Ned Sanders


Ned Sanders, born in August of 1900, has lived in Flippin all his life. He has three sisters and a brother that died as a baby. Ned was the baby of the family. He lived with his family on a farm that they owned.

As a child he would walk to school on the days that school was in session (from late June to September and then November to February). He went to the old Flippin School, which later burned down in 1928. He quit school in the beginning of the eighth grade, due to his father's death. He had to help out at home. His father died of a heart attack in June of 1927, when Ned was only seventeen.

On the days that he did not have to go to school or work on the farm, they played all sorts of games and had parties. They played the games "Drop the Handkerchief," "Fox and Goose," "Chinese Checkers," and many more. "Drop the Handkerchief" was a game of speed. People stood in a circle holding hands. One person held a handkerchief and then dropped it. If the other person could catch it before it hit the ground, the same person would have to drop it again. "Fox and Goose" was a board game. The object was for the fox to go through the game chasing the goose, and finally catch the goose. When that happened the game was won. "Chinese Checkers" was also a board game. The object was to get the balls of a color into the slots of their color.

At the parties there were all sorts of people. They had square dances, among other types of dancing. There were also games, drinks, and fun.

Ned's family did not invest in the stock market. They did not have the money to invest. Yet, the crash of 1929 affected them as it did everyone else. The prices of their cotton, corn, and meats fell, and they stopped making as much money, but the cost of keeping the cows, horses, chickens, roosters, and turkeys alive and the crop well harvested was still high and they were not making enough money to cover it. Ned was only twenty when the crash developed into the Great Depression that hit the nation.

The Great Depression affected everybody. Prices fell lower and lower in every store. Coffee could be bought at twenty-five cents for every two pounds. Cows could be bought for only ten dollars. People could not finds jobs, and even if they did, the jobs would not pay more than one dollar a day. When asked about the transportation to and from work, Ned stated that there were not many cars, and that people could not afford them anyway, so travel was made by wagon or by foot.

Another momentous event that Ned experienced was the start of World War II in 1939. He went in for the draft, but got turned down twice for high blood pressure. He wanted to go and serve the nation with his friends, but never got his blood pressure to lower.

When asked about role models, he stated that he has had many over the years, but that it was hard for a boy even as old as seventeen to grow up without a father. He looked up to his cousins and family members. He thought that it was his sisters that taught and helped him the most.

Ned has seen a lot throughout his life. He has seen the country at its worst. He has seen many historical events that we only read about. He has never married. He has lived here in Flippin, in the same house, all of his life. He will be 90 in August of 1999.