We have two new schools in our neighborhood now, a new church and new homes, and better roads. We also have a lighted street on Quander Road.
You had a son buried on that property out there. Is he still out
Yes, they put a fence around it. When they were pushing down those trees and all over there, and cleaning up, I walked over that way and told 'em I appreciate that.
One thing we don't have anymore is the ballfield. Remember the ballfield? Where the Wildcats used to play? That was the name of the baseball team that my brother-in-law, Lawrence Randall, was the manager of. Yes, a very good team. They would go out and play other teams. He had a young team, some of the small young boys, he called the Randaleers. He furnished uniforms for them, bought it all his self. Field was located on the back end of the property of the Quanders, on the Joseph Quander's property.
My husband built this home.
The mail boxes were out by the Spring Bank Elementary School down there. Everyone had mailboxes out there on No.1. My Daddy's oldest brother, Robert Quander, he was the one that got this road in here named for the family --Quander Road.
Spring Bank Elementary School was a one room school and we had first through seventh grade. We'd have three grades in the morning and three grades in the afternoon. We'd have arithmetic, reading, and spelling before lunch and in the afternoon we would have English and Geography and Hygiene. And we would have 2 recesses. At 10:30, we'd have a 15 minute recess and we'd have one hour at 12:00 - from 12 until 1 lunch - and in the afternoons we would have 15 minutes again, from 2:30 to a quarter of three. We brought our lunch, you know, it wasn't served. We didn't have no hot lunches. They had a big stove and during the winter months the boys, the big 6th and 7th graders, being able to leave school, would go down early in the morning to make a fire, so the room would be warm. They carried water because we didn't have any water there. We got water next door at my Aunt's, Miss Elizabeth Quander's home, and each person, each child, would have their own private drinking glasses. We had 35 or 40 children.
During the winter months we had deep snows. All the men and neighbors, they would get out and shovel snow. They'd take the horses and a big wide board and drag the road down, so you could get in and out. Wasn't too many automobiles in those days.
I was born and raised here, and I've seen this community and I've seen changes made.