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Tree Trimming Experts

By Ralph Roy Waggener

As I grew up on Jamestown Hill my family was taught to work! Now, I had a dad E.P. who was a hard charging person and mother Audrey that was a laid-back person who could get her children to do whatever she wanted without saying a word, no, it was not a stare she had, it was that you did not want to bother her!

Now, E.P. wanted all six of us to learn how to work and we all did.


We made tobacco spears in a little shop in behind the house and one room in our upstairs was the painting room for the red painted part of the spear, later the silver tip was painted outside where tables were built with fence wire for the top so the tips were dipped in the paint and hung on the wire to dry! We all did some part of making the tobacco spears.

E.P. was always teaching us things we needed to know and something we did not want to learn, one lesson he gave to me and my late brother Ed was trimming trees. One lesson that came hard and a lot of talk from dad was how to use a crosscut saw! You only pull and do not PUSH, sounds easy but instinct is to push and pull but that is not the way to do it! We had cut and trimmed several big trees down one side of our house then dad and mom had to leave for a few days. Not sure why!

With mom and dad gone for a few days and Ed and I with all this new talent we had learned and nothing much to do! There were two Maple trees set center of each side of the front porch sidewalk, and with all this expertise we had learned, it was natural for us to do something for mom when she was gone! The trees needed trimming and with all we had learned of course we needed to trim those two perfect trees! Trimming trees should have one person on the ground telling the trimmer what needs to be done to have a good well-balanced job. Well, when we got finished with those two beautiful trees there was nothing but two logs standing there in the middle of mom's front yard! Next thought was there was nothing to do but cut them down! So, with nothing to do but save the front yard we cut these beauties down!

When mom and dad got back all mom could say was "oh no ohno" And that was all she ever said to either of us about what we had done! For our excuse Ed was three years older than I was and he was no more than 13 and me 10 years old or somewhere around this age not sure exactly, now if a father taught his young kids to trim trees he would be shot by our "don't shoot your eye out" kind of overreach government we have! Mom did not have scorn in her eye because she knew we meant well for her!

When talking to my two oldest sisters, Jean Cravens who is 90, and Fay McKinley, 87 the other day, both were talking about selling tomatoes in our front yard! Dad would grow a garden at least a half-acre and sometimes three quarters of an acre and all six of us kids had our part to do in the garden, still do not like to garden! If we went to visit my sister and family in Indianapolis, we always stopped around Scottsburg, In. to buy the cantaloupes that were the best in the world and would sell them in our front yard, of course we got a few big watermelons to sell! Dad E.P. liked to buy and sell and taught us the same! We were shown how to work and get things done, E.P. had his way of doing things and I guess I inherited that from him!

I do like working, there are some jobs I like to do and there are jobs that just do not suit me, I have tried a lot of different work and was really surprised what I like best was putting out a Newspaper and doing stories! I am still not good at spelling and my sentences are mine, you can like them or not, but they are mine and I am dead set on doing things my own way! I did not like English classes and all my brothers and sisters are excellent at spelling and structure! My schooling was by a lot of smart people that I met outside of a schoolhouse, who you learn from is especially important because they must know what they are doing, or you will learn the wrong things!


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