a revealing documentary of Daddys carefully thought and written
reply to an interrogation from grandson Paul Moomaw, who was working
on a school writing project.
Moomaw: Which person in history do you think of as most interesting
or remarkable, and why?
Daddy: Napoleon Bonaparte. His military genius changed the
map and history of Europe; it also affected the Americans. He showed
supernatural, personal magnetism and leadership by taking command
of soldiers sent to arrest him, after escaping from the island of
Elba. As ruler of France he showed rare statesmanship and initiated
a number of progressive changes. The metric system, which we are now
about to make our standard of measurement, was adopted in France during
Moomaw: Tell about an historical event during your lifetime
that had the most significant effect on your life.
Daddy: The Great Depression of the 1930s. It wiped out our
possessions and created a warped attitude from which it took years
Moomaw: Tell about your childhood education.
Daddy: I started school, age five, in a small town in Nebraska.
First teacher was wife of a veteran of a Northern army in the Civil
War. During this first year we had almost daily exercises by marching
around the room behind some pupil carrying a large flag and all singing
Marching Thru Georgia. Early subjects were probably about
the same as now. Discipline was quite strict, no one was allowed to
leave their seats or whisper without permission.
Morning exercises nearly always consisted of group singing. There
was one teacher to two grades of about 15 pupils to grade. School
had a large bell rung by the janitor which could be heard in all parts
of town. Pupils all walked to school except some were occasionally
brought in a horse-drawn vehicle.
Moomaw: In our present-day society, what problem causes you
the most concern?
Daddy: The apparent lack of knowledge among so many of our
peopleespecially the youngas to how our government and
system of individual enterprise functions; this furnishing a fertile
field for demogogues who place personal gain above general welfare.
Moomaw: To what do you attribute your longevity?
Daddy: By taking proper care of the sound healthy body and
mind given to me by my parents. By keeping the stream of life and
always looking for a rainbow.
Moomaw: If you could re-live your life what changes would you
make, if any?
Daddy: In several years after finishing high school, I would
have been less haughty and more considerate; during that same period
I would have given much of the time I wasted to the pursuit of arts