Zelda Beth remembers
By ZELDA BETH LANG
T. I. Welch has recollection of his childhood in Hooker, OK. before moving to Dalhart. His family operated a Mercantile Store in Hooker, a coal yard and also farmed. This business was in partnership with Welch’s father, Thomas Issac Welch, his uncle, Jim and grandfather, James.
His first trip to a barbershop for his first haircut frightened T.I. and he said he was screaming.
While walking past a hotel on main street one day in Hooker he saw men seated on benches in front of a hotel smoking cigars. One of them offered his cigar to T.I. to smoke which he did and it made him sick.
One day while playing in the coal yard along the railroad tracks T. I. Climbed on the caboose of the train. When the train started moving a railroader noticed him. He stopped the train at the edge of town and took him back to the coal yard.
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