“I was riding around with Son McMillan and a boy named Joe Ross from Minter City on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941, when I first heard about Pearl Harbor being bombed. We had been hearing so much war news and rumblings of war that somehow it did not make that big of an impression on me as to the horror of it and that by the next day we could be in two wars, one in Europe and one in the Pacific.

“Ramon Harris, Mrs. Barron and I left the Farm Security office and rode around so we could listen to President Roosevelt on the radio declaring war. It is hard to express the feelings you had, and there was no way that we could fully comprehend what was to come.”

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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