Arnold: Parkway Fight


There was no boulevard at all at that time. I call it the boulevard, it's the Parkway. They didn't put it in here 'till about thirty-five, somewhere along in there. That's how come we moved. See, our house was right where the picnic area is now. You come down Belle Haven Road, and cross the park and go all the way over into the picnic area. Our house was right on the waterfront there.

MRS. ARNOLD: Tell 'em about the fight you had down there. Wasn't it your mother got in the concrete?

MR. ARNOLD: Yeah, they were buildin' the boulevard right in front of my house. They were layin' the concrete this way from Mt. Vernon. They did it in patches really. And they were right in front of our house pourin' this concrete and my brothers worked for the company that was build in' the highway. It was three or four of my brothers that were workin' for 'em. The people that were buildin' it were contractors from North Carolina. They had the bid on it and all these men from North Carolina were up here. And anyway somehow or another one of my brothers got in a fight with one of 'em. They beat him up and he come told my other brothers and the four of 'em got together.

They went down, got in a big fight and beat these guys up. Anyway, my father was real hotheaded and he came home. He was an old man at that time. So he came home, got his gun and he was gonna do 'em all in. So all down the lane right across this wet concrete, my father ran across it, and all us kids ran across it, and my mother ran across it tryin' to catch my father and she fainted! Right smack dab in the concrete. I'll never forget that. Got her up and somebody carried her home, but by that time he'd gone, he'd gone.

The county police came down there and told everyone they'd better cut it out, but they didn't arrest anybody.

That night these guys here from North Carolina and South Carolina knew what they'd gotten into so they decided to go on back home. You know where Ft. Hunt Road bisects No. 1 Highway, well they were all down at that gas station gassin' up to go back home. Man, that's where the fight started. That's when they all got locked up. Tore the man's gas station up. Father had to pay for all the damages. Had to go up to the jail, Fairfax jail the next mornin' and get 'em all out!

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