I Remember When . .
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.