No Hill Too High for a Stepper: Memories of Montevallo, Alabama

By Mike Mahan

Born in the course of the nice melancholy, Mike Mahan used to be in lots of methods a really fortunate boy. His mom and dad, a barber and a beautician, owned their very own store and residential, continually offering abundant foodstuff, garments, and heat. No Hill Too excessive for a Stepper isn't, then, the standard tale of financial or kin fight, yet really a party of existence in Montevallo, Alabama, through the thirties, forties, and fifties. It paints first-class pictures of strangely supportive mom and dad in addition to of different kinfolk and townspeople, making a precise feel of small-town existence in this interval. on the center of this publication is an soaking up depiction of an irrepressible baby and adolescent who approached all of existence with a superb experience of ask yourself and who intended to dwell it to the fullest. in the course of the memoir, the reader involves see the richness of this existence and the satisfaction with which Mahan recalls it.

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Simply because he have been a railroad guy, he was once assigned to paintings at the trains on the powder plant in Childersburg. For 4 years, he commuted on Wyman Brown’s buses in addition to many others, yet he used to be consistently domestic at the weekends slicing hair. And whilst his shift accepted, he reduce through the week. mom stored the wonder store open, and pa employed a tender man to fill in for him. operating at Childersburg had one vast plus. per week Dad introduced domestic a $25 battle bond, which he swiftly installed retailers and Planters financial institution. in class, I did my half by means of buying ten-cent purple stamps to aid the battle. Dolan Small used to be small in stature yet huge in creativity and activities and led the Shelby highway and Frog Holler gang into many adventures. i believe I felt the results of the battle essentially through having to put off getting a bicycle and having to do with out sweet and different chocolates. yet as soon as throughout the warfare I had the entire chocolates i wished. Dolan Small got here to city throughout the battle while his dad obtained the ice plant. and beauty of wonders, notwithstanding they'd masses of cash, they made up our minds to stay close to me in Frog Holler. they can have simply lived on Highland street. Dolan used to be a bit man, yet he was once an immense guy in Frog Holler. He had a sparkly Western Flyer bicycle, and he continually had cash in his pocket. He was once a excessive curler. close to the tip of the struggle he seemed at my door with an entire field of Hershey bars. Joe McGaughy and Milton Jeter have been with me, and our eyes widened as we checked out the field of sweet. We hadn’t visible any Hersheys in months. We carried them over to the Presbyterian Church and, mendacity at the terrace, we crammed ourselves—six Hershey bars apiece. i haven't felt so prosperous in my lifestyles, and a part of my pleasure was once to grasp that even the lads on Highland road didn’t have an entire field of Hershey bars. My know-how of the conflict was once additionally heightened each day after we hoisted the flag out in entrance of the easy tuition, which was once housed within the Boyd development on Oak road. We have been a bit band of patriots, and we played our tasks very solemnly. ultimately, the flag grew to become rotten and tattered, and we had the crematory rite prescribed via the govt.. Charlotte Peterson, the relevant, used to be accountable, and the entire young children played. It was once a magnificent and correct tribute. So we have been keenly attracted to the warfare, and we have been regularly inspired through any soldier who again. Mr. W. L. Wooley got here again from his journey of responsibility with an awesome souvenir—an ear he had sliced off a japanese. Now, as twelve-year-old boys, we hated Japs with a keenness, and this happy us no finish. Mr. Wooley frolicked on major road in entrance of Jeter’s Mercantile, and several other instances an afternoon you may see him achieve in his pocket and pull out that ear, a struggle hero status in entrance of an awe-struck boy. Cousin Leslie Hubbard joined the army in the course of international conflict II. He had a clinical measure from Hillman scientific university in Birmingham, and he served on a destroyer as a doctor. And Bobby Lacey, son of Aunt Kate’s husband via his first spouse, used to be very younger whilst he enlisted, serving in an armored department of the military.

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