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DIVISION OF FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
50TH ANNIVERSARY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Interview with MIKELL (MIKE) BOWEN
Employed with FHP 6/1/56 1/31/75
Interviewed by LT. CHARLES D. WILLIAMS
Date Interviewed 12/22/88





CDW: WHAT IS YOUR FIRST NAME?
MB: MIKELL.
CDW: HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT?
MB: M-I-K-E-L-L.
CDW: WHAT DO THEY CALL YOU?
MB: MIKE.
CDW: HAS THAT NAME STUCK WITH YOU FOR A LONG TIME?
MB: SINCE I WAS 16 YEARS OLD NOBODY HAS CALLED ME ANYTHING ELSE.
CDW: YOU'RE ABOUT USED TO IT NOW BY THEN, I GUESS. MIKE, WHERE WERE
YOU BORN?
MB: IN GARDNER, FLORIDA.
CDW: WHERE IS THAT?
MB: IT'S BETWEEN ZOLFO SPRINGS AND BROWNSVILLE. SEBRING IS WHERE I
LIVED UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 8 OR 9. THEN I LIVED ALL OVER FLORIDA.
CDW: BIG FAMILY?
MB: NO, I AM THE ONLY ONE EXCEPT MY BROTHER WHO IS 6 YEARS YOUNGER
THAN I.
CDW: WHAT DID YOUR FOLKS DO--DID THE WORK TAKE YOU TO DIFFERENT
PLACES?
MB: MY DADDY WAS APPOINTED SHERIFF IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY WHEN THEY
FORMED IT AND LATER ON HE WAS APPOINTED SHERIFF OF HENDRY
COUNTY AND I MOVED WITH THEM FOR A WHILE AND THEN I WENT TO MY
AUNT'S TO GO TO SCHOOL--THAT SORT OF THING.
CDW: WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?
MB: WELL, I WENT TO 16 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN 12 YEARS, SO THAT'S
QUITE A BUNCH.
CDW: DO YOU LIVE HERE IN PALATKA NOW?
MB: OVER IN EAST PALATKA ON THE RIVER.
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CDW: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN THERE?
MB: OH GOODNESS,-AT LEAST-SINCE 1968.
CDW: WHEN DID YOU COME WITH THE PATROL?
MB: JUNE 1, 1956.
CDW: 1956--YOU DIDN'T START HERE THEN, DID YOU?
MB: YES, THEY HAD A SMALL STATION AND THE COLONEL CALLED ME UP. HE
HAD A HABIT OF CALLING ME UP ABOUT 5:30. AND SAYING HE WOULD
MEET ME AT 6:00 AT THE RESTAURANT DOWNTOWN TO HAVE COFFEE, AND
HE CALLED ME UP ONE MORNING AND I CAME TO MEET HIM AND HE ASKED
ME HOW ABOUT GOING TO WORK FOR HIM. THEY WERE PLANNING TO MAKE
THIS A TROOP HEADQUARTERS.
CDW: THAT WAS COLONEL...?
MB: KIRKMAN.
CDW: COLONEL KIRKMAN--GRANDADDY OF THE HIGHWAY PATROL.
MB: FINEST MAN I'VE EVER KNOWN.
CDW: SO YOU WENT TO WORK AS A CLERK?
MB: YES, AS A PART-TIME CLERK AND THEN LATER ON HE CAME DOWN AND
SAID IF I WOULD GIVE HIM ANOTHER 5 HOURS A WEEK HE WOULD RAISE
MY SALARY AND PUT ME ON FULL-TIME.
CDW: WHAT WAS THE STARTING SALARY BACK THEN FOR A CLERK?
MB: $200 A MONTH.
CDW: $200 A MONTH--A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY BACK THEN TOO.
MB: YES, THERE WAS QUITE A BIT OF RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE THEY KEPT
A LOT MORE RECORDS THEN THAN THEY DO NOW.
CDW: IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE DUTIES THAT YOU HAD WHEN
YOU FIRST STARTED OFF?
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MB: WELL, I HAD TO CHECK THE DAILY REPORTS OF ALL THE MEN AND THE
ACCIDENT REPORTS AND KEEP A RECORD OF THE TIRES. WHEN THEY
WERE ISSUED, THEY WERE ISSUED FOR A PARTICULAR WHEEL OF THE
PATROL CAR.
CDW: IS THAT RIGHT?
MB: YOU HAD TO KEEP A RECORD OF THAT.
CDW: I DON'T GUESS THEY ROTATED THE TIRES BACK THEN--IT WOULD HAVE
CAUSED MORE PAPERWORK, WOULDN'T IT?
MB: THEY ROTATED THEM BUT WE KIND OF IGNORED THAT.
CDW: I UNDERSTAND, I UNDERSTAND. YOU SAID YOU CHECKED THE TROOPERS'
DAILY REPORTS AND THAT WAS BACK WHEN WE DID THEM EVERY DAY AND
HAD TO TURN THEM IN. THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SOME KIND OF A RECORD
KEEPING PROCESS.
MB: I REMEMBER I SENT AN ENVELOPE TO TALLAHASSEE ONE TIME AND THEY
SENT ME BACK WORD IF I WOULDN'T MIND, I COULD USE 2 ENVELOPES
TO SEND THEM IN. MY FIRST SERGEANT AT THAT TIME MADE THE
REMARK THAT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON HE KNEW WHO COULD PUT A DESK
AND CHAIR IN A 9 X 12 ENVELOPE.
CDW: WHO WERE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU WORKED WITH BACK THEN?
MB: WELL, WHEN I WENT TO WORK, CAPTAIN TAYLOR IN LAKE CITY WAS THE
TROOP COMMANDER.
CDW: THAT WAS RED TAYLOR?
MB: YES, AND LT. CLINT HANCOCK WAS THE LIEUTENANT IN CHARGE OF THE
DISTRICT. THEN HE BECAME CAPTAIN AND HE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND
CAPTAIN K. D. SCONIERS CAME DOWN AS AN INTERIM TROOP COMMANDER,
AND THEN CAPTAIN PRATER, AND THEN CAPTAIN JIM HILL, AND
THEN--WHAT WAS HIS NAME, TOM--HODGES. I DIDN'T WORK ACTIVELY
UNDER HIM. I WAS THERE WHILE HE WAS IN THE FBI ACADEMY, AND
THEN TOM SIGMAN CAME.
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CDW: THIS WAS TROOP HEADQUARTERS BACK THEN? PALATKA WAS ORIGINALLY
TROOP HEADQUARTERS FOR TROOP G, RIGHT?
MB: YES.
CDW: DID YOU MAINTAIN ALL OF THE TROOP RECORDS WHEN THEY CAME IN
FROM THE LITTLE COUNTRY TOWN OF JACKSONVILLE?
MB: YES. SENATOR B. C. PIERCE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THIS
NAMED THE TROOP HEADQUARTERS BECAUSE THE COLONEL HAD WORKED
HERE. HE HELPED BUILD THE ORIGINAL MEMORIAL BRIDGE AND A LOT
OF OTHER BRIDGES AROUND.
CDW: COLONEL KIRKMAN DID?
MB: YES.
CDW: THAT'S BACK WHEN HE WAS IN THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS?
MB: NO, THAT'S BEFORE HE WENT IN. HE WORKED FOR AN ENGINEERING
COMPANY BUILDING THESE BRIDGES AND WHEN HE WENT IN THE SERVICE
HE WENT IN THE ENGINEERS.
CDW: HOW MANY TROOPERS DID YOU HAVE HERE IN PUTNAM COUNTY WHEN YOU
STARTED?
MB: 2.
CDW: 2 TROOPERS. DIDN'T WORK VERY MANY ACCIDENTS BACK THEN I DON'T
GUESS, DID WE?
MB: WELL, THEY WORKED 12 HOUR DAYS AND THEY WORKED JUST ABOUT EVERY
ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED. COURSE, YOU GOT TO REMEMBER THERE'S A
BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE TRAFFIC BACK IN THOSE DAYS AND NOW.
CDW: I'LL BET YOU.
MB: I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TROOPERS THEY HAVE NOW, 7 OR 9, MAYBE
MORE.
CDW: WHAT WAS THE POPULATION OF PALATKA BACK THEN--DO YOU REMEMBER?
MB: NO, I DON'T REMEMBER EXACTLY BUT I KNOW THAT IT WAS YEARS AND
YEARS AND YEARS BEFORE IT GOT UP TO 10,000.
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CDW: NO FOUR LANE HIGHWAYS BACK THEN?
MB: NO.
CDW: I GUESS U. S. 17 WAS KIND OF THE MAIN DRAG BACK THROUGH PALATKA
THEN WASN'T IT?
MB: IT WAS PRACTICALLY THE ONLY ONE EXCEPT FOR S. R. 20.
CDW: WHAT DID U. S. 17 LOOK LIKE BACK THEN?
MB: IT WAS A TWO LANE ROAD AND FAIRLY NARROW. THE OLD WEIGHT
STATION WAS DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF U. S. 17 RIGHT
ACROSS FROM WHERE IT IS NOW, AND THEY HAD A STRETCH OF ABOUT A
MILE THAT WAS EXPERIMENTAL PAVEMENT. CAPTAIN HANCOCK AND I
FINALLY HAD TO GO BEFORE THE GRAND JURY WHEN THEY FOUND OUT IT
WAS MADE WITH COQUINA ROCK BECAUSE EVERY TIME IT LOOKED LIKE IT
WAS GOING TO RAIN, PEOPLE WOULD RUN OFF THE ROAD, TURN OVER,
RUN INTO EACH OTHER--IT WAS JUST A MESS.
CDW: COQUINA--THAT'S A MIXTURE OF SAND, SHELL, AND CLAY?
MB: AND IT WON'T SHED WATER AND WATER WON'T GO THROUGH IT AND IT
WOULD JUST SIT ON TOP THERE AND THEY WOULD HYDROPLANE.
CDW: IT KEPT THOSE 2 TROOPERS BUSY IN CLAY AND PUTNAM COUNTY.
MB: I TELL YOU, IT SURE DID.
CDW: WHERE WAS THE PATROL STATION BACK THEN?
MB: IT WAS IN THE LOCATION WHERE IT IS NOW IN EAST PALATKA, BUT IT
WAS ABOUT ONE THIRD THE SIZE IT IS NOW. THE ORIGINAL PATROL
STATION WAS UP ON WHAT WE CALLED THE HILL SECTION UNDER THE
WATER TOWER.
CDW: WHAT ROAD IS THAT ON?
MB: IT'S ON DIANA DRIVE AND IT WAS ABOUT THE SIZE OF THIS OFFICE.
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CDW: ABOUT AN 8 X 12 MAYBE--SOMETHING LIKE THAT?
MB: IT'S ALL THEY HAD--THAT LITTLE PLACE THERE AND THEY HAD DIVIDED
IT INTO 2 ROOMS--ONE WAS FOR THE (UKN) RADIO WHICH THEY
LAUGHINGLY CALLED THE RADIO AND THE OTHER WAS SLEEPING QUARTERS
FOR THE PATROLMAN ON DUTY.
CDW: SLEEPING QUARTERS--WAS HE ON CALL FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME?
MB: WHEN I WENT TO WORK FOR THE PATROL, THE OFFICE THAT THE CAPTAIN
EVENTUALLY WOUND UP WITH WAS A BARRACKS. IT HAD A DOUBLE BUNK
IN IT AND THE NIGHT OPERATOR AND TROOPER ON DUTY SLEPT IN THERE
AND IF SOMEBODY HAD AN ACCIDENT THEY GOT SOMEBODY TO CALL THE
STATION AND THE OPERATOR GOT UP AND PUT THE RADIO ON THE AIR
AND THE TROOPER GOT UP AND GOT IN HIS UNIFORM AND WENT TO WORK
THE NEXT DAY.
CDW: MY GOSH.
MB: I GO WAY BACK.
CDW: OK, SO WE MOVE FROM THE 1 ROOM PATROL STATION AND WE MOVED UP
WHERE THE PALATKA PATROL STATION IS NOW. WHEN WAS THAT, DO YOU
REMEMBER?
MB: WELL, IT WAS BEFORE I WENT TO WORK FOR THEM, A SHORT TIME
BEFORE, THEN WE ENLARGED THAT STATION AND THEN WE ENLARGED THE
ENLARGED ONE AND THEN THEY BUILT A NEW ONE.
CDW: JUST TORE IT DOWN AND STARTED OVER?
MB: YES.
CDW: WHEN YOU CAME TO WORK, IN YOU SAID 1956, YOU HAD 2 TROOPERS, A
TROOP COMMANDER, A FIRST SERGEANT--HOW MANY CLERKS WERE IN THE
STATION?
MB: 1.
CDW: THAT WAS YOU?
MB: YES.
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CDW: AND YOU JUST DID EVERYONE'S BIDDING, SO TO SPEAK, I GUESS?
MB: I DID EVERYTHING THEY COULDN'T GET ANYBODY ELSE TO DO.
CDW: DID YOU WORK THE RADIO.
MB: OH, YES.
CDW: TELL ME ABOUT THE RADIO SYSTEM--THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING.
MB: WELL, THEY HAD BY THAT TIME GONE TO THE TWO-WAY RADIO. THE MAN
THAT TRAINED ME--THERE WERE 2 OPERATORS--THAT'S ALL, AND THEY
WORKED 12 HOURS ON AND 12 HOURS OFF AND THEY CALLED A TROOPER
IN TO RELIEVE THEM FOR THEIR DAY OFF AND I RELIEVED THEM AT
NOON OR IF THEY WERE ILL OR ANYTHING ELSE. I NEVER WILL FORGET
THEY HAD A TROOPER ON DUTY ONE MORNING AND THE OPERATOR GOT
SICK AND THEY SENT HIM HOME AND CALLED THIS TROOPER IN AND
COLONEL KIRKMAN CALLED HIM. HE ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE A BEAR ON
THE RADIO. THE TROOPER CALLED ME AND ASKED ME TO COME TAKE THE
RADIO AND HE GOT OUT OF THERE. THE COLONEL HAD CALLED HIM FROM
WAY UP THE ROAD AND WHEN HE GOT TO INTERLACHEN HE CALLED ME.
HE CAME IN THE STATION IN A FEW MINUTES AND I DIDN'T HEAR HIM
COME IN AND HE WALKED UP BEHIND ME AND HE SAYS "WELL, WHY DON'T
YOU GET UP AND GO TO WORK". IT SCARED ME NEARLY TO DEATH
BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE WAS AROUND. YOU KNOW HE
LIVED HERE. HE MET MRS. KIRKMAN HERE, AND MARRIED HER. SHE
RAN A MILLINERY SHOP.
CDW: WHAT WAS HER NAME?
MB: MRS. KIRKMAN.
CDW: WHO WAS THE FIRST SERGEANT--THE FIRST SERGEANT WAS THE SUPPLY
MAN--WHO WAS THAT?
MB: WELL, HE CAME SHORTLY AFTER I DID AND I WENT TO LAKE CITY WITH
HIM TO SEPARATE THE RECORDS OF THE EQUIPMENT LOGS. TO SAVE MY
LIFE, I CAN'T THINK OF HIS NAME NOW.
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CDW: YOU ALSO HAD A FIELD SERGEANT HERE, DID YOU NOT?
MB: NO.
CDW: NO FIELD SERGEANT.
MB: WE JUST HAD RADIO OPERATORS, A CLERK, A CORPORAL--WHO CAME
LATER--, AND 2 MEN ON THE ROAD.
CDW: DID THE 2 TROOPERS ON THE ROAD WORK MORE THAN JUST PUTNAM
COUNTY?
MB: NO. THAT WAS ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM BUSY AND THEN SOME, REALLY.
THEY'VE GOT SO MANY PEOPLE OVER THERE NOW I DON'T EVEN KNOW
WHAT POSITIONS THEY ARE. SEE, I RETIRED IN 1975.
CDW: RIGHT ABOUT THE SAME TIME CAPTAIN HILL RETIRED WASN'T IT?
MB: A MONTH LATER. I RETIRED JANUARY 31 AND CAME TO WORK OVER HERE
AS HIS SECRETARY ON FEBRUARY 3.
CDW: YOU GO BACK IN A SPAN OF TIME THAT YOU WERE WITH THE
PATROL--WHO WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER YOU CAN REMEMBER?
MB: JIMMY HILL. I MEET HIM FIRST IN 1958 IN MIAMI AT THE
GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE AND TO THE BEST OF MY OBSERVATION, HE HAS
CHANGED THE LEAST IN ALL THOSE YEARS OF ANYBODY I KNOW. HE
STILL CUTS THE FOOL, HE LAUGHS, HE CAN BE SERIOUS--I'LL
GUARANTEE YOU. I REMEMBER A YOUNG MAN WHO QUIT THE PATROL AND
A FEW MONTHS LATER HE CAME OUT AND TALKED TO JIMMY AND WANTED
TO GET BACK ON THE PATROL. JIMMY CALLED ME IN AND ASKED ME TO
WRITE HIM A LETTER AND I WAS TAKING HIS INFORMATION AND ALL OF
A SUDDEN HE SAYS, "YOU KNOW, I LOVE THAT MAN BUT HE SCARES ME
TO DEATH". I SAID "WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU MEAN HE SCARES YOU
TO DEATH", BECAUSE EVERYBODY LOVED JIMMY. HE SAID HE WAS IN
JACKSONVILLE ONE DAY AND THE LT. AND CAPT. WERE IN THE LT'S.
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OFFICE AND HE SAID THAT CAPT. CHEWED THAT MAN OUT--HE LITERALLY
TOOK THE HIDE OFF UP ONE SIDE AND DOWN THE OTHER, AND I DON'T
EVER WANT HIM TO DO THAT TO ME. I SAID "DID THE MAN DESERVE
IT" AND HE SAID "OH, YES HE DID." I SAID "WELL, THAT TELLS YOU
WHAT TO DO WITH HIM--JUST DON'T EVER DESERVE IT AND YOU WON'T
EVER GET IT."
CDW: HE WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. I CAN REMEMBER CAPT.
JIMMY HILL IN THE HIGHWAY PATROL RECRUIT CLASS THAT I
ATTENDED. HE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCHOOL.
MB: HE HAS A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR--ALWAYS HAS HAD--AND HE
SELDOM CHANGES HIS ATTITUDE. HE CAN TELL A MAN HE NEEDS A
HAIRCUT WITHOUT EVER SAYING THAT, BUT THE MAN GETS THE MESSAGE.
CDW: LET'S TALK A MINUTE ABOUT THE TROOPER OPERATION. I GUESS
PROBABLY THE MOST TROOPERS IN THE TROOP WERE STATIONED IN
JACKSONVILLE AT THAT TIME.
MB: OH YES, THEY WERE STATIONED IN JACKSONVILLE. WELL, WHEN WE
FIRST BECAME A TROOP, WE INCLUDED ALACHUA AND BRADFORD COUNTIES
IN ADDITION TO THE 6 COUNTIES THERE ARE NOW. THE MOST TROOPERS
WERE STATIONED IN JACKSONVILLE, THE NEXT MOST WERE STATIONED IN
OCALA, AND EVENTUALLY WE BUILT A STATION IN STARKE. THE
COLONEL CAME DOWN FOR THAT WHEN WE OPENED THE BUILDING. I
NEVER WILL FORGET CAPTAIN HANCOCK WAS TELLING THE COLOR GUARD
HOW TO RAISE THE FLAG. HE TOLD THEM TO RAISE IT SLOWLY AND
CEREMONIOUSLY AND I TOLD HIM THAT YOU CAN'T DO THAT AND HE
WANTED TO ARGUE BUT HE DIDN'T BECAUSE I HAD BEEN IN THE SERVICE
AND HE HADN'T. I KNEW YOU RAISED THE FLAG BRISKLY AND LOWERED
IT SLOWLY AND CEREMONIOUSLY.
CDW: YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE? WHAT RANK?
MB: WAC, FIRST LIEUTENANT.
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CDW: YOU WERE A WAC--HOW LONG?
MB: I WAS IN FROM NOVEMBER 5, 1945 UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 1948. NO,
THAT'S NOT RIGHT--I WENT IN IN 1942 AND CAME OUT IN 1945, BUT I
GOT CREDIT ON MY RETIREMENT FOR A LITTLE BETTER THAN 3 YEARS
BECAUSE I WASN'T CALLED UP FOR A MONTH OR SO AFTER I SIGNED UP.
CDW: YOU WERE RIGHT AT HOME THEN COMING FROM THE MILITARY INTO A
PARA-MILITARY ORGANIZATION WITH ABOUT THE SAME RANK STRUCTURE?
MB: JUST ABOUT THE SAME RANK STRUCTURE AND THE SYSTEM AT THAT TIME
WAS BASED LARGELY ON THE MILITARY--THAT WAS THE COLONEL'S
INFLUENCE. HE WAS A MOST COMPASSIONATE MAN TOWARD HIS
EMPLOYEES AS LONG AS THEY DID THEIR JOB, AND IF THEY DIDN'T,
THEY WERE GONE.
CDW: IT DIDN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT BACK THEN TO FIRE SOMEBODY DID IT?
MB: JUST THE COLONEL TELLING ME TO WRITE THEM A LETTER.
CDW: I GUESS ANY ORGANIZATION ALWAYS HAS HAD DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS.
WHAT WAS THE DISCIPLINE AUTHORITY FOR, SAY A TROOP COMMANDER?
WHAT COULD HE DO TO A TROOPER?
MB: HE COULD DO JUST ABOUT WHAT HE WANTED TO HIM BACK THEN. HE
COULDN'T FIRE A MAN--HE COULD SUSPEND HIM AND THEY DID.
CDW: A LOT OF THEM WASN'T THERE?
MB: YES SIR. BUT THE COLONEL WOULD FIRE A MAN JUST AS QUICK OVER
BEING DISCOURTEOUS TO A WOMAN AS HE WOULD FOR TAKING A BOND.
CDW: COURTESY WAS A BIG OBJECTIVE BACK THEN?
MB: COURTESY AND SERVICE--AND IT WAS ENFORCED. WE HAD CLERKS
DISCIPLINED FOR BEING DISCOURTEOUS TO THE PUBLIC AND I KNOW
SEVERAL TROOPERS WERE SUSPENDED, JUST RIGHT NOW, FOR BEING
DISCOURTEOUS TO THE MOTORISTS.
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CDW: DIDN'T THE CLERKS WEAR UNIFORMS BACK THEN?
MB: CLERKS AND SECRETARIES.
CDW: THE SAME BASIC UNIFORM AS A TROOPER WEARS--EXCEPT THEY WORE
SKIRTS?
MB: OH, YES. I USED TO GO TO TALLAHASSEE EVERYTIME THEY HAD A
CLERK'S SCHOOL AND TEACH A CLASS ON HOW TO WEAR THE UNIFORM
BECAUSE OF MY MILITARY BACKGROUND. I REMEMBER ONE TIME I WENT
UP THERE AND I WALKED IN THE COLONEL'S OFFICE AND HE TURNED
AROUND AND SHOOK HIS FINGER AT ME AND HE SAID, "YOU GO OUT
THERE AND TELL THOSE WOMEN HOW TO WEAR THOSE UNIFORMS. I DON'T
WANT TO SEE THEIR GIRDLES WHEN THEY SIT DOWN." MAJOR CARL R.
ADAMS WAS MORE OR LESS IN CHARGE OF THEIR CLERK SCHOOLS AND
BEFORE I GOT THERE, HE TOLD ALL THE GALS THE DAY BEFORE WHAT AN
OGRE I WAS AND HOW MEAN I WAS AND THEY STAYED UP UNTIL 1 OR 2
AM IN THE MORNING LENGTHENING THEIR SKIRTS AND CHANGING THEIR
HAIRDOS BECAUSE HE TOLD THEM THAT I WOULD EAT THEM ALIVE. HE
TOLD ME WHAT HE HAD TOLD THEM AND I WAS AMUSED. THERE WASN'T A
ONE OF THOSE GIRLS--NO, I TAKE THAT BACK--THERE WAS ONE GIRL
THAT STILL HAD A SORT OF BEEHIVE HAIRDRESS AND HER HAIR SAT UP
HERE ABOUT 5" ABOVE HER HEAD, BUT EVERYONE ELSE HAD THEIR
SKIRTS THE RIGHT LENGTH AND HAD THEIR HAIR DONE SO THEY COULD
WEAR THE HAT PROPERLY.
CDW: WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGE THAT YOU'VE SEEN IN THE PATROL?
MB: OH, MY. WELL, I GUESS THE BIGGEST CHANGE CAME WHEN THE
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION TOOK OVER A LOT OF THE THINGS THE
PATROL HAD DONE, AND I GUESS EVEN BEFORE THAT WHEN THEY CHANGED
IT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES--THAT
MADE A LARGE DIFFERENCE. BUT WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF
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ADMINISTRATION -GOT INVOLVED, THAT REALLY MADE A CHANGE BECAUSE
NONE OF THEM KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PATROL AND SOME OF THEIR
RULES AND REGULATIONS THEY PROMULGATED WERE, AS FAR AS I'M
CONCERNED, FOR THE BIRDS.
CDW: THIS CONCLUDES AN INTERIEW WITH MRS. MIKELL BOWEN--MIKE AS HER
FRIENDS CALL HER.
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