Do you miss the McCarty and Cottonwoo...

Do you miss the McCarty and Cottonwood Point comunity

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remembering

Penrose, CO

#1 Feb 18, 2010
The thread about "why you miss Caruthersville" is so neat and nostalgic, I wanted to start one about the community I grew up in. It seems like only yesterday, I was enjoying life in a small community of good people. My best memory is of the tall stilts my Dad made for me, I was the envy of the neighborhood. Please share your memories of the 60"s and 70's with me and anyone else who may read this. A friend of mine and I have often discussed having a McCarty Party. Would anyone out there be interested in this and if so, could we plan it for this summer sometime. Please, no bashing, no bad stuff, just a good thread talking about what we remember. This can be a lot of fun.
Kate

North Port, FL

#2 Feb 19, 2010
Remembering, I am not sure I know where these areas were. I remember the names Cottonwood Point and McCarty. Is it the country area past the R-3 School? I love that other thread too.
wondering
#3 Feb 19, 2010
yes the school & out that way
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#4 Feb 19, 2010
I started to R-III the first year it was opened. I started there in the sixth grade. Mrs. Strothers was the sixth grade teacher. Guess that would have been 1955. Went through the 5th grade at Kinfolks Ridge before R-III was built. Have many good memories of my boyhood days there.
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#5 Feb 19, 2010
I often wonder what happened to some of the kids I went to school with there at R-III. Some I know have passed on. Others I remember that lived around Cottonwood Point that Iíve not heard of in years are Camilla and Carol Mitchell, the Hilburns (Mary and Billy), and the Flippos. I know Richard Flippo has passed on. Donít know about Mary Alice Flippo though. These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head on the spur of the moment. Those were the good old days. No modern day snobbery, or class envy. We were all just a bunch of country kids living life the way it should be lived for the most part.
guest

Fredericktown, MO

#6 Feb 20, 2010
Oldtimer wrote:
I often wonder what happened to some of the kids I went to school with there at R-III. Some I know have passed on. Others I remember that lived around Cottonwood Point that Iíve not heard of in years are Camilla and Carol Mitchell, the Hilburns (Mary and Billy), and the Flippos. I know Richard Flippo has passed on. Donít know about Mary Alice Flippo though. These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head on the spur of the moment. Those were the good old days. No modern day snobbery, or class envy. We were all just a bunch of country kids living life the way it should be lived for the most part.
I think you are mistaken about Richard Flippo. Roy Flippo did pass away but not Richard. Richard's sisters, Linda Ruth and Vinna Sue passed away.
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#7 Feb 21, 2010
Guest, thanks for the correction. I suppose I was confusing Roy with Richard. I knew them both, but knew Richard better than Roy. Where does Richard live these days. Last I knew he lived on Highway "D" (Cottonwood Road).
guest

Festus, MO

#8 Feb 21, 2010
Oldtimer wrote:
Guest, thanks for the correction. I suppose I was confusing Roy with Richard. I knew them both, but knew Richard better than Roy. Where does Richard live these days. Last I knew he lived on Highway "D" (Cottonwood Road).
I think that they now live in Cottonwood or near there. They sold their home on Highway D. I guess he is still on the boat, but not for sure.
long time ago

Bexar, AR

#9 Feb 22, 2010
We lived in the middle of cotton fields, and the dad of one of the kids I played with had a cotton picker. We would get in the trailer with the cotton and play. Also, I remember riding my bike down to a ditch and watching muskrats swimming. i'm not sure if they were "Susie" and "Sam", but they were pretty cute. Went to McCarty school from '61 to '69, and also went to Kinfolks Ridge church. Good times. Good people.
Kate

Charlotte, NC

#10 Feb 22, 2010
It's been so long since I was in that area..not sure if I'm thinking of the right place - but, names seem right. I had some relatives that lived out that way (Belle and Charles Duckworth) - Charlie's father and mother had a little country store on one of those gravel roads for a long time. Cousins Pat and Jo - Pat died some time ago - miss her so much.
cottonwood

Bonnots Mill, MO

#11 Feb 22, 2010
Kate wrote:
It's been so long since I was in that area..not sure if I'm thinking of the right place - but, names seem right. I had some relatives that lived out that way (Belle and Charles Duckworth)- Charlie's father and mother had a little country store on one of those gravel roads for a long time. Cousins Pat and Jo - Pat died some time ago - miss her so much.
your thinking of the right place. the first gravel after r 3 going south on hwy d.
timothy lery

Roy, WA

#12 Feb 22, 2010
i remember when david hilburn,jackie and johny turnbow,kieth warren,marice hund.ricky clark,butch gatewood,chuck hardesty,and a dozen more would go to the pool hall and get routy with zztop,skynard,sabbith a little molly hatcet,and some reo on the side,think that was bout 1975 r 76 ye ha i like to rock
guest

Penrose, CO

#13 Feb 22, 2010
Oldtimer wrote:
I often wonder what happened to some of the kids I went to school with there at R-III. Some I know have passed on. Others I remember that lived around Cottonwood Point that Iíve not heard of in years are Camilla and Carol Mitchell, the Hilburns (Mary and Billy), and the Flippos. I know Richard Flippo has passed on. Donít know about Mary Alice Flippo though. These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head on the spur of the moment. Those were the good old days. No modern day snobbery, or class envy. We were all just a bunch of country kids living life the way it should be lived for the most part.
I lived in the McCarty community and was in the 8th grade in the new RIII school. I was in the first 8th grade graduating class. We had some good times and yes, we were a bunch of kids living life the way it should be. I remember Patsy Talley, the Ratliffs and Strawns and the Adams family, all good people. You mentioned Mary and Billy Hilburn, Mary passed away about 3 weeks ago in Olethe, Kansas, Billy lives close to Rockford, Illinois. I would like to keep this thread going and hopefully learn where a lot of people are that I haven't heard from in a long time. Thank you for your comments.
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#14 Feb 23, 2010
Mr. Aubrey Ratliff was the ginner at the McCarty Gin. I still have a knife that had a broken blade near the point. Mr. Ratliff filed the blade down and reshaped the point to where it was impossible to tell it was ever broken. He was one of the best ginners in the country, a real craftsman. McCarty gin hardly ever had any down time due to mechanical failures because of his diligence in machinery maintenance.

One of his daughters, Charlotte, lived with her husband, in, or around Rolla, Missouri for many years. Last I heard they had retired several years ago, and I believe, moved to Doniphan, Missouri.

I also remember Barbara Whitfield, and her younger brother. I think his name was Jerry, but not sure. That was a long time ago and I did not know him well. Then there was Myra Abbott, Bill Ferrell, Johnny Payne, Beverly Stanley, Dick Constant, and Jerry Clark, Nancy Vaughn Ö just a few more that come to mind that I have a lot of fond memories about.
guest

Penrose, CO

#15 Feb 24, 2010
Oldtimer wrote:
Guest, thanks for the correction. I suppose I was confusing Roy with Richard. I knew them both, but knew Richard better than Roy. Where does Richard live these days. Last I knew he lived on Highway "D" (Cottonwood Road).
Richard Flippo is alive and well. I talked to his wife the other day at the Caruthersville Walmart store. I am not sure exactly where he lives but it is local. Do you remember the Hundhausens, Vaughns, Wolfes and Sales that lived in the McCarty Community. Do you remember the cotton gin at McCarty and the R3 Party?
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#16 Feb 25, 2010
Robert Hundhausen and I been down some dark alleys together, and drank a lot of booze. Much of it at Mr. Duckworth's place out there in the country down from where McCulloughs lived. We were out drinking one night, got hungry and borrowed a couple of chickens from someone's barn. I still have scars on one of my hands where I spilled hot grease on it from helping him cook those chickens. We did not scald and pick them, just skinned and gutted them before cooking. Talk about some memories.
taxpayer

Penrose, CO

#17 Feb 25, 2010
Oldtimer wrote:
Robert Hundhausen and I been down some dark alleys together, and drank a lot of booze. Much of it at Mr. Duckworth's place out there in the country down from where McCulloughs lived. We were out drinking one night, got hungry and borrowed a couple of chickens from someone's barn. I still have scars on one of my hands where I spilled hot grease on it from helping him cook those chickens. We did not scald and pick them, just skinned and gutted them before cooking. Talk about some memories.
I saw Robert Hundhausen the other day at Walmart. Charlotte Ratlif is living in Doniphan. Doris lives in New Mexico and Janet lives in Colorado. They were some of my best friends at McCarty. I remember the Duckworths and thier place out in the country. Those were good days and good times, I miss all of it even though we had to have been the poorest family in the area. I didn't really realize how poor we were until I was grown, But i only have good memories and I still love white beans and cornbread.
Point

United States

#18 Feb 26, 2010
guest wrote:
<quoted text>Richard Flippo is alive and well. I talked to his wife the other day at the Caruthersville Walmart store. I am not sure exactly where he lives but it is local. Do you remember the Hundhausens, Vaughns, Wolfes and Sales that lived in the McCarty Community. Do you remember the cotton gin at McCarty and the R3 Party?
They live in @ Cottonwood Point.
Oldtimer

Dexter, MO

#19 Feb 26, 2010
Taxpayer, I was raised on pinto beans, cornbread, and onions. I too, still love them. My wife says she has never seen anyone that likes beans as much as I do. She figures she has cooked a barge load of beans throughout the forty years we've been married.
guest

Caruthersville, MO

#20 Feb 26, 2010
Richard Flippo lives in cottonwood point.. He just built a house there.

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