People have often asked me about my daughters. What a lot of people don’t know is I have five girls. The one in the middle (a cutie at the age of 74) I met at Hutto’s Drugstore in 1956. I knew right away that I had to have her as my wife.
Through the years we knew each other off and on. I ran her off of my front porch when she was 6 years old. I met her later at Rudy's Pool Hall when she was waiting on her dad to finish playing pool. There were other girls there, too. When he walked into the pool hall, they were dressed nice and had their hair fixed real pretty with ribbons.
I noticed that one of them was the one I ran off the front porch. She was cuter at this time.
When I drove through Gateway Gardens, all the girls wanted to take a ride on my scooter, but Barb was sitting at her bedroom window. She said later that I thought I was a stud.
I finally got the courage to ask her out at Hutto’s Drugstore. I said, “Do you remember me?” She said, “Oh yes, I remember you well. I remember you on the front porch, on the motor scooter and at the pool hall.”
After two weeks of dating, I walked her home from the drugstore and got a kiss goodnight. We dated from November 1956 until April 21, at which time we were married.
The g irl on the left is Sally Duke, who works at Community First Bank and sings gospel music at different places. She is married to Bobby Duke, who works at Syndicate Sales.
Cindy Russell is next. She also sings at different functions. Her husband is Richard Russell, a local attorney.
Then there’s Pam Hendershot, who plays the piano for soloists and can sing whenever called upon. Her husband is Bob Hendershot, who works at Chrysler Corp.
On the right is Ella Cunningham, who is a homemaker and wife of Mike Cunningham, who also works at Chrysler.
These girls graduated from Eastern High School. They could date at the age of 16 and could only stay out until 10 p.m.
I also have two sons. Brian Hamilton works at Syndicate Sales, and he is married to Stacy (Morris). Jeff Hamilton is married to Brenda, and he works at Elco Corp. in Logansport, Ind.
All the family was quite active in sports. The boys played softball and basketball. Sally also played basketball and softball. She and Cindy also tried their skills and talent in the school choir programs and plays. Pam was in the choir for four years. Pam’s and Ella's main goal in life was to be a wife and mother.
The family spent much time in games at home, like Euchre, Scrabble, Dominoes, King on the Corner, and many more. Even though they are all married, they still like the competition of beating a brother, sister or mother in any game.
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Cindy Russell writes ... “I found this picture from my father-in-law’s collection of pictures. It was taken sometime in the 1950’s. He had left his job at the Frances Hotel and was working for the Elk’s Lodge when the Clydesdale horses came in Kokomo. This was on Walnut Street and Jay was standing in front of the Elk’s. Later he went to work at the Kokomo Country Club, where a lot of people remember him. Jay was a hard worker and worked many evenings and weekends. This allowed his wife, Doris, to stay at home with their five children.
“Jay told his children they should go to college, and he encouraged them to save half of everything they earned. The boys had paper routes and caddied at the Kokomo Country Club. Richard remembers going to the Kokomo Savings & Loan and climbing up stairs to make his deposits.
“All the children turned out successfully. Bob is a retired executive with Ford Motors, Richard is an attorney, Jim is a professor in Arizona, Debbie is a doctor in Bloomington, and Mike is a business man in Southern Indiana.
“When the family went out to eat, they would have the children eat at separate tables so they could learn to order off a menu and learn good manners by themselves without mom and dad.
“Jay has been a wonderful dad and father-in-law and would do anything for his children. He is in good health and still lives in Kokomo.”