Remembering Corinth-Part 5, Daily Life In Corinth

DFH Volume 1 Issue 14

Remembering Corinth, by Dave Hayes, is a ten-part series about Dave’s remembrances of Corinth in the late ‘50s.  Dave, a retired elementary teacher and guidance counselor (36 years), and part time adjunct professor in the Counseling Dept. at nearby West Chester Univ. (24 years-8 after his “first” retirement) lives in Pottstown, PA.  He and his wife, Kathleen, had four children, Heather, Jeremy, Emily (d.2008) and Benjamin.  He descends from Wilber Sr. as follows: Wilber Sr., Rev. Charles “Chop” Dayton, Isabelle “Izzie” [Dayton] Hayes, David Hayes.

Part 5 – Daily Life in Corinth

We soon settled into a comfortable pattern of daily life in Corinth.  We walked up the hill to school each day and Mom went to work in Ballston Spa.  Since I was in 4th grade, I was downstairs in the school and then “graduated” to the upstairs when school started the next year, and I was in 5th.  Another big deal in 5th grade was that we studied French with lessons on the intercom, as we filled in our workbooks in the classroom.  From time to time, I would see and wave at Jimmy in the hallways or at lunch and, perhaps, get a glimpse of Keith & Cammie, both two years behind me.  Often I would stop at Aunt Lib’s on the way home from school, and she would give me a snack of cookies & milk while we chatted about school or church or our family.  Those were very sweet times with her, and she was a special lady!  Another memory involved a field trip our class took to local factories—a cement factory and a Coca Cola bottling factory.  It was fun seeing mass production and machines that perform tasks over and over without tiring.  I even think I talked my Mom into being a chaperone on that one!  One other school memory I have is the time that we had a town-wide air raid drill.  We were instructed to leave school, walk home quickly and stay inside for a prescribed amount of time.  It was a little eerie walking home from school with very little traffic and no one out and around.  Mom decided that we could cut our inside time short, load the car and head north to visit Uncle John and Aunt Dorrie (Dayton) Lamos near Plattsburgh for the weekend.  So much for following directions!

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