Clay County? Wow! My Mom grew up in Flora, and I naturally visited there a lot, even worked there for a summer. Just wondering which town you were near, Lou.
Larry, I lived just up the hard road (mostly oiled gravel in those days) a piece. I lived three miles outside of Edgewood. Edgewood was in Effingham county so we couldn't attend their schools. I started high school in Louisville, Ill. (closer to Flora) since it was our closest high school.
We didn't go to large towns like Flora (less than 3K pop. back then) unless we needed something with more than two moving parts that we couldn't make for ourselves or a new pair of 'gum boots'.
If you had a good horse, and knew all the 'cricks' and 'hollers', you could just about cover the county in a day.
I last visited the area in '07 while on a family reunion trip. Some things have changed drastically, and some, not at all.
Again, thanks for the memories. lou