My name is Darla June Franklin, my maiden name was Yow. I was born in Anna , Illinois in 1950 to Raymond W. Yow and Mary Bell Johnson Yow. Mom & Dad got divorced in 1955 at which time Mom, me, and one of my brothers moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I went to school in Cape at Franklin School, Alma Schrader School, May Greene School, Junior High in the Schultz bldg, then the new Jr High, then Central High School.

Part-way through my junior year of high school, I moved to Illinois to live with my dad and step-mother.

I currently still live in Illinois even though I never wanted to leave Cape and always wanted to move back there. I did move back to Cape when I was 19 years old but soon ended up coming back to Illinois for reasons too complicated to explain briefly. Anyway, my dream of coming back home has never come to pass.

I have many memories of the time we spent living at 1240 South Sprigg Street. The house is no longer there. It burned down several years ago.

This blog will be my place to re-live old memories and introduce you to the people who lived near me in the South Sprigg Street neighborhood during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Hopefully you may find my memories entertaining or informative. Maybe you have some memories from that neighborhood and time also. If so, I hope that you will share them with me and also with others who may happen to visit this blog. Please leave a comment or email me at darlayow@gmail.com

I would love to hear from you.

Please return for future articles or sign up for email updates in the column on the right side of the page. Did you live on or near South Sprigg? Did you perhaps go to May Greene School in the late 50′s or early 60′s? Do you know anyone else who lived or visited there during that time? If you would like to re-connect with some of the friends, neighbors, or classmates of that era and location, please let me know by comment below or by email to:



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  1. My name is Teresa Griffith Hettenhoser just ran across this and joyed readingit .I went to May Green school also.We lived inthe 900 block of s. Ellis street .my father still lives there , he is 87 .

    • darlajune says:

      Hi Teresa. I am glad you enjoyed the memories. I am also glad to know that your dad still lives in the old neighborhood. Did you know Sheila Irby? I think she lived in your area of the neighborhood. We played together some back in the days at May Greene School. Thank you for your comment. If you have any memories you would like to share, please email me at darlayow@gmail.com
      If you do send me anything, also let me know if you want your name to be published or if you would rather be anonymous.

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