The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 16
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James David Ward, his wife Winona Barganier Ward, his son David Herman, and his
daughters, Donna Gail and Jenny Ann, moved into their new home at 323 W. Orange St.
in Duncanville on August 22, 1959. Their new house cost $13,100. No streets had been
extended north of Orange Street; there were just open fields as far as the eye could see.
Duncanville's estimated population was 2,000, having grown tremendously from the 841
counted in the 1950 census.
My father talked about moving to Duncanville. Daddy knew a man who had lived there a long
time. This man said everybody in town went to the football games on Friday nights. There
wasn't much of a stadium so a lot of spectators just walked along the sidelines, following the
action. Daddy liked that because it reminded him of Reagan, his hometown. He would tell us
about Reagan's senior year when the football team was undefeated. His favorite part was that
players hadn't washed their uniforms all year, fearing a clean uniform might break their luck.
How he loved to tell that story!
My son started playing football at Reed Junior High School in the seventh grade. The junior
high teams played at small fields usually not more than practice fields. The first time Frank
played in a scrimmage, I wasn't there. He got knocked out. He was okay but after that I never
missed a game, and he never got hurt again. I remember a game in Irving where there were no
stands for spectators, and I hadn't brought a chair. I found myself walking up and down the
sidelines, restraining myself from actually running to follow the action. And did I jump and
scream when he scored his first touchdown! It was then that I realized how long I had been
holding my breath.
DGS Journal16 1996
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