T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Mossville High and the constant activity at the community pool
McKenneth Edwards by Jamie Digilormo, 2015.
MCKENNETH EDWARDS: Okay I was raised up on Old Spanish Trail.


EDWARDS: I'm trying to think of that street. But it's Old Spanish Trail and Moss Avenue. Or right now they call it East Burton. East Burton. On the corner of East Burton and Moss Avenue, which is Old Spanish Trail. Maybe a half a mile from here on the left. I was raised there. And we used to play down here. Swim a lot in the pool. Every Sunday . . . Well every weekend. In the summertime every day.


EDWARDS: This place be full. Every day playing ball, swimming, just doing whatever. Every year. Mossville was an active town for a long time. Until the late sixties . . . Okay, I was a part of the last graduating class of Mossville.


EDWARDS: In ‘69. So ‘69, and ‘70, things started getting quiet when they split the community up. Some students had to go to Sulphur, some had to go to Westlake. And from that I guess the community just got . . . How you say that? Disoriented? And everybody just started losing what they had, what this place had. And you know we had a lot. We had a good sports program. The band was good. I mean you were just a close community.

See, that pool was here before Mossville High was built. So it was a guy named Mr. Phillip Broussard I think his name was. But he'd come every summer and he'll have swimming classes. And I learned how to swim, I was between seven and eight years old. Everybody in Mossville my age, we had to learn how to swim. That was the thing.


EDWARDS: So when one learned how, everybody else wanted to learn. This really was our hangout right here, in the pool. That's the furthest we went. Baseball stadium . . . They had a big field over there. Sometimes the teams go play in Westlake, some would go play in Lake Charles. But we had good teams. I mean, Mossville was full. It was full of children back then. Full of children. I mean we just . . . I just enjoyed living here.
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