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From: "Barbara Mitchell" <>
Subject: Re: [ALMARION] Fw: as I remember on day in hamilton by Joel Palmer
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 11:14:57 -0500
Joel, I loved your memory story!!. I remember going to Hamilton a few
times, but I was very young. I was born in Hackleburg.
Barbara Cochran Mitchell
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From: "Joel Palmer" <>
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 10:41 AM
Subject: [ALMARION] Fw: as I remember on day in hamilton by Joel Palmer
> As I remember a Saturday in my hometown of Hamilton, Alabama, in the late
> 1930s and 1940s.
> Saturday was the big fun day in Hamilton. My Dad would tell me "if we get
> the plowing done or some other chore that I could go to town Saturday" .So
> that put the want to in my heart to get it done.All country boys wanted to
> go to town at that time.
> So when Saturday finely rolled around and about 9 0 clock I was standing
> by the mail box with a dime in my pocket,waiting for Mr.Ott Davis to come
> by and pick me up in his home made school bus. Ever Saturday he would come
> rolling up and the door would fly open, hop in now and give him the dime
> and we were on our way to let the good times roll. Looking back in the
> three long seated bus were several smiling faces . Arriving in town Mr.
> Davis would tell us he would be leaving for home at 3 o clock and if you
> are here you can ride back( if you had another dime).But he never turned
> no one down if they didn't have another dime.(good man Mr. Davis he would
> say you can hand it to me some other time get in)
> Now to make it to the hot spot in town and that was the court house yard
> all ways something exciting going on there under the large oak trees.
> Marble games of all kinds some times a little beting on the games and that
> was a bad no no law in Hamilton . So our one law officer, and he being
> the only police officer Hamilton had day night seven days a week (no car
> mule or anythang for transpation)had to keep an eye on these games. He had
> other troubles too some of the old men folks setting on the cement fence
> would sneak a drink of moonshine when he was not looking ,And there was
> the town drunk to look for that would be coming staggern around. Saturday
> was a long day for our law man but somebody had to do it.
> The fun starts on the north east side of the court square there is a
> medical salesman, (with feathers in his hair)putting on a show by popping
> the caps off pop bottles with a whip held by a young girl, He gets around
> to telling us he has an old Indian Medicine that will fix you up no matter
> what ails you from the top of your head to the screeking of your shoes..
> Only a buck a bottle.
> On the other side of the court house is a preacher, the Rev.Ralph
> Aldridge, there about ever Saturday,preaching hell fire and brimstone)with
> no loud speaker he is doing his best to out do that medicine man that has
> a loud speaker but seems more people are interested in the medicine show
> for he has a pretty girl with him that is smileing so pretty, so that is
> where most of the crowd is,
> Mr. Hamilton Green is by the well southeast corner of the court square
> stomping his feet slinging his fists and telling the world or anybody that
> will lend him an ear that President Roosevelt is leading this country to
> hell in a hand basket.
> Teenage boys and girls are walking around the court square and I mean
> around and around, checking each other out by smiling and see who smiles
> back inc.
> Well here comes Mr. Bedford now and he has the loud speaker that wakes
> up the dead on his car and he is telling everybody that the show is about
> to start and you better be getting down to the theater now, ole Roy
> Rodgers is about to save Dale from a heard of wild buffalos, and will whop
> upon 15 bad guys and never get a scratch. Only 11 cents to see the show or
> 6 good hen eggs will get you in.and I have no money or eggs,but that's
> alright grandma Lolley said "going to them old picture shows would send
> you to hell for the bible said so",and from what Rev.Aldridge said hell
> is the place I care nothing about, and grandmo also said the devil would
> come after you in an iron buggy pulled by a iron horse.
> Mr.Happy Gilland is working hard selling peanuts and and so is Mr
> Streety,Freddy Ashley, is checking ever ones shoes and offering his
> services to shine them up for a dime.Shorty Duncan is checking ever one
> for news.
> There goes the old town clock, bong--bong-- bong, getting late now and
> time to go to the school bus I have had a fun day for a twelve year old
> boy.Joel Palmer
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