Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 77th of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
My last piano lesson
In the 1930s, there was a lady named Clara Poling who gave piano lessons in Marysville. She lived in a house on East 5th Street, diagonally across from today’s Hinkley’s restaurant. I would see her from time to time when she came to my grandmother’s house for a “fitting.” You see, my grandmother was a seamstress and she made dresses for many women. It was during the depression, and my mother, two sisters and I lived with my grandmother while my dad worked in Dayton.
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