Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hangouts: The Hargraves' Home

In High school, I hung out at the skipper and up on the hill at the Judge's house. Those were the days! Rosemary, when I think of the Skipper I think of your house that was home to all of your friends. I can still hear Judge Hargraves saying, " Dora, move your car out of my parking space!" I loved him!

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Blogger Butch Ford said...

The Hargraves moved into their home (above the Skipper) when I was in the 11th grade, I think. We lived about 1/4 mile away on the north side of Edgewood. My father still lives there. When I was in the 4th grade, my parents built that house and we moved "out in the country." There were gravel roads and only a few other houses in the neighborhood. Our property bordered the lake which made for a great place for guys to fish, swim and hang out. Except for the time when I was out of town and Mike Deaderick, Doug Smith, Billy Lieblong and ... Oh, well, that's another story.

Chee Chee Hargraves was one of my favorite girls in high school. Sweet, cultured and only a little dingy. Kinda purty, too. We went out a couple of times. Mr. and Mrs. Hargraves tolerated me well enough, I guess. I always behaved myself around them.

For some reason, they had a kayak-built-for-two. Most of the kayaks you see are made as a single seater. One day, Chee Chee and I carried that boat, on top of our heads, from her house all the way to the lake. You might remember that Chee Chee is a little bitty thing and more than a little dainty. So, believe it when I say that I carried the kayak and she carried the paddles. We canoed (kayaked?) all over that lake for a whole afternoon. It might have been considered romantic, except that romance and kayaks don't go together. She wasn't very good a paddling, either. And, then, I carried that dang boat all the way back to her house. So much for the idylic afternoon on the lake.

I haven't seen Chee Chee since I met up with her in Washington, D.C. in about 1970, when she was working as a staffer for Sen. Fulbright. We ate lunch in the Senate Dining Room and rode the official "underground railroad" from her office building to the Capital Building. She had connections! I have no idea where she is now or how she's doing. Chee Chee, where are you? Does anyone know?

Thu Aug 17, 07:30:00 AM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was my hero. I can remember being fourteen and fifteen and spending the night with Rosemary and I would Watch CHee Chee put on her makeup and thought what class! Sha beauty! How sophisticated! SHe was about 23 then and out of college and working in Washington. I mean it was like first small town girl "gone big" I had a dog named chi chi and slammed his tail in the door one morning or my sister did. i came to school crying about chi chi got her tail slammed in the door and Rosemary said what happened to chi chi! I said my dog Chi Chi not your sister! I have so many beautiful memories at that house. It was a house of truly non judgmental people who were all so cool in their own way.Kind of ironic they were non judgmental and a judge lived there! He was the best! RoseMary , where is Chi Chi now?

Fri Aug 18, 04:33:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Rosemary Hargraves Cianciolo said...

It's so great to hear that folks remember my family. My dad was so very special. My Mom left Forrest City 7 years ago and moved to Hot Springs to be near my brother, Bobby. She had only been there a few months when Bobby suffered a heart attack and passed away. Mama is still there and is a very lovely, interesting 93 year old. My brother Jimmy is the only one of us left in FC. He's the EVP at First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas, married to Susan Pollard and is the father of two teenagers.
Chi Chi is still in Washington and is still tiny, pretty and sophisicated. She worked in the Carter and Clinton administration and is still doing some work for the D.C. arts.
I'm in Memphis with my husband Michael and our son Mark and daughter Carley. I'm a financial manager for Daimler (parent of Mercedes Benz) - - great company cars!

Wed Jan 07, 03:29:00 PM 2009  

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