I Remember When . . . .
Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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Before TV

     Toys and games, when there was no TV.
    
Most of the boys at school carried a pocket knife and played Mumbley peg during recess. There would be a group of small boys in a circle on the ground playing a game of marbles. You would hear the words, boulders and shooters. Both boys and girls would play hide and seek. With the ever, Oley Oley Oxen Free, heard when someone slipped back to the site, without being tagged.
    
With a length of string tied into a large circle, you could play Cat's in the Cradle. If you had a large button with two holes in the center you could make a Whizzer. Which many a boy used to snatch a few strands of hair from another's head. Just a piece of paper would make a neat airplane to throw, or a spit wad that would be thrown at some un-expecting student.
    
In the evenings at home, you would have a lamp, which cast shadows on the walls, and with some inventive hand twists, make animals and birds come alive on the walls.
    
How many of you have ever tried to make sheep shower, or dandelion wine? You would put water and some of the crushed leaves into a glass jar and bury it in the ground for a week. Mine turned out very bad.
    
I remember playing with a small bottle of quick silver. ( Now I know it was mercury.) Very heavy and hard to catch.
     My Father would send me out to find a willow branch. He would say get one about a foot long. Then with his Barlow knife he would cut around the branch and slip off part of the bark, cut small wedges into the branch and slip the bark back, and plug the end, cut a hole into the bark, and I would have a willow flute.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.

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