Born in 1896, Reevalyn was 83 at the time of her interview in 1979. She attended the Medina Academy. At that time their gym classes were held on the third floor of City Hall. Her graduation ceremony in 1916 was held at the old Cook Theater on Park Ave. The National Guard left for Mexico on the day that she graduated. She went to work at her father’s insurance business on Main St. which was still a dirt road then. She remembered the first paving of Main Street, the commotion on Main Street when the Union Bank closed, the effects of the Depression on her father’s business, and later, feeding passing hobos.
Her father bought her first car in 1916, a Model T Ford, but she often used the train and trolleys. She recalled attending events at Bent’s Opera House, up on the third floor, even though her family never liked her to go there as they feared that nobody would escape if there was a fire. She attended movies at the Scenic Theater, on East Center St. (later Corky’s Bakery), Beth Burchell played the piano for the programs. She described the swinging bridge over the canal at the foot of Eagle Street; it was just a plank with wires to hold on to and it would sway all the way across.
Reevalyn worked in the insurance business until 1945 and then became the tax collector for the Town of Shelby, a position she held until 1974. Her husband, LaVern, was a farmer; they recalled raising pigs and selling them for 6 cents a pound and earning $49 for growing and hauling 4,000 bushels of apples to the Lyndonville Canning Company.
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