The Rock Wall

Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Anyone remember what you were doing exactly 33 years ago?

I have a record of what I did – my first Rock Wall. For those who don’t remember or weren’t born, here’s how this conversation started;

It took 10 years, but I’m back home.

The time wasn’t wasted because I got valuable experience that I need now.

But I never felt like Birmingham, Shreveport and New Orleans were home.

There have been a lot of changes in the community, but it’s surprising how may things never change. As far back as I can remember, the old rock wall along Main Street bordering City Park, has been the place where gossip was exchanged and the world problems solved.

Legend even has it that the stones were bleached blue and gray from the uniforms of former Civil War soldiers who sat there and refought the battles years after the guns were silent.

From that comes the name of this column.

– In our first issue on July 5, 1979, we announced that we had purchased the Sun from John and Walt Smith; John’s mother, Nora E. Smith; Walt’s mother, Helen L. Smith; and Walt’s wife, Helen (Hackleman) Smith.

The paper was started as the Mascot in 1890 by F. M. Haslett. John S. Smith came over from Osceola in 1897 to purchase the newspaper and change the name to the Sun. His sons, Clyde and Harry, took over the paper in 1913 and ran it until their deaths in 1951.

– We were saddened this week to hear about the death of Ruby Skakal at 100 years of age. Her body may have been 100 but her spirit wasn’t.

She and I had lots of “fights” over the years and in later years she was quick to resort to her cane. She was a lot more lenient with Dad when she was his teacher at White Hall School, back when she was Miss Koger (I got it wrong on the condolence I put on the funeral home web page. Hope Randy was able to fix it.)

– I asked Kimball if she had something to tell you and heard, “Picnic commin.”

-We celebrated the 4th a day early at our office with hotdogs, chips and kids. Josh’s mother, Marcia, brought his two – Tyrsyn and Theilondaxiya or Thei for short. Gwen’s husband, Mark, bought their two – Brittany and Joshua – and a cousin, Jaden. Talk about a lively lunch. The food was popular with the young uns but Wanda (aka Santa Faye, courtesy of Kimball because her middle name is Faye) was the hit of the party. She brought gifts for the kids. You should have seen her and the five other kids on the love seat sofa.