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J ohn F, Schenck, Sr.
Among my numerous Lattimore kin, of v^hom I have always been very fond, there were
qiiite a number of jolly good fellows who were handicapped by an impediment of speech
knovjn as stammering. All of them were quite originiil, vatty and interesting,
A few years ago it occurred to me-that it v/ould be unique and mutually pleasing to
get a number of th em together. I,'therefore, decided on a day and invited each one
to take dinner with us on that day, but did not disclose to either of them that the
others v;ere invited.
Along vdth others of my kin, I'invited the following stammerers, v;ho accepted my
invitation: Cliarlie Lattirioro, V/alter Lattimore and Johnnie Lattimore, I also in
vited Da'v’ie Cline, whose mother was a Lattimore, and John Hunt, whose* mother was
also a Lattimore; Tliose vAio were invited arrived one at a time. Seeing the others
‘who were present, excited a little suspicion.
At first each fellow was a little reticent, but vdthin a short time it dawned on all
of them T/hat it was all about.’ J Erery fellow in the group, vdth enthusiasm, played
his part, and we all enj oyed a most delightful and hilarious afternoon.
Let me introduce these jovial fellows: Charlie Lattimore was a large fine looking
man, chock-full of common sense and humor. His stammering v/as not very pronounced.
It consisted principally of an occasional rather long drawl in pronouncing some of
his words. He was quick at repartee and spoke in a bold, strong, high-keyed voice,
I was pai'ticularly djapressed vdth that fact v;hen I heard Charlie Lattimore take
excellent care of hir^iself v;hen he was a vdtness in the trial of a civil case'and
gave testimony in favor of the defendant, who v/as a Lattimore kinsman of his.
Tlie Honorable Romulus Z, linney, a red-faced strong voiced lawyer, endeavored to
subject Charlie Lattimore to a most rigid and vdthering cross exajnination.-Linney
fired, in^rapid succession, question after question, uttering each succeeding
question in a louder tone of voice. Instead of Charlie ?;eaJcening and wilting, he
promptly fired back answers, v/hich v;ere louder thaJi Linney»s questions, Linney be
came exhausted and threv«r up his hands in despair,
Johnnie Lattimore was a rather quiet type of maJi, with a soft tone of voice. He had
a keen sense of humor. He stammered slightly and had the habit of batting his eyes
rapidly whenever he ”hung up” on a v/ord.
Walter Lattimore was a tall muscular and distinguished looking fellow. His impediment
of speech wa.s very pronounced, especially v;hen ho v/as excited. Instead of saying
that I7alter stammered, I vrculd be more coirect in sa,ying that he stuttered explosively.
IfUhen he Vv'as haJLted'or checked by a v/ord, he vrould make several lunges at it, and would
finally conquer it, and then fly into the next \Tord vdth a vengeance. He possessed
a very interesting and peculiar characteristic in that although it v/as very difficult
for him to recite the v;ords of a hymn smoothly he could sing it vdth perfect ease.
This peculia.r tradt was well knov/n by his father v/hen Wa.lter v/as a young boy, and on
one occasi6n that information served a good purpose. One-day with fright and con
sternation on his face, VfaJLter came running to his father,' saying; "Pal Oh PaJ Be
quick, Pai theh-theh-theh! - Pa, be quicki theh-theh-theh, be quick!"' Seeing that
Walter had a serious and important message.to deliver, his father said, "Sing it my
son. Sing'it my son," Thereupon Walter pointed tov/^Td'the stables located across
the ho’liov/, and sang in a loud clear voice: "Over there, PaJ Over there, PaJ The
barn*s on fire." They extinguished the fire.
Although Walter had difficulty in enunciating readily and clearly, v/hen his v;ords
were finally uttered, they were enphatic and forceful,
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