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Deone Skewes

b.1920

Deone Skewes

A: No. As kids, we were a mixed neighborhood but we all got along just fine. Then on Sundays, they would go to their own churches and what not but I played with the Baptist kids as much as I did with the Mormon kids.

Q: So they didn’t have their own sort of social clubs or anything that excluded you?

A: No.

Q: You didn’t have that feeling?

A: I always seemed welcome. When I would come they made me feel very welcome.

Q: Well, great.   Sounds like you had a perfect life.

A: So. The Parks’ were Baptists. Their dad was the minister. And I was a good friend of all three of their boys, you know.

Q: I didn’t know the Parks or had not heard of them.

A: Well, that’s way back, you know. Sixty years, I guess, or more. They were a nice family and the Baldwin kids were Baptist. So was my friend, Walter Shutt, on the corner, Mr. Goodman’s grandson. And, so as kids I don’t think we, the kids I went around with, were too involved in church.

Q: Well, maybe it was just the times that they weren’t so much then as they might be now.

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