Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Uncle Tipp



 My Uncle Tipp Brock, served in World War 1 and had many close calls with death during his time in the  service.

Sometimes uncle Tipp would share with you some of the close calls , but  many of them, were just to hard to share.

I always loved hearing Uncle Tipp talk about  the War stories.

And learn how he had  managed to survived and make it back home alive .

Uncle Tip, Uncle Grover, and Aunt Pear, lived on; their parents farm... on Rocky Branch Road... Laurel County Kentucky.

Tipp said he felt  living there was as close to living in Paradise ,as you could get.

I'm sure the War experience ,had given him a greater appreciation... for the simple and peaceful way of life, they had found on Rocky Branch Road.

Uncle Tipp wore Big Ben overalls, about  every were  he went.

 When ever I think of him today  ...those Big Bens... come to mind... they were his trade mark.

 I am honored to be of kin to Uncle Tipp, who fought for our country's freedom, a long side some of the bravest men, to ever wear the uniform of our nation.

In World War 1, the soldiers didn't have good warm  clothes and modern weapons like our soldiers have today, many suffered frost bite and injury's, un image able.  

Our country has been blessed, and our freedom protected by those like Uncle Tipp,  who willingly fought  for it, in World War 1.

Until Next Time.  God Bless.

My Meditations by,    Coleman


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Weavers Pool Room



Saturday was the designated  day, our family used for going to town , to grocery shop, and take care of farming matters .

Dad usually drove our vehicle, or some times, he would drive grandpa Parman's car.

Either way ,Granny Parman and mom went a long to do the grocery shopping, while dad and grandpa took care of  farming needs .

Grandpa liked to shoot pool, and search for a little nip of whiskey in town.

Hoping Granny and mom wouldn't  find out about that part of  the trip , since they were both apposed  to his pool shooting and drinking.

Weavers Pool Room was the perfect place to hang out for grandpa and his friends.

Weavers had pool tables,  and a lunch counter.

The fellows played a game called check pool, where each player drew a couple of numbered pills, from the pill bag, if you could make your numbered balls first, you won .

 There was always a modest wager on the game for sportsmanship of course, maybe a dollar or so per person .


Weavers was established in 1940, and was particularly famous for its chili  Hot dogs.

 The original pool tables  grandpa and his friends played on,  were removed in the sixty's. and the place became a  restaurant  .



 The  walls of the restaurant were lined  with  numerous pictures , showing people and events of London and Laurel County.

People would  often come to the restaurant,  just to see the pictures .

Grandpa  loved Weaver's place, the Chile dogs,  the pool games, a good drink of whiskey when he could find it .


 A win, win, situation ,life just didn't get much better than Saturdays at Weaver's Pool Room for grandpa.

Until Next Time.  God Bless.

My Meditations by,   Coleman


 
 









Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rationing



During the Second World War, you couldn't just walk into a store and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you wanted.

You couldn't  fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked.

Things like these were rationed, which meant you were only allowed to buy a small amount (even if you could afford more) .

 The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the only way to make sure everyone got their fair share.

Dad had a Model A Ford car at the time, I remember some of the stations didn't have  any gas at all, it was in such short supply.

He learned how to start his car on gasoline and switch it over to kerosene, kerosene wasn't rationed and was easier to get "Believe it or not the Model A would run on kerosene .

Tires were rationed and very hard to get, dad put patch over patch on inter tubes and patches and boots over the holes in the tire to keep them going.   

The attack on Pearl Harbor dramatically affected family life all over America.

Volunteers flooded draft board offices.

America's economy shifted to war production. Consumer goods took a back seat to military production.

War ration books  were issued, containing "A" "B" "C" "T" "X" stickers.

 Best I remember.

'A' sticker allowed only so much fuel per week, I think two to four gal. for those who didn't need to drive much, that was if you could find it.


 'B' sticker were for drivers who used their cars essential to the war effort.


'C' stickers were for physicians, ministers, mail carriers and railroad workers.

'T' stickers were for truckers,
 
'X' stickers were for Congress and other VIPs.

It was a time of sacrifice  like never before, our nation pulled together, during this time, and its people made it work.

Don't know if our Nation could do that today or not, I would hope so.

Until Next Time.   God Bless.

My Meditations by,  Coleman



 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hard Times



 Hard times described life for many during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency  .

We could attest to that in southeastern Kentucky .

President Roosevelt was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms.

In 1936 he was re-elected by a top-heavy margin and served thru 1945.


Our battery operated radio, kept us informed of how   things were going with him in office  .

Best I remember back in 1945, Dad was a Democrat and Mother was  a Republican, "What a combination for a marriage," Probably wouldn't work today".

Naturally us kids were neutral on that one.

From the radio we could hear what was going on outside Kentucky, and how  that Roosevelt was trying to do  things to ease the hard times and deal with the war.

Reception of the  stations drifted in and out so much .

Seemed every time you got real interested in some thing it would fade away.

Dad would get so frustrated.

 Lowell Thomas was the first news reporter I can remember on radio to report the news.

 We heard from him about  Pearl Harbor being attacked . 

That was shocking news to everyone,  we were so concerned  of what may happen.

Fortunately  our Country responded in a positive way and things got better fairly quick.

As the war drew to a close, Roosevelt's health deteriorated, and on April 12, 1945, he died.

 Historians say;Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the most beloved presidents in American history. The only U.S. president to be elected on four different occasions, leading the Country through both the Great Depression and World War II.

Thank God; by the late forty's with the war over,  things   started getting better,  and people could relax a bit, from all the stress of war,  and from the Depression, "what a blessing."

Until Next Time.  God Bless.

My Meditation by,      Coleman