Dalton Daily CItizen, Catoosa Life Magazine
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Catoosa Life Magazine / JUNE / JULY 2016 17 05400021066 90540002106 Owned and Operated by Georgia One Realty, Inc. www.kinardrealty.com 196207 • Dalton 706.226.5182 • Calhoun 706.629.8818 • Ringgold 706.935.5599 • Commercial 706.226.1985 summer. Most of the games were on the weekends. She was a utility player, and the team's season ran from about April to August, she said. "We played just about every weekend," Patterson said. "We usually traveled maybe once or twice a month." Patterson said she was the youngest one on the team as far as she can remember. Several of the players were married, and some had children. Almost all of them were out of school. Patterson said she had two chaperones to look after her. "I'm 89 years old, almost, and when they say 'the good old times,' that's the good old times," she said. She remembers playing the WAC team several times "right here in Fort Oglethorpe." Sometimes the Woolenettes won. Sometimes the WAC team won. Softball wasn't the only sport Patterson played. Her father played ball for the Chattanooga Lookouts, and all around her, someone was always playing something, she said. "As far as Rossville was concerned, there was nothing but ball," Patterson said. "They had all kinds of things — softball, badminton, bowling, (volleyball) — and I did it all." Fort Oglethorpe resident Joe Moore played on the men's basketball teams in the 1950s and remembers attending some of those 1940s girls softball games when he was a child. Both of Moore's parents — mother, Elvie, and father, Jesse — worked at the mill. Jesse became superintendent of the weaving department, Moore said. Moore himself went to work for Peerless after high school in about 1950, then again several years later after serving in the Army and working on the railroad. During his last stint, he worked in Peerless' recreation department where he organized games for intramural league play between the mill's own employ- ees in various departments as well as kids programs in foot- ball, basketball and baseball. "At one time, I lived less than probably 150 feet from the softball field that (the Woolenettes) played on, and I went to see them play as much as anybody my age," he said of his childhood. "The girls teams were very good during the sec- ond World War."