memories
- Regina: The Hollywood teacher, Mrs. Sanders, was my aunt Lena Mae (Her
husband, Milton, drove a bus for years as well as farming.
If I remember correctly, knives were banned, not because anyone stabbed
someone (to grab any weapon during a fight was to declare yourself a coward)
but because we boys like to carve our names, along with other things, in
I do remember playing marbles but we were not supposed to play keepsees. If
we got caught, we had to give our captured marbles back to their original
owners. It usually didn't come to authorities' attention until you got
someone's favorite shooter.
I do not remember shows requiring pay at Hollywood or Stevenson. Probably
means I did not see them. I was with you in the study hall, I guess. I do
remember donkey basketball. When I was in High School, Stevenson, I made a
terrible mistake in agreeing to ride one. I spent my night on my back (hurt
and humiliated) to the delight of everyone that I was working very hard to
I do remember traveling tent roller skate rink that came to Scottsboro about
once a year and traveling circus and rodeos that set up in our pasture
behind dad's (Raymond Sanders) service station on Hwy. 72, just N. of
Fackler Road. A lot of people got hurt volunteering to participate in rodeo
competition. Of course, there were no law suits. Winners got a little
money, but I don't remember how much. One circus had a bear that would
drink cokes that dad would sell you. Some teenagers got the idea to mix
homemade liquor (homebrew) with the coke. Bear would drink it and got
falling down drunk. The owner did not appreciate the humor. Farmers filled
dad's service station anytime they were rained out of the fields or were
caught up and bluegrass and gospel jam sessions abounded, along with rise
and fly rook games. We had 2 Spider monkeys that ran around the station.
Also, they had turkey shoots at Thanksgiving. It really was Guinea shoots.
They're a lot harder to hit.
Being Poor is still tough on kids. Have you priced cheerleading prices for
a year lately?
I am always amazed with your memory. It is much clearer than mine.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Regina
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 11:28 PM
To: Jackson Co. Genealogy (Jackson Co. Genealogy)
Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Memories
This is the most active I have seen Jackson County list. It is so good to
see so many post their memories. I feel that several people that has been
sitting back and afraid to ask questions are now jumping in and asking
questions and also trying to help each other. Please keep the questions and
memories coming. It is so good to see this list finally come alive.
When I started school at Hollywood Red THOMAS was principal. I think my
first grade teacher was Mrs. BRITT (I think). Other teachers were Mrs.
SIMMONS, Miss Vera Maude HOLDER, Mrs.. PACE, Miss Pauline BRYANT, Mrs.
Louise THOMAS, Mrs. Leila Mae SANDERS, Mrs. KING and Mrs. PHILLIPS. I
almost forgot Mrs.. PHILLIPS but how could I do that. Mrs.. PHILLIPS was
almost blind or at least we thought so until she would be writing on the
board with her back to us and could call out the person that was out of
their seat without even turning around. She had the prettiest white hair.
Back then you didn't question what the teacher said and you sure didn't talk
Remember playing marbles at school? I can also remember almost every boy
carried a pocket knife to school. In later years they were banned so ever
so often we would have a pocket search. Don't remember why that got
started. I can't remember anything that caused it to happen.
Do you remember the traveling shows that would come to the schools. I
remember that we would have a magician once a year. It would cost anywhere
from 10 -25 cents to go see them. What I never thought was fare was if you
didn't pay to see the show you had to go to study hall and work. Guess where
I was most of the time. -) Twenty five cents was hard to come by especially
if you come from a large family. I remember one time a man brought a large
great Dane to school and if you could ride him you got a prize but no one
could. The trick was you had to get on him backwards and he would let you
ride him that way. While I am telling tells I might as well tell something
else that always bothered me. After Christmas you were allowed to bring one
toy to school and show it to the class, I guess this was kind of like show
and tell. You could get up and tell what all you had gotten for Christmas.
Several of us would forget that we could bring something or at least that
was what we said. Like I said, if you come from a large family money wasn't
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