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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
Take a trip down memory lane as bloggers Danny Batson and Gary Thomas recollect their experiences while growing up in the Chillicothe area. We hope our discussion starters, pictures, and articles will evoke your personal recollections of Chillicothe; we invite you to share your stories with all of us. So, let us discuss the days gone by and have fun!
The Good Old Summertime by Danny Batson
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By Gary Thomas

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state ...

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Chillicothe: As We Remember

Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state (except Hawaii and Maine), there is no place like home! I love taking pictures of old and unusual things and sharing them. There is beauty in everything, if we look for it. I have three Facebook pages filled with local pictures that may be of interest: “Where Has Danny Been,” Chillicothe Now,” and “Danny Batson”.

Hi, I am Gary Thomas and I was born just across from Central School in 1942. I graduated from CHS in 1960 and MU in 1964. After two years in Army, I completed a graduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1970. After working in software development for more than 40 years, I retired from Raytheon in 2007. I have an abiding interest in history and in researching past events, places, and people. My latest project is developing a history-based chronology for Livingston County from 1801-2000.

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But it's hot outside, we kids would say, and our moms would say "It's going to get hotter inside if you don't go outside and play." My aunt lived southeast of Chillicothe toward the river bottoms in an old two story farm house. She had four kids, three girls and one boy younger than me. One of the girls was my age and the other two were older but we were not that far apart in age, so we all had fun together.



There was only so much we could do on this farm to have fun, the front yard was all we had to play in. It did have an old smoke house where someone hung themselves. I think all farms had a similar story about the smoke house back in the 50's.

Down the road in their neighbor’s field was a pond we could swim in if one of the adults went with us. That was always fun and cooling except for the snakes. We would play games in the yard like tag and hide-n-seek. When we could find a ball we would play “Annie-Over” the shed because the house was too tall and if we missed, the second story window got broken. Believe me, we tried.

Our parents would bring out watermelons to cool us off in the evenings. Then we would have a seed spitting’ contest. Talk about flies, we had our share. Then it would be time for more fun and games.

The one I liked the best was the “getting dizzy” game. We would spin around and around until we walked like drunks and fell down. We would laugh so hard our bellies would hurt. The two bigger girls would hold us under our arm pits and spin us around them, sometimes we would slip out of their hands and away we would fly.



A rope swing was around on every farm back then, and we would wind someone up on it and spin them around so fast they could hardly hold on. Maybe that's why I'm a little dizzy today. Only kidding.



 

As night came on we would ask to sleep outside, no tents back then for us poor kids. A blanket on the ground and a light sheet on top was all we needed before the morning came. We told stories until we fell asleep one by one. Spook stories were the best, like “The Golden Arm.”

Those were some of the fun times with my cousins, which will always be with me. I'm a lot older now but the spinning around in a swing I still do along with some of the other stuff. So, maybe I still have a little ways to go before I grow up completely.

DB

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