My Title of Liberty

     "In Memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." - Alma 46:12    


Four Corners Elementary

1957 - 1960
Grades 4 through 6

My youngest brother Jim was born when I was nine years old. It was then that we moved to a house in the "toolies", out at the edge of town. Our street was unpaved (and still was, the last time I checked, although it is now in a well-developed area). When it rained, the low spots in the road worn away by traffic filled with water. It seems that the same potholes are still there. I remember walking in the grass along side the ditch and scaring grasshoppers into the water. I made boats out of small boards and nails and sailed them in the puddles. I learned early how to straighten nails for reuse.

Jim had the bedroom with the crib on the south end of the house, Jim and I had the bedroom on the north end, Mom and Dad had the bedroom in the middle. The bedrooms were on the west (back) side of the house with the living room, bathroom, and kitchen (south to north) on the East side. John and I each had a twin bed and I remember jumping between the beds and having pillow fights.

I started Fourth Grade at Four Corners with my arm in a cast. I can only imagine the difficulty it caused for my teacher, Mrs. Empey, while I wrote illegibly with my left hand. I had developed a keen interest in science. My Fourth Grade teacher gave me a book to encourage me, and her father, a Dr. Reeh, gave me two more books. One of the books was The Wonderful World of Medicine and another was a one-volume Encyclopedia of Natural History.

My Uncle Jim, Mom's brother, died while I was in the 5th Grade.

At least one time that I remember, I didn't go directly home after school. I got interested in some large puddles, or seasonal ponds, on the back of the school grounds and was collecting little frogs when Mom came to get me. I did a lot of that sort of thing in my free time. There was a large empty tract of land several blocks to the east of the house, and on the far eastern edge of that area of unmown grass was a small forest. That land was called Lincoln Park by developers, but for a long time it was my wilderness. There was a drainage ditch running from the little stub of Pennsylvania Avenue on the west to the forest in the east. I would catch frogs and snakes (I had six snakes at one time once). I never saw anything but varieties of garden snakes there. I caught a Fowler's toad once.