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  1. I'd like to give you an idea of how we lived in 1948. My wife, Ruthie Goza's grandfather Mr. Hiram Goza owned a school bus. In those days Jefferson County did not furnish school buses. Local people bid for a contract to haul kids to school. They didn't buy buses, they built their own according to plans and specifications. I actually rode on one of those homemade buses myself. My ride was built by Mr. Clint Shelton our neighbor in the Blue Hill Community. By 1950 the county was furnishing buses that ran the main line and small pick-up truck buses like Mr. Clint's were contracted out to run the spurs transporting kids out to the main roads. Mr. Hiram Goza lived in McBride a few miles east of the cemetery and won a contract and built one of those buses on a two ton truck. Saturday's were going to town day and the town was Fayette, MS 18 miles down a graveled road, the same paved road that runs by Trevillion Cemetery today.

    Cars were sparse and gas was expensive around 25 or 30 cents per gallon if one was fortunate enough to own one. So, Mr. Goza would haul his friends, neighbors and field hands to town free of charge on his school bus on Saturdays. Everybody enjoyed riding to town with each other laughing and talking about what they planned to do once in town. It was a fun ride chatting about your week with your neighbors.

    There were many things to do in town such as spending time at the Soda Fountain in Balls Drug Store and the movie theater. Shooting pool in the back room at Porter's Café. Lunch in one of the two cafes was a real treat. Mr. Harry Seeger had dressed up hamburgers, the best hamburger steak you ever ate, pineapple and sweet pickle sandwiches all on the menu. The merchants pooled together and brought shows to town to lure shoppers. Minnie Pearl came to town once making pictures with her fans and signing autographs. Country music legend Slim Scoggins and his roaming cowboys would sometimes be there performing on the rear of a flatbed truck. There were different shows on the rear of flatbed trucks on Hershes' Department Store parking lot. They had magic acts and even bear wrestling once. I remember them buckling a woman up in a straight jacket and she escaped without help.

    Then it was home again, home again jiggity jig on the McBride school bus. Everybody was in a great mood discussing the bargains they had found, food they had, movies they saw and shows in the parking lots. Everyone was ecstatic in their Fayette State of mind.

    James Smith

  2. Thanks James, for sharing that memorial memory.