From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 4, 1973

No loafing for Phillip

by Verdie Willingham

When school ended in the spring, Phillip Byrum of Snead was confronted with three months to loaf. Loafing was not exactly his forte however; he was by far too restless and ambitious to “sit it out.”

He discussed his “status quo” with his parents and, with their consent and blessing, he acquired a loan and bought a riding lawn mower. He was in business! Throughout the summer he mowed 10 lawns regularly and kept one cemetery in shipshape.

By the time school began again, he has paid off the loan and still had some spending money. He is looking forward to summer again.

“Now that I am debt free, maybe I can save some of my earnings,” says Phillip. “I appreciate the business my neighbors gave me,” he continued. He always did a creditable job and was recommended by his customers to others who needed lawns mowed.

Phillip’s summer was not all work. He had a week’s vacation in Florida with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Byrum, and his sister Beth; took swimming lessons at Snead swimming pool; attended two weeks of singing school; went to vacation Bible school; and spent a few days at Camp Mawell and Brasher Springs.

A 10th-grader at Susan Moore, Phillip is fifteen. He is kind and courteous (reflecting his home training and environment), and he likes music, piano playing, stamp collecting, and putting together models. Outdoors he likes fishing.

His father says he is slightly temperamental and is very careful about spending his earnings. His mother says she has to remind him to pick up in his room, which is about par for boys and girls.

Phillip takes care of the flag which is flown in Snead Park and is a junior fireman. He is the grandson of Mrs. Porah Byrum of Susan Moore and Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Jackson of Douglas.

Can the handicapped help?

Employers often are surprised to find that places exist in their organization in which a handicapped person can perform profitably to both himself and the business. People in a position to know affirm that men and women with all kinds of handicaps prove to be capable and efficient employees. And cheerful, good-spirited employees at that.

Governmental proclamations at all levels have named the week of Oct. 7-13 as National Hire the Handicapped Week. J.T. Kelly, Rural Manpower Representative of the state employment service, is available in the activities building in Oneonta each Monday and Tuesday to give employers information as to the skills available through his office. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and the phone number is 274-2351.