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TAG : July/August 2014

Kids Played Swimming Games in the Creek

At a fork in the Coal Run Creek, just a few miles from Nebo, Illinois, was a watering hole where we played swimming games and had lots of fun during the summer.Our house was the place to be. We lived on a gravel road in a house devoid of indoor plumbing, but complete with goats, dogs, cats — ...

Recollections of Early-20th-Century Swimming Holes

When my Grandmother Annie (Hays) Williams died, among her possessions was a letter, postmarked 1942, from a childhood friend. The letter relates to some of their favorite swimming areas when they were teenagers. I thought you might enjoy reading about the recollections in the letter.My ...

Teen’s Driver’s License Provided Summertime Opportunities

At the age of 16, a whole new world of opportunities opened up for me when I received my driver’s license. One of the greatest of these opportunities was becoming aware of one of the world’s best natural swimming pools — a neighborhood swimming hole called Perry’s Pond. It was a ...

Memories of Swimming Holes

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Swimming as a means of summer fun and coping with summer heat is the first thing we think of. From a certain spot on the river to the creek or pond behind the house, nothing is as refreshing as a leisurely swim during the dog days of summer.Sit back ...

Family Outings on the Pontoon Boat

My growing-up years were adventurous; there was never a dull moment. When I think back to my childhood, I’m thankful for the wonderful memories that are still so vivid in my mind.Although we had many daily activities to fill our time during the summer months, my favorite adventure on a hot ...