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

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Eighty Acres

     When we bought the eighty acres just about halfway between Horntown and Calvin, it was just that, eighty acres. Post oaks and other trees and a creek.
     Now up south of Wewoka, on a hill top was an empty house for sale.
     I do not remember how they moved it, as they left me with an Aunt and Uncle. The next time I saw it, it was sitting on the property with flag stones underneath at the structural points. The outside had never been painted, just had the weathered gray wood. Inside there was linoleum on the kitchen and living room floors. Wind whistled in everywhere.
     The worst looking wall paper ever, was in the bedrooms. So help me, it was gray cardboard color with dinner plate sized red daisies all over it. A simple floor plan to say the least, a square divided into four equal sized rooms. A small wooden porch with posts holding the roof up, no rails. It was home. It was ours and paid for.
     Then Dad built in a few cabinets and we bought a cook stove and heating stove. The wood for both stoves was cut, split and carried into the house and placed into a large wood box behind the kitchen stove. Many rainy cold evenings have we sat facing the stove till our face would get too hot, then turn our back and warm that side. Same with bathing. Then pull up an old cane bottom chair and rest your shoes on the front of the small cast iron stove till they smoked. One large washtub heated on the kitchen stove, then set in the kitchen floor near the stove. (Oh, more lye soap)
     This was also the place the baby chicks were put when the feed store gave free chicks with the feed. Fun to watch, stinky to smell.
     There were scorpions crawling around the floors and once I stepped on one, not for long, it hit my foot like a coal of fire. Wasps or hot tails were also attracted to the weathered boards of the house. Sometimes it was quit a feat just to get in the door without getting stung. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the wild life on place, except the skunks and snakes. Copperhead bit one of our dogs, I thought it would die, it's head swelled up so big it could not see for a couple of days.
     While we lived there, no armadillos, deer or wolves were around. Once a mountain lion came thru, scared the stock for about two weeks. Some folks claimed they saw it. Mom would not let me go outside in the evenings for the whole two weeks, bummer, as the kids say now.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.

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