I suppose we lived at Eagleville, Missouri for two years, perhaps a little longer. It was during the mid-fifties, and I would have gone from fourth through sixth grades there. Most of that time, we lived in the switchboard house where Mother and Daddy were "Central"; when modern phone service arrived, we lived on Glen Wyant's farm for a while.
For some reason, out of all the places we lived when I was growing up (we moved a lot), Eagleville seems like my home town. Maybe it's because we had so many relatives living in that area. I'd see Grandma often, and Uncle Leo's family and Uncle Carl's, too. Oh, Aunt Ruby and Uncle Lloyd lived on a farm near Eagleville at that time.
Cliff feels the same way about Versailles, although he never actually lived there.
I'm fairly certain there's not a soul alive in that town who remembers me, but I have a fondness for Eagleville that will stay with me until I die.
One of many memories from that time of my life is that of reading comic books at Pearson's store.
When I walked in the side door of the place, there was a display of comic books on the left, and I would stand there and read my favorites: Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, dewey and Louie and Uncle Scrooge were at the top of the list of characters I loved. I read a few of the cowboy comics, too. And of course, Bugs Bunny was an essential part of my life. I never really cared for the ghoulish horror comics, and I wasn't wild about superheroes. I think maybe new comics came out once a month; It was always a good day for me when I saw the new issues were in!
I must have stood there for half an hour at a time, maybe more, just reading away, and nobody ever ran me off. I seldom bought a comic book, because I could read them for free at Pearsons.
I was clicking around the Eagleville.com website and found out the old Pearson's store building had to be torn down. That's what brought back this flood of memories.
There are more pictures at www.Eagleville.com, if you are interested. Click HERE and keep scrolling down to the pictures right after it says "Sunday, July 11". I have a couple of cousins who read this blog who might want to see them.
Here's a strange thing: if you type eagleville.com in the browser, it takes you to an RLDS site. If you type the WWW at the beginning, that gets you to the town's website.