January 9, 2010 at 11:13 am | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

In “FULL CIRCLE WITH A TALE” there is a chapter on Hammond, Louisiana, proclaimed my home town.  This proclomation  was made because Hammond was the source of most of the consumer goods and farm supplies.  In reality I grew up four and one half miles Southeast of Loranger, a small town consisting of a post office, two small grocery stores (one of which sold gasoline), two churches and the crowning glory of all, our beloved school of twelve years.  This institute of learning consisted of  what was known as grammar school six years, two years of  junior-high and four years proudly claimig the  of status of being a student of,  LORANGER HIGH SCHOOL.  This institue of learng was the focal point of all the social functions of the little town and the surounding area.

We may not have been aware of it at the time, but looking back from fifty eight years later I realise that there was an increasaed bonding of the senior and junior classes as we were nearing our departure from the only social circle we had ever known, other than family and church.  In some cases this bonding extended to include another grade in either direction, but only reached stundents with special connections.

The purpose of this post is to set the stage for the following post and at this time I will introduce the name of a few of my peers that fall into the afore mentioned group.  Kenneth Champlin  married Jonnie Lou Marrett and James (jimmie) Mosher married Virginia Carrier.  All four of these people were from outstanding families of the community and both couples  settled on Cook Road less than a mile apart Jimmie and Virginia  wrote and published a doccumentary book entitled “FOOTSTEP IN LORANGER”.  Both couples have been pillars in the community and have lived right there their entire lives.  Kenneth has continued the dairy farm that his father had.

Jimmie  has been dead several years and In December 2009 Kenneth died suddenly of a heart attack.  Last year while visiting with Virginia made it known to me that she wasa offended that I had proclaimed Hammond my home town rather than Loranger.  The book is already published and I can’t change it now.  Loranger is my home town but Hammond was  my town of shopping.

I will close this post and let it serve as the  lead for my next post.     Howell

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