An Autobiography: Chapter 17, Growing Up

| 7/26/2012 9:15:07 AM

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When I was little, my brothers had trouble pronouncing my name, and they called me “Turkey.” Later, that was often shortened to “Turk.” And for reasons I don’t know, my brother Clarence had the nickname “Dutch,” and my brother Edwin’s nickname was “Chink.” Being the youngest, I don’t remember much about my brothers when I was growing up. The house we moved to at 828 Banklick Street in 1935, where we lived for eight years, was when we parted. Clarence joined the Navy in 1939, and Edwin, after graduating from Holmes High School in Covington, joined the Army in 1942.


Clarence Calbert (CC) Moore 


A portrait of Edwin Byron Moore painted by an Army buddy. 

I think my first interest in girls came when we lived on Banklick Street, and the girl was the minister’s daughter! A few doors down the street was a church we called the “Holy Rollers” Church. I don’t remember Mom and Dad going to church regularly, and I doubt if they ever attended that one. How I met the preacher’s daughter, I don’t recall. But I do remember that when the preacher wasn’t there, she and some of the kids would play “Post Office” in the sanctuary. We would make a makeshift enclosure that was the post office. We were divided into two groups, typically a girl group and a boy group, and one group went into the post office. Then each person from the other group visited the post office. Once there, each person got a kiss from everyone in the post office!

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