A look back at birthdays in Barnwell

  • Sylvia Hogg’s 10th birthday party on Jackson Street in 1952.
  • Frances Hagood’s fourth birthday party on Main Street in July 1946.

Naturally, most of us enjoy celebrating our birthdays, regardless of our ages.

Phone calls, e-mails, messages on Facebook, land line calls, texting on cell phones, birthday cards via mail are various means of conveying that all-important long standing message:”Happy birthday to you!”

Today, the majority of us just go out to indulge in off-the-diet foods with family and friends. What joy!

Long years ago someone was heard exclaiming, ”Why in this world do children celebrate their birthdays? They had absolutely nothing to do with it!”

Yet it is the mothers who taught all of us our birthdays belong to us; that we are indeed special persons; that we should always celebrate the date of our birth in fine fashion. And so, that seed was planted.

It was decided to reach into our past and offer our readers “fun” Barnwell recollections with two photos; hence, two birthday parties. Where question marks are shown, we need your help in identifying these children of yesteryear.

Frances Hagood’s fourth birthday party (first photo) on Main Street was dated July 1946.

Left to right: front row: (?), Winston Morris, (?), (?), and Beverly Elkin.

Second row: Sylvia Hogg, Louise Holland, “little” Jeannette Richardson, Ted Holland.

Third row: Jim Hugh Witherspoon, Phyllis Christie, Davy Plexico, John Willis Fuller, Etta Holland, Ann Davies, Mary Davies, and the birthday girl Frances Hagood wearing her corsage.

Seated on the porch: Ethel Hogg and Jewel Elkin.

Looking at this picture, can you possibly tell which boys and girls did not want to be there? I was merely biding time until I could go home and crawl back into my dungarees.

Our second picture was taken in 1952 celebrating Sylvia Hogg’s 10th birthday on Jackson Street. The family car in the background to the left is a 1949 four-door Ford.

So, here we go: left to right: front row: perhaps cousin Margo (?), Sylvia Hogg, our birthday girl; Louise Holland, Terry Seay.

Second row: Martha Bush, Beverly Elkin, Wayne Jordan, cousin Clifford, and cousin Evie.

Following the usual cake and ice cream amid decorations of countless balloons and more crepe paper than you could shake a stick at, we headed outside. Pictures were taken, and we played “chase”, jump rope, and hide-‘n’-go seek in the front yard. That was plenty of entertainment, and great exercise come to think of it.

Actually, reaching for some old pictures and sharing a few choice memories, can be very inviting. Please join us again.

To be continued….!