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

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Twin Trouble

     Some of you may remember the old dairy a mile east of Moss School ran by the Rupe family. Doc and Jessie Lou had four children, a set of twins, Jack and Jim, son a year younger than the twins, Joe and then a baby girl. At the time I knew them, we were in grade school, probably, between grades 3 and 5. We lived across the road and down the lane from them. It was great fun for me to go up to the dairy barn and “help” with the milking and mucking the stalls. It was a new experience for me and one I would hate today. However, I learned a lot from the twins, some things I’d rather forget, and others, that today as I look back, were pretty funny . Its a wonder we didn’t really do major damage to ourselves with some of the stunts they coaxed me into; like, smoking grapevines, and firecrackers that the fuse was supposed to have been removed.
     I don’t remember if it was Jack or Jim, but think it was Jack that was going to be really smart and show us how to pull the fuse from a firecracker and then light it like a cigarette. We had crawled under our front porch so our parents couldn’t see us and Jack proceeded with his demonstration. The firecracker sizzled a little and then suddenly, “POW”. Yup, you guessed it! Some of the fuse had broken off inside the firecracker and it blew up in his face. Scared us to death. We thought he had killed himself. Blood ran down his face and for several days he had the fattest lip you ever saw on anyone. Needless to say, we never tried that stunt again!
Eulene (Noblett) Teakell, Class of 1960

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