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

Back
 

Superintendent Guy Webber's Field of Dreams?

     Some time during the mid forties it was determined that there was not enough room on the Moss campus for all the different activities. The neighbor on the northeast corner of the Moss intersection volunteered the use of his land for another ball diamond. It was rough pastureland but Superintendent Guy Webber decided that the students could clean it up. He ordered all the boys to bring tools and to start on it. The next morning, boys from all over the district got on the bus carrying axes, cane knives, (machetes) saws and hoes. A stile was built over the fence and we began cutting the sprouts, saplings and small trees. Students without tools started piling the brush. People with cane knives and hoes started whacking away at the hip deep grass and weeds. It turned out to be more work than we anticipated, and we started playing ball before the diamond was well established. It was not much fun. A ground ball would stop dead ten feet after hitting the ground and cattle in the pasture regularly established extra bases. And the grass re-grew several inches each week. The project was further complicated by several of the older students sneaking off to the creek and woods north and east of the ball diamond. During the conservative forties, this was a definite no-no.
     The project was abandoned as a failure, but I have fond memories of it. Can you imagine the national uproar today if only one student tried to board a bus carrying an axe or cane knife?
     We were pretty good kids.
Clayton Adair, Class of 1954 (Clayton attended Moss 1942-53 and graduated from Holdenville - 1954)

Back