Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 35th 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.
The kid next door
One of my best friends while I was growing up in Marysville was a kid named Fi McAllister. His real name was Richard, but everyone called him Fi. The “i” in Fi was a long i (pronounced eye). For several years Fi and I lived next-door to each other, and we spent many hours playing together … in my backyard, in his backyard, and all over town.
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