A Different Time

When I was growing up in my hometown of Snyder, Oklahoma, population 1400, there were […]

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Cyclone Fear

It was on the late afternoon of June 5, 1936 when we heard the double […]

This door handle had been on Bush's farm home. It's virtually all that was left after the cyclone hit. Note the metal plate that was twisted by the cyclone's powerful winds.

Kid in Osage County

My first nine years of life were spent in Osage County, Oklahoma.  After four years […]

Model Ts photo

If It Had Not Been For

As I remember, it was in 1933 when I was seven years old that I […]

Jimmy at 2 with Floyd

Now and Then

Several times a day I am reminded of the progress that has been made in […]


Pomp and Circumstance

Graduation time is here.  Invitations to attend graduation exercises have been arriving.  At our age, […]

My High School graduating class - 1944

Small School Activities

My hometown’s population was about 1,400 and the high school had around 140 students.  Most […]

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cleave and me as Hiram and Elvira Skaggs in the Senior Class play, Mr. Beane From Lima.

Kid Stuff

The Biting Game My first three years of grade school were in the small town […]

Spring 1933. Melvin Donahue and me. He and I were neighbors in Wynona before and in the first grade. He and I argued a lot. Of course he was always wrong. I think that he is the one I bit.

Town Farm Hand

My eighth year was a pivotal year.  My sister was born.  I now had a […]

My parents, sister and grandmother outside the Town Farm home just before I went to Japan during World War II.

Balinesian Last Rights

When I was young, all last rights were conducted very much like that of my […]

Indonesia photo 2


One of the things I enjoy most in the world is to open our mailbox […]

Sis Fulps with my sister and me in Spring 2012. In Sis' yard in Snyder, Oklahoma.

Mae Goes Back to School

My mother, Mae Otwell Pershall, graduated from Snyder, Oklahoma High School in 1921.  Her father […]

Mae Otwell's (my mother) 1921 High School graduating class

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

It was 1935 and I would be nine years old that August.  In order to […]

Christmases Past

Today is my 83rd celebration of the arrival of our savior, Jesus Christ.  I find […]

Twenty Cents Worth of Steak

As a child in a small town, I had the freedom to roam round anywhere […]

Linnie and Sam are in the upper left corner. My mother and father are in the upper right. The adults in the center are my father's brother and his wife, Roscoe and Cassie. The children are my father's sisters, Vera, Viola (Vi) and Mildred (who I affectionately called Auntie Go-Go). I'm the little boy in the picture and the remaining girl is my first cousin, Bettie Sue, Roscoe and Cassie's daughter.

Picture Brings Memories

About a month ago there was a picture in my hometown newspaper, THE KIOWA COUNTY […]

Otwell Building in 2012


Anton and Helen Juracek and their five children moved from Nebraska to Snyder so that […]

Lucille family helper for grandmother