Thursday, April 12, 2007

Skipping school

The March 14, 1918, Houston Post had a small, funny little story tucked inside its pages about a group of students who decided to skip school and go swimming.

I can't say with any kind of certainty where they decided to hang out, but I have an idea. Don't hesitate to offer your own ideas, too.

"All of this happened in the bayou, near the Katy crossing on the North Side," the article stated.

Well, the Katy is known as the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Co. railroad. The Katy crossing could be where it cross the bayou -- "North Side" indicating it could be where the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Co. railroad crossed White Oak Bayou.

If that's true, then we're talking about the area just east of Stude Park, on the other side of Studemont/Studewood.

Anyway, back to the story.

"The boys had their lunches -- intended to have been eaten at recess -- and -- well, who wanted a bathing suit anyway?"

So the boys swam, ate and eventually got thirsty.

"The boys decided that the few docile milch cows grazing along the side of the stream should furnish the 'drinks' for the banquet."

The cows didn't mind, but the same could not be said for the farmers.

"Then the trouble started," the article went on. "The North Side folks of the neighborhood do not object to boys swimming in the pool, but they certainly become irascible when someone milks their cows before dinner. A call for the police was phoned in."

Once police arrived, the boys fled, never to be found.



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