Joe and Ruth Keys


Joe and Ruth Keys started the tiger boosters and have been active supporters of improved opportunities for community recreation.

RUTH: If you believe in something you want to give the time to it. Otherwise, you're expecting somebody else to do it. And then if the results are unacceptable to you, then what? I think we have a past history that's within the records of the Groveton High School athletic department --that we did more and presented more money to the athletic fund that any other activity.

Could you guess how much money it would add up to over the years you ran the Tiger Boosters?

JOE: I'd say around ten thousand.

RUTH: There's a lot else involved. Like Mr. Frazee would want picture frames. Where was I gonna get picture frames? I had to go out and get them for nothing. And I felt the girls and the boys were being discriminated against here for this reason: the wrestlers and the football boys got things that the girls didn't get, like oranges and such. So I took it upon myself as president of the Tiger Boosters to ask for donations. Wherever the wrestling team went, or wherever the girls went, we took our own automobile, used our own time and gasoline, and took it to them.

Sometimes you think your work’s gone for nothing, you get a lotta lip some times at the concession stand. But a very lovely thing happened to me one Christmas, might bring a few tears. I was in the Giant, some children who hadn’t meant anything to me in the past, you know, came up and said, "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Keyes." I guess someone recognized the effort.

JOE: I didn't get into athletics in high school because I was delivering papers. It interfered with athletics, but after I got through with my papers and. work, I participated in evening football, baseball and anything else. My interest in sports were generated at that time, but my parents didn't participate. Which more or less got me into the idea that parents should participate in sports with the children. I was in Little League even before Roberts got in the darn thing.

I took all the kids that weren't accepted for Little League and Pony league and I formed a new league, the farm team league. Mr. O'Brien --the two of us thought kids should participate in ball even though they were rejected by the regular teams.

Have you seen the new school building from Quander Road?

RUTH: From the outside it's frightening. I went out in the back yard one day and I said to Joe, "This is what we fought for? Oh my God, look at that building." They had a large survey of the community to find out what the community wanted and all. Well then, you come to a meeting you'd think great, we're going to get a school. By the end of the meeting you think oh, why did I even bother.

JOE: We got word that the gym has been cut down. We wanted something like Hayfield has plus an all-weather swimming pod. We haven't got either of them. I don't care what they say - with Metro going in Huntington Ave. you're going to have a three mile impact area that's going to have an impact on the community.

RUTH: I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see one day Bucknell being in high rise - in fact that's what they plan.

JOE: Well if you go back to the maps of the whole area they show that this is nothing but springs. The man behind us built a house and he went down for a well - something like 23 feet and hit all the water he needed. In certain areas they had to put in dry wells at the side of the house because the capillary action of the water underneath kept building up under the houses. Marine clay is predominant here and a lot of accidents are happening to homes because the clay - if they take out the stabilizing factor of trees, plants, big rocks when they're building - like down in Belle Haven hill where the land slides.

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