Nathan… How much do you know about him?

nathan_studioNathan was born in Woodville, Alabama.  His mother was about 23 years old when she had him.  He looked like his father.

He recalled that his best birthday was when he was 23, just after getting married.

He said the tooth fairy never visited him when he was a kid.  Nor did he ever get an allowance.

It was his father who did the spanking when he needed it.  He said the naughtiest he ever was, was when he put his dirty feet on the churn to keep the lid down.  And yes, he got a spanking.

A man by the name of Mr. Thomas was very influential in his life, giving him a lot of advise.  And his advise to others was to always be honest and work hard.

He never had to go to the hospital for broken bones or stitches.  And he was never afraid of doctors.

He got around mostly traveling by horse, wagon and finally a car (right before he got married).  He never ran away from home but when he got frustrated at home, he would go visit his married sisters.

His favorite color was ‘blue.’  His favorite book was the ‘Holy Bible and mysteries.’  His favorite move was ‘Gone With the Wind’ and his favorite song was ‘John Henry.’   His favorite sport was ‘wrestling.’  His favorite hobby (…more of a passion, I would say) was ‘fishing.’   His favorite season was ‘spring.’  His favorite holiday was ‘Christmas.’  His pie of choice was ‘chocolate’ (must run in the family…)  His favorite candy was ‘peppermint’ and his favorite cookie was ‘sugar cookies.’  His favorite ice cream was ‘vanilla.’

His father had a bad temper and threw his plow in the river one day.

He rubbed a bee hive once with his brothers.  Notice he said it was only once….

He remembered that his dad got on to his brother one tiime for knocking his plate into the floor and his little brother looked up to his dad and asked him who was going to switch him!

Nathan said all the Wrights were happy, friendly people.

When he was growing up, they lived in a plain country house that had ‘no paint!’  They had a small yard.  The light in the house was oil lamps and they heated it with a wood stove.  They washed their clothese in a kettle over the fire.  It had 4 large rooms.

He said his mother and sister made one Christmas extra-special!  They bought him a lot of fishing equipment.

Nathan said the main thing he remembered about his mother was that she was always a thoughtful person.

Her cooking?  He fondly remembered her mixed vegetables.  He said she was a good cook.

When it snowed, they would make a snowman and of course, he had the duty of chopping wood.

He said the worst job he ever had was laying down railroad ties.  At one time, he also worked as a cook and had to mop floors for a living.

A funny story he recalled from the first year he was married was when he was going real fast in the car and ran off the road.  Icy said, “I guess you will stop NOW!”

They lived and had children in Burnsville, MS,  Corinth, MS,  Glenn, MS,  Winnasoga, MS,  and Memphis, TN.

He never made or handed out Valentines Day cards but said he did give candy and flowers to a girl.  (He didn’t name the girl!)

The Easter Bunny never came to see him but they would have a picnic on July 4th.  No firecrackers, though.

Nathan went to grade school at Mt. Olive, Alabama and went to high school in Glenn, MS.  He made good grades and his favorite subjects were History, Geography and Math.  He walked to school and he said the thing he thought about most was girls!

His family never went on vacations, so he didn’t travel when he was young.  When he was grown, he went to Washington State with his daughter, Teen and her husband, Dick.  They also traveled to Cleveland and Canada.  Nathan would go to the State Fair too.

When he started dating Icy, Nathan said his parents liked her right way!

Oh, one more thing.  They called him Nate sometimes… and sometimes they called him ‘Jelly Roll.’

1 Comment

  1. William Cox said,

    December 31, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Wow….what a wonderful site. I have really enjoyed reading all this. I am a grandson of William Herbert “Hub” Wright. I have some very vague memories of Nathan and Icy. It was wonderful to read about them. Thanks to Cheryl for inviting me to this site! Take care my cousins! William


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