Marie Stills


In this paper you will find out that the hobbies of teens in the fifties were not that different from teens' hobbies today. For my research I found somebody who loves to tell stories about the "Good ole' days." This source was my grandmother Marie Stills.

Just like today the kids in the fifties had to go to school. Marie says that she liked going to school. She liked all her classes, but her favorite class was Arithmetic. She did not have a least favorite class; like I said earlier she loved school.

After school and on the weekend's Marie loved to have fun. But like all kids she had to do her chores first. Some of Marie's chores were doing the dishes, cleaning her room, and a lot of the same chores we have today.

For all the chores Marie had to do she still found time for fun. Some popular things to do for fun in the fifties, according to Marie, are going swimming in the Tommy hawk creek, going to ball games, skating, school dances, "Bunkin" parties, and going out on dates. Marie started dating when she was sixteen. On dates Marie and her dates would go to the walk in picture show in Yellville, they would go to cafes, or they would go " Parking" up at Cedar Break. Within the year she married.

After Marie married she did not stay in school. Marie moved five miles cross country to a shack at Mull. The shack had two rooms with a little out house out back. Marie did not go to work after she got married, because there was no work for her to do in these parts. So after two years of being married she started a family.

Marie says getting married was the best memory of her teen years. As we wrapped up our interview my grandpa added jokingly that when they got married he traded a good hunting dog for Marie . Then again jokingly he said, "I got cheated too."

After researching I found out some interesting things about growing up in the fifties. So in conclusion teens hobbies in the fifties really weren't that different than today. Marie and my grandpa are still happily married and living outside of Yellville.


Researched and written by Samanthia Murray