One beautiful October day I took my shoes off in school. They were new and probably stiff. Well, when it was time to go home, I couldn’t find one shoe. I had to have another pair of shoes before it got cold. We never did find out what happened to my shoe! I was in the second grade then and Vernon in the first.
For the Christmas Program that year Vernon and I sang “Silent Night.” Before it was our turn to sing, some of the older boys gave Vernon some gum. We had a hard time singing as he was so busy chewing the gum. I remember walking to Holzbierleins to get a bucket of water to drink at school. I believe one of the other kids went with me as I was so little. There probably wasn’t much water left by the time we got back to school.
We moved the next spring to the “Fourth Place” which belonged to Relius Beck. He was living in Jefferson City, I believe. We walked to Honey Creek to Church and Sunday School. I think it was about four miles. We still went to Pleasant Valley to school.