There were 4 young girls living in a double down the street with their parents. The oldest girl was my age and her name was Donna, too - Donna Sue. One winter after a big snow, her dad made a Daniel Boone snowman with rifle and coon skin hat. It was really cool! It seemed like her parents fought a lot - I think he drank too much. When he built the Daniel Boone snowman, I thought to myself - why couldn't he be that nice all the time. The Daniel Boone snowman was really cool and everyone was really happy. Just across the alley from them, there was a boy a few years older that lived there. They had a big maple tree in the front yard and in order to climb it, you had to throw a rope around the lower big limb and hoist yourself up the trunk. Once, I got halfway up, the rope broke and I fell on my back. It hurt and I crawled home. Actually, I didn't hurt all that bad, I just liked the drama..............After the houses, there were a few businesses on State Street towards Washington Street. A cleaners that had a sloped parking area in front that was great for roller skating, Next to it was an auto garage that smelled of oil and grease. The old men would sit outside the overhead garage door. They were always nice and would say 'hi' when we walked by, but I was a scared of them. Then at the corner there was the drugstore. After my grandmother would go downtown on Saturday for her dressmaking shopping, she would take the bus to our house to visit. The bus stop was at the corner of State and Washington and my brother and I would walk her to the bus stop when she left. She would give us each a dime to buy something at the drugstore. You could buy a lot for a dime. Sometimes we would buy bubble gum or small tablets to draw in and then there were always the wood paddles with the rubber balls. My brother and I were big suckers for those wooden paddles and balls. They usually broke within 10 minutes and then Mother would have herself a new paddle. We had a big heavy white upright piano in our bedroom and when Grandma would call to talk to Mother, Eddie and I would get the paddle and push it under the piano. There was quite a stash when we moved out of that house.
Here is a newer picture of our block (1) our house (2) the cleaners (3) auto garage (no longer there) (4) drugstore (no longer there) (5) Marcia's house and (6) was the alley. Back then, the garbage cans were left at the alley where the garbage trucks would drive through to pick up the garbage. Garbage was just thrown in the garbage cans - we didn't have plastic bags. It always smelled bad. I'm not sure when this aerial was taken or if that house is the same one that we lived in. It seemed that there were more houses when we lived there in the 1950s.
My brother and I also liked playing on our front porch - it was big. There was a big glider to swing on and a milk box by the front door for the milkman to leave milk in. We could even ride our tricycles on the front porch.
We had the freedom to play and our imaginations knew no boundaries. The house was our toy box. Here is another aerial picture of our house. The apartments across Ohio St were the apartments that we stood next to for our pictures with our sister.
This is one of the pictures with Joyce, my mother's best friend, taken with my brother, sister and I. Joyce was very pretty. She was a sweet and fun lady and had a bubbly personality.
The State Street house holds lots of memories. This is where we lived when Eddie and I had our picture taken on the pony. My sister was born here and this is where we lived when Eddie and I started school. That first year of school for me was rough. Eddie was still at home and was able to play with all the toys by himself. It was really bad if we got a new 'toy' and I had to go to school. I remember one time, someone gave us these big photograph books. There weren't any photographs in them; just blank thick paper. We were going to draw in them. I just knew Eddie was going to draw on all the paper while I was at school. There were many mornings that I had to be physically pushed out the door. Quickly the door would shut and I had no where to go but to school. It just wasn't fair!