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Durin^j fcho years v;hon Piednonfc High School had a niujbor of boardors there, it v;as
natural for a lot of the boys to conc dovm at night to sco our girls. This vjo did
not lil^o very well, so often a few of us viould hide out near the end of what was
then the covored bridge across the river. As-soon as the boys 7/ould start into the
cover, v/c vjould start throv./ing rocks at then, then, believe no, there were sone track
rccords broken on that old bridge. The rocks would sound, v;hcn they ;vould hit the
floor of the bridge, about lilce a camion, and those follows would certainly look for
the other end of the bridge quiclcly.
About the only person in this section we were all really afraid of, and, at the sanie
tine, loved and respected, was riy Grand-Father ,' the Jlr.jor. He r'J.ways carried a cane
arid when ho said ”junp," take it fron no, rjo did. Wo gave hira a lot of causo to give
us the "de vil" and I really thinl he.enjoyed getting us in a close place,-which he
did rv?jiy tiraes. His pots in this connection seoncd to be Ece Pearson and Sock Black
burn. In those days Ike was a very slender boy and he and Sock vjore just a little what
you riight tern "nischicvous,"
Wq used to put on sone real square dances in these parts. I particularly renenber one
Saturday night we were having a dancc at "Stick" E-lliotts. Rufe Jeffries was picking
the banjo and, as I recall Ab BoTjraan was doin' the fiddlin*. About the best dancers
in our sot, ai’.iong the girls, was Brunie DeVinney. She was a long-legged skinny gal
rjid that sister coulcl really turn on,and I iiust confess that she and Ilyrt Wease were
riy favorite dancing partners. Between sets, yjc boys would’go in one roon and take a
drink of corn "likker" and the girls would-go in another roon for a dip of snuff.
’Ve were getting along pretty well until 11:30 when a coupla* pillars of the house
fell down and Stick's wife "Beanie" got afraid the house would fall down and stopped
About the funniest sight I ever saw was the iiiAe Rob Ledwell was running away in a
buggy with his girl to get j.iarried. His father was after hin, riding a red nule.
Old Dave would beat the nule and every tine he hit hin the r-iule' s tale would nake a
You young Bucks perhaps think you're doin'; sone fancy courtin' in driving a round in
autonobiles and tcJking- in a few "hot" spots, but if you could just see hoiV your Dads
and lioj.TS used to court, you would Imow y,>u wore having rather a tane tine. The cor
rect dress for your Dads in those days were funny looldng little short coats that
buttoned up high in front. These coats were usually decorated with two or three tin
badges in the shape of a heart. Before going to see their best girl, they would always
cone by the Conpany Store and purchase a 5~cent bottle of Hoj't's Cologne and a box of
snuff, thus fortified \;ith a good trotting horse anc’. a rubber tired buggy - the old
boy v;as really in tunc to "step,"
All -of us hope that vjherever jxiu are that you're getting along nicely and that you
realize we here feel a deep obligation to do our very best, that we can have at
least sone siuall part in bringing you back to us at an early date.
Best wishes to each of you.
John F, Schenck, Jr.
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A story fron a New York servicojien's club tells about a s ailor vjho was expressing
his appreciation to one of the hostesses serving there. He saiil to her, "You know
m'ara you ladies ore doing a v/onderful v/ork for the boys in service—a wonderful
work. You nay not be Florence Kig'htingalcs ur Lytlia Pinldiaris but you sure are doing
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