(Note to family members: Please let me know if you remember something differently or something more and I’ll add to her story.)
Mom, her brother Parker and mother had moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she attended first through fourth grades at Persing Grade School.
Mom writes the following about this time.
Mom went to 5th and 6th grades in Port Orchard, Washington. One time her mom took her on a visit to Canada. Her mom didn’t drive, so they took the bus everywhere, including Canada. Coming back home, the border guards wouldn’t let them into the US again until her mom showed a birth certificate or some proof they were American citizens. Her mom had nothing. So my Mom, little 5th grader, looks in her own purse and pulls out her library card. The guards were satisfied and let them back in the US, based on that library card. (how things have changed!)
Mom wrote the following about her time in Port Orchard.
She never told her mom, but she told me. One day while her mom was at work, my mom’s stepdad started fondling her and pushing himself onto her. Mom said she started screaming. Her stepdad told her to be quiet or the neighbors would hear. So she screamed louder and fought him. He left her alone then. When her mom came home she told her to divorce Ray, which her mom promptly did.
For Part 3 of Mom’s life, I’ll focus on what she wrote about her brother Parker during this time.
LESSON LEARNED: If I start to feel sorry for myself for moving a lot during my growing up years, just re-read how much Mom moved during her growing up years!
LESSON LEARNED: If I’m leaving the country, be sure to take whatever ID is necessary to get back in!
LESSON LEARNED: Mom’s example with her stepfather is a lesson: Never put up with someone assaulting me, even if they are in authority.
COMMENTS FROM FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT MOM’S LIFE PART 1:
Paula Amrhein: would have to be astonishingly famished to eat squirrel
Emily Crutchfield: squirrels are good to eat
Sarah Swenson Smith: remembers morse code machine at Vero Beach house from when Grandma Hall was a telephone operator, says squirrel stew is pretty good
Peggy Hite: said Uncle Wallace sent Jewell & Frankie checks every month, remembers Uncle Wallace sending her a new typewriter when she graduated high school, said Jewell’s real name was Julia.
Deborah Gateley: said Frankie (Grandma Hall) got $50 a month (a decent amount back then) from her brother Wallace, which was an annuity that continued until she died.
General Discussion: wondering which deer movie Mom saw … Bambi? The Yearling?
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