Cappel July 10, 2008
Galland Cappel. I am married and have 2 adult
sons and now live in Houston, Texas. I lived in
Evergreen until I was 18. And I’m not about to
put my age in black and white print, even though
most of you know that age! I still go to
Evergreen about once a month to visit my mom.
I’m one of 5 children (Georgie, Ronald, Susan,
Stephen) of Ozamae and Perle Galland, longtime
Evergreen area residents.
Reading all the memory letters
really took me back in time!
Evergreen elementary school is
where I attended grade school (grades 1-8). I
do have fond memories - a lot of them were
mentioned in other letters. Some memories that
come to mind for me are:
Wonderful home made yeast
rolls in the cafeteria
The outside merry-go-round
that was “kid powered” and playing dodge
Singing classes where we
would learn all the patriotic songs – I
still know all the lyrics for the 4 military
service theme songs!
The school band where I
learned (?) to play an instrument, as many
others did in grade school
Evergreen school library
where I read every “blue” biography book in
the library! And also the bookmobile!
The unique smell of the
memeograph machines ink when I would help
teachers by printing out the purple print
homework sheets, tests and the school paper,
the Magnolia Leaf
Riding the yellow school bus
driven by Boulette Riche and my daddy would
substitute drive for him sometimes. Also the
afternoon “lining up” to catch the school
bus to go home
Ms. Lucille’s “health check
days” in second grade where we were required
to have in our possession a handkerchief and
clean hands for her to give the cleanliness
inspection- no dirty fingernails allowed!
The Christmas – yes
Christmas, not holiday, plays when all the
children in the school got to participate.
My mom had to sew many a costume for me and
my brothers and sisters for those plays!
I, too, remember when JFK was
shot. I was in Ms. Betty’s class that day.
When I have to list a favorite teacher to
use as a security check for computers
passwords, etc., I always use Betty (Ducote
Coco). She was definitely one of my all
time favorite teachers.
Good thing, because I had her
in both the fifth grade and the eight!
Old-time floor heaters in the
school halls where we could crowd around on
cold days and play jacks during recess. I
got too close to the heaters once and ruined
a winter coat
Church of the Little Flower
Catholic Church is where my family attended mass
every Sunday (and was married there 36 years
ago). When in grade school, I was in the church
choir and we used to take awesome field trips to
antebellum homes and once to Avery Island to
visit the Tobasco factory. I can still remember
the smell from the fermenting Tobasco barrels.