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KIRK'S DRIVE-IN LHS CLASS OF 1953 TOMMY'S DRIVE-IN, ODESSA
In 1863, an American, James Plimpton, found a way to make a workable skate. He came up with a four-wheel skate with two pairs of wheels side by side & so the modern four wheel roller skate was created. Roller skates allowed turns & also forwards & backwards skating. The invention of ball bearing wheels in 1884 helped the sport even more.
Modern-day quad skate
The email about June and
Woody's skating rink brought memories flooding back. I am sure that I am one of
the oldest skaters that once spent nearly every Sunday afternoon going around in
circles. I don't remember when the rink opened but I am sure that I skated there
in my junior and senior years. I graduated in 1941. June and Woody lived in
the rink and I remember Ted and Fred as little ones looking over the rails at
us. Because it was so well run, it was one of the places that my parents would
let me go and spend the entire afternoon. I do remember one incident in which
June took complete control. One young man decided that Woody could not tell him
how to behave and began to exert himself. June quickly and efficiently took
care of the situation with a well placed swing of a pair of skates. We all have
special memories of the places where we were happy, carefree and safe. Woody
and June's skating rink was such a place.
Best Wishes and Happy Memories.
I was 9 years old when dad sold and we moved to
mom's current house. We lived in top. I remember dad getting upset about
the toilets in back getting turned over and also getting upset about people
dropping bb's on the skate floor. When you hit one of them-you fall. I
remember the organ music when mom would tuck us in and then go back
downstairs. I remember strawberry pop and Delaware Punch. Us boys had to
clean up the seating areas in the mornings after of bottles and candy. We
also had to scrape the gum off the skate wheels. Being so young, I don't
have the same type of memories that you would have. But my memories were
I spent several hours at the skating rink, putting peanuts in
my coke and busting my buns a few times. I often wondered later, why they
didn't convert it into a gym for the youth of Levelland.
Thanks for including dad's roller rink in the
history of Levelland. I have some pertinent data for you. The proper name
was WOODY'S ROLLER RINK. Dad built it in 1937 and it burnt down three days
after completion. After it was rebuilt, it was in operation until 1950.
Dad leased it out in 1944-1946 while he was in the Army. In those days,
the number of skaters determined the capacity-there were no fire codes.
There were guys that helped the skaters put their skates on. They were
called "buckle boys." The most popular buckle boy was "Bunkie."
The skates were attached to your regular shoes with clamps. These skates
were provided by the rink. Many of the better skaters owned their own lace
up shoe skates. A couple of the better known skaters were Bill Bailey and
Bill Worley. I will be in Levelland in a couple of weeks with mom and will
try to find a picture of the roller rink. Again, many thanks.
Wilson Toombs, Royce Macon and Marvin Toombs use to go to
the skating rink on Saturday nights after working all day for Furrs. We
skated the the last set, then we would go the Kirks Drive In and see how
many Super Dogs we could eat. Had some great times there.
Marvin & Peggy Toombs
I lived in Levelland
in 1950 & 1951. At the time my name was Frankie Magee. We lived behind the
rink. We could sit on our back porch and listen to the music and watch
people skate. We were friends of Jackie Brown and his family. Jackie and I
skated there together some of the time. Mostly I was thought of as a
tagalong totsie. Jackie was four years older than me. I skated mostly with
my younger sister Pamela. I could lay in bed at night and listen to the
music and sound of the skating.
I recently married Jackie in 2001 after not seeing each other for 27yrs. As I had moved to Houston. We are living a wonderful life together. We have a lot of fond memories of Levelland. Such as Kirks Super Dog Stand, Dairy Queen, and Dairy Mart. We are now living in Tomball, Texas. I remember the terrible sand storms. I just hated them.
We visited Levelland in July 2002 for the 57 class reunion. Jackie sure enjoyed seeing his classmates. I just can't remember any classmates from when I lived there. I did enjoy seeing the Town and it brought back a lot of childhood memories.
Frankie Lanette Brown
I just clicked on to the Weaver Skating Rink site for the first time. The memories overwhelmed me. I remembered, I met the love of my life for the very first time on the way to the rink in my 1951 Studebaker. I stopped and picked up Virginia Smith and Rosa Lee Johnson and gave them a ride to the rink. Little did I know then, that I would marry Virginia. She was just a kid going skating. AWWW, thank God for the beautiful memories. That's been over 55 years ago. Regards,
Jack Van Ness
I have lots of memories about Weaver's Skaing Rink in Levelland, Texas. My friends Max Gross, Buffalo Bailey, Jackie Rogers and Swain Dotson use to go to the North end of the skating rink and watch everybody skate. Thanks,
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