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The History of Broad Ripple: The Scott Family of Old Broad Ripple - part four - by Paul Walker
posted: Mar. 23, 2007
The Scott Family of Old Broad Ripple - part four
by Gladys Scott Coffee
Halloween was always a fun time for us. It was the one day of the year we could be a little naughty and get by with it. There were no treats as part of our Halloween, just tricks. When it got dark, we would put on our home made costumes and sneak around the neighborhood ringing door bells, soaping windows, and throwing seed corn on the porches. Some of the older kids, including my big sister Evelyn, were bored with our tame activities, so they took a neighbor's fence all apart and hauled it up on top of another neighbor's shed. When they were found out the owners insisted that the guilty ones had to take the sections of fence down and put it all together again. They spent the whole next day working away while we little kids sat around and laughed at them.
On another Halloween, Evelyn and I decided our little brother, Wally, would make a pretty little girl. So we dressed him up in our old clothes, put a frilly bonnet on his head and some of mother's powder and rouge on his face. We dragged him to a neighborhood party, but as soon as we got there, the kids, especially the boys, laughed and made fun of him. Wally was so mortified he bolted and ran for home with his skirts flapping around his ankles, his bonnet string blowing in the wind, and his tears running down in his make-up. Mother thought it was funny, but Dad was not pleased and told us so in no uncertain terms.
When we reached six years old we started school. We all went to grade school #80 in Broad Ripple. Miss Pearl Eller was our first grade teacher. She was a very patient and dedicated teacher and we all loved her. The school was a two story red brick building located right next to Broad Ripple High School. It was old and creaky and the first rule we learned was "Do Not Run On the Stairs". This rule was closely monitored and enforced by Miss Hall, our principal. I think she feared that if we did run the whole building would collapse. All of us progressed through grade school and graduated. There were Scott kids in the school for twenty years. We got to be well known just because there was so many of us. In 1930 a new grade school was built, and Evelyn's eighth grade class was the first to graduate from the new school.
Pearl Eller at School 80
image courtesy of Gladys Scott Coffee
The End - part four