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1945, Halloween Day
In the Autumn of 1945, David Nixon and Donald Duggins attended the Loveland, Oklahoma High School as Freshmen. On Halloween of that year, these two students made efforts to persuade all the other students in that high school (38), to engage in a mass truancy (play hookey as it were) and not show up for the school busses in the morning or appear for their classes that day. The two self-styled instigators were unsuccessful in their efforts with the upperclass students. However, they did decide to skip school that day themselves. About the time that they would normally leave for school in the morning, they both, with considerable deception and subterfuge, saddled their ponies and met on the banks of Jack Creek (which was halfway between their homes. They had their dogs with them and they also carried .22 Rifles, and shovels.
They spent the entire day riding along the fence rows and among the trees lining the banks of Jack Creek, Brush Creek, and Deep Red. They shot numerous squirrels and rabbit. Also, with the help of the dogs, they dug two skunks and three possums out of their dens. It was a magnificent, never to be forgotten, day for these two 14 year old boys!
However, they had to pay for their fun. The next day, the school Superintendent (after a phone call to their parents) gave them a very vigorous paddling; 10 hard hits on the butt with a large wooden paddle. All indications are that they learned their lesson. Don Duggins eventually became County Superintendent of Schools of Comanche County, Oklahoma. David Nixon became an Okie at Large and traveled about the world doing technical work related to space-age communications.
This is a true story. It was talked about for several weeks in the school and in the little town
Submitted by David Nixon
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