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Pa and Ma Pierce, Marion Monroe and Clara Etta Armstrong Pierce. This picture was made in the late 1930s. I am not positive of this but if anyone else has a specific date I would appreciate hearing from you. I may be a bit prejudiced but I think this was the best grandparents that a child could have. I enjoyed going to their house so much, Ma and Pa would get up very early in the morning, Ma would cook breakfast and wash the dishes and they would set on the front porch in the summer time waiting for it to get daylight. Ma had two beds in the fireplace room and I always slept on one of them when I went there to stay for a week or two. they treated me as if I was an adult although I was only from 10 to 15 or 16 years old. I can remember it so well the good times I had up there at their house.
The below pictures are some that my older sister, Vera Meddley Smith had that I scanned and am putting them on these pages. Most of the pictures, if not all, will be descendants of Marion Monroe and Clara Etta Armstrong Pierce. Here, they will be called Ma and Pa Pierce. That is the only name I knew until I was 12 to 14 years old. I remember going to their old place on the mountain, Pa and Ma called it "Divide." Pa and Ma moved there about 1918 or shortly thereafter. Vivian says she can remember an old log house being there when they moved to the Divde. They lived in this log house until Pa got the other house finished.
It was a four room bungalow with a front and back porch. the back porch was off the north wall of the kitchen and faced north. A 1 X 12 shelf, a 1 X 12 sawed board, ran from one porch post to the other and a bucket of water with a dipper in it and a washpan was always sitting on this shelf.
Immediatelly behind the house inside the paleing or pickett fence was a cellar where Ma kept her canned vegetables and fruit. It was always cool down there, I don't know if it was ever used for a storm cellar or not. We lived in the other house on the Divide as did several of Pa and Ma's childred did at one time or another but I don't remember us ever going into the cellar during a severe storm. A hand dug well was near the northwest corner of the house inside the yard.
Further behind the house and outside the yard fence was the barn and horse lot. There was a big wooden gate to enter the barnyard. The barn had a hallway in the middle with storage rooms on each side. There was a loft in the barn, used to store fodder and sorghum seed also used for cow feed. Fodder was corn blades which had been stripped from the stalks and let dry for a few days. Then Pa would tie the blades or leaves in bundles using a blade or corn leaf to tie them with. They would then be hauled to the barn and stored.
I remember one time when I was there visiting in the summer when Homer and Oza Mae lived in the rent house. Homer and Pa had planted peas in the field called "Grandpa Armstrongs old place" to cut and use for hay. They were cutting the peas and hauling them to the barn when I was there that summer which was about 1937 or 1938.
Pierce Pages 7 through 10 are scanned pictures that I got from my sister, Vera. The rest of the children called her Sister and do so until this day. We have never called her Vera. And she has my thanks for letting me take these pictures to my house and scan them. She has more that I will scan at a later date. My children call her aunt Sister....