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4 posts
Jan 11, 2011
4:49 AM
Back in the sixties my neighborhood boundary was Broadway to Philadephia and Princeton park to Riverview. We would have 20 to 30 kids at a time playing block tag or area tag. We would have the run of the neighborhood,cutting through yards jumping small fences and climbing trees. As I think back most neighbors were wonderful and allowed us the freedom to have this fun as long as we weren't destructive.
I can't imagine that now especially with all the "privacy fences" around. To this day I have never had a fence around any of my yards. Loved my neighbors!!!!!

Last Edited by on Jan 11, 2011 4:39 PM
5 posts
Feb 25, 2011
7:03 AM
I remember playing in the street kickball an jumping rope hide in seek really miss those time.
279 posts
Aug 11, 2011
11:09 AM
There are two fences I especially remember from the day. One was the six-foot "spite fence" erected by our neighbor on Tomberg Street in Huber over some argument about setbacks that escalated into the Huber equivalent of Taiwan, Quemoy and Matsu. (if you're too young to know, google it or look it up in Wikipedia.)

The other was a redwood post-and-board fence that stretched diagonally for about eight feet between our yard and our "catty-corner" backyard neighbors. One reason I remember it was that my eleven-year-old hands got blisters digging the @#$%@ post-holes for the thing with those bleeping manual posthole diggers.

(Somewhere in the eleventh circle of the Hot Place, sinners dig postholes with those things incessantly)

But the main reason that I remember that fence is that is was where my mom and the neighbor mom met to lean on the fence and chit-chat.

The neighbor mom's name was Lois, and the fence remended us kids of the "Gossip Fence" in the "Snuffy Smith" comic strip; where Loweezy Smith would meet her neighbor Elviney to - well, gossip.

That's pretty much what Mom and Lois did, so when Lois came out and called Mom's name, we kids would shout to her that "Loweezy's waitin' at the gossip fence!"

Let's just say that they - well, they never got angry, but they both looked at us like we were idiots and rolled their eyes.

Then they proceeded to gossip away just like Elviney and Loweezy.

The Gossip Fence, from Hootin' Holler to Huber Heights. Ya gotta love it...
9 posts
Aug 14, 2011
1:37 PM
Back in the 50's, we played baseball from 8 in the morning till dark. If it wasn't in the street on Porter Ave, it was in the schoolground at Jefferson school or St Agnes school. Choose sides and get it going. We would break to have lunch or dinner then we were back again.
2 posts
Sep 26, 2011
1:11 PM
Fences. Growing up in Oakwood having fences was not a sixties type of thing. The dog was chosen because he suited the property where his instincts of going after rodents in holes was just the thing. He was to run free like us. Limitless possibilities, liberal hopes and dreams have the don't fence me in lyrics ringing in my head stifling any attempt to consider having a fence on the yard where I grew up. But to me, fences were so much fun because we visited our relatives who were very old to us at the time, pushing 90 and over, who lived on Buckeye St. where the pink roses grew in bushes and the Iron gates were safer to swing on than skateboards when you were bored in a fascinating way because a mile or so down the road was a different time, a different world and being there was lovely.
luv my dayton
130 posts
Sep 10, 2012
10:38 AM
Growing up in Kettering starting in the 50's can't really remember many homes that didn't have fences.Most were then picket fences and later came the chain link. Purposes weren't to be 'isolationists' but meerly to keep young children within range of parents and then to keep your dog in and other dogs out. In many areas now the location of where you live dictates if you can or can't have a fence. Would rather see this form of fence and eliminate the privacy fences that many have gone too.

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