Series Part 8 – Extracts from Dickeyville Days memoirs
By Karen Kramme Marcinski
Memories from Karen Kramme Marcinski
I have so many wonderful memories of growing up in Dickeyville! I was 10 when my parents moved into 2300 Pickwick Rd. The house was a brand new ugly turquoise color, very much unDickeyville! For several years, I was called “the new kid”! I was thrilled to learn that there were 7 girls in my age group. I come from the Baby Boomer Generation, having been born in 1952. As time passed on, I realized that I was living in a magical place and time with lifetime friends. It was a time when the village spun a safe place for us to play and grow up.
- The water house with the big glass bottles.
- Spending many days after school with Lucy Williams at the dam pushing leaves overthe falls with sticks.
- Spending the night on the Gibbons’s front porch and walking to the dam in our pjs!
- Spending the night at Emily Parrot’s house and sleeping in the Guest Room Bed!
- Hanging out at the Hallman House!
- Smoking cigarettes in the Church Undercroft!
- Cherry bombs in the Holdridge fish pond!
- “Kick the Can” on Wetheredsville Road
- Sledding on Suicide Hill at Leakin Park
- Ice Skating on the Dam
- Painting daisies on the furniture in the church undercroft for the coffee house!
- The snobby girls from Samuel Ready being nasty to us Pioneer Girls!
- Riding our bikes on Wetheredsville Road all the way to the end!
- The 4th of July!
- The 2 older sisters by the dam who always shook rugs out of the window.
- Mrs. Beulah Williams, “Hello, Is your mother there “? This is a good one! Everyone will relate! and lol!
- Being “dared” or worse, being called “chicken” if you couldn’t cross to the other side of the dam! I’m pleased to say that I have completed all the required rules on many levels of dares! I am not a chicken!
- The Jr. Garden Club
- Watching my mom arrange flowers for the Garden Club!
- Joining the Sr. Garden Club!
- Walking around with the girls, laughing, singing and enjoying one another and we did this so often!
- Sitting in the Gibbons’s living room listening to Mike and friends play guitars and sing! This was a good time!
- Listening to Anne [Williams] play her piano and remembering how beautiful it sounded! True!
By Karen Kramme Marcinski
Editor’s note: Please check back each Sunday to the Dickeyville Village blog to read extracts from the Dickeyville Days memoirs – a compilation of memories from previous Dickeyville denizens reflecting on a childhood spent growing up in the village during the 1940s, 50s, & 60s. We hope you enjoy their stroll down memory lane.