March 20 • 06:25 AM

My School Day autobiography books recalled

February 04, 2009
Do you remember the "My School-Day Autobiography'' books that we used to take to school and have our friends and teachers write a ditty or two? My first one was given to me by my third grade teacher, Bessie Park for Christmas 1926, who was also my sister-in-law. The first page was titled "My Teachers.'' See if you remember any of them. Christine Braidwood - first grade, Marion Montgomery - second, Bessie Park - third, Zella Newman - Music & Art, Helen Carr - 4th and 5th, Miss Boyce - 6th and 7th. Some classes were small and teachers had two grades in one room. The next few pages were titled "Names and Addresses of my Class Mates.''

My sister-in-law wrote in it on Christmas day 1926, "When you have work to do, do it with a will. They who reach the top, first must climb the hill.'' Sixth and seventh grade teacher Vivian Boyce wrote, "Good better best, Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better, And your better best.'' Fourth and fifth grade teacher Helen Carr wrote, "Make the best of everything, Think the best of everybody, Hope the best for yourself.'' My Mother wrote, "Philippians 4:6-7 "In nothing be anxious but in everything by prayer and supplication let your request be known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.''

Marion Montgomery was my second grade teacher, pretty, petite, always smelled so nice and her knuckles were a dainty pink. I found some rouge someplace and made my knuckles dainty pink also. For the first few days in second grade I called her, Miss Montgomery-Ward. I thought she was related to the catalog people. One day a young handyman was touching up something with paint and Miss Montgomery went over and stuck her nose in whatever he was doing. He reached up and touched her nose with the paint brush. Miss Montgomery eventually married Ross Lawrence who had a car dealership where Howard's is now. The fire of 1941 wiped out several businesses on that side of the street, including Ross Lawrence's Chevrolet garage and filling station.

Now for some contributions by classmates and friends. Do you remember any of them? Some are still nearby but, most are no longer with us. Doris Edgerton contributed, "When you are married and your husband is cross, pick up a rolling pin and say, 'I'm boss!'" Myrna Terpening, "I wouldn't be a growler. I wouldn't be a bear. I wouldn't be an owlet always on a stare. I wouldn't be a goose nor a peacock full of pride. But I would be a boy with a pocket on each side.'' Ardeth Terry, "Way down South where the bananas grow, a mosquito stepped on an elephant's toe. The elephant looked up with tears in his eyes and said, 'Pick on someone your own size.'" Constance Hanna, "When cupid shoots his arrows, I hope he 'Mrs.' you. Helen Messer Hyma, "When you stand before the tub, think of me before you rub.'' Elizabeth Messer Halsey, "Don't take life too hard, you'll not come out alive anyway.'' Cathryn Greenman, "When you get married and live on a farm, write me a letter as long as your arm.'' Mary Grace Borland, "When everybody turns you down, think of me.'' She signed it, "Your very best friend,'' and she was all of our lives, our parents were good friends and took us on camping trips. When Marge Currey Tower came into high school from the Howland School, we gladly included her and called ourselves, "The Three Musketeers.'' My brother, Roy Park and Bob Emmons enjoyed entering silly stuff. "You may fall from the steeples, You may fall from above, But for goodness sakes don't fall in love.'' Another, "I love you little, I love you dirty, I love you clean, I love you big, 'BUT!' I won't love you when you're a pig as you are at the table.'' I remember that one upset me.

— Country Cousin

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