We had lived in some pretty scrappy places back in the desert, but Mom said Welch was the fightingest town she'd ever seen.
Garbage! Garbage! Y'all are a bunch of garbage!
Many fights broke out in Welch, West Virginia. Whatever the reason, boys, girls, men, and women liked to fight.
When Jeannette and her siblings fought, they fought as a team. Their most memorable fight was the victorious Battle of Little Hobart Street against Ernie Goad and his gang.
Brian came up with a plan to defeat Ernie and his gang, his plan included a homemade catapult. They shot Ernie with rocks from the catapult, the gang fell apart and ran away. Jeannette and Brian chased them away while doing a victory dance.
One night Jeannette woke up to the sound of her dad stumbling around in the darkness. His face and hair were matted with blood.
Rex had gashes on his arm and head. Jeannette cleaned the wounds and tried to help him. Rex insisted on Jeannette giving him stitches with thread from a sewing box, Jeannette tried, but couldn't bring herself to do it.
The next day, Rex was asleep when Jeanette left the house and wasn't home when she came back.
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