If you know where Buena Vista is you know alot. I went there alot as a kid, but recently was trying to show one of my children where it was on a map and I had to go to the WPA Guide to Arkansas to find it.
My grandfather did his last few years in Mobile. I guess this would have been 70 - 74 or so. Charlie Hamaker. He ended up being kind of a bigshot in corporate, but I really don't know what he did, accounting of some sort. He spent the first two years of his retirement in the Phillipines and Mindanao, in retrospect I guess he was counting how many board feet there are in a rainforest
We used to eat Sunday lunch at the hotel in Bastrop. Only place in town pretty much. Although...there was a classic road food spot in downtown Bastrop. Pippins Eat-a Bite. Classic diner. Served solid food for mill workers on their way to and from work. We used to eat breakfast there before going hunting in Mer Rouge (family farm) or fishing at Bussey Brake (mill lake).
My aunt and uncle lived in Springhill for a billion years. He was old Mobile and worked for Corp of Engineers (supervised building of the Bank Tunnel). She was my grandfathers sec. at the mill(also sister in law) She just died this year at 98. Great house near country club they had built in the fifties. Not to sound un nostalgic, but boy what a resale value! It is hard to find property values like that little piece of old Mobile anywhere in the South. The Garden District, River Oaks and Park City are no more expensive.
Sorry to all about the small town nostalgia, but if you knew the chances of someone having that much in common with someone else (these are little, teeny tiny places, Marvell, Stephens, Buena Vista, Camden and Bastrop probably don't have 50,000 people between em and if you whack out Bastrop, probably not 10,000)you would be amazed as well
Wow. I am stunned