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Kentucky Color: Schooling, a post Father's Day story
James Ordell Fudge received his Grade School diploma at an odd time. Perhaps, Billy Joe Fudge now reckons, it was because of a couple of things which caused him to miss a lot of school
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Dad was born November 29, 1925. He got his schooling at Rowetown which was off Toria Road on top of a ridge just South of the headwaters of Leatherwood Creek.
He graduated from the eighth grade but did not receive his diploma until January, 1942. Dad was very intelligent and a couple of things delayed his receiving his diploma.
I believe he was seven before he started to school. Then in either the first or second grade he stuck a nail in his foot which caused blood poisoning and he had to use a crutch to walk for a long period of time which caused him to miss a lot of school.
Then of course in the days of subsistence farming during the depression, he was made to stay home to work a lot. Laying up food for the family, firewood and feed for the livestock to stave off tragedy during the long, cold winters in those days surely was pretty high up on the list of important things to do.
I still can't figure out the January date unless Dad just had to finish up some classes in the fall of 1941 in order to receive his diploma. - Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-06-19 06:10:34
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