2018-10-05 / Travel

Ode to my Father

Part 19: Mischievous Boys
By Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D.


Some boys put melons in Aunt Minnie’s well. Some boys put melons in Aunt Minnie’s well. (Note: This series is from my father’s memoirs I found long after his death.) One of the most mischievous boys in Greeleyville was Tokie Harrington. I particular remember one of his pranks that happened about 11 p.m. one beautiful moonlit night, a very quiet night. You could hear sounds for miles. Suddenly in the distance, I heard a small war going on.

Our neighbor Mr. Henry Ferrell came running over to our house and shouted, “Alex, Alex, wake up, somebody is shooting up the town.”

Papa told Mr. Ferrell, “Go back to bed, it was only a car backfiring.”

In a few minutes, the car came into town backfiring all the way. Everybody except Mr. Ferrell seemed to know what was going on. Tokie Harrington was up to one of his pranks.

Tokie told me later, “I was coming down Society Avenue, and I could see Mr. Ferrell holding his shotgun. I gave a few fast backfires, and Mr. Ferrell ran under his house.


I could see Mr. Ferrell holding his shotgun. I could see Mr. Ferrell holding his shotgun. The Montgomery Clan had a family gathering every July during watermelon season at Aunt Minnie’s home. She was a widow living by herself and helped raise all the children.

One year some boys decided to cool off the melons by putting them in Aunt Minnie’s well. At eating time they couldn’t figure how to get them out. Aunt Minnie, usually quiet and calm, got upset and yelled, “Miller, you bad boy, git those melons out of the well before they ruin my water!!’”

I didn’t have anything to do with the melons, but Aunt Minnie always blamed me for clogging up her well.

Next Week: Turkey Hazing

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