Thursday, August 19, 2010

YOU ARE THERE - August 20, 1975

Having lived next to the funeral home from age 10 until the present, we knew Mr. Willie Sammons quite well. My siblings and I always wondered who would be around to bury Mr. Willie when and if he died. But death comes to all, including Mr. Sammons. He died August 16, 1975, at the age of 82.

The county hospital was in a crisis, and I had to interview parties on both sides of the controversy, and I hated it. Some people wished I hadn't done it, while others were overjoyed. (We didn't have Topix back then - LOL).

Mr. Windsor wrote about "Jaws" which was opening at the Brice Cinema.

Ricks wrote about the opening of school - Activity increasing, THS and TES football, Mrs. Johnson's cheerleaders, Boosters Club and the proposal to raise graduation requires from 18 to 21 units.

The Willis Reunion was enjoyed.

Ray Shirley, GFC director, presented a "fire knocker" to the City of Tarrytown, the first such presentation in the McRae District.

Remember the bird's nest photo? It was a family of mocking birds in a plum bush.

Doc Henry supervised the other Henrys in painting the interior of the Courthouse.

A Labor Day pond draining was planned for Wildwood Lake - first time ever, 300 acres.

William A. Ricks 
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