|Baby Grandma is the little baby in the front seat with Uncle John Clark. Grandma Clark in the back and to the left.|
Teen girl was their ward, Betty Shoultz.
In the words of Uncle Harvey, here is the story of when Baby Grandma got "hung up".
"Iness and I were small. We liked to go over to these nice apple trees near the house. The people [they belonged to] kept them pruned. But one time, they left a little branch sticking out [about 6 inches long].
"Iness had on a pair of bloomers that reached down to her knees. They were made of some old shirting [probably muslin].
"One day, we climbed up the tree and started to climb down again when Iness slipped. The crotch of her bloomers caught on that branch left sticking out. She flipped upside down and there she hung! I was scared to death and didn't know how to get her down. I was afraid to go to the house to get help, so I left her hang there! The blood was rushing to her head and finally I hollered at somebody and they came and lifted her down." End quote.
Can you imagine? I have kids and I have sisters and I can image there was laughing and crying and some threats being made!
According to Uncle Harvey, Baby Grandma lived with her Grandma Clark (who was actually her father's sister) all through her grade school years. She went to Pleasant Valley School and walked about 4 miles to get there.
Once she finished grade school, Baby Grandma moved back into her father's house. Her father had married the neighbor woman by that time. Her step-mother, Ida Hixon, had several children herself and one daughter near the same age as Baby Grandma. Ida's daughter Olive and Baby Grandma went to Bournville High School together. Olive graduated as the Valedictorian and Baby Grandma was the Salutatorian.
|Olive Hixon, third person from the left in the front row|
Iness Walls, third person from the right in the front row. Graduation Picture
After high school, Olive and Baby Grandma went to work at the telephone company in Springfield, Ohio.
Since I do not have a lot of fun stories of Baby Grandma's early years, I think tomorrow I will share the story of what her brother Harvey and cousin did to their Grandma Harriet Walls. It will really knock your socks off!