Monthly Archives: October 2011

All Creatures Great and Small

“When Mary Carol was about five and Cathy eight we got Brownie. Cathy was afraid of dogs and we decided it would help if she had one at home. So one Sunday afternoon we rode over to Sunflower where Rudy … Continue reading

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Give My Regards to East Adams

“One summer when Melanie [Bartling, Mamie’s daughter] was here she, Cathy, Mary Carol, Jeanne Young, Montine Young and Patricia Murphy decided to put on a show in the backyard. Melanie was the director. I helped them round up costumes (handed … Continue reading

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Life’s a Party

“We had birthday parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties and I loved decorating cakes for all the occasions and collecting and using all kinds of cookie cutters. We had added the back porch in 1953 and it came in handy for … Continue reading

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Big Back Yard

“Tricia married Claude Ellington, whom she had started dating the year she finished high school. They were married at the First Baptist Church in 1955 and had a tiny little apartment on East Washington Street just across from the Stott … Continue reading

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Ding Dong School

“I was always trying to think of some way to pick up money and not have to leave home. Since I had done mimeographing on the side at the Chamber of Commerce I found an old mimeograph machine at Fisher’s … Continue reading

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Camera Bug

“[Gene] Rutland [Commercial Appeal ¬†editor] told me I would have to learn to take pictures for the paper, so I bought a Dura-Flex camera by Kodak, paid twenty something for it, and studied all the instructions. I had always liked … Continue reading

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Cub Reporter

“In 1954 I talked the Commercial Appeal¬†into letting me send in the society column which came out every Sunday, since Tom Shepherd, editor of the Commonwealth, who had replaced Botts [Blackstone] as correspondent, was not doing much with it. They … Continue reading

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