More memories... Here are a few more of the photos I found in my mom's collection.
Magnolia grandiflora specimens, and I remember them (and their gorgeous perfumed flowers) very well. But what really jumped at at me was the white flagpole visible near the center of the photo. The erection of that flagpole is one of my earliest memories. My parents were pretty sure that was installed in early 1954, when I was about 16 months old. I remember looking through a window and watching a funny truck back up to the big hole that had been dug. Then about 5 men worked with ropes and another pole to raise it up. For whatever reason I was fascinated by the process, and I can still remember the steps involved. My memory of the process ends when the me were all shoveling dirt into the hole to hold the flagpole to a vertical.