William Roland "Bill" Barcome
Has many fond memories GREEN BAY The deaths last year of ; Oconto Falls natives Ralph Lemerond, Frank Bartlett and Donald Graham opened a floodgate of memories that has given me much pleasure, recalling those summer visits visits with my grandmother, Agnes Barcome, , between 1933 and 1942. Ralph introduced me to bowling and pin-setting. pin-setting. pin-setting. Donald, or "Pepper," who didn't panic, pulled me from the river and probably probably saved my life. Frank was close to my parents and grandparents and I remember him as a kind and gentle person., 7 ' l I will never forget their friendship. , The Holmes family lived next to us on the north end of Main Street, and their daughter, daughter, Ardella, babysat for Mother. In 1945, Ardella was a witness at my wedding in San Francisco, and in 1995 helped my wife and I celebrate our 50th anniversary. The Carroll family lived in an upstairs apartment on Main Street and operated the local telephone exchange, Their son, Johnny, was my best friend, and on one occasion, with me riding "side saddle" on the cross bar, he propelled his bicycle from the Falls to Lena to show me the stuffed animals, fish and birds at the famous Kingsinger tavern. I was very impressed with the work of the taxidermist and the : strength of my friend, Johnny. I can't remember how my brother, Earl, and I discovered the power of the magnify- magnify- ing glass. But I do recall the time we used that small device to accidentally start straw burning in the pocket-sized pocket-sized pocket-sized stockyard a short distance from my grandparents' home. ., ,. The yard was empty at the time, but the fire did scorch some fencing before the fire department put the blaze out. I remember, too, the fear that the two of us shared and then the kindness of the firemen that erased that fear and dried up the tears. So many families are a part of those wondrous wondrous recollections: the Baumans, Bachalls, Schmidts, Tarletons, Meyers, Paholkes, Lipschultz and others whose names I can't recall. But all are a part of those grand summer vacations that I recapture in mem. ory and help strengthen my love affair with my home town, Oconto Falls. Bill Barcome, Green Bay : '