And he still had his set of golf clubs and played occasionally when he had an invitation. I was a very shy little girl, but one of the Sunday School teachers at First Baptist Church was able to make friends with me and convince me to leave my mother and come to her class on the Sundays when we were in town. Vivian McLin became my favorite friend because of her kindness and understanding. Another time my half-brother Weston and his wife Ruth and daughter Alice Elaine my niece who was 4 years older than I!
In the fall of I started to first grade in the Roosevelt Grammar School that was just about two blocks from our house. My memories of those first days in school have faded, which is just as well, because in October my parents told me we would be moving to North Carolina. And this would serve as a chance to mend the break with his family that his failed marriage in had caused. Shiloh church sent a driver with a long open farm-style truck to Tampa to load up our furniture, cover it with tarps, and move us to North Carolina.
It was the kind of truck we still see nowadays hauling watermelons or loads of corn to market! But it got the furniture there without too much damage, and we were settled into the two-story parsonage in the middle of the small village of Shiloh , about two long blocks from the church. The house was covered with asbestos shingles I think the church had recently remodeled and painted the interior of the house. We did have fairly modern conveniences—no outdoor toilet!
I remember mother had to heat kettles of water on the electric stove both to wash dishes, clothes by hand, because there was no washing machine and to carry upstairs to pour into the bathtub for a slightly warm bath! CBW did have a carpenter put a vent in the ceiling of the study to let heat from the stove rise up in the wintertime to one of the bedrooms above.
I guess the rest of the rooms were heated with portable electric heaters. The kitchen and dining room were on the other side of the downstairs. Upstairs there were three bedrooms and a bathroom. As families do today, we basically lived in the study, which had his big old black-painted oak desk and his Underwood No. The living room was in front of the study facing the road, and when I turned eight years old its main piece of furniture, at least for me, became a brand-new Lester Betsy Ross spinet piano when I began taking piano lessons from Miss Beulah Walston.
I have no idea where or when he had learned to play the piano. He had given Lois a beautiful Steinway baby grand piano on her sixteenth birthday and perhaps he learned to play while she was taking piano lessons. Both he and Alice were good musicians and he had a good tenor singing voice too. I was quickly enrolled in the first grade of the Shiloh school, a big red brick building about two blocks south of the parsonage that housed all twelve grades.
Then I went into the third grade in the fall of CBW loved history and current events, so he was a very timely person for his old home community during wartime. And it was no secret anywhere that CBW was a very strong supporter of Roosevelt and his policies. I grew up listening to radio news broadcasts by people like H. Kaltenborn and Robert Trout and Edward R. Murrow as they reported on the progress of the war.
My father never missed a news broadcast—and neither do I to this day! He also was an avid radio fan of baseball broadcasts. I guess my interest in playing softball probably came in part from listening to those old broadcasts.
By the time I was eight I was learning to back the car out of the driveway and through the gate out to the road, then driving it back into the garage! He was a master gardener and took great pride in his tomatoes and corn and beans and a huge Brown Turkey fig bush at the edge of the garden.
Most of my pets until at least the age of eight were hens and roosters that I tamed and would encourage to sit in my lap as I knelt in the door of the chicken coop to pet them.
Needless to say there were frequent tears when it came time to eat some of them and perhaps one or two escaped that fate because of my pleadings. Other gifts that were much appreciated in the fall and winter were the sausage and hams and sweetbreads and pork chops from hog killings. In spite of the fact that we lived almost surrounded by the waters of the Pasquotank River , the Albemarle Sound and North River , I do not recall having much fish to eat during those years.
But one year when my cousin Charles came home on furlough from the Navy he and his uncle took me out in a boat fishing on the river for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I remember it rained most of the day! Charles was always my favorite, because he had come to visit us, hitchhiking from Shiloh to West Tennessee , when he was fifteen years old and I was just a toddler in Jackson , Tennessee.
He had a small Brownie movie camera and always made lots of movies whenever he was at home on furlough. Thanks to his photographic skills I now have copies of many home movies of CBW practicing his sermons or reading from his New Testament or out in the garage chopping wood for the stove with my help. I still remember the coupon books we had to use for buying the limited amounts of gasoline we needed.
CBW was always on the lookout for young talent to mentor and steer toward a college education, much as he had done with his own nephews when they were younger. Walter was encouraged to enter Wake Forest , where he became an excellent student and graduated summa cum laude four years later. In earlier years Shiloh church just baptized people in the Pasquotank River , but my father preferred to use a real baptistry!
At the age of 8 I was baptized in that Elizabeth City baptistry. For the first time in my life in spite of having lived in Tampa near the Gulf of Mexico for two years and less than 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean all during our years in Shiloh my uncle and aunt took me to the beach at Virginia Beach.
I was ten years old and thought that was the most fun I had ever had in my life! The next summer, , when the war was over CBW decided it was time to retire again, and after a trip or two to Florida to look for a place to live, we again moved to Florida—this time to a small town just north of DeLand and not too far from Jacksonville, named Pierson.
He had absolutely no prior experiences in Florida or even invitations to lecture or preach there during his early teaching and preaching career. Nevertheless, Edith was able to get a job teaching school there and became the breadwinner for the family.
She actually had begun teaching again the last two years we were in Shiloh , and she was my teacher for some of my subjects in the sixth grade. I credit her with teaching me how to write properly because in English class she had us studying penmanship part of the time. Up until then my handwriting was awful! In Pierson she taught English and Social Studies in the junior-senior high school and I spent two years in junior high classes.
Perhaps that is why I have been a frustrated architect all my life. I did enter the National Spelling Bee those two years and was runner-up in the state of Florida both years, going in the 7 th grade to Jacksonville for the finals and in the 8 th grade to Miami.
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Armstead situates the resort town between the poles of the rural South and the large industrial cities of the North.This was her 2d marriage and she was significantly older than Sol by about years; there must be an unusual story to explain this marriage.