Remembrance Of Things Past: Margie MedleyAug 4th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: History
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Margie Medley has spent her entire life in the little town of Madison. Though, when she was growing up, Madison was even smaller than it is today. While she loved being in Madison, her dreams fueled her desire to travel and see the rest of the state.
Medley spent her childhood working on Chase Tobacco farm, her first job. She worked in the fields and learned a lot about the meaning of a hard day’s work. She and her family also spent a lot of time together at their home. Whether it was she and her siblings cleaning up their house, or playing ball in the yard.
While most girls in that time would have preferred to be indoors, protected from the heat of the sun, Medley prided herself in being a “tomboy.” She preferred climbing trees, playing softball and playing football. “I didn’t do what most of the other girls did. I was a tomboy,” said Medley.
She attended school at Madison Training School. One of her favorite things to do at school was to play ball. “I liked softball a lot,” she explained.
When she wasn’t working outside or playing outside, she spent her time shopping at Kromers or Lucille’s. Kromers was a department store. Lucille’s was a dress shop. “There are a lot more stores here now than there was back then.”
Her dreams were simple. She didn’t wish to become famous or make millions of dollars, Medley simply wanted to travel. Her desire to travel didn’t lead her to China or California. She wanted simply to travel to places like Tallahassee, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. “Back then we couldn’t travel like I wanted to. Now there are a lot more ways to travel and it is easier to get to other places. That was the worst part about growing up here, not being able to go places.”
Medley is now married and has three grown children. Her husband is Ronald Medley.