Monthly Archives: August 2011

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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Wicked Ways on Washington

“Even though Mama so carefully shielded us from the facts of life, one could not grow up in that neighborhood without learning that all was not pure and innocent as little girls, ‘nice little girls,’ were made to think they … Continue reading

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