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Hayti, MO

The Golden Age in Hayti

Hi ya, folks. Yes, Papadood is still around. I don't post much any more due to the hate-mongering that gets bantered back and forth. Topix could be such a neat source for old friendships, relatives and history but I guess it is not to be. But I'll dust off some of my old stories and post them every now and then. And I thank you folks for asking.  (Feb 4, 2011 | post #206)

Hayti, MO

Bootheel bands of the 60's

I had no idea that Don Hinton was on You Tube. I'll have to look him up and watch his videos. Don was an accomplished singer even in our teenage years. Dean Wolf became an accomplished singer later after his voice changed. Skeeter did indeed play on "Twistin' Jane'. We recorded four songs at Roland James studio in Memphis and this was one of the songs. I still have a reel-to-reel tape of the session. Bobby Woods played piano on "Twistin' Jane" and he later went on to record the Memphis session with Elvis. Another little known fact was that there were three piano players on the Memphis Session, Bobby Woods, Elvis himself and another unknown player named Ronnie Milsap. "It's A Miracle" was recorded at Phillips International which is what Sun Records became after Sam Phillips made a ton of money off of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and of course, Elvis. Charley Rich played the piano on the record as he was one of their studio musicians. Roy Orbison was under contract to Sun Records but he didn't enjoy the same success until later when he moved back to Texas and joined another label. We were witnessing history and didn't even know it. Thanks for reviving some old memories, Huey.  (Aug 26, 2010 | post #112)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

I remember those pin ball machines too, Past. They had one like that at Curtis' Cafe in the service station. I was watching a truck driver play the machine one night and he was a terrible player. He played it for about 45 minutes, then stepped back and kicked the machine with his foot. He made a comment that I have never forgotten. He said, "Anything that will stand there with its back to the wall and challenge the whole damned world can't be beat." It was a good thing that nobody else was in the station or he probably would have been thrown out on his ear. George Tillman said, "Life sure does get tedious, don't it?" Ah, for the good old days again .  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #267)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

Thanks Past. You just outlined one of the biggest differences between the Hayti then and the Hayti now. Many problems were handled just as you described. If you got into trouble at school, they didn't call the police, they called your parents and brought them in for a conference. Most times, that problem didn't occur again. Just as you stated, the police didn't want to arrest people unless they had no other choice or the offense was really bad and warranted it. Of course we didn't have the drug problems then that there is now. It seems like people cared more then than they do now. Just a thought.  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #264)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

I just remembered that Bob Brooks had a bad leg and he was also chief during the early 50's. I believe he was related to Anna Margaret Brooks and Charles Brooks. I graduated from school with Anna Margaret. I heard she married L. C. Averill and Charles married Angelee Mahoulis. I think it was her dad that owned Angelo's Pig Stand on the corner of the square. I knew Fritz McKay but not well. He lived a block and a half from us. I remember his wife was very attractive but I didn't know her at all. I don't remember him being chief but he may have been after we moved.  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #262)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

I'm sure it was C. J. Frankum. Raymond Ings was the chief back in the 50's also. C. J. had a son named Sonny and a daughter but I don't remember her name. Sonny went in to the Marines with Jim Phillips after they graduated from Hayti.  (Apr 17, 2010 | post #258)

Hayti, MO

Residents, Mayor in Junkyard Battle

Then I suggest you go to the West Palm Beach Topix and spread your boredom. You certainly won't be missed on this one.  (Apr 16, 2010 | post #700)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

You are right, Past. I wracked my brain for an hour trying to remember that name but couldn't. I did remember several people who used to hang out at the pool hall. Mr. Wray, John Wray's dad) used to be a regular. He had a barber shop on the other side of the block on third street. You could get a haircut for a $1.00. Martin Ray (no relation) was a regular as was John German before he was killed in a plane crash. Ed James was a regular and of course all the guys from school. But parents weren't concerned as they knew there was no trouble there. Garth ran a pretty tight ship and he commanded a lot of respect from all the guys in school. Many time when we were broke (which was quite often) Garth would let us play for free if we would rack the balls on the other tables. That was a pretty good deal. I think Garth had the pool hall just to give him something to do. His money was already made long before he opened the pool hall.  (Apr 16, 2010 | post #255)

Hayti, MO

Bobby Neal (circa 1956)

Thanks Jimmy. I really couldn't remember for sure what year it was. That's why I put the word "circa" on the photo. I'm sure sorry I lost track of him over the years. I was always curious as to how he got the job with Rick Nelson. I know that Rick used to bring in musicians on his earlier recording sessions. Joe Maphis did a bit of recording for him on several occasions as I recall. I would have loved to hear Bobby play. Thanks again for the update.  (Apr 14, 2010 | post #36)

Hayti, MO

Code Enforcement

I encourage all of you to meet with city officials and voice your opinions. Hayti used to be such a quaint community. When I returned after being away for 40 years, all I saw was a town that was 40 years older. No new construction to speak of, no growth, no improvements that I could see. You need to relay these opinions to city officials. But I would caution everyone. Charging in the door and banging on a desk won't get it done. Choose a speaker and have him/her present your concerns in a very businesslike manner. Make sure they know that you are willing to help. But also make sure that they understand that something needs to be done. I don't know if the city has any budget for cleanup, but perhaps they could vote for some money to help defray the costs from the general fund. You might explore whether the city has any vehicles to assist in the removal of trash to transport to the dump, or wherever they put it. This is indeed a noble cause. It is also your home. If you succeed, it will be a giant step in the right direction. But don't let this idea get pushed aside. Everybody will be the better for it.  (Apr 12, 2010 | post #7)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

When I knew Garth, he owned the pool hall on fourth street behind Angelo's and across from Khouri's. There was a bar next door but I don't remember the name of it. There were several ladies of the evening who used to hang out there a lot. I remember the gambling games at the pool hall on the square but to my knowledge they never got raided. I remember playing pool there and they wanted some food. They tipped me quite handsomely to go get them some burgers from the restaurant next door to People's Drug Store. But they never interrupted their gambling and sometimes the game would go on for a week. I remember we were doing some repair work on the McCrary homestead one time after the incident you described. My brother, Jim was a prankster and he was always playing tricks on Mr. McCrary. On day when he was up on a step ladder, Jim nailed his shoe to the step ladder. Of course, Mr. McCrary couldn't get down from the ladder with his shoe nailed. Jim offered to fetch him a claw hammer for a dollar which was refused. But after he stood there for a while, the price went up to five dollars. But my dad came in and saw what was going on and spoiled the prank. Mr. McCrary laughed about that for years. He thought the world of Jim despite the pranks Jim pulled on him.  (Apr 11, 2010 | post #252)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

Past, I don't remember Robert Gould but I left Hayti in 1963 and moved to California. I have learned about a number of old friends from the Topix columns. This was the reason I joined it several years ago. I hope other old friends notice the threads and join in. Hopefully, we can keep the jerks and juvenile idiots off these threads. They really ruin it for other people.  (Apr 5, 2010 | post #244)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

And your point is?  (Apr 1, 2010 | post #234)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

You are right Past. The Vivrettes did have a business on the west side of tow. They had two daughters, Frances and the younger one was Pat or Patricia if I remember correctly. Frances married Dick Kneibert but they divorced a few years ago. Dick is retired from the FBI and lives near Poplar Bluff. Frances has remarried and lives in the St. Louis area.  (Mar 29, 2010 | post #229)

Hayti, MO

good times in hayti

Hayti, thanks for the update on Ada Nell. No wonder I never found her. Apparently she had been in touch with my sister, Pat, who would have been about your age but I never knew (Ada Nell's) her married name. I did not know Harold well but I was close friends with his dad, Garth. I used to help him rack balls and clean up the pool hall. Garth and I had some fierce snooker games on the front table in the Hayti pool hall. I was always curious as to why he took a liking to me. Several years later he said it was because I was a good snooker player. He told me the reason we would play on the front table was that it was good for business. After thinking back, I remember that after we got a game started, people would start to wander in to watch. Garth could have been a professional had he wanted to be. I could play him tough but he usually won. I remember the small two-lane bowling alley that Harold had in Caruthersville. There was a young kid there that would reset the pins for you. I threw a ball that looked like it was shot out of a cannon. The kid would reset the pins then leave the area. <S> Ah yes, those were the days.  (Mar 29, 2010 | post #227)

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