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Freedpeople and their allies struggled to remake the south, mounting struggles that were preserved in memory for decades. But their rights to full citizenship were denied with force in the south, when white power was restored through legal and extra-legal means.

Similarly, in the southwest and parts of the west citizenship rights such as those of the loggers below were denied in order to produce a robust capitalist accumulation in the late 19th century.

The White Union Label of the Cigarmakers locals of the west originated as an anti-Asian marketing tool. But the first instance of a union label occurred earlier, in St.

Louis, as a "red" label signifying union made cigars. The national union later created the blue union label, suggesting that it signified clean conditions, and the quest for shorter hours "after the eight-hour day is a completed victory, then may come the seven-hour day and the six- hour day; ever remembering that labor's grand purpose is the economic and social betterment of the masses. Kelso Ballantine, a Scottish miner who moved to Braidwood Illinois. Pinkerton agents surrender to workers during the Homestead strike of The photo is from her book.

Bodies of Victims of the Italian Hall Fire. In the Strike at Westinghouse and Union Switch and Signal, women workers, often employed as coil winders, played a leading role". Westinghouse Strike -. Coroner's Case Files Cases of three workers killed when Westinghouse marchers went to Braddock and were fired upon by troops. Mother Jones brings shoes for children in union camps during West Virginia miners strike. Historical Society of Western Pa.

In , the steel mills used bribery, threats and intimidation, and the press to break the strike. Scot Tissue Towels ad from s. Artist Joe Jones' depiction of St. Talk about never dying - the shag dance steps are still going strong! Ray Shute in memory of his son, Sonny. At last, when we made it to high school, we were old enough to go to the Teenage Club!

The club was located on Main Street across from the old Post Office where Skyway Drive and the new courthouse are presently located. A lot of history was torn down in the name of progress.

Bertie Mae Broome, seeing that teenagers needed a place to congregate, opened the club. She also was helped by Mrs. Every Friday and Saturday night the place was packed, plus most of our important school dances were held there. These two businesses were located up the street from the Center Theater. Remember listening to Chatty Hattie and Genial Gene on the radio?

They played the music that we liked and even took requests. June Miss Annie Lee. So many of her students have stories about Miss Annie Lee. Decades of students remember the Red Cross cape that she wore for years as her outer coat. Miss Annie often had trouble with her bra strap slipping. It seemed as if she were punctuating her sentences with a reach inside her dress one with a corncob pattern on it was a favorite and a tug on the errant strap.

I have mentioned in another article about her getting choked during one of her classes and drinking the water out of a flower vase, but it is such a classic that it bears repeating. She never skipped a beat - coughed, grabbed the vase, threw out the flowers, drank the water, and resumed quoting Emily Dickinson.

My brother, Ben, and Sis Dillon remember it happening in their class seven years earlier; however, Sis remembers that she put the flowers back in the vase. Tom Dillon tells of the time when Miss Annie was showing the graduating class how to act during a patriotic ceremony. Most of us learned English through diagramming sentences. Miss Lee was a strict disciplinarian. Once my brother, Ben, was kept after school for some misdeed, and she expected an apology. Miss Annie threatened to fail those responsible unless the name plate were returned.

It was before Walter Bickett High School had an annual because Miss Lee felt that it would take too much time from classes to work on a yearbook. Also, there were no homecoming festivities until because she felt they were too frivolous and also were too time-consuming. Back in the forties, Junior-Senior dances were held on the third floor in a building with the attendees sitting around drinking Orange Crushes. Thanks to Vivian Hinson Norwood and others, we began having bono fide annuals, not just stenciled booklets.

And, luckily, there were those who insisted that we have a homecoming parade, queen and dance and also a fancier Junior-Senior banquet and dance.

We either really liked her or really disliked her. It seemed appropriate that when Miss Annie Lee died June 10, at the age of 84, Senator Jesse Helms, who was one of former students, had a moment of silence for her in the Senate.

July Summer Vacations. In the summer, we could hardly wait for our family weeks or weekends spent at the beach. Remember the thrill, after riding for several hours, of seeing that little glimpse of the ocean, knowing you were finally there? As a little kid, I always looked forward to hearing the bell ring on the Popsicle truck going up and down the street selling ice cream treats and the snow cones made with shaved ice sold on the beach by venders pushing their carts.

There were beach house parties as we grew older. Look at all that sand! My sister, Gale, and her best friend, Vangie Hinson Clark, were two of the most sought-after dance partners at the Pad for many years.

One lasting romance that began at the beach involves Betti Davis Rogers. Betti was at Myrtle Beach with her parents for a few days. One fateful day she decided to take a walk on the beach. Unknown to her, Boyd Rogers, a lifeguard, with his binoculars and from his high perch, followed her progression up and down the beach.

Hopefully, no one was drowning or in trouble at that time! When she once again walked in front of his stand, he made sure that a mutual friend introduced them.

Betti, too, was smitten. I mean, after all, summer romances were romances that only lasted through the summer! Betti and Boyd had a whirlwind courtship of a few months, married, and have been married happily ever since, over 40 years. Usually, a beach house was rented for the duration of the vacation or motel rooms and efficiency apartments for shorter visits. For years, when I was young, my family always rented the Lou Neil at Crescent Beach which was on the second row facing the beach.

Mother always felt it was safer than a house on the front row. Monroe certainly had its share of nicknames. Do you remember these people: More names next month. One year the fad was to have a lighter color streak in our hair. Remember using Light and Bright? We usually wore Revlon. Once the crinoline phase was over thank heavens! And to go with our sweaters usually cashmere , we wore neck scarves.

We needed one of every color plus multi-coloreds. No outfit was complete without a neck scarf. Also popular were blouses with Peter Pan collars, shirtwaist dresses and anything Madras. The favorite clothing color combination was pink and black or dark gray. Girls wore bobby socks which were heavy white socks rolled down until thick at the ankles - not thick enough?

Simply add extra sock tops cut off from old socks. Such a style would strike fear into the anorexic females of today! And to complete the ensemble, saddle shoes, and later penny loafers Bass Weeguns. We dare not look different at parties. The popular clothing style for the guys were pegged pants. Some would have their pants pegged so much so that zippers were needed to put them on.

Along came the James Dean influence - white T-shirts with the sleeves rolled up , jeans, and windbreakers. Collars were turned up on shirts to achieve a cool look. The guys wore penny loafers too or sneakers. The accepted gift from a boy to a girl and vice versa were gold crosses.

Other popular gifts were inscribed ID bracelets. Girls, in the early years, wore circle pins with their neck scarves. You do remember what it meant as to which side a circle pin was worn. A couple going steady would exchange class rings. Girls wrapped adhesive tape around the band to make it fit which certainly enhanced its attractiveness.

Stories about the football teams and the players abound. Les Everett tells one about Sid Hart who was the football manager in the early fifties. Another story told by Wayne Wolfe and Mack Pigg about Sid took place in the mountains at football camp when Monroe and Albemarle were practicing there at the same time. Because both teams, unfamiliar to each other, were together on the bus, there should have been a head count.

They turned the bus around and headed back. Once there, they spotted Sid walking nonchalantly down the street. The football team ended its regular season with a perfect record - 11 wins and no losses, and being ranked as one of the top teams in the state.

With the majority of the players planning to return the next year, the team would probably repeat their past winning season. Several of the players were already members of the Guard, and those who were eligible to join quickly enlisted 11 in all. There were only two returning lettermen. On October 15, , with the entire student body assembled in the auditorium, it was announced that the Purple Pythons of Walter Bickett High School would become the Monroe Rebels with colors of red and gray.

Craven Williams tells about the time, in the fall of , when he was playing third string quarterback behind Sam McGuirt and second string Hump Snyder who also played defense.

Sam and the team were very good. After one of the plays, Sam was lying on his back on the ground. Coach Harry Jaynes ran out on the field and knelt down beside him. Excitedly grabbing his helmet and buckling his strap, he ran to the Coach to get the next play to run. Several players formed a circle around Craven as he removed his to give to Sam. He was given a knee length parka to put on until he could get to the dressing room. The game continued without Craven, but not without his pants!

Craven also remembers a story about the linemen. One time Coach Jaynes asked Arnold Mills, who was one of the co-captains, to take charge of the linemen. There will be future articles about football. October Junior High School. The walkway to the front doors from Lancaster Avenue was even larger and more imposing than the J. We were never to walk on the grass.

Some were petrified of being caught stepping off the walkway even if by accident. Another big difference was changing classes - a true sign that we were growing up.

In the summer we were usually outside running around, riding bicycles, playing Kick the Can or roller skating. No one was content to stay inside when there was so much going on outside! Do you remember running behind the truck that sprayed DDT to kill the mosquitoes?

It smelled bad and was greasy, but it sure kept the insects from biting! Ray Melton reminded me how exciting it would be to see who had had our school text books before we did. Hopefully, it was that really popular upperclassman. My eighth grade year particularly stands out in my mind. Perkins was my homeroom teacher and yes, she was the one who wore the tight sweaters.

It was the first time I had ever passed out in a classroom Mrs. Perkins was talking about blood transfusions. He made the other guys in our eighth grade look like little boys none of them had to shave yet! The school year ended with a field trip to our state capitol to visit the Planetarium. What fun it was to ride to Raleigh with the chaperones sitting in the front of the bus obviously our parents trusted us. To make more progress we know. For the very first time we were anxious for summer to be over and for the new school year to begin, because in September we would be at Walter Bickett with all the upperclassmen!!

November Old Memories. The following are just a few random memories of growing up in the s in Monroe, a kinder, gentler time. When grammar school age, I always looked forward to going downtown to the Dime Store.

Teel, as you may recall, was a red liquid toothpaste in a pear shaped glass bottle. Ipana toothpaste tube had the red and yellow stripes. Once you rolled up the end of the tube, it stayed rolled up. Some towns, during WW II, collected old toothpaste tubes as scrap metal. Most children wore Buster Brown shoes. Do you remember how exciting it was to have your foot X-rayed using a fluoroscope to see if there were sufficient room at the toe of the shoe?

You could actually see the bones in your toes! Of course, later on, it was determined that this was an extremely dangerous thing to do. The saleslady in the hosiery department always saved the white cardboard that came in the stocking boxes for my sister and me to draw on while mother shopped.

The name was changed when Reid and Bea Harkey Barnette took over. Anyone else remember them? These stores also had elevators and escalators what a treat! Very handy if you had packages to carry. My sister, and I always got Orange Crushes - in dark brown glass bottles. And oh, the snow days! Whenever we would get a half inch or so of snow, we could stay home from school. Mother, who always drove us the six miles to Monroe, had the excuse that it too dangerous to be on the highway.

December Second Football Article. Our biggest rival for many years in the 50s was Albemarle. Each time we played them, we were geared up for weeks. A big game was scheduled for October 15, the first game as the Monroe Rebels. The next day game day , the offenders were called into W.

The words had to be erased before the game that night. That year Monroe did beat their arch rival. Coach Harold Funderburk , Assistant Coach, primarily coached the linemen. Wanting to demonstrate how to charge out of that stance and put a would-be-tackler on his back, Coach without the benefit of shoulder or blocking pads delivered a blow to the shoulder pads of one of the players. Coach Funderburk went flat on his back with a broken collar bone and a broken arm. Sam also wrote about Coach Jaynes: I recall sitting with Coach Jaynes and calling plays and setting up plays to be run depending on what yard-line and what down and yards-to-go were set.

This was called "building" an offense. I passed through the winter, and in the gym during basketball practice if there were someone to catch from corner to corner and from under one goal to under the other. Then there were Sundays - in the '50s, every Sunday afternoon, 20 or 30 would play football on the high school campus. Coach Jaynes really worked to bring me along to make that team.

He carried his weight and size in sort of a bull-like manner, but could he smile! Some have said that since our school was so small, our team could have only been closer if we had played for an orphanage. Goudelock with my delivery at birth, and she was one of the very first to hear my voice which would later call signals for her son's team.

Because he carried the ball like a loaf of bread, David had a tendency to fumble. He developed, in his fullback position, as he gained experience. Then came the Landis game. He exploded into the line again and again, and when he broke through, he was on long runs. Just a terrific demonstration of his ability. For the rest for the season number 44 was a threat.

That day I remembered his wide, wide smile. When the measure of a man is made by his sacrifice, David "Bull" Rogers was a big, big, man. January Polio Epidemic. The start of my fifth grade school year was delayed because of the polio epidemic which ran rampant in the US from Parents lived in fear of their children complaining of stiff necks, fever or just feeling very tired.

Because polio infantile paralysis meant paralysis of the legs, arms or chest, we children were scared too. The prospect of spending the rest of our lives in an iron lung was frightening. The lung did the breathing for people with respiratory paralysis. No one under 16 was allowed to go swimming, especially in a public swimming pool, and we were to avoid crowds no one was sure how it was spread.

However, this activity probably kept them busy for most of the quarantined time. I lived six miles outside of town so I felt somewhat safe. Mother would bring home coloring and puzzle books to keep my sister and me occupied. Margaret McGuirt Broome, who lived in town, says that she was allowed to go outside and play only in her yard as if this would help If it were airborne. My best friend, Anne Smith Broadwell and I would write letters to each other, and I was actually afraid to touch her envelope, afraid of it having polio germs from the BIG city.

The main treatment at that time was bed rest, isolation and observation. The former army hospital at Camp Sutton, designated a convalescent hospital, became operational in July caring for polio patients.

There were 19 cases reported in Union County in August Virginia Bjorlin was a senior in the high school during this time. She remembers reading fairy tales over the radio WMAP to children confined in their homes. Ann Tucker McCain, two grades ahead of me, had polio in one of her legs and walked with a slight limp.

I thought she was so brave to have gone through that. Plans were made to provide schooling for the children at the Camp Sutton Polio Unit and two other centers located in Asheville and Greensboro.

Eventually the bans were lifted, and we were able to go to school that year. But, it was a very long time before I was allowed to swim in a public pool. Do you remember going down to the Health Center, across the street from the Ellen Fitzgerald Hospital, to get your mandatory shots? Wes Rogers was the nurse who vaccinated me. Roosevelt, who also had this disease led the fight against poliomyelitis. Jonas Salk discovered a polio vaccine in the early fifties and Albert Sabin discovered the oral vaccine it was on a sugar cube.

Libby Helms read that of all the letters Jonas Salk received, the most treasured were the thank-you notes from parents and children for finding the cure for this terrible disease. In , the threat of polio was wiped out, and finally, we were able to go about our lives as usual.

I suppose it was appropriate that during the s, folks enjoyed attending Donkey Basketball games played in the gym. The scores were never very high due to the inexperienced players and the recalcitrant donkeys. But it was a popular money maker, and those of us who saw the games will never forget the experience.

Our varsity and intramural basketball games were played in the gymnasium. It was a rather primitive place heated by a potbellied stove located at the far end of the gym. We never even thought that odd at the time. We usually played two games every week during the season - one on Tuesday night and one on Friday night. Everything was so bright, the floors squeaky clean, the bleachers wide, and just the over-all feeling of newness. Some of us wondered if the court were the same size as ours - it looked so much bigger!

Girls played only half court. The ball was thrown across to our three players on the other side. I never thought this odd until I went to college and found out that the South Carolina girls and others could play full court.

Even players who usually suffered from motion sickness always seemed to be recovered enough to vie for the seats at the back of the bus. Hmmmmmmm, I wonder why? During my four years playing on the varsity team, we had several coaches: Was I prepared for life!! March World War II. The United States declared war on December 8, This event had a profound effect on Monroe. Camp Sutton which was to be an extension of Fort Bragg was built in as a staging camp preparing troops for combat.

From , Camp Sutton was a prisoner of war camp with 1, Germans and 3, Italians. Lane Ormand remembers that magnolia seeds made the perfect hand grenades - they even had a stem to break off similar to the release of the safety pin on a real hand grenade. My brothers made toy lead soldiers from pouring hot lead into molds. Even the comic books reflected the war times: Superman and Batman battled against the Axis powers; Captain America was created to triumph good over evil; Submariner fought on the side of the right; Wonder Woman did her part in the war effort as did the Green Lantern and the Flash.

During World War II, these comic books became a staple for the those fighting overseas. They were sent along with the cigarettes, chocolate, etc. Movies were about the war - both in the Pacific and in Europe. Because I lived out of town at the brickyard, I was afraid every time I heard a plane flying at night. There was no way to hide the firelight from the outside round brick kilns. We were a perfect target! The sight of convoys along the road caused apprehension as this was a sign that troops were being moved - usually meaning something big in the fighting was to happen.

Frank Helms reminded me of how we, as little kids, were scared to death of the Atom Bomb. The news reels at the beginning of every movie would show the testing of the bomb in New Mexico. Ps were always hauling out soldiers who had too much to drink. While stationed in Monroe, many soldiers and their wives lived in the homes of townspeople.

Kenneth Neese had several different couples who lived with them during this time. At the church, he had a lounge where families could relax after their travels. Local ministers performed an unusual amount of marriages during this time - many between the military newcomers and Monroe natives.

The town benefited once Camp Sutton closed. The war, which boosted our economy and brought many changes to Monroe and Union County, ended in Union Memorial Hospital was later built where Camp Sutton had been located. Thinking peace would be long-lasting, it was a shame that only five years later, we again would be sending our fighting forces to engage in yet another war, the Korean Conflict.

The radio was our main form of entertainment. Many people listened to radio soap operas. Just think how much they would be worth today! How excited we were in elementary school when a boy named Billy Batson joined our class. Remember that was the alternate name of Captain Marvel Jr.!! I was in the eighth grade when we bought a TV set. It took five minutes to warm up before coming on. The test pattern was on the screen more than anything else.

Betty Furness became a household name. The predominating colors were purple and green, though not usually where the colors should be.

And oh, the delicious TV dinners. Most of the high school girls had pictures of movie stars on their bedroom walls. I had Rock Hudson who knew? Monroe had three movie theaters: A few celebrities made an appearance at the theaters. My family went to the Center Theater , run by Mr. Reynolds, on Monday nights when the weekly picture shows changed. You could ride your bike to the movie, leave it outside, and it would still be there when the movie was over.

In the early s, Jim Belk remembers when he was in the second grade, the first John D. Hodges an old wood school caught on fire and burned down. English had them exit the building.

Jim remembers taking his spelling book with him. All the students had to go to other schools before its rebuilding. The second John D. It is sad that John D. Hodges Elementary School no longer exists. Though the school is physically gone, not so our memories.

Remember the long walk from Lancaster Avenue up to the school doors? The only time that I can remember the boys and girls being together outside was during fire drills. We could play together at the back of the school, but these were teacher-organized games. Remember how we would double lock our arms to keep the runner from breaking through?

And Crack the Whip, the game where we would form a line holding hands, running as fast as we could, while desperately trying to sling the very last person off! How come we never pulled our arms from their sockets?

Were kids tougher then? There usually was a sink too. The smell of wet coats in close quarters still brings to mind those cloak rooms. Our books, big lead pencils and wide-line note pads were kept in our old flip-top desks.

Do you remember our orange 4th grade geography book? And the annual coloring contests? Billy Laney comes to mind resplendent in his wrap-around belt across his chest which he wore with honor.

How dare he presume to judge whether we were breaking a rule or not! Both of the 2nd grade classes were in the rhythm band.

Nancy Neese always had the triangle - she thinks because it was to be rung only once during each song. I never graduated beyond the blocks of wood with sandpaper on one side.

Although, I never did understand why my purebred Persian won a second place red ribbon, while a sickly-looking, mixed-breed cat won the first place blue. We also could display our dolls at this show. At the reunion of the classes, many of these same elementary school topics were mentioned by the class speakers.

So many many memories! June Monroe Swimming Pool. The Monroe Swimming Pool was built in June, the concrete pouring date. In August of that year, the first person went swimming. Dressing rooms came later. Oh, the great times we had at the Monroe Swimming Pool! Not too many of us actually went swimming in the pool - only a little dip to cool off. The pool dressing rooms were very sparse, mainly concrete with a plank bench.

Wire baskets were used to for our extra clothes, and we were given a metal number for identifying our basket. Do you remember that little tray of disinfectant water that we had to step into upon leaving the dressing room for the pool area? Do you think it really worked? Remember the pungent smell of the chlorine? I mentioned this to an English friend of mine, and she said that they used baby oil and boot polish when she was a teenager.

What silly things we did in the name of beauty! Each summer, our goal was to have the best tan in town. We would spend hours upon hours basking in the sun.

The lifeguards Roscoe Winchester, Sunshine Hinson, Howard Baucom, Emmett Griffin, Dan Davis, Olin Sikes, and the list goes on and on always looked the part with their gorgeous tans, cool sunglasses, whistles around their necks, and the white zinc oxide or white bandages worn across the bridges of their noses. Emily Bivens Fuller recalls when taking senior lifesaving from Johnny Correll, he had them practice a water ballet Esther Williams, the swim star, was very popular then. One day he blew the whistle and told everyone to get out of the pool for their premier performance.

Even I could do that! Certain movies made deep impressions on the lifeguards. Dan explained that the middle drain, located at the deep end, always was dark and mysterious.

In reality, the filter room was a dark, musty, sour-smelling place with wet towels and bathing suits hanging around. An earlier article mentioned a particular pajama party held at Nancy Neese Bragg's house - the one when several of us sneaked out in our baby doll pajamas , walked over to the old Monroe football field on Griffith Road, and played an imaginary game of baseball. Libby Sikes Brown remembers a similar event with her friends. It also was the time of " full service ," plus free roadmaps.

He'd get his car up to its top speed, we all would close our eyes except for "Horse," of course, of course , and go flying over a dip in the road that always caused that same thrill in one's stomach like going on a roller coaster.

Loretta Walters Fodrie remembers one time we crammed 14 people into Horse's "Caddie. Once I had a date with an older boy who had "lost" his driver's license, so he rode with a couple of his friends out to my house to pick me up. They had a large can of the juice with a "church key" opening in the top that they kept passing around to each other. How many of you remember "The Line" - the little store located just on the county line in Mecklenburg County.

Keep in mind that Union County was dry. This was the lead-in to the cheerleaders' pep rallies on the night before our football games. Remember the "snake dances" down Main Street to the Courthouse?

Cindy Haefling Gutmann recently recalled of how the girls, who tried out for cheerleading, found out if they had won the highly coveted positions. Voting took place at the high school, with the votes counted at the end of the school day by a cheerleading committee.

All the girls went home right after school, and if indeed they did win, the convertible carrying the present cheerleading squad would stop by the winner's house and pick her up to ride on to the next winner's house.

I don't know, but doesn't this seem a little bit cruel to the girls who waited at their homes and no one came by??!!

My mother chaperoned quite often with Bertie Mae Broome at the Teen Age Club - I think mainly to make sure that I didn't dance too close to my current boyfriend. What on earth would she think of today's dancing moves? We'd pack people in the cars, on backseat floors, and in the trunks and, of course, sometimes just two to a car.

After the movie, en masse, we would head to the Orange Bowl later became the Bonfire drive-in restaurant to get burgers and shakes. The novelty wore off soon after they grew out of the "adorable" stage. Because of protective animal rights, this dyeing of chicks is no longer done. Frank Helms has the very best story. It seems that when he was in grammar school John D.

Hodges , he had a crush on my sister, Gale, two years younger. Being too shy to ever approach her, he began carrying around a little medicine kit containing band-aids, iodine, and gauze, so that if she fell down and got hurt, he would be ready to offer help, thus impressing her.

People were unsure about which way their buttoned-down shirts were to be worn under the sweaters - over the top of the shirt collar? Dresses, jackets, and culottes made of seersucker were in style also. In the early s weskits were popular. I had an orange one that I just loved to wear thinking it looked so smart on me.

Bermuda shorts also became popular in the mid 50s. They, plus others, went to a movie, and afterwards some boys drove by making some disparaging comments about their shorts.

Their manhood threatened, they challenged the guys to get out of the car and repeat their comments. The three were vastly relieved when the car went on by. I went shopping for a new shirt to wear with my black, long, tight, wool skirt. Before pantyhose came on the scene, we had to wear those tortuous garter belts to hold up our stockings.

Nothing was comfortable about them. The first hose had seams - and you had to make certain that the seams were going straight up the back of your legs.

This was not easy. Ted Broome remembers the girls wearing Buick rings as bracelets. Blue jeans became popular with the girls in the 50s, but they were worn strictly for casual events. We wore them mainly on weekends - but not on dates. A large shirt usually a white one belonging our father completed the look as long as the shirt tails were out.

Neatness was all important. We were not allowed to have dates or even go across the street to buy a Krispy Cream donut until the restriction was over. Thankfully, today, almost anything goes, lengthwise or otherwise. People are much more casual about their clothes - sometimes even too much so. If you have ideas for possible future articles, write the Enquirer-Journal or e-mail me at nitawall hotmail.

September 04 More About Teachers. Loretta Walters Fodrie wrote that Annie Lee taught both of her parents and made them memorize poetry just as she did with us. She remembers being frustrated over the memorization and wondering why we had to do such a thing when we could always look up the poems in books. Years later, she knows the value of those memorized poems.

As a freshman working in the closed stacks of the library at East Carolina, Loretta was helping a professor who had waited patiently behind several students before he got to her counter. She told him about Miss Annie.

But she never did. Loretta says that poetic moment in the library was insignificant compared to the many times she has remembered that same line when she was impatient for something to happen faster. For one white shining hour of peace, Count many a year of strife well lost. Anna says actually the name had been left there by students from a Lee High School.

During this trip, she says some of them left the hotel through a window and tried to climb a secured door setting off an alarm. The hotel detective met them in the street and marched them back inside where Miss Annie and Mr. Miss Ollie and Miss Annie Lee were those teachers for me. Our librarian, Miss Jesse McKee was a tiny little lady with tightly coifed hair, who always tiptoed and kept her finger to her mouth, constantly shushing us.

Just imagine this happening today! Miss McKee took it upon herself to censor books in the library that she felt were too offensive to our young naive eyes. She would take a black marker and mark through the offending passages. We would go to the public library uptown and see for ourselves what it was that she had censored.

On Saturday, the day before, the someone would go out in the yard, grab a chicken by the head, and then swing in a wide circular motion until its head popped off in the hand. Afterward, a newspaper would be rolled up, lighted, and the feathers too tiny to pluck would be singed off.

I would probably faint if I saw this done today! Virginia Bjorlin tells a funny story about Dr. George Smith that took place either the late s or early s. Often on his way to work, Dr. Also, back then, many of Dr. One morning someone left a chicken in their yard. After killing and plucking it and noticing that the bird was rather tough, Mrs. Smith and her cook decided to boil it. Since it never became tender, Mrs. Smith told the cook just to make chicken salad.

Later that day when Dr. Sundays were always the day for visiting and riding around. Families would come out to our house in the late afternoon, sit in the shade of our big oak tree, drink iced tea, and often eat watermelon or home-made ice cream. We loved to catch lightening bugs! You could pull off the lightening part and rub on your finger and make a shine-in-the-dark ring, or catch a lot of them and write your name on a tree.

Families also played card games such as Setback, Rook, Hearts, etc. Sundays were the days for making home-made ice cream! After church and after lunch, we would pile in the car and drive to SC to get a bushel basket of peaches. Ice was sold only in big blocks. I remember seeing that big block of ice come sliding down the chute, be picked up with great big tongs, and placed in a burlap bag. Once home, my brothers would then crush the block by beating the sack containing the ice with their baseball bats.

My family always sat in the same pew at church Sunday after Sunday - on the left, towards the back, aisle seat. I still sit there now, feeling slightly out of place if sitting on the right or close to the front. Some of the hats were so big that the unfortunate person sitting on the row behind found it impossible to see the minister.

When young, we played with our dolls or paper dolls. When older, read movie magazines, tried new hair styles, etc. Afterward, we could go to Presbyterian youth group, and then after that, on up the street to the Baptist Church. These were perfect Sundays! November More Music and Dancing. Probably what stands out most in my mind about dancing and listening to music in the 50s is our dancing at Camp Sutton. We'd drive there at night, park in a wide circle with the headlights on, turn on the same radio station at full blast, and then dance together in the center.

We could be as loud as we wanted because no one was around to hear us and complain. Of course, a few times we were asked to leave by the police patrolling the area, but it didn't happen often. I obviously didn't know what the words meant because I was told by a "more knowing" friend that I was embarrassing the guys by my singing along with the record. I recently have come across the song again thanks to Lou Walters - Maurice to most of us , and now certainly can understand the embarrassment that I caused.

Lou Walters sent me a cassette of these treasured oldies. He remembers a "pile" of us going to WMAP one night and cutting our own versions of "Ebb Tide" and some other great oldies. A few of our "clever" or we thought so sound effects for "Ebb Tide": For the line "When the tide rushes in.. I can't remember all our sound effects or who all were there I particularly remember Earl Bostic's saxophone music. His big hit back in was "Moonglow. Remember Roscoe Gordon's "Booted"?

I can still recall some of my dance partners to "Earth Angel" by the Penguins; I bet you can too. I guarantee it'll bring back some memories. In some soda shops, drugstores, and the like, there were table-side jukeboxes. You could flip through the titles, and right at the table, pick the record you wanted to hear five records for a quarter. Old juke boxes are now collector's items.

December Christmases of Long Ago. Christmas is so very special for children. When I was young, we had our Christmas tree all decorated in the formal living room which I could not enter at any other time.

I was fascinated by a snow globe and loved shaking it and seeing the snow swirl around the snowmen. My sister and I always had one new doll under the tree from Santa: In other years, a doll from around the world I particularly liked the dark haired one with the red dress from Spain ; a Betsy-Wetsy guess what she did after giving her a bottle of water ; a baby doll who opened and closed her eyes, etc.

And my Christmas stocking - no Game Boys, cell phones, etc. After opening our presents, a favorite treat was cutting a hole in the orange, pushing in the peppermint stick and using it as a straw, suck out the delicious peppermint flavored orange juice. When George was three, he got an electric train set from Santa. His dad, Spud, and uncles, John and Lee, were having the best time playing with the train. On Christmas morning Scottie took his new monkey, went next door, and traded it for a 5 cent whistle.

Patty still has the mutilated toy. Gale, my sister recalls my getting a pink clock radio when they were first on the market. They were delivered and installed on Christmas Eve while her mother was out. She remembers their giggling behind her mother as she followed a string all the way around the house and finally into the basement. They immediately put in a load of laundry and all watched as it swirled the colorful clothes and seeing the soap suds fill the door window.

They were divided into two groups of students and each group was placed in tiers on the stage forming a Christmas tree. Does anyone have a copy of this 78 rpm record? We all had hopes of snow falling on Christmas Eve. Just a hint of snow in the air made the day complete. Others have memories of a wonderful day visiting with relatives, exchanging gifts, and feasting. Thank goodness some traditions have never changed. This is just one of them. The very first Valentine Day card was written in the s in Europe by a martyr, St.

Valentine, who was in jail awaiting execution. Miss Esther Howland is credited for sending the first card in the US. She became fascinated with the idea after receiving a card from an English friend. She began importing the paper lace and floral designs from England and making her own. The demand grew such that she recruited her friends, and an assembly operation was begun in her home.

She retired in from a very profitable business. Margaret McGuirt Broome remembers her mother driving her around to put Valentines at her friend's doorways. I remember the excitement of hearing someone knock on our front door, too. The excitement of wondering from whom one would receive cards - how many - and who would send the prettiest one.

There have been several versions as to the identity of the Valentine box decorators. Jean Cantey McIlwain recalls her mother decorating a hat box, was she a grade mother? Do schools still have grade mothers? Betti Davis Boyd recalls making a Valentine box at home and carrying it to school. I vaguely remember several children being chosen each year for the honor of box decoration which was done at school.

A slot was made in the top for the cards to be inserted one by one. It was so much fun to go uptown and buy Valentine cards and deciding which card go to whom. There were booklets that contained cards that had to be punched out for sending. Or, you could make your own. Naturally these cards were sent anonymously.

Ann also recalls her grandmother, Mrs. Walter Crowell, coming into her room asking her to share her cards with someone in Mrs. For several days, we would drop our cards into our beautiful Valentine box. Carole Elliott Bookhart, along with the majority of us, secretly asked friends how many cards they got all the while hoping that no one could beat our number. I think Jean got the most in my class in the third grade. She does remember walking home from John D. Hodges opening her cards and being so very thrilled to have gotten one from John Henry Belk.

Nancy thinks that Valentines were perhaps our earliest social introduction to the fairy tale of romantic love. The ever-present cherub, Cupid, is a prominent figure. The myth is that Cupid, the winged mischievous son of Venus the Roman goddess of love and beauty , would shoot his arrows at victims, piercing their hearts, and making them fall deeply in love. Thinking this was so attractive, my sister, Gale, who was a brunette, decided that she could give herself those blue-ish glints if she rubbed carbon paper all over her hair.

In the winter, she would order hot water. Because she thought that if she were on a date or if she met up with someone she liked, her breath would smell better especially if there were to be a kiss involved. And speaking of hamburgers, they cost only 15 cents back in the Fifties. I guess the sign would be as big as the restaurant if they still did that today. They crawled out underneath the tent at the back. But, as fate would have it, the tent was located right up against a fence.

They had to then climb over the fence to make a clean break! There must be some moral somewhere here. Once there according to Ted Broome , they 20 or 30 of them were to mainly be in charge of training the draftees, then be deployed to Korea, to bases in Europe, or sent somewhere in the States. There was much hugging, kissing, crying, promises being made, etc. Who knew when they would see each other again?!

The guys were back in Monroe that Saturday on leave. So much for sad goodbyes. Phil Gamble and his cousin, Joe Paul Gamble, were very close.

There was to be no working, dancing, or drinking on Sundays. Therefore no stores were opened on Sundays in Monroe. Sundays were days for relaxing and being with family and friends. Wonder how Blue Laws would be accepted if put into use today? Any ideas to be considered for future articles? Please e-mail me at nitawall hotmail. As a little girl, I would spend hours playing with paper dolls - not only just with store-bought ones, but my own made by cutting figures out of magazines or catalogs.

Catalogs were a wonderful source with a variety of clothes and accessories also to be cut out. Marianne Belk remembers cutting out paper dolls from old dress patterns.

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