Paula (Ott) Payne's Memories
Hallock's Driver Ed. Teacher
Do you remember your drivers' ed teacher? Hallock's wasJohn Money. He
had the patience of Job I thought. Every other year theyswitched from
Ramblers to Fords & always straight sticks. We woulddrive all through
the streets of Hallock. We never went out in the country. We met at
the high school. First we would go north to the new additionof houses.
We would go around the circle and I think it was a gravel road just
north of the school. That is where Mr. Money would yell"Stop" and we
were to slam on the brakes as hard as we could. We didnot touch the
clutch, we just slammed on the brakes. It made quite asqueal and I
heard that until they grew accustomed to it the parentsin those houses
raced to the windows to see what had happened.
My dad had a 1955 Ford that was his pride and joy. One day he took me out
driving. He said to drive the path I took in drivers' ed. I told him thatwe did
our quick stop at this place. He said to do it. I could not imagine thathe
would want me to do it so I questioned him. He said yes,do it. I
slammed on the brake as hard as I could. My dad flew outof the stopped
car & ran and threw up the hood to see if I had doneany permanent
damage. I told him that I had asked him & he saidto do it. He said
that you don't have to stop that quickly, that you putin the clutch and
stop a little slower. When I took my driver's test theman said "Stop"
so softly that I did not even know he meant a quick stop. I stopped
very quietly. I think I passed it.
I wonder how many hundreds of students Mr. Money taughtto drive.
der how many hundreds of students Mr. Money taughtto drive.