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More Skunks

     The story Jack Woods wrote about skunks brought a chuckle. I well remember some students coming to school with that smell. Boys did not always have a change of clothes for each time they needed it.
    One teacher who was particularly offended by the skunk smell was Mrs. Cook. She was a barber's wife and lived in Holdenville. Eleven miles was a long commute in those days, but since there was a car pool of teachers from there, she taught at Moss. A hundred and forty-five dollars a month was too good to pass up.
    Being a 'city girl' she could not tolerate the smell of skunk in her class room. She always had the offending student sit at the rear of the class to keep him as far from her as possible.
    After one student repeatedly came to class with the smell of skunk on his overalls, she sent a note to his mother. She had read of a sure fire remedy for clothes with the smell of skunk and wanted to pass the cure along. The offending overalls were to be buried approximately ten inches deep and left for forty-eight hours.
    A few days later, Mrs. Cook asked the student if his mother had tried the remedy.
    "Yeah", he answered.
    "You mean 'yes'", she corrected.
    "Yes".
    "Well...did it work?", she asked.
    "Yeah".
    "You mean 'yes' " she again corrected.
    "Yes", he replied. "It worked just fine for two days, but when we dug it up, they still smelled like skunk."
    When a teaching job in Holdenville became available to her, she took it without hesitation. I guess the boys from Holdenville did not hunt skunks.
Clayton Adair, Class of 1954 (Clayton attended Moss 1942-53 and graduated from Holdenville - 1954)

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