|Title||A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler|
A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler (p. 6 of 6: see 1000.124.01-05)
as told to Ellouise Schoettler, ANS Special Events Coordinator
for the Audubon Naturalist Fair, December 4, 2005
The Rock Creek Navy [1000.124.07]
Fred Winkler and his friend, Remus Day, who lived in the neighborhood, found a wrecked canoe in the creek after a spring flood and restored it.
"We had three boats, the canoe and two flat bottomed boats that we built. We called ourselves The Rock Creek Navy. We paddled south to the trestle or north to an island in the middle of the creek. At that time the creek was four to five feet deep and the banks were much steeper than they are today.
Every spring the creek flooded over the banks. Sometimes the strong currents broke the boats loose from the pier and we would have to look for them and bring them back. Our side of the creek was pasture land and across the creek the land belonged to a local dairy - this was before Rock Creek Park was established - it was mostly rolling open pasture land on both sides of the creek." (picture taken circa 1932)