John T. Armitage, Jr. speaks to Kiwanis Club

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Pictured is John T. Armitage, Jr. with his son Kyle Armitage at the July 8th Kiwanis club meeting.

Kiwanian Kyle Armitage’s father, John T. Armitage, Jr., spoke to the Kiwanis club Monday, July 8 th . Mr. Armitage was born in 1925 and spoke about growing up in the Great Depression and serving in WWII. He grew up in Texas in a town along the Trinity River. His great-grandfather emigrated from York and lived on the Trinity River. He helped to get the railroad through the area.

Farming of tomatoes and cotton was the industry there when Mr. Armitage was growing up. The tomatoes were packed in wooden boxes by women in a shed by the railroad. The tomatoes had to be green to be shipped. If there were any pink ones they were sold by the boys to the engineers of the trains.

The school was a wooden building with a cast iron heater in the center. The light came through the windows. His grandfather had a 32 volt dc generator that was used to run some of the businesses. This was how Mr. Armitage got interested in electricity. The phone system was a hand crank with 3 #6 battery cells.

 

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