DFH Volume 1 Issue 18
Remembering Corinth, by Dave Hayes, is a ten-part series about Dave’s remembrances of Corinth in the late ‘50s. Dave, a retired elementary teacher and guidance counselor (36 years), and part time adjunct professor in the Counseling Dept. at nearby West Chester Univ. (24 years-8 after his “first” retirement) lives in Pottstown, PA. He and his wife, Kathleen, had four children, Heather, Jeremy, Emily (d.2008) and Benjamin. He descends from Wilber Sr. as follows: Wilber Sr., Rev. Charles “Chop” Dayton, Isabelle “Izzie” [Dayton] Hayes, David Hayes.
Part 9 – Back Home to Corinth
When Grampa passed away in 1992, I wrote a poem to commemorate his life and my return to Corinth after so many years. I was no longer a young, starry-eyed 4th & 5th grader but a 43-year-old husband, father and teacher/counselor. My arrival in Corinth took me quickly back to that year in my childhood spent there. And as we gathered to honor and remember my grandfather, Charles Dayton, I also reflected on the impact that he and Corinth had on my life. I penned my thoughts into a poem that I hadn’t read for years…until just now. The same memories are still very much alive, I see, and I have repeated most of them in my writing here. We moved from Corinth in late 1959 to California for 3-1/2 years, onto Italy for 3 more years, and then to Springfield, Mass. for another year (while Dad was in Vietnam and we lived near Uncle John & Aunt Dorie and the kids). I have lived far and near but if someone asks me where my “home” was, I always say “northern New York, where my parents are from.” Even though Dad was born and raised in Hague and Mom born in Corinth and lived in many places around the Champlain District, I would suspect that the village of Corinth would still feel like home to me. That was a profoundly meaningful year in my life and I’m glad that I got to share it with my loving family. Thanks, Corinth, for such amazing and meaningful memories you shared with this young boy.
Editor’s Note—Next week is the final part of this ten-part series. Part 10 features a poem which Dave wrote upon the passing of his grandfather, Reverend Charles Alexander Dayton. The poem is a profound, eloquent and reverent tribute, and I will not trivialize nor diminish the impact of it by adding any other article or commercial next week. We will resume the Dayton stories on July 7. The only thing I have added are two Holy Bible scripture verses which I hope will complement the text and amplify the relevance of the poem to Corinth and our heavenly home. The poem will surely soften your spirit and touch a special place in your heart. Since Dave sent it to me for this newsletter, I have read it several times and it gets better every time I read it. It will be a joy for you to read it next week.
Dave, on behalf of the subscribers of this newsletter, we offer you a huge thank you for the masterful way you gave us a glimpse of your year spent in Corinth. It makes me long for my home there too. We all hope you can write for us again soon.