stories from the book
by James V. Browning
Sam Loved the Home
Sam was living in Walters with an uncle. When that family left Oklahoma, Sam was sent to the Children’s Home at age 9 in about 1931.
Sam loved the Home, the Maxeys and all the kids that lived there. He was much closer to the children in the Home than his own blood brothers and sisters.
Sam left the Home in 1941 to join the Navy. He always spoke of the Children’s Home as “home” and enjoyed going back for visits.
Why are you waiting?
Come home, come on home
We are having a reunion
We want you to participate
Come on home, Come on home.
Some of you have never been
Some have never come
Only Heaven knows when
We’re having a reunion
Come home. Come on home.
Know what’s happening July 4th?
Realize we will have great fun
There’s Mom and Pop, Thomas, Orville,
Bettye, Nan, Beatrice, Sam and Jonnie
and many more, Come on home.
There’s fried chicken to eat
Cold drinks, potato salad, all you can eat
We’ll have a great time with kids we meet
You can tell us then what’s happened to you
Come on home. Come right on home. . . .Sam Bass