From a special section of the Waldron News newspaper of 23 April 1981, consisting of interviews of Scott County citizens 80 Years of age and over. The interviews were done as part of a celebration of the Bank of Waldron's 80th anniversary.


Do you remember when you could buy a pound of bacon for three cents, soda pop for five-cents, 50 lbs. of flour for seventy-five cents, 50 bushels of corn for fifty cents, and you worked all day for fifty cents and could buy a postage stamp for two-cents? Jasper Shores can! Mr. Shores was born in Newman, Arkansas on Dec. 5, 1897 to Albert and Kathern Shores. (His mother lived to be 110 years of age.) He was married to the late Nora (Wyatt) Shores, and they had six children - William Shores, Empire, Calif., Warren Shores of Newelton, La., Iva Evans of Riverbank, Calif., Jack Shores of Seymore, Mo., Vernie Mae Smith of West Monroe, La., and Rex Shores of Slaughter, La. Mr. Shores attended school at Keener, and recalls walking four to five miles to school. He states that most of the year the kids went barefoot to save their shoes for winter. He says that back then, timber cutting was done by a cross-cut saw and logging was done by oxen. Mr. Shores and his wife, Clara, live in Waldron and attend the Church of Christ.

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