To the editor:
I grew up in a time and place that will never be repeated. That time was the 1940-60s, the place was in a mill village called East Griffin. The village was surrounded by Dundee Mills No. 2, 3 and 5. My grandparents and parents worked at Dundee Mills and we all lived in a “mill house.”
It was a special time because everyone knew everyone. We all, those in my age and older, went to school together, church together and played together. It was a time when we took care of each other. We didn’t lock our doors; there was no crime, drugs, gangs or anything like that.
We went to East Griffin Elementary until the sixth grade when the school was overcrowded, then some of us were bused to West Griffin for our sixth grade year. We went to Spalding Junior High for seventh and eighth grades and Griffin High for ninth to 12th grades.
After high school, most of us got jobs in the mill or elsewhere and many went into the military. We went our separate ways, got married and went on with our lives.
Then, last year, one of the men of the old neighborhood started getting all the men for that time in East Griffin to start getting together as many men as we could filed. Some are spread out over the country and many have passed away but most were still here in Griffin our surrounding counties. Our first meeting was at Murphy’s with five attending. We decided to find a larger place so we now meet at Louise’s at 8:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
We meet and talk about old times and share many memories. Something new comes up at each meeting. We average about 10 men but have had as many as 17 men meet.
Most of us are retired and we all look forward to our breakfast time together. If all would meet, we could have more than 20 men there. The one who got this started is Roger Stanford and we thank him.