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Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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The Bitter Truth

     The persimmon is a very tasty fruit when it's dead ripe, but, as you know, terribly bitter until then. This is why we liked to feed the unripe ones to the town kids. Sometimes it took a little convincing, but we usually conned them into trying one. We usually had to eat one first just to prove to them how really delicious they were. Of course the ones we would eat were ripe and theirs would just look ripe/ Many were the times that we fed one to an urban-bred fellow and watched and laughed as he spat it out and then tried to talk. Actually one could, but it puckered the mouth and made it difficult to do so. Town kids had their ways of putting down country kids and we had our own ways of making them look ridiculous too---when they were on our turf.
Harry V. Shumard, Class of 1943

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