In Port Dover

Saturday Night Dance

There were always Saturday night dances at the dance hall down at the lake. Edna and I used to go down together. This one Saturday night we went and there were not very many present. We sat like wallflowers for a while and then this farmery looking fellow came up to Edna ans asked her for a dance. They got out on the floor and he said to her, "They're aren't very many here tonight," and she said "Nope, they're aint." and that was the sum total of their conversation for the rest of the dance. Needless to say, we went home in disgust. This is not the end of the episode, however, We sneaked into the side door and quietly went to bed at 9:30. The next morning after breakfast Mother and I were washing dishes and I said that we were going to go to the movie theatre. That night. Mother said, "You are not going anywhere tonight. You didn't come home until three o'clock this morning and I'm grounding you." I was so mad that I took a dish I was wiping and smashed it against the wall and flounced out of the kitchen.

Running Away

In the afternoon Mother went shopping with Grandma. I packed a suitcase and ran away. I was picked up by two young fellows in a sports car, and they took me to St. Thomas. When I arrived there I went to stay with a special girl-friend of mine, Elma Strickland.

The Chase

Mother and Dad were sure I had run away to Pete McNabb, a chap I had been going steady with in St. Thomas. They were afraid I was going to get married to Pete. Dad high-tailed it to St. Thomas. I was not with Aunt Clara, where he thought I would be , so he went to see Pete. Of course, Pete didn't even know I was in St. Thomas. However, as fate would have it, my cousin Frank saw me on Talbot Street, talked to me and found out that I was staying with Thelma. The cat was out of the bag. So Dad took me back to Dover. Edna upheld my story that we were in early from the dance and peace was restored. Relations were strained between my Mother and I for some time.

Percy Kenneth Brock | Valparaiso, Indiana | Cadillac, Grand Rapids & the Stock Market Crash | 
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