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Jackson Pool doesn't seem all that old

What? Jackson Pool is old? If that’s true that makes me really old!

I was on the first crew of Jackson Pool when the doors opened to the public in the summer of 1960.

My pool career started in the spring of 1959 when I walked into the office of the Medford Parks and Recreation Department wanting to pick up an application to work at Hawthorne Pool. I was greeted by Director Robert Haworth. He invited me to stay for a chat. I left there with an application feeling happy and hopeful. Hurray! I got the job!

I would spend the summer of 1959 as a basket checker at Hawthorne, the only pool in town at that time. Growing up, Hawthorne Pool was one of my favorite hangouts on hot summer afternoons.

After graduating from Medford High School in 1960, I was the first cashier at Jackson Pool that summer. There I met Anne, the new basket checker, who would become a lifelong friend. On those hot summer afternoons, the pool crew would greet the neighborhood kids who became regulars.

That first summer, the landscaping was sorely lacking. Out front we had dirt and bark, and behind the pool there was an open field all the way to McAndrews Road. Little twigs of trees were planted that summer. Today they are beautiful shade trees with a nice grassy lawn and a recreation area occupying that once open field.

As the day’s sunlight began to fade, Anne and I would go out to the flag pole, take down the flag, give it a proper triangular fold and tuck it away for the night. The cashier’s receipts for the day were placed in a locked money bag, picked up by a city policeman and delivered to city hall.

As a freshman at Southern Oregon College in the spring of 1961, I took a life-saving and water-safety instructors class. It was held early in the morning at Jackson Hot Springs, an outdoor pool. Brrrr! I survived the experience and became a certified American Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor.

The summers from 1961 to 1964, I lifeguarded and taught swimming at Jackson Pool. Anne was the cashier.

The other lifeguards and I would douse ourselves with baby oil. When our skin became bronzed and leathery from the summer sun, we would switch to cheap lotion. That was before the days of sunscreen.

When the pool opened in 1960, there was only the swimming pool and the wading pool. A couple of years later, the diving pool was added.

Working at Jackson Pool was the perfect summer job. It started when school let out and it closed when school restarted. I have many wonderful memories from my summers spent at Jackson Pool.

My pool career ended in late August of 1964. I would soon begin my second career as a teacher.

Thank you, Mr. Haworth, for hiring me!

What? Jackson Pool is old? If that’s true that makes me really old!

I was on the first crew of Jackson Pool when the doors opened to the public in the summer of 1960.

My pool career started in the spring of 1959 when I walked into the office of the Medford Parks and Recreation Department wanting to pick up an application to work at Hawthorne Pool. I was greeted by Director Robert Haworth. He invited me to stay for a chat. I left there with an application feeling happy and hopeful. Hurray! I got the job!

I would spend the summer of 1959 as a basket checker at Hawthorne, the only pool in town at that time. Growing up, Hawthorne Pool was one of my favorite hangouts on hot summer afternoons.

After graduating from Medford High School in 1960, I was the first cashier at Jackson Pool that summer. There I met Anne, the new basket checker, who would become a lifelong friend. On those hot summer afternoons, the pool crew would greet the neighborhood kids who became regulars.

That first summer, the landscaping was sorely lacking. Out front we had dirt and bark, and behind the pool there was an open field all the way to McAndrews Road. Little twigs of trees were planted that summer. Today they are beautiful shade trees with a nice grassy lawn and a recreation area occupying that once open field.

As the day’s sunlight began to fade, Anne and I would go out to the flag pole, take down the flag, give it a proper triangular fold and tuck it away for the night. The cashier’s receipts for the day were placed in a locked money bag, picked up by a city policeman and delivered to city hall.

As a freshman at Southern Oregon College in the spring of 1961, I took a life-saving and water-safety instructors class. It was held early in the morning at Jackson Hot Springs, an outdoor pool. Brrrr! I survived the experience and became a certified American Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor.

The summers from 1961 to 1964, I lifeguarded and taught swimming at Jackson Pool. Anne was the cashier.

The other lifeguards and I would douse ourselves with baby oil. When our skin became bronzed and leathery from the summer sun, we would switch to cheap lotion. That was before the days of sunscreen.

When the pool opened in 1960, there was only the swimming pool and the wading pool. A couple of years later, the diving pool was added.

Working at Jackson Pool was the perfect summer job. It started when school let out and it closed when school restarted. I have many wonderful memories from my summers spent at Jackson Pool.

My pool career ended in late August of 1964. I would soon begin my second career as a teacher.

Thank you, Mr. Haworth, for hiring me!

Shirley Boswell South lives in Medford.

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