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I spent my teen years, living about 1/2 mile south of Bedford, from 1953 till 1958. Several families lived in Bedford, at that time, or adjacent to Bedford. We were a loosely disciplined lot , during that time. The only employer, was Clayton Evans, a farmer, and livestock trader. Most of the older teen boys , worked for Clayton. I grew up with those families, such as, the Shanks, DeJaynes, Walk, Pearson, Smith's, and Bennett. Our hero was an old batchelor Ora Beard, which lived in an old pilot house, from a steam boat, which had put on a stone foundation. Ora kept an old wooden johnboat tied up on the river bank, by his house, and fished and hunted for an existence. I thought that was a better way of living, but I had to work hard to earn, and Ora didn't.

Sep. 29, 2016


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