A tribute to Pompey Smash
A Tribute to Pompey Smash
(Vale Summit, Maryland)
J. A. BLUBAUGH
There was a town called Pompey Smash made up of Irish stock
Not far from Cherry Lane just north of old Dan's Rock,
Two miles west of Clarysville stands this old-fashioned town
Of Scotts and Smiths and Flannigans; of Sleemans, Drums, and Browns.
There are Leakes and Cains and Henrys, and Higgins galore,
And on the old Alex Davis place you'll find a Stanley Loar.
There are Sharps and Longs and Parkers, Gillmartins and the Pryles,
And then there came in latter years the family of Tom Giles.
There are Martins, Coles and Barbers, the Fatkins and the Finns;
The latter lived close by the road near where the town begins.
There were the Bradley Stapletons, and there were Radcliffes too
Who lived beside the railroad track, the Murrays lived there too.
Then there were the Irish Kellys; these folks I most forgot,
The Hawthornes and the Mahers were too among the lot.
There were Brodes, McGanns and Haleys, and a family named Legeer,
Who came from Ireland, County Cork, and brought their family here.
And there was Granny Lewis, the Fagans and Lavells
The Winters, Wolfords, Beachys who came here from Montells.
Then there were the Bernard Dilleys, for years, and maybe more
The head man at the Depot; they lived near Parkers store.
I think the Tom Delaneys, as near as I recall
Lived very near where older folks say Pompey had his fall.
The Jones, Hughes, Carters,—we knew them well;
Remember Mr. Carter and the stories he could tell?
The Shartzers and the Hansels we nearly forgot to mention;
If there's anyone we've overlooked it wasn't our intention.
There was a place we called The Cliff near where the School House stood
Where Miss Teeny Barbour taught the kids as only Miss Teeny could.
J. A. Blubaugh
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
22 x 15 cms
Editor: Felix G. Robinson