Munroe was a very respected and conspicuous person not that he was a forward
extending person. He didn't stand out in the crowd. His popularity was
due to his achievements and cleverness in his talents as a boat builder
and high line fisherman.
Pa could have the effect of 140 lbs. his weight in dynamite, or I have
seen him cry with disappointment over an acquaintance that would do a
mean act. This reminds me of an instance in 1927. We had a young minister
in the Church of England down home. He used to come to our place a lot.
The poor guy had no money. The church collection was pennies. If you put
a five-cent piece in the plate you always took out your four cents change.
Remember how the churchwarden who took up the collection, ours was Jim
Grover, a very devoted pillar of the church, always had squeaky shoes.
When he was getting near a pew you could hear the snap snap of the purses
being opened, then they would pass the pennies along to the children and
always a child would drop his pennies on the hard wood floor. Those pennies
were larger than today's quarters. When the penny fell, the hymnbooks
would be lowered, all eyes were on the floor. The penny would roll and
roll until someone would stomp on it. All the time Jim would be standing
waiting for the capture.
Now like I was saying Mr. Thompson the young minister was at our house.
As you go through the years, we pass through different fads and customs.
At that time
the fad was people who had paper money carried it in their pocket with
a rubber band around it. On this Saturday that Mr. Thompson was at our
house, they were having the traditional bean supper in the church hall.
Mr. Thompson said my funds are very low for the supper, he took his money
out of his pocket. A one-dollar bill with the rubber band around it and
like I was saying about Pa, he reached in his pocket and had two dollars,
which he gave to the minister. Of course Ma had the money laid by for
us kids, seven of us at twenty-five cents a head. And believe me we were
all quite happy.