Never had a lock!

To the editor:

Open letter to “North Hiline.” From ’37 to ’41 we lived at 8832 18th Ave. S.W. By the way, if whoever lives there now reads this, over by your north fence is there still a corner of concrete stuck out of the grass? If you dig it up you will find a wading pool.

We moved to 917 S.S. 102nd St. just before the war started. I went to Highland Park, Mt. View, White Center Heights and Mt. View again. There’s now 5 houses in what was our front yard. We had a fish pond, several fruit trees, a bamboo clump, 2 pigs, several hundred chickens and a BIG garden that I hated working in. When I was six years old my mother sent me across the street carrying money to pay the water bill.

In the summer of ’46 we went on a car trip to Yellowstone Park and Butte Montana. Either just before we left, or the next December when we moved to Gatewood, I forget which, my mother sent me to the hardware store west across the street from Triangle Tavern to buy a skeleton key for $.10 or $.25 because WE DID NOT EVEN HAVE A KEY TO LOCK OUR HOUSE.

Now there’s an ARMED GUARD at the McLendon’s hardware store.


West Seattle

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