SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK, COURTSHIP, & LAND ACQUISITION

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SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK, COURTSHIP, & LAND ACQUISITION,

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CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Graduation was much like today, with cap and gowns, gifts, ceremony.
NON-FARM WORK
Soon after graduation, he and a friend decided to take the teacher's exam and passed it. They taught at nearby schools and consulted each other daily about lessons. County determined curriculum. Picked up books in Springfield. School was heated by a big coal stove in the back. Students has school spelling bees & he formed a track team. He & Herbert got together frequently to work on lessons. An Indian mound was discovered in the area & he found some arrowheads when the ground was disturbed.
COURTSHIP
He & wife had gone to school together. She worked in insurance in Springfield. They dated for about a year. Married in 1927 on a hot June day in the Methodist Church in Auburn. Went to the St. Nicholas Hotel in Springfield for dinner. He and Helen went on honeymoon trip to KY into Eastern Tennessee, stopping at relatives.
LAND ACQUISITION
Returned to live in downtown area of Auburn. He quit teaching, became a full-time farmer. Had to go back and forth to work daily. Soon moved southeast of Thayer on 80 acres until 1935, then bought current farm.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
When young they could go to Springfield for social activities like movies and dances.
RECOLLECTIONS
Tells stories of Prohibition in Auburn, where there was lots of bootlegging, including a big still allegedly run by the Chicago gangsters. Tells how this was raided and closed down. He helped dismantle it, taking away coke (fuel).