Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
If there is a Junior in a family it is normally the first born son. (Someone should break that pattern and name a girl Jr; has that ever been done? i.e. Mary Jane Jr.)
It was odd in our family the second born boy was named Jr, born April 28, 1925. Jun was a great guy and at the top of the list of my heroes. He joined the USN when he was 17. They tell me when we moved to Shelby I was 3 years old, it was our first house with an inside toilet. I talked so much he threatened to flush me down the commode.
After Boot Camp and he was sent across the USA to a new Destroyer Escort the USS Baron DE-166 As a Gunners mate. I told him once that we had visited North Platte Nebraska and learned they had fed most of the troops crossing the country by train, free.
“Yeah Jackie, I remember North Platte. That was the first place I started to buy a beer. All I had was a $20 bill. The waitress saw that and said, if you just want one beer that will be 50 cents. I will have to give you 19 silver dollars in change.”
Jun said, “19 silver dollars would pull my pants off.”
When I said that she winked, “It would pull mine off too!”
“I didn’t get the beer but hurried back to the train. I had never heard anything like that. After all daddy was a Holiness Preacher.” LOL
He was discharged At the end of WWII. I will never forget seeing him on a motorcycle letting rolls of toilet paper unroll in the air as he rode and blew that little horn..
After the war my brothers, sister and their in law kin bought land and built houses after working in the mill all day. Junior was known for saying if they sat around talking too long, “OK boys let’s get to work and do something, even if it is wrong!” None of them had built before.
Jun was destined to be his own boss. While working in the mill, Junior tried to start a printing business. Printing business cards, invitations etc, He had one of those OLD printing presses where you set the type; you had to read backwards to make sure it printed forward. That one did not work out.
June and Mo had two boys, Ted & Joe, I only have a kid's picture of Joe the youngest in my file.
Benjamin Franklin Darnell Jr will continue tomorrow.