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I remember Aubrey from my youth with great fondness. My grandfather and grandmother lived in town and owned a grocery store and "fillin' station" on the left as you entered town. (My grandfather was John Sharp Williams.) My mother, Nellie Williams, and my father, Andrew "Gump" Vondran, met as a result of the M&NA Railroad connecting the towns of Aubrey and Moro. One of the few social activities of the day was a regular community dance that drew members from various communities together. My mother graduated from Aubrey High School in 1935. My uncle, Otto Williams, took over the store and raised a large family that grew up in Aubrey. Great times, great fun, and great memories of Aubrey!
Charles Vondran
McCrory, AR