Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cruger Crushes

“In the fall of 1935 some of my friends and I rode the train to Jackson to the state fair. You could make the round trip for $1.00 and at each little town along the way other boys and girls … Continue reading

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Tiny

“It was different with Tiny. She was considered a beauty, and Mama I believe relived her own girlhood through Tiny. She was always so proud of Tiny being popular and going to all the dances and winning beauty contests. When … Continue reading

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The Light Fantastic

“Tricia provided a lot of pleasure to both of our families during those years. When she was six years old she started taking dancing lessons from Whitford Price, a big blonde woman who turned out many dancers who later became … Continue reading

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Dangerous Doctors

“In about 1934 there was a famous murder trial in Greenwood which made all the newspaper and tabloids as well as the detective magazines. A woman pediatrician, Dr. Ruth Dean, was charged with poisoning a prominent physician, Dr. Preston Kennedy, … Continue reading

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Perms and Penmanship

“I got my first permanent wave in the eighth grade and was so proud of it after all those years of straight hair and bangs. Getting a permanent was a real ordeal in those days and they really burned your … Continue reading

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Kind Cousin

“Cudn Ern, a familiar figure around the Stott house, was Ernest Stewart, a cousin of Uncle Roy’s who worked at the light plant. He had followed Uncle Roy from Tennessee to Greenwood to work. He was an old bachelor, rough … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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One Big Happy Family

“In 1933 Rawa left for Delta State Teachers College in Cleveland, Mississippi. In 1935, Buddy went to Mississippi State and in 1936 Tiny to Ole Miss so for at least part of the year we were not so crowded, and … Continue reading

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Hell Hath No Fury

“Miss Lillie Lanham was an old maid who was trying to win one of the town’s eligible bachelors (moneywise, not looks-wise) Frank Wright, brother of Charles. He was living at the Irving Hotel. He jilted Lillie for a Miss DeCell, … Continue reading

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Shucks and Shotguns

“We always said no one’s past was safe in Greenwood because if someone had been talked about twenty or thirty years before it was still being recalled and sometimes used as the reason we were not to get too chummy … Continue reading

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