LOUIS CLIFFORD MANCILL HISTORY POST #14

JEAN (LINDERMAN) FREDERICK, AND I FOUND OURSELVES TOGETHER MORE AND MORE. ON DEC.5, 1968 WE WERE MARRIED AND OUR FRIENDSHIP BECAME STRONG AND WE FOUND WE LOVED EACH OTHER. TO ME IT WAS LIKE SOMETHING I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE BUT IT NEVER WAS COMPLETE. WE WERE HAPPY TOGETHER AND LIFE HAS BEEN GOOD TO US. JEAN HELPED ME DO THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO. WE TOOK LOTS OF TRIPS TO PLACES I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE.

Louis & Jean Mancill, 1970, Pat O'Briens, New Orleans, LA

AFTER WE WERE MARRIED WE MOVED IN WITH JEAN’S SISTER, YVONNE (LINDERMAN) LEVESQUE. I STILL WORKED AT THE RAILROAD AND AT NORTHSHORE A/C. WE WENT TO MOBILE, ALABAMA TO MY MOTHER’S HOUSE ON A WEEKEND TO SEE EVERYONE. WHAT A GOOD FEELING IT WAS TO BE ABLE TO BE AROUND THEM. THEY LIKED JEAN AND WE  FELT LIKE WE WERE HOME. WE WENT TO MOBILE OFTEN. THE HOUSE WAS CLOSE TO THE BAY AND WE ENJOYED SITTING ON THE WHARF AND WATCHING THE WATER.

IN 1969, THE NEXT YEAR, I QUIT THE RAILROAD AND WAS WORKING FULL TIME AT NORTHSHORE A/C RUNNING SERVICE AND PUTTING IN A/C AND HEAT IN SCHOOLS. IN JUNE 1969, I WAS WORKING ON AN A/C UNIT,ON THE ROOF AT NORTHLINE SHOPPING CENTER, WHEN I CAME UP THE LADDER WITH FREON IN ONE HAND AND CATCHING THE LADDER BAR WITH THE OTHER MY HAND SLIPPED OFF THE BAR, I FELL 30 FEET FROM A ROOF HATCH AND  BROKE MY LEFT ARM AND CRUSHED MY LEFT HEEL AND FOOT. I WAS IN A WHEELCHAIR FOR OVER TWO MONTHS AND OFF WORK.

WE HAD JUST MADE A CONTRACT ON A NEW HOME IN HOUSTON,  HARRIS, TEXAS, WHERE WE NOW LIVE. IT WAS NOT FINISHED AND THE CONTRACTOR SAID HE WOULD DELAY THE BUILDING OF IT UNTIL I WENT BACK TO WORK AND HE DID.

ONE OF THE TRIPS I REMEMBER WELL IS WHEN HURRICANE CAMILLE HIT THE GULF COAST IN AUGUST 1969 AND IT WRECKED  MOTHER AND DADDY’S HOUSE ON MOBILE BAY, MOBILE, ALABAMA BEYOND REPAIR. F.E.M.A GAVE DADDY A NEW TRAILER HOME AND DADDY PUT IT OUT ON THE HILL AWAY FROM THE BAY. THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN GALENA PARK PUT TOGETHER A TRAILER LOAD OF CLOTHES AND ASKED IF I COULD TAKE IT TO MOBILE WHILE I WAS OFF AND I DID.  I COULD STILL DRIVE AND JEAN HELPED ME WITH THE WHEELCHAIR. WE HAD TO BYPASS THE COAST ON THE WAY TO MOBILE BUT CAME BACK ON THE COAST ROAD AND SAW ALL THE DEVASTATION OF EVERYTHING ALONG THE GULF COAST.

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I THINK, WE WENT THERE SIX TIMES IN THE FIRST YEAR. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE GOING ON A TRIP WHEN THERE IS SOME ONE WITH YOU THAT ENJOYS THINGS LIKE YOU DO. “AS THIS DOCUMENT WILL SHOW AS I WRITE ABOUT THE MANY TRIPS WE TOOK TOGETHER. (my Dad passed away in 2002 before he had the chance to write about their many trips).

WE BOTH TRIED TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN CLOSE TO US AND SHOW THEM WE LOVED THEM AS MUCH AS EVER. I NEVER TRIED TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THEIR FATHER IN ANY WAY, I JUST WANTED THEM TO KNOW I LOVED THEM AND WOULD BE THERE ANY TIME THEY NEEDED ME AND TO HELP IF I COULD.

I SOON WAS ABLE TO GO BACK TO WORK AND THE CONTRACTOR FINISHED THE HOUSE AND WE MOVED IN, ALTHOUGH I WAS ON CRUTCHES WITH A FOOT BRACE ON MY LEFT FOOT. WE DID NOT HAVE MUCH TO START WITH BUT WE HAD EACH OTHER. I REMEMBER BUILDING A FIRE IN THE FIREPLACE AND RUNNING THE A/C AT THE SAME TIME JUST TO SEE IF IT WORKED OK. IT DID NOT TAKE LONG TO PUT MORE THINGS IN THE HOUSE. WE ENJOYED OUR NEW HOME. OUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS TO HELP US TO FURNISH THE INSIDE AND WE THANKED THEM FOR IT.

RIGHT AFTER WE WERE MARRIED, WE BOUGHT A LOT, ON THE LAKE, IN SAM HOUSTON LAKE ESTATES, NEAR CLEVELAND, TEXAS. WE PITCHED I SMALL TENT ON IT AND WENT THERE ON WEEK ENDS. THE FISHING WAS GOOD AND WE BUILT BONFIRES AND COOKED WIENERS AND MARSHMALLOWS AND HAD GOOD TIMES THERE. THE TENT DID NOT LAST LONG BECAUSE IT WAS LATE DECEMBER AND ONE NIGHT WE GOT THERE AFTER IT HAD RAINED AND IT TURN COLD. WE WERE IN SLEEPING BAGS, ON COTS, BUT THE GROUND WAS WET AND WE WERE ALMOST FROZEN BY MORNING. THE NEXT WEEK END WE STARTED THE FLOOR FOR A 16 BY 16 FOOT, ONE ROOM CABIN TO STAY IN AND KEEP WARM WHEN WE WERE THERE. WE SOON HAD THE LUXURIES OF HOME. AN OUTDOOR PRIVY (outhouse) , AND A DOUBLE SINK IN THE YARD,MOUNTED ON A TREE WITH RUNNING WATER TO IT AND IN THE SUMMER  WE COULD TAKE A BATH AT NIGHT IN IT FOR ONE SIDE WAS DEEP ENOUGH TO SIT IN. 

Cleveland, Texas

AFTER WE GOT THE  ROOM BUILT WE MOVED THE SINK INSIDE AND MOUNTED IT ON A 2 BY 4 FRAME AND RUN COOL WATER TO IT. WE HAD NO HOT WATER HEATER YET. WE HEATED WATER ON THE STOVE.  JEAN’S FATHER GAVE US A REFRIGERATOR THAT WOULD SQUEAL EVERY TIME IT CUT OFF BUT WOULD MAKE ICE AND KEEP THINGS COLD. WE USED IT TILL WE WERE FLOODED OUT IN 1988 AND WATER GOT TO IT. WE HAD SOME OLD MATTRESSES GIVEN TO US, THAT WE WOULD SLEEP ON AND PILE THEM UP IN THE MORNING. ONE NIGHT WE HAD ELEVEN CHILDREN SLEEPING WITH US IN THIS ROOM. WE ENJOYED THE GROUPS TO COME SHARE WHAT WE HAD. NOT LONG AFTER THAT I ADDED A PORCH TO THE SIDE NEXT TO THE LAKE THAT WAS 12 BY 16 AND SCREENED ON 3 SIDES WITH A FLAT ROOF.

IN 1976 WE ADDED TO THE ROOM A 14 BY 28 STORY AND A HALF WITH ONE BIG ROOM UP STAIRS AND TWO ROOMS DOWNSTAIRS,ONE 18 BY 14 AND THE OTHER ONE 10 BY 14 FEET. THE PRIVY WAS STILL OUTSIDE. BUT I SOON BUILT A BATH ROOM  IN THE CORNER OF THE TWO BUILDINGS,WITH THE DOOR INTO THE LIVING ROOM,WITH FULL BATH AND SHOWER,COMMODE AND WASHBASIN ALSO A HOT WATER HEATER. NOW WE HAVE A PLACE AWAY FROM HOME, WITH TV, PHONE AND CARPET, WITH EVERYTHING TO ENJOY WITH A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO COME AND BE WITH US WHEN THEY WANT TO. WE DID A LOT OF FISHING AND CAUGHT SOME GOOD BASS AND WHITE PERCH AND HAD SOME GOOD FISH FRYS. WE WOULD BUILD BON FIRES AT NIGHT  AND ROAST WIENERS AND MARSHMALLOWS WE PLAYED GAMES AND SANG SONGS.

THE FIRST PART OF MAY 1970 I WAS WORKING AS SUPERINTENDENT ON FONDREN SCHOOL. ONE OF THE MEN WORKING WITH ME ON THE JOB, WAS BILL KINDRED’S BROTHER AND ONE WAS HIS SON. THEY DID NOT WANT TO WORK, JUST PLAY. WHAT THEY DID WORK ON WAS NOT DONE RIGHT AND HAD TO BE DONE OVER. I SENT WORD BACK TO THE SHOP AND THE NEXT WEEK, I WAS FIRED BECAUSE I COULD NOT GET THE JOB DONE.  THE MEN SAID THAT THEY WORKED HARD AND DID NOT PLAY ON THE JOB. I WAS FIRED ANYWAY.

THAT WAS ON THURSDAY NIGHT. ONE OF THE SALESMAN IN THE OFFICE SAID HE KNEW WHERE I COULD GET A JOB. HE CALLED MR.THOMPSON AT THE LEE THOMPSON CO. I WENT TO THE OFFICE FRIDAY MORNING AND TALKED TO MR. THOMPSON. THAT AFTERNOON HE PUT ME TO WORK. MONDAY MORNING I HAD A NEW TRUCK WITH EVERYTHING I NEEDED EXCEPT TOOLS, AND I HAD MY OWN TOOLS. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MAN MAKES, TO WORK FOR SOMEONE LIKE MR.THOMPSON WAS, IT WAS A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR. HE WAS LIKE A SECOND FATHER. HE TREATED THE MEN WHO WORKED FOR HIM LIKE WE WERE PART OF HIS FAMILY. HE ALWAYS SAID”THANK YOU”,OR “A JOB WELL DONE” WHEN WE COMPLETED A JOB. HE GAVE COMPANY PARTIES FOR THE MEN AND THEIR WIVES AT HIS HOME OR OTHER PLACES. THE OTHER MEN WERE GOOD TO WORK WITH TOO. I ENJOYED MY TWENTY YEARS WITH THE COMPANY AND BECAME ONE OF THE TOP SERVICEMEN IN THE COMPANY. IF SOMEONE HAD TROUBLE ON A JOB AND COULDN’T FIX IT THEY WOULD CALL ME TO GO FIND THE TROUBLE AND FIX IT. I RETIRED FROM THERE AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE IN JANUARY 1990. I HAD GOTTEN OUT OF BED AND STEPPED ON MY RIGHT FOOT WRONG AND BROKE THE BONE TO MY LITTLE TOE UP IN THE FOOT AND HAD IT IN A CAST FOR THREE WEEKS SO THE BOSS SAID I SHOULD RETIRE SO I DID.

I RETIRED BUT I NEVER QUIT WORK THERE HAS BEEN SOMETHING TO DO OR WORK ON EVER SINCE, FOR I ALWAYS FIND THINGS THAT NEEDS FIXING I WAS 65 YEARS OLD NOVEMBER 2 1990. THE ONE THING I ENJOYED ABOUT THE JOB  MOST WAS , I WAS ALWAYS ON THE GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER AND NOT IN ONE SHOP ALL THE TIME  I MET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS. AFTER I RETIRED THE COMPANY CALLED ME BACK FROM TIME TO TIME TO HELP SOME ONE OUT ON A JOB HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE ON AND COULD NOT FIND THE TROUBLE WITH IT. I ALSO WORKED FOR RICHARD FALLIN ON HOUSES DOING A/C , ELECTRICAL,CARPENTER, AND PLUMBING REPAIR.  HE HAD ABOUT 100 HOUSES . HE GETS THEM WHEN THEY ARE IN BAD NEED OF REPAIR AND FIXES THEM UP TO RENT OR FOR RESALE.

LOUIS CLIFFORD MANCILL HISTORY POST #11

ANOTHER TIME FLOYD (FLOYD EDMUND) AND ME WERE IN A BOAT AND HAD GONE FISHING UP DOG RIVER. WHEN WE CAME BACK TO MOTHERS, I WAS SITTING UP ON THE BOW OF THE BOAT AND FLOYD WAS RUNNING THE MOTOR IN THE BACK AND I WAS FACING THE BACK END OF THE BOAT DAY DREAMING I GUESS AND WE HAD A POST DROVE IN THE GROUND ABOUT TWENTY YARDS FROM THE PIER OF THE NEIGHBORS AND IT WAS THREE HUNDRED YARDS LONG FROM THE BEACH. THE POST STUCK UP A FOOT ABOVE THE WATER AND IT WAS ABOUT FOUR FOOT DEEP AT THE POST. FLOYD RAN RIGHT ONTO THE POST WITH THE BOAT AND THE BOAT STOPPED BUT I DIDN’T. I DID A FLIP OVER THE END OF THE POST AND UNDER THE WATER I WENT. WHEN I CAME UP FLOYD WAS ALREADY ON THE PIER AND I WAS AFTER HIM. BY THE TIME I GOT ON THE PIER HE WAS AT THE HOUSE, WITH MOTHER, LAUGHING AT ME.

ONE TIME MY BROTHER, GERALD WINFRED, AND ME (WE CALLED HIM WINFORD  THEN)  ANYWAY WE WERE IN THE SAME BOAT AND WE WENT OVER TO SOME ISLANDS ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF FROM MOTHER’S, WHERE THEY HAD DREDGED A CHANNEL TO THE AMMUNITION DUMP. WHEN WE GOT TO THE ISLANDS WE PULLED THE BOAT UP ON THE BEACH AND WENT ACROSS TO THE SIDE OF THE ISLAND TO SEE IF THERE WERE SOME DUCKS THERE.

WE WERE NOT GONE LONG BUT WHEN WE WENT BACK TO THE BOAT THE WIND AND WAVES HAD WASHED THE BOAT OFF THE BEACH. IT WAS ABOUT FIFTY FEET OFF THE SHORE SO I WENT AFTER IT. I COULD SWIM GOOD BUT I NEVER CAUGHT THE BOAT. IT WAS MOVING THE SAME SPEED I WAS. WHEN I SAW I WAS NOT GETTING ANY CLOSER TO IT AND I TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK TO THE BEACH WHERE GERALD WAS. THE WIND AND WAVES WERE AGAINST ME AND I WASN’T MOVING VERY FAST. I SAW A STICK AHEAD OF ME AND I WENT TO IT BUT WHEN I REACH FOR IT, IT WASN’T IN THE GROUND BUT JUST FLOATING. WHILE ALL THIS WAS GOING ON GERALD GOT A LOG OFF THE BANK AND WAS PUSHING IT OUT TO ME. WHEN HE GOT TO ME WITH IT I WAS JUST ABLE TO STAY AFLOAT. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DROWN.

WE GOT TO THE BEACH AND HEADED TO THE MAINLAND THAT WAS OVER TWO SMALL ISLANDS AND THE WATER WASN’T TOO DEEP. WE KNEW A NEIGHBOR THAT LIVED UP THE BEACH SO WE WENT TO HIS HOUSE AND GOT HIS BOAT TO GO AFTER OUR BOAT. WHEN WE FOUND OUR BOAT IT WAS ALMOST ACROSS MOBILE BAY, ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM WHERE WE LOST IT AND STILL GOING.

English: Almost sunken boat.
English: Almost sunken boat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)