Teller Tales

In 1940 this writer was a senior at Enterprise High School, lived at Third and Grant streets. Two houses down lived the Decker family. Wallace, “Wally” was a year behind me. Neighbor kids were playing in the nearby Kuster yard when Wally walked across the street to tell us he had new twin brothers, James and John. That made five Decker boys. The Baker family had four girls.

The high school started to six man football. This writer weighed maybe 130 pounds, Wally maybe 180. In a scrimmage I was flat on the ground. When Wally tried to jump over me I reached up and tripped him. He came down hard, remembering it years later. He went on to help Edward Teller make the atomic bomb. He has an elaborate gravestone at Mt. Home cemetery, among a dozen or so. John became a talented Methodist pastor, James a successful banker.

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