Lebanon Reporter

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July 25, 2012

Granny’s story told at last

I’ve written about all of my grandparents except my Grandma Brock. It was just an unintentional error on my part. She was a hard-working lady all of her life, at least that is what I have been told. Since I was old enough to recognize her as my grandma, she did display the same hard-working attitude that I’ve heard was the way her life had always been. Theodosia, or Theo as many people referred to her, had the hard task of raising my mother during the Depression.

As I was growing up, I had no idea that my grandparents were divorced. It never occurred to me that they didn’t live together, and my Grandpa Brock was married to another women, who passed away in the early 60s. Divorce and unwed pregnancies were words that were considered taboo when it came to normal conversations in those days. My grandparents never showed any outward signs of anger or resentment toward each other. In fact, they always seemed to display mutual affection. I guess that is why I was unaware of the real situation.

I mentioned that Theo was the nickname that many called her, but actually she was most always referred to as Granny. It didn’t make any difference if you were family, friend or someone who had just been introduced to her for the first time, she would always say, “just call me Granny.”

Granny worked many different jobs over the years. She was the switchboard operator for the local phone company in Jollietville, which by the way, was the birthplace of her only child, my mother. 

Grandpa and Granny also owned and operated a couple of eateries in Boone County. The job that I was first aware of would have been with Mitchell and Berry Drugstore, located on the southwest side of the square here in Lebanon. I’m not completely sure what all her duties were, but I can remember Granny running the soda fountain counter where people of all ages would congregate for a us milkshake or a soft drink that would have been spiked with vanilla, chocolate or cherry syrup. I was more of a traditionalist and slurped down on a plain old root beer or a Coke.

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