Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mom and Music

And music came into Mom’s life and the life of her children.

When I was 9 years old, I started taking music lessons of my sister Iva. Our family all liked music and we’d all gather round the piano and sing a lot. My brother Bob had a cornet and he and Iva played for church at Christian Beech Grove Church for services. Bessie could play the piano by ear, and could play anything Iva played. I was playing for them to sing at Red River School by the time I was in the 4th grade and I played all thru grade school. We didn’t have a music teacher when I went to high school, but Superintendent Dalton Hill would take each class 3 times a week to the gym and teach them songs. And I played the piano. I get out of a lot of classes when I went to Red River to school.

Allan Puterbaugh was my first teacher and he loved to draw my picture on the blackboard. There was 5 in my 1st grade. My second grade teacher was Orville Lawrence. He was a good teacher and he would always go out at recess with all of us and play games like Handy Over.

A girl in the same class had to walk a mile and a half to school, and in the really cold weather, she would stop and warm at our house then we’d walk on to school.

A step back again in time. Thank you for joining me.

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