Darl D. Dovenspike
Editted and formatted by his daughter,
Barbara D. Michel
School was out for the summer. All five boys hurried toward Redbank Creek, stripped and raced for the water.
“Last one in is a big fat potato bug!”
This is a true four-season slice-of-life story from the early teen years of five Redbank Valley boys during the 1920’s. There were no computers, electronic games, cell phones or many other conveniences that we take for granted today. This meant that boys had to make their own fun. And this they did!
Chores include mowing grass, forking manure and working in the gardens. For fun, they might hike to a nearby farm to pick fruit, ignore danger and scale Stonewall to carve their initials or go skinny dipping in Redbank Creek. Also, they enjoy fishing, playing water games and building a raft. Intrigue lures them into investigating the mystery surrounding a haunted house.
Maybe you would like to build your own squawk box or go skinny-dipping in Redbank Creek. Word of caution: There are a lot more people and traffic now. You can do it all! Just take a trip through the 1920’s with Darl, Dusty, Jay, Frank and Al.
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