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ImageSharon
Jul 9, 2015 10:24 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A lot of us are of a certain age and have good as well as not so good memories of long ago. I thought it might be fun to have a thread devoted to old memories, old music, things we remember from almost forgotten years. It isn't limited to us oldsters, anybody can join in. I'll start with an old memory now and will add them as I think of them.

It was early in the '50s when we got our first telephone. My grandfather who lived down on the main state highway got a phone earlier than we did because the line came to the state road long before it came to the 'holler' where I lived. But because of that I already knew about talking on the phone and had been allowed to answer my grandfather's phone a few times. He taught me good phone manners including to never answer when the phone had a double ring because it was a party line and only the long single ring was his phone, the short double ring belonged to the store across the road.

When we got our phone a few years later, our neighbor across the dusty one lane road was on our party line. She was an older woman, very nice, but so strange about that phone. She never could remember which ring was hers, the long single ring or the short double ring, so she answered both of them, which means she answered ours even if she could hear us talking at the time. She was hard of hearing so she would answer with the loudest, longest drawn out "Hellooooooooooooo" you ever heard. And she not only said it once or twice, she would say it multiple times. Even when we would tell her the call was for one of us, she still held that phone up to her ear and listened till we said 'bye'. Also she'd occasionally join in the conversation.

It didn't bother me much, I rarely had a private call because not many of my friends had a phone anyway and i was only about 8 or 10. Until I started dating and had a boyfriend who called every night at 8. And every night at 8 she would answer that phone. I would very nicely say, "This call is for me, Auntie." And she would say "Now who's this boy whats callin' you? What's yore name, Son? Who's yore parents. Is that you I see drivin' up and parkin' down to th' grauge ever weekend? Where you takin' her? To them movin' pictures again?"

I was totally humiliated. Until one time my boyfriend very kindly said, "We're going to see Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson and Doris Day, would you like to go with us, Ms. Webb?" (She was actually my dad's aunt by marriage, though her husband had been dead a long time.)

Smart boy, she slammed that phone down and never bothered me at 8 o'clock again. But she told my mother that my boyfriend was taking me to see 'them dirty movies'.

My dad finally got a private line, he couldn't take a business call with any privacy. I think she continued to be on somebody's party line though, she really enjoyed the company I expect. Smiling

So did y'all have party lines when you were growing up?

Found this picture on Wikipedia's Public Domain, looks much like the one we had.

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ImageDaylilyOma2
Jul 9, 2015 11:08 PM CST
Name: DaylilyOma2
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Yes, Sharon. I recall the party line. My grandparents had a party line and my family did, also. We were taught which ring was ours to answer and yes, like your family, we had some people on the line who picked up the phone and listened. You could hear them breathing. I well recall those days. I thought Oma and Papa were rich when they got a "fancy" phone. I still recall the phone number to this day.

I was in Kentucky for three years so I know all about the "hollers." And I know all about the good cooks back in those hollers, too.
Wow, they could put on a spread. Enjoyed those years.

Fun thread!
Oma
Imageirisarian
Jul 9, 2015 11:28 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
My father worked for the phone co. (Wisconsin Bell) & he fixed it that our phone # & street # were the same 4 numbers. My 4th grade teacher did not believe it & sent home a note saying that 'this child doesn't know her phone number. Back went a note saying that I certainly did know it & the number was correct. Big silence. By the way I was taught to say 'fiave' & 'nian' since they sound very much alike as the funny sketch about it on TV. Our # was 5823 & a drug store was 9823 & we often got their calls. I was taught to be polite about it, although one time a man's voice yelled 'My paper wasn't delivered today'. I was angry that he yelled so hollered back 'Neither was mine' & slammed down the receiver. I'm glad that my father was not around.
ImageSharon
Jul 10, 2015 12:01 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
If anybody doesn't recognize 'hollers' by now they just haven't met me yet!

Funny, I can remember my old home number 2385 and my grandparents number was 2563. I can't remember my own number from when I lived in Louisville. I've had the same one here all these years.

Lily Tomlin. Remember her? She's the one I associate with fiave and nian!! And she puckered her mouth when she was the phone operator character. Loved her. Might be who you were talking about, Lucy.

Imagevic
Jul 10, 2015 1:48 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Cool story Sharon. We had a party line for awhile but finally went to a private line. Too many interruptions. Our phone was so heavy. Must have weight 30 pounds. I remember the phone at our church had the receiver that was sort of cone shaped you picked up and put to your ear and talked into the mouth piece that was on the phone itself. Days gone by for sure. Our number was 69732.
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ImageSharon
Jul 10, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The phone my grandfather had was a long wooden box that had the cone shaped ear piece and a similar mouth piece that would move up or down to adjust to your height. He had a wind up record player, a Victrola. We played a lot of music in that house. After my bout with polio, he'd pick me up and he'd dance around with me and I thought for sure I was dancing just like everybody else.

Do you remember having a front porch? Front porches had to have a swing and in the mountains the rest of the outside furniture had to be wicker. Aunt Bett didn't have wicker but she did have a swing and a few ladder back chairs on her front porch. Ninna's house, where we lived during the week, had the best swing ever. i would fall asleep in her big wicker arm chair.
Imagevic
Jul 10, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Sharon - you just brought back so many memories. Even though we lived in the city, we had a front porch. We had a wicker porch swing that hung from a metal frame. The cushions were very thick and solid. I'd give my eye teeth for that swing. I took so many naps on it. We also had the ladder back chairs too. The porch faced west so in the afternoons, we had those bamboo roll up and down type blinds. Mom would lower the blinds and I would lay in the swing and read and fall asleep. Oh for those lazy carefree summer days again.
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ImageSharon
Jul 10, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Yep, that is the way it was. I also remember that even in High School during one summer after work, I would lay in that swing with those cushions propping me up and read Dr. Zhivago. It had just come out and I had ordered it from the Courier Journal, big newspaper out of Louisville. I was so excited when it got to me. I think I read it in about a week, in the swing and probably at night in my bed. Awesome book, awesome movie. Julie Christie and Omar Sharif. Now today Sharif just passed away and I had forgotten all about Julie Christie. I need to google her. I think I cried through the entire movie because I had read the book and knew how it would end. Lara's Song . . . the theme song. Forever beautiful, as were the snow scenes in the book and in the movie.
Imagevic
Jul 10, 2015 1:33 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I didn't read the book but saw the movie. I do remember reading Grapes of Wrath one summer on the swing.

Another fantastic actor gone Crying
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Imageirisarian
Jul 10, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Lily Tomlin is the person. We didn't have a party line, as I said, Dad worked for the company & they had to get hold of him in an emergency. He was a supervisor at one of the indoor offices.

There was a wicker porch swing at my grandparents' home in Omaha. Green wicker. It was hot when we went there in comparison to Wisconsin where we were 4 blocks from Lake Michigan.
ImageSharon
Jul 10, 2015 3:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Wicker was the thing in those days. I loved it because it let the air flow through. My brother still has the wicker set that my Ninna had, they've kept it in great shape. It's always on their covered front porch during summer.
ImageDayjillymo
Jul 10, 2015 10:25 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
We had a party line years ago, too, but we had quite a few folks on the same line. We didn't have different rings, but the phone would "chirp" when someone else's phone was ringing. I had cousins just down the road from us. Carol, Cheryl, Cathy, Cindy and Candy. Cathy was my age. Those girls could tie up the phone line more than anyone else that I knew! Our number was 3346 and my Grandma's number was 5647. Grandma lived a mile away and was on our line along with all those girl cousins.

Grandma had a porch but her swing was a metal glider - not a hanging swing. It was the most wonderful chair in the world right up until wasps built a new inside the mechanism and chased everyone off the porch! She had clear blue morning glories growing up on the west side of her porch to create shade and fragrance in the evenings. Her old dog Putsy would curl up at the edge of the porch and howl each evening when her neighbor went outside to do chores. He would yodel for the pigs to come to dinner and that old pooch would howl right along with the neighbor!

I have lots of not-so-good memories of those years. Thank you all for bringing back some of the good ones. Group hug
ImageSharon
Jul 10, 2015 10:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
My mom had a glider too but I always loved the swing best. You painted a pretty picture of the morning glories, Jill, and cute Putsy too. What a song that would have been; a duet!

I guess some of us have bad memories as well but luckily there are some good ones to take over the hurt.
Imagevic
Jul 11, 2015 5:58 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
i love the morning glory picture in my mind too along with the dog and the glider Thumbs up
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ImageDaylilyOma2
Jul 11, 2015 9:39 PM CST
Name: DaylilyOma2
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Be a good day maker! Smile!
We grew up having a glider and porch swing. Oh what memories that brings to mind.
Love this thread.
Oma
ImageSharon
Jul 12, 2015 12:03 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
This week's Spotlight: Words . . . http://cubits.org/WhosWhoSpotlight/articles/view/1622/ . . . reminded me of games we used to play. I didn't have many playmates until I started school and then we'd have to walk quite a long way to visit with friends, but I remember playing some serious games even then.

There was hopscotch and jump rope, both a little difficult for me because of polio legs, but something that ended up being great exercise and really strengthening. I think hopscotch was my favorite and I can still do a little hopping around. I can't remember some of the rhymes that went with hopscotch, do any of you remember? Rhymes went with jump rope too, can't remember them either.

Y'all are going to have to help me out here.
Imagevic
Jul 12, 2015 3:21 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
The only thing that comes to mind is:

Down in the valley where the green grass grows

but I don't remember the rest of it.

I loved hopscotch, jumping rope, ball and jacks, skating (with a skate key of course Lovey dubby ) bike riding, hide and seek, climbing trees, paper dolls, reading, marbles, etc.
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Imagevic
Jul 12, 2015 3:38 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I just remembered one -

Fudge, Fudge, call the judge
Mama's got a newborn baby,
It's not a boy, it's not a girl,
Just an ordinary baby.

I'm sure if I googled I would find more....
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ImageElena
Jul 12, 2015 7:58 AM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
I was never very athletic even though my father was a famous University of TN athlete. Mother used to try to help me with my physical skills and I can remember her trying to help me do better with jump rope. She would jump all over the place and all I could do was the basic jumping and none of the fancy stuff. Softball, basketball, tumbling, dancing and everything like that was just not my forte and it wasn't with my two sisters either. (My sisters weren't athletic and we were all just miserable when it came to sports. Just barely skimmed by in P.E. and I hated it with a paasion except when we did square dancing. Loved that. ) I remember how thrilled we three girls were when we moved to a place where there was a swimming pool and we loved swimming. It was the same way with hiking, camping, and sports like badminton, croquet and horseshoes. We could do all that. I loved croquet. We never had a golf course but could have probably done ok with that if we'd had the chance. We all loved to skate but were terrible at bowling. Older sis decided to learn to ice skate and messed up her knee badly during the first few months of learning. Never did it again. That is funny that I have never told anyone this stuff. Just figured it was not normal to not be good at all that stuff when we were growing up. LOL

ImageSharon
Jul 12, 2015 9:56 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I was good at marbles, played roley hole all the time, even good at hopscotch and jump rope eventually, but I never could run very well for ball games, so I stayed away from them. Loved jacks and still have a little set of them leftover from my children's childhood. I loved jacks. I never learned to swim till I was in 9th grade. I had played in streams and creeks but they were never deep enough for swimming. Mom wouldn't take me to the pool in town because she always thought my legs were too week to let me swim so she decided I'd drown for sure.

But in 9th grade I spent the night with a friend who lived in town and the next day her mother took us to the pool and dropped us off. Our high school basketball coach was in charge of the pool and he also was my home room teacher. When I first got into the water I was scared silly remembering Mom's words . . . 'Your legs won't hold you up.' So Coach saw me hesitate and came into the water with me and by the end of that day I was swimming all over that pool. Best thing ever for my legs.

One thing I could never do was learn to dance, I have no rhythm at all and my legs don't work well together. I always felt like I'd missed out on something wonderful, but I just never could dance. Couldn't roller skate either, the mountains were not really flat enough and again, my legs didn't act like partners, so dancing was out.

I loved going to the sock hop at school on Friday nights though. It was just fun even if I sort of stayed to the sidelines.

Anybody ever have Boxed Pie Suppers to raise money for their school? They were the best.

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