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Uncle Walter gave up his cows and plows for oxen

By W.B. Evans

A former classmate is curious about a previous “Remember When” column that chronicles the adventures of some Lancaster boys who erected steel power transmission towers across the rugged mountainous sections of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

I’ve searched my records high and low, but I just can’t a copy of it for her.

Not to be outdone, here’s a few details about those long ago days that will hopefully answer her questions.


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I didn't always listen to my mama

By Bill Evans

Mama's words stung.

"Just because you went to the show and watched another old scary movie, don't think you can jump into our bed in the middle of the night." 

I understood the message loud and clear as I crawled back into my own bed after having watched a Wolfman movie at the Midway picture show earlier that day.

And what a glorious screen gem it was!


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Getting there was always half of the fun

By W.B. Evans

These days, we don't do very much advanced planning for an automobile trip. The Evanses just jump in the car and go.

But, if the destination is new, we get out a road atlas or let the computer map it out for us in great detail.

As a youngster, I didn't get to tag along on very many road adventures. Places like Ridgeway, Winnsboro or Charlotte were just about the only places of interest we visited. Those trips were mostly to shop for seasonal clothing or to check on relatives.

However, I do recall one trip to Tampa to visit Momma's brothers.


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From here on, I'll camp on the porch

By W.B. Evans

Last February, I turned 12 years old and as a result, I joined the Boy Scouts.

I was growing up and I was lucky in more ways than one. Talk about a dream come true –Momma just about cleaned out the "Official Boy Scout Headquarters" equipment section inside Robinson-Cloud's clothing store on Main Street to get me the latest in Scout accoutrements.

I was really amazed by all that stuff.

I had been hankering for Boy Scout gear ever since I was a Cub Scout in Mrs. Ellie Pipkin's Cub Scout Pack, where she was our den mother.


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Cream of Wheat ripped me off

By Bill Evans

Do you remember Billy Batson? Gosh, a heap of us fellas were envious of his super powers.

All little Billy had to do was utter one word – "Shazam" – to turn into the action hero, Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel was something else; he could do just about everything Superman could do, and he did it in a much flashier outfit.

It was a big event each month whenever the Marvel and DC Comics "funny books" hit the newsstand racks at the drugstores and at the Greyhound Bus Station.


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Bad weather, sling blades and politics don't mix

By Bill Evans

Guess what? It snowed this week. It rained, too.

Just a few weeks ago, you were moping your weary brow and gnashing your teeth while wishing for a little cooler weather.

Are you happy now? Not me.

You know, I don't really care much for icy, cold winter weather. I'd just as soon have the hardwood leaves remain green and attached to the trees year-round.

But sitting around watching the newscasts inside a warm house made me do a little thinking.


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Boogers don't like good grades

By Bill Evans

All it takes is one good day to make up for a bunch of bad ones.

It had been raining for several days and then freezing over during the nighttime. Water pipes were bursting all over town.

Older homes – not built in the days of running water – had been updated with the plumbing running along the outside.

During cold snaps, we had to "draw off" a supply before dark and then turn the water off.


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Don't make too many New Year's revelations

By Bill Evans

Resolutions always come about from revelations. You know, it never fails.

Whenever a new year dawns and we get to studying about ourselves, trying to figure whether lifestyle changes are needed, that's a revelation.

All those plans and promises to do better are just resolutions. Revelations don't come into play until you resolve to do better.

Take "Little Bill," for instance.

Every year, when Christmas was over and school started back, I resolved to study more, mainly because teachers had six weeks worth of tests lined up.


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Put on a little Guy Lombardo

By Bill Evans

My goodness, Christmas seemed to slip in on us and now we are facing a brand new year.

I seriously doubt if the Evans household will splurge on any extravagance celebration to welcome in 2008. We will face it with a month- old great-grandson who has no idea what may lie ahead.

Two events of major concern for us are paying property taxes by Jan. 15 and celebrating my 75th birthday in February.

That's as good a reason as any (not the taxes) to pause and look at New Year's past.


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The colonel's fruit lasted longer than the tricycle

By Bill Evans

Most folks picture Christmas in many ways.

Families gather around a roaring fire with a glittering Christmas tree shining in the background and brightly colored packages scattered around it.

I remember a lot of Christmas celebrations just like that.

But there was a very special one that was as pretty to me as a Norman Rockwell painting, thanks to the generosity of a man on a Christmas Eve long ago.

During those lean years of the Depression, Christmas was sad for folks who couldn't afford to give the smallest of presents to their children.


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