I was looking through some old stuff recently and ran across some interesting notes about a boy, William Joseph Smith, of Brooklyn, NY. He was born in April, 1912, and when he was 11 years old his mother died. He and his siblings were with his grandmother for a short time, but in March, 1923, he was put on an orphan train, which seemed to be the correct thing to do in those days. He eventually arrived in Cimarron County.
By 1941 a sister of Bill's died, after looking for him in this area. If there was ever news of his being located I was never aware of it. If someone knows more about this story, please let me know. I hope he was cared for in this area by a loving family.
I was reading a book the other day by Katherine Hall Page, and I am now inclined to think my older daughter, Christy, has either been reading that book or has a wild imagination (not flattering to me!).
Here is a quote from it: “... a rubber rain hat that made her look like the old salt on the package of Gorton's fish sticks.” Christy has often used similar words to express my appearance while enduring a rain storm.
I ran across this item recently in some old notes. A fellow named Raymond Myers of Dewey , OK , was a visitor in Boise City several years ago. He said he had been crew chief on the B-17 that bombed Boise City July 5, 1943 , and wanted to see the town from ground level, just to make sure most of it was still standing.
Whatever happened to Wil (with one “1”), Shriner, a son of the Indiana humorist, Herb Shriner. Herb died several years ago, but surely Wil carried on his dad's stories. One of his best ones was “Punk rock is popular because it gives ugly kids a chance.” So true!
In Dallas they tell you that the Top o' Texas Stadium is scooped out so God can watch.
There is one weatherman in Amarillo who talks about hail and calls it “hell”, which always makes me jump to attention. Especially when it's something like “There was a lot of hell in that cloud”. Yeah! He also calls the Gulf of Mexico the “Golf of Mexico. Might be pretty wet teeing off.
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