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THROWBACK THURSDAY: The old swimming hole – there is nothing like it on a hot day

THE OLD SWIMMING HOLE

by

Inez McCollum

My husband was quite an athlete; who enjoyed all sports. He grew up in the hills of Arkansas and was an avid swimmer/diver.


In early marriage, he and I went to a neighborhood pool near my parents’ house. My husband really put the diving board to use. Some young boys were lined up around the pool observing his antics. After Mack finished with his diving, one of the boys said: “Gee, Mister, I’ll bet you could really dive when you were young!” Mack was at least 29.

Swimming 1930 Harris and Ewing (Library of Congress)

Fortunately, our three sons took after their Dad instead of me. They learned to swim at our neighborhood pool. The youngest could dive before he learned to swim. As he hit the water, he would coast to the side of the pool. I would stand near the diving well with a towel over my arm. Since he had not passed his swimming test, his instructions were to grab hold of the towel if he had a problem. During that time, we made a trip to visit family in California. After driving through Yosemite National Park, we stopped at a swimming hole. All three sons could now swim. My husband, once again, went through the diving routine. Again, young boys were lined up around the rock cliff where the diving expedition was occurring. The only thing that slowed things down, was when a female topless swimmer went into the water. She cleared the swimming hole! Oblivious of his surroundings, our youngest son, John, was happily swimming around in the water.

Swimming Hole, 1904, Detroit Publishing (Library of Congress)

Our second son is now the approximate age his Dad was during the California swimming hole incident. Joe was recently relating a diving experience to me. He was at a pool that had an excellent diving board. Being his Father’s son, he was going through the diving antics. Young boys and the lifeguard were sidelined observing Joe’s breathtaking dives. They didn’t actually say it; but I thought: “Gee mister, I’ll bet you could sure dive when you were young!”

ALABAMA REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS VOLUME I (REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS IN ALABAMA Book 1)

Many of these soldiers received grants in Georgia, Tennessee and the Mississipi Territory, parts of which later became the state of Alabama.

This book includes genealogical and biographical information on 26 Revolutionary Soldiers who were in early Alabama and/or collected military pensions for their service.

The soldiers in this volume are JAMES CALDWELL, JOHN YOUNG, CAPT. ANTHONY WINSTON, WILLIAM SANDERS, CAPTAIN WILLIAM ARMISTEAD, WILLIAM WICKER, BRYANT ADAMS, WILLIAM PULLEN, GEORGE AGNEW, JOHN WEBSTER, ROBERT WESTON, GEORGE TAYLOR, GOV. JOHN SEVIER, JAMES ROBERTSON, HARRISON NICHOLSON, JAMES MCCRORY, DAVID MURRAY, CHARLES LITTLETON, DAVID LINDSAY, EPHRAIM KIRBY, JOHN WADE KEYES, COL. JOSPEH HUGHES, SAMUEL TOWNSEND, JOHN TOWNSEND, HENRY TOWNSEND, and ANDREW TOWNSEND

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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