Monthly Archives: August 2014
Ms. Eva was born in Sylvester, Georgia in 1926.
Ms. Eva had an older sister and was raised by her grandparents. She lived on a little farm on the edge of the city limits where she recalls hearing the bells of the clock chime. Her grandparents had a chicken house where she often pretended to be in church preaching to the chickens. She even recollects “bogging” with her best friend, where ditches would fill up with water and they would have tons of fun.
In 1941 after graduating from high school, she remembers vividly when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She says of that time, “We were really afraid.” Her brother-in-law introduced her to one of his very good friends named William, who happen to be in the Air Force at that time. After a couple of years of courting they … Read more...
Where was I born?
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in an orphanage and a total of four (4) foster homes.
Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:
I don’t have a lot of good memories due to the circumstances, however those I do recall are:Train rides from Birmingham to Indianapolis, particularly dining in the dining car. Vaudeville shows in Indianapolis. Skipping grades in school. I graduated from high school at the age of 15 years.
Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:Finding out I was pregnant for the very 1st time after trying for so many years. I loved being a stay-at-home mom doing arts and crafts and cooking demonstrations. Raising three girls. Working at the Warner Robbins AFB as an illustrator.
My Profession(s) were:Worked in the telephone company in accounting as a draftsman.… Read more...
Where did he grow up?
Bill was born on 3/28/18 on a farm near Tallassee, Alabama and he grew up in the same area that he was born in. He grew up the oldest child in a family with 4 sisters and 4 brothers and today 3 sisters and 2 brothers are living. With Bill being the oldest child he looked after and intervened and took care of all of his brothers and sisters and was always willing to help anyone in the family that needed help. Bill went through the 12th grade in school and graduated. Family states that for a time, he and siblings would have to walk 2 miles to and from school and then the school was moved and he had to ride the school bus to school and he felt lucky that he could ride … Read more...
Our Resident Spotlight for August is William Ernest Smith, also known as “Smitty” & WES, but prefers to be called “Bill”. Bill was born and raised in Gloucester, N.J. In his senior year of High School, he joined the Navy to fight for his country during WWII. The Navy allowed him to finish High School then go to active duty. After his active duty was complete, he was in the National Guard Reserves.
Upon returning home from WWII, Bill was self-employed with WES, Incorporated. He delivered chips and pretzels to small business owners and factories.
Bill soon found himself to be a single parent, relying on his two older children to care for the two younger ones. While on his route, he would stop for lunch and became acquainted with Bettie while dining in her luncheonette. After a brief time … Read more...