I would set the date at mid-winter 1928. There was always money raised at a pie and box supper. After the program they picked a friend of ours from St. Joe to sell the pies. He was busy with his selling and I and a friend were just looking on and listening. He called for a dollar bid and I said, louder than I meant to, “A dollar!” I had no intention of bidding, as I had no money with me at the age of 10. As I recall that was a lot of money back then!
Well, our friend heard me say that and down went the hammer. Pointing right at me he said, “Sold to the little boy over there!”
I thought I was going to fall through the floor! But I didn’t. As it turned out it was the teacher’s pie, and he paid for it and ate with her. I didn’t have any appetite for pie that evening!
Apple Valley, California
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