Rushville Republican


May 7, 2006

Loyal readers come through with interesting memories

Editor’s note: The Rushville Republican requested reader contributions which share their memories of life in Rush County in the past. Here are some of those writings.

John Gridley writes:

It was a very pleasant experience to read Nancy Oster’s memory of Margaret Horton! In my childhood (which I'm still living. ha ha!!) one of my fondest memories was eating at the dinner table every night as a FAMILY and discussing the events of the day. I don't think anything will ever top any child’s learning how to interact more than just sitting and listening to advice and just seeing how good parents handle any given situation! The teacher then could very well make a point to a student chewing gum by comparing it to a cow chewing cud except that a cow has the intelligent look on her face; that teacher could very well be sued in today’s more liberal world! We all towed the line more then because we knew that worse punishment awaited us at home than any principal could ever dish out! TV shows were clean with a good moral to most every story. They taught good behavior and no one wanted to imitate a "troublemaker or smart alec." Movies were a treat and there were matinees at the Princess on Saturdays for 25 cents. All the neighborhood kids would attend including Nancy Oster's son Bill and the Roberts and Mullins boys. The "Thirteen Ghosts" scared the living daylights out of me and I saw a rerun of that movie about a year ago. It's truly like a cartoon by today’s standards; nothing at all scary there anymore! We had a baby-sitter we called Mrs. (Katie) Allen who was just like a grandma to a lot of Rushville kids. She and her husband George owned the Allen Grocery on East Ninth Street. We loved to have her and would go visit her if by chance she hadn't been over in a while. My dad was near death from a peptic ulcer in 1960 and when mom would go to the hospital to visit him, Mrs. Allen would come to watch me, Mary Jo and infant Jimmy. When mom returned she would always try to force money on Mrs. Allen but she would have no part of any payment. She said that as long as dad was sick she would never accept money for watching us kids! She was such a dear soul and touched many lives in her time! Dad recovered from his ulcer but was stricken with kidney failure in 1974. Towards the end of his life in 1981 he had also lost some of the use of his legs. His best friend was Nancy Oster's husband Cone. Cone would come to visit dad twice a day and on one occasion Dad was taking a bath and couldn't get out of the tub. Mom was crying when Cone walked in the door and he asked Mom what was wrong. After learning of the troubles he rolled up his sleeves and scooped dad out of the tub and asked where to put him. He was such a dear friend and one of the best woodworkers I could ever hope to know!

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