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

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Women's Lib? 

     To say that Moss School in the forties was conservative is an understatement. It was appropriate that it be. The people in the community were poor, requiring that the school be financially conservative. The families were decidedly Christian in their daily lives. Guy Weber was a perfect fit as superintendent. Teachers were not allowed to smoke, though some did. They didn't think we knew about it. But we did. A pregnant teacher could not teach. I suppose they didn't want us to know where babies came from. A student could not utter one profane word without getting into trouble. And if he or she got into trouble at school, he was in worse trouble when he got home. No one ever, ever, sassed a teacher.
     And then Geneva Jo Davis came to Moss and handled all music programs. She was perhaps the best music teacher to ever teach anywhere in Oklahoma. Students and parents loved her. She could bring out the
best in any music student.
     But conservative she was not. She seemed to enjoy teaching music, and she and her students had fun. In fact, Miss Davis enjoyed all of life. She was the most liberated woman I have known. Then or since. And she did not take supervision well. Administration was about half way afraid to tangle with her. She marched to her own music and to that only.
     Once day Superintendent Weber called her into his office and closed the door. He sat down at his desk, was quiet for a moment while he decided how to best approach the subject.
     "Miss....ah...Miss Davis," he began cautiously, "It s been reported that you smoke."
     "Yes," she said quickly before he could continue. She leaned over the desk and looked him directly in the eye. "And I drink and sometimes tell dirty jokes."
     Mr. Weber rearranged the tiny chew of tobacco that he kept secretly (?) hidden in his jaw, and looked away from her. Finally, he stood as if to dismiss her and said, "Well...I knew there wasn't anything to it, but I had to ask."
Clayton Adair, Class of 1954 (Clayton attended Moss 1942-53 and graduated from Holdenville - 1954)  

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