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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Twins reflect on their lives

  • For the last few weeks, twin brothers Ralph and Raymond Booth, have come full circle and now live under the same roof at Neosho’s Medicalodge.
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  • For the last few weeks, twin brothers Ralph and Raymond Booth, have come full circle and now live under the same roof at Neosho’s Medicalodge.
    The Neosho Daily News caught up with the twin brothers, who were born on Sept. 3, 1924 and asked them some questions.
    NDN: Ralph, where did you grow up at?
    Ralph: We spent most of our lives in Anderson. We were born in Nebraska and we came down to Anderson in a covered wagon.
    NDN: What do you remember about growing up in Anderson?
    Ralph: We had a lot of work back in those days. We picked beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and worked in a caning factory. (We also) cut wood, we needed a lot of wood back in them days.
    NDN: What did you do after high school?
    Raymond: I didn’t go to high school.
    Ralph: We both went to the fourth grade. (Later) we were both Pentecostal preachers.
    NDN: Why did you go just to the fourth grade?
    Ralph: Well, back in them days, things were rough.
    NDN: Why did you come up here to Medicalodge?
    Ralph: Really, I didn’t have to be here, I lost my wife in 1995, my oldest boy lost his wife and he moved in with me. He gets up at 3 a.m. to go to work, and by the time he got home, I was ready to go to bed. I sat there (at the home) and stared at the walls, I thought that I had to be around some people. And that is the reason why I came in here.
    Ralph said that Raymond lost his wife and that Raymond had gone to another care facility, later came to Medicalodge.
    The two brothers now share the same room at Medicalodge.
    NDN: Raymond, how do you like being in the same room with your brother?
    Raymond: Not bad, we get along pretty good.
    NDN: What is something that you like to do at Medicalodge?
    Ralph: I get to meet a lot of people.
    Raymond: I just walk around and I (like to) sing.
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