Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 5
Monday, August 29,1983, Paragould Daily Press Section 5, Centennial Edition-3
I remember: The day the war ended
| I remember: World
War I. I was 12 years old when it was over. I remember where I was
standing at the north corner of Belk's Store. It was Joseph's then. My
Dad and I had taken a load of cotton to town.
About 12 o'clock, several boys came down the street selling papers and holler-ing, "The war is over." In a few minutes, people began to holler and clerks came out of the stores. Bells started ringing and whistles blowing. Guns were shooting. The streets were full of people. You never heard such a racket in your life.
On our way home, no one was in the fields. They were all at their houses, waving at everyone who passed.
I had a brother, Will, at Camp Pike. Our last letter from him was that he was going to be shipped out to Germany. I thought he would be home the next day after the war was over, but it was several weeks.
Finally the letter came. He said, "I'll be home about day after tomorrow."
The train ran from Paragould to Bard at 2:30 p.m. Our house faced the west. We could see for a half mile down the road. At 3:30, we began looking. Mom, Dad
and younger sister stood on the porch and I got on the gate post.
Finally, I saw someone coming up the road. I said, "I see someone coming on foot with a suitcase!" Then I said, "That's him! I'd know that walk anywhere."
I ran to the gate and looked back. Mom was holding to that porch post and tears were rolling down her face, tears of joy.
The closer he got, the faster he walked. He patted me on the back and said, "Hello, Buddy." He reached up and pulled out his discharge papers and said,
"Mom, I'm home for good."
We went in the house and Mom told him his clothes were on his bed if he wanted to change. He did and came out with his overalls on, and the hat he had left behind. He looked good.
Mom didn't kill the fat calf, but killed the fat hen, and we had dumplings and dressing for supper. All, I shall never forget.
crowd gathers at the intersection of Pruett and Court streets Nov.
11,1918, to share and celebrate the news
The Capitol Theatre
Transcribed by: PR Massey
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