• Funny Stories

    Uncle Luke

    Luke Alexander Denny was born November 21, 1917.  (I really never heard much about his early childhood years.)  I do have an old picture of him and one of his cousins sitting on a horse when he appears to be about 3 years old.  He is also shown in the group photograph of the Rock Spring students made in 1924.  At the time, he was in the first or second grade. Luke never went to high school for he felt he would have to wear denim overalls, rather than khaki pants and a nice shirt.  He never struck me as being particularly interested in farming.  I do remember one time…

  • Family History

    The Old School House

    The old school house has been torn away It stood there many a dayIt stood by the stream that gave it its nameThe dear old school house on Rock SpringSome said our school must forever closeAnd the people, with a mighty protest arose!Tom Ammonett spoke with a voice loud and clear“They will never take it away while I’m here.”Our community would never be the sameWithout our school on Rock SpringFor seventy years, I’ve watched children come and go at willTo the little schoolhouse at the foot of the hill.Why did they tear it away?It was like all things – it had had its day.Time changes everythingSo it changed our schoolhouse…

  • Immediate Family

    House Where I Was Born

    I was born in this humble house on January 19, 1938, a Wednesday, two months before Mama’s 17th birthday. Mama recalls that the day that I was born was a mild day, even on the warm side.  She says that she wore only a light jacket (I believe I recall her saying it was yellow – why that’s important, I can’t say — it’s just trivia that has stuck with me) when she went to meet the peddler about one-half mile away.  She recalls carrying a big load of groceries back home after meeting the peddler.  Daddy describes the event of my birth as follows: “I had to get Pauline Huddleston…