SUMMER DAYS

                             BY

                CARLEY ANDERSON

 WE ONLY LIVED IN MINDEN  FOR FIVE GOOD YEARS, THEN MOVED TO BOSSIER CITY AND IN EARLY 1961 MOVED TO GLENDALE ARIZONA. IN 1961 GLENDALE REMINDED US A LOT OF MINDEN, BUT IT HAS GOTTEN SO BIG NOW ITS LOST A LOT OF ITS CHARM. I GRADUATED FROM GLENDALE IN 1966. I THEN JOINED THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPT IN 1968 AND DID THIRTY YEARS AS AN OFFICER AND I NOW WORK AS A CIVILIAN WILL ABOUT 50 OTHER RETIRED OFFICERS DOING POLICE REPORTS OVER THE PHONE SO DUTY OFFICERS ARE FREE TO RESPOND TO MORE CRITICAL CALLS.

MY OLDEST BROTHER GRADUATED FROM BOSSIER IN 1961 PRIOR TO HIM COMING ON TO ARIZONA. WE STILL HAVE SEVERAL COUSINS AROUND THE MINDEN AREA AND IN BOSSIER CITY.  

IT’S GREAT TO SEE YOU GUYS SPEND THE TIME KEEPING MINDEN MEMORIES UPDATED. ONE OF MY COUSINS IN TEXAS CAME ACROSS IT AND SENT THE ADDRESS TO ME AND I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED IT, MY MOTHER IS 83 AND NOT INTO COMPUTERS BUT I HAVE PRINTED A LOT OF THE STORIES AND GAVE THEM TO HER. SHE WORKED AT HOLLYWOOD AND MAXWELL AND WE ATTENDED THE PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH SO SHE REALLY ENJOYED THOSE STORIES AND PHOTOS. 

I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE ATTENTION BEING PAID TO THE OLD CEMETERY, GHOST WALKS, AS A YOUNG BOY I SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING AROUND THERE AND USING IT AS A SHORT CUT TO THE HOUSE AFTER SPENDING  SUMMERS DAY AT HUNTERS PARK. THERE WERE SEVERAL TRAILS THAT TOOK YOU DOWN THE HILL FROM THE BACK AND DOWN TO RAILROAD TRACKS AND HIWAY 80.

THE STORIES ON THE WPA CAMP DOWN BY THE FAIR GROUNDS WERE A STEP BACK INTO THE PAST, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE PINE THICKET WHERE IT ONCE STOOD, FROM PICKING BLACK BERRIES AND PLUMBS TO RIDING DOWN THE YOUNG PINE TREES. THE SCHOOL AND NEW HOMES CHANGE THE LOOK BUT IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES YOUR MEMORIES CAN TAKE YOU BACK AND YOU CAN ONCE AGAIN SEE IT AS IT WAS IN THE EARLY 50,S.

CARLEY ANDERSON

Most of us can relate to Carley's story about growing up in Minden. My Mother worked at Hollywood Maxwell.  We also attended Parkway Baptist Church. I'll just bet every kid in Minden has a story about playing in the old Minden Cemetery and those wonderful summer days at Hunter's park. How many of us still get homesick when we hear a train whistle? No one can take away our memories as long as we continue to share them.