Close Call

“We had a big electric heater in the living room at the Stott house. Big would get up early sometimes and turn it on to warm the house until the big heater in the front hall warmed up. One morning Mary and I were sleeping upstairs and heard this terrible commotion downstairs. John had come in the afternoon before and thrown his jacket down across the heater. Big turned it on in the dark and did not notice the jacket. In a few minutes the jacket caught fire and firecrackers which were in the pocket began to go off. Big started screaming and trying to put the fire out. There was no major damage to anything but the jacket and the living room rug which Big prized highly because Dr. Henderson at the Bank of Commerce had given it to them when they remodeled the house. Anyway, it was insured and the rug later found a place in the middle bedroom where the burned place did not show and it stayed there for many years.”

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About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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