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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Random Notes: Aunt Mamie Griffin Interview

Notes: Aunt Mamie Griffin  14 Sept 2000

The Winn’s were killed in the tornado of 1927. They lived in a house where the Tidwell house is now. The Hardin house was destroyed and they were killed. There was a house (Mrs.Meyer?) about where the Baptist Church sits now. That house was moved to the Hardin location=the house Bertha (Hardin) lived in.

The Baptist Church—Did meet in the Methodist Church for many years. They’d switch off Sundays with the Methodist, but everyone went. When there was enough Baptist for the church to come from Potts Camp and establish one here, they built a frame church on Wilson street, just about where Aunt Mamie’s house is now. She has found evidence of the church being there over the years. Grandaddy (Earl Magers) let them have the property with the stipulation that if they ever moved, the property would revert back to him. They did move later to the location where they are now. Moved the frame building. Later built the present church when Uncle Malcolm (Griffin)was pastor.

She still says the school she went to sat where the old agriculture building sat, the agri by the gym. It had double doors and at one time had a long hall, but someone had divided it up so they could have more grades. When you went into those double doors, that was her room. It had a long bench in it with a bucket of water and a dipper at one end. There was a big hole in the wall where something had been and was taken out. She could see through the hole. She’s also told me in the past that the boys would climb in and out of that hole.

The flood of 27, came because Big Lake filled up and flooded all the rivers and bayous. Few houses in Dell were flooded but water was high enough that they went to see Aunt Emmer on Jefferson in a boat. Water never came up to the house in the Magers (506 E. Second St) yard. They built scaffolding  to the houses next door  so they could get back and forth. The Potters lived next to them (toward the west) at this time. Mom (Irene Magers Duncan) says that'’ right because when she was 3 she would climb the fence and say, “Aunt Lennie, do you want me to come see ya?”
Aunt Mamie doesn’t remember the box cars brought in for families to live in during the flood.

Granddaddy bought old houses, about to fall down and use the wood to build other houses. The two houses next to the Magers house was built that way.

Doesn’t remember the denomination of the black church on Adams Street. It was a frame building, with a steeple on top, two stories. The second story was used for a lodge. During church, they’d shout and yell and “fall out” and have to be carried out. She said it was great fun to listen to all that and to watch it from their house. She says it faced what is school street now. Mom says it didn’t.

There was a post office where Potter’s grocery sat later. It was 2 story . The post office was on the lower floor and a lodge was on the top.

At one of the tent shows, she and Aunt Naoma were all dressed in white stockings and white shoes, which was their trademark. Cousin Mattie always talked about the long row of white stockings hanging from Grandmother’s wash. So, this particular night as they came out of the show, the ditch out front was full of water but it looked like the walkway to Aunt Mamie as she stepped off into it.
She also said they had fences with bob wire so it wasn’t hard at all to hang those stockings.

Revival when she was 13-at the school. Stage outside. The choir and piano was on stage. She was in the choir.