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Country Travels

ida_Concord.jpg (17367 bytes)Ever so often, I think of possibly my earliest memories. I was probably 4 years old, (abt. 1930). Mother & Dad, (Grover Cleveland & Ida May Ailshire Polly) were share cropping a farm in Kentucky near Concord, on the banks of the Ohio river. They kept an old Model T Ford in a friends barn on the Ohio side of the river. To get to it, they would put me in an old rowboat with them, and row across the river to Ohio. We would then go by car to shop or visit friends or relatives.

The little boat would sometimes leak, and we would have to use a bucket to keep the water out. I remember helping to bail out the water with my own little tin cup.

On the Kentucky side, when mother needed something from the little country store several miles away, she would hitch up her mare to the buggy and off we would go to the store!

I think of this sometimes, and have to chuckle. Me, Betty Driver, going to town in a boat or buggy! I hope to make a trip to back to Ohio and Kentucky in the near future, and again go down memory lane to that old country store in Kentucky, but this time not by horse or buggy! My new Ford Taurus will do just fine!

(Photo above of Ida may Polly with her mare, ca. 1920's.)

Submitted by Pauli Driver Smith
paulismith@earthlink.net


Ice Cream Capers

When I was 13, (1925) growing up in St. Louis, Mo, if we wanted ice, we bought it from an ice wagon. One day, I bought 25 cents worth, and decided to make homemade ice cream. My two sisters, and step-sister were afraid of what our parents would do if we didn't wait and share it with everyone. I couldn't wait so I ate the batch! let me tell you, when you eat a whole quart of ice cream, you know it!

When our dad came home from work, my tattletale sisters told him the whole story. Boy, did I get it then for not letting it set until everyone enjoy it! That was my great ice cream caper.

George James Driver Jr.

Submitted by Pauli Driver Smith
paulismith@earthlink.net


Murder Most "Fowl"

William A. Longworth/Longwith 
(1829 - 1895)

This story is told of William and his friend, John Sullens, when they were small boys growing up near Fenton, MO.

One day while playing, they decided to make the goslings on the Longworth farm, "flop". They would grab one of the goslings by the neck and shake it and say, "Flop, I tell you, flop." When the poor gosling was dead and could flop no more, they would catch another and do the same to it, until they had killed a considerable number of the Longworth goslings!

This story can be found in the book, "Among My Pioneer Ancestors,",  by Anna Sartori, copyright 1942.

Story submitted by Pauli Driver Smith
paulismith@earthlink.net


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