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TALES from the FRONT PORCH

Ringgold County's Oral Legend & Memories Project

VISITING GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

My great grandparents died when I was very young, so I don't have many memories of them myself. I mostly remember things that my mother told me about John Solomon and Sarah Vienna (Vogan) Mosbarger:

My mother told me that my great grandfather, John Solomon Mosbarger, was the caretaker of Maple Row Cemetery at one time. He raised rabbits, and I remember one time when the family went to visit my great grandparents in Kellerton. I remember all of us sitting down to eat dinner and I asked my great grandfather what kind of meat it was that we were eating, he said rabbit, and I wouldn't eat it anymore after that. He started laughing and said that it was really chicken, but I didn't want to take no chances, so I ate everything else, but the meat.

On another visit my great grandmother was standing at the front window staring out and laughing. My mother came up to her to find out what she was laughing at, and looked out the window herself. There I was playing in the ditch in front of the house getting dirty from head to toe. My mother was going to go out and bring me back in to give me a bath, but my great grandmother stopped her and told her that a child has to get dirty once in a while. I don't know how young I was at the time, but I know that I was very young.

I wish that could remember more things about them. My mother told me that the Mosbarger's were loved and respected by the people of Kellerton. It's strange, I remember my great grandmother's funeral, but not my great grandfather's. During my great grandmother's funeral the church was packed with not just family members, but with the people of Kellerton.

I have never heard anyone ever speak badly about my great grandparents, everyone always spoke highly of them, and it has made me proud to be their great grandson.

EDITOR'S NOTE: And we are sure that your great-grandparents are very proud to have you for a grandson, Jack.

Contribution by Jack W. Davis, May of 2009

To contribute to "Tales from the Front Porch: Ringgold County's Oral Legend & Memories Project"
contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold - Front Porch" in the subject line. Thank you.


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