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

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Coal Stoves & Hot Skunks

     In the 1940's the school's classrooms could get very cold during the winter months. Cold north wind blowing, snow all over the ground. Classrooms were heated by coal stoves. Periodically the classroom teacher would send one or two boys from the classroom to the coal bin to retrieve a bucket of coal to replenish the stoves. (The coal bin was located between the boys and girls restrooms in a building along the perimeter of the school grounds.)  Coal House Picture
     Some of us boys (me included) used to hunt and catch skunks. Occasionally we'd get "sprayed" by a hapless skunk resulting in a strong order which we carried with us to school.
     When one or more of us sat near the coal stove n the classroom the heat would enhance the skunk odor which permeated the classroom.
     I love the smell of skunk to this day.
Jack Wood, Class of 1951

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