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But it wasn’t Pa himself who gave Bert a butt whipping. It was Mama. She tore up his behind. But that was the only time. One day—I was eleven then—I overheard Pa and Mama talking about the banks being broke. Not wanting me to hear the rest of the conversation, they told me to go outside and play. Out on the porch Saffrey said that Pa and Mama were upset because the banks were broke. I said that ain’t nothing, Pa can fix the banks just like he fixes everything else. Pa was born William Henry Hicks on July 12, 1868, in Wilkes County, Georgia.

All of the Hull kids could do that. All the shopkeepers knew us to be Pa’s children and they knew he was good for the money. qxd 2/27/02 3:10 PM Page 45 When he was on a job putting up, say, a new porch or a new banister somewhere, I would go with one of my older sisters to take him his lunch. Usually the houses were in or near town, and I enjoyed the adventure. On the way back home we’d pick up the mail and stop in the grocery store and buy some candy or whatever on Pa’s credit. Pa never whipped us children.

But more than antiques, what we often needed was the money Pa wasn’t getting. Anyway, Pa had good credit at all the stores in town. When I was little, I loved bananas and I used to just stop in the grocery store and pick out a banana and sign Pa’s name and be on my way. All of the Hull kids could do that. All the shopkeepers knew us to be Pa’s children and they knew he was good for the money. qxd 2/27/02 3:10 PM Page 45 When he was on a job putting up, say, a new porch or a new banister somewhere, I would go with one of my older sisters to take him his lunch.

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