In 1-Adeline (Addie) Kizer Dodd 1855-1937, 2-Jessie Hodges Dodd 1892-1992, 3-Dorothy (Dot) Stack 1920-1984, 3-George William Stack 1925-, 3-Jessie (J'Mae or Ditta) Garris 1914-2011, 3-John David Stack 1927-2001, 3-Miriam Ellen Stack 1917-1997, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Colleton County, S.C., FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION on July 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

I remember going to the Edisto River many times and we would catch our fish with a pole made out of a cane with string and hook; clean the fish and fry  them for supper over an open fire. Were they ever good!  Seems like you could always catch them:  Brim, Perch, Trout.  Roe Shad was our very favorite, but since they came up the river to spawn, they didn’t eat  so you had to catch them by net.  We would buy them .  I remember swimming in the river with the alligators sunning across the river .  I was always taught that if you didn’t bother  them  they did not bother you and never, never mess with one of their babies.  Sounded like a pretty good plan to me and I followed that . I don’t remember ever hearing of an alligator bothering anyone until after I was grown and the I think that they were bothering the alligator and he acted in self – defense …

Aunt Jess used to come down every summer and spend a month with Grandma Dodd bringing her  two daughters Miriam and Dot with her and we played together while they were there. George and John David would come also but they were a little younger.  We used to go play in the ditch in front of our house – We constructed dams, farms, forests, etc.  My grandparents lived two doors from us.  We used to go down to the Edisto river and stay in what we called camps.  One time I remember someone killed an alligator and Aunt Jess cooked up some of it real nice and took it to the others who were at another camp and didn’t tell them what it was until after the y had finished eating it.  She told them it was fish.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 3: “My Elementary Schooling,” 1999


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