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Mack & Mary, Page 2

Mack & Mary, Page 2


This story and picture was given to me by Joan (Gordon) Cunningham, Mary Ann’s sister. Mary Ann said that she also remembers the Dred Holland Store in Taylortown, Texas and the way everyone called him "Daddy Dred." The picture was taken shortly before the store was bulldozed.


Let’s take a tour back through time Go back through the 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, and into the 40s. In the 40s Mary Ann and I were likely found playing churchor or school. Those were our favorite things to do. However, Dad or Mother were also very much in favor of us learing to work. I well remember Dad saying to me and Mary Ann, “Girls I want you two to go with me today. I need you to help me chop cotton.” I think I must have known at the time that we two were in trouble. That was my first time to use a grubbing hoe. We didn’t simply chop cotton, we dug we dug out the roots of persimmon sprouts. No matter how hard we tried, we could never get all the roots out. By the next week or two, those rootd would have sprouted and the work done previous needed to be done again. Dad always tried to provide an incentive to work. He promised that if we worked hard we could stop by Daddy Dred’s store and get a Coke on our way home.

Now that store was something to behold. It was quite large, two stories in fact. I still remember what it felt like to walk across that floor. The floor boards would give a little as you walked which made you want to press down hard to see if you could make them move a little more. As you walked in the front door the ice cream bpx was the first thing you saw. At least it was the first thing a child would see. Then the Coke box. Now that was a wonderful thing to me. Five cents bought a Coke, R C Cola, Dr Pepper Grapette, Orange Crush or a bottle of chocolate. To me that was the kind of things dreams were made of. I have to tell you that I did not pay too much attention to all of those groceries. I was not interested in them very much. I can still picture the candy counter though. It was glass shelves enclosed so we could not touch. Oh how we could look and imagine the taste of all that different kinds of candy. It was a child’s delight.

I even remember the big tall gas pumps out front. One could see the gas in the glass at the top of the pump.

Getting a five cent Coke for working with Dad was good pay but there was enough incentive to work in the knowledge that we were going to get to stop at Daddy Dred’s store to see what was going on.

This picture was taken by Gaylon Little’s sister Carol. He and Laquita were kind enough to let me have some copies because my sisters Peggy, Jan and Mary Ann would love having as a “Precious Memory.”

Joan (Gordon) Cunningham




Mary Ann


Mary Ann & Joan


Mary Ann


The Gordon Sisters. Joan,
Mary Ann, Peggy and Jan


Mary Ann


Mary Gordon and Joan


Mary Ann

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Mack (holding Mary Ann,
their first child) & Mary






Mary Ann




Mary Ann & Joan


Jan & Peggy


Mary and Mack


 Mary and her two oldest daughters,
Mary Ann & Joan


Mary Ann