Sterling (standing) and Rodney in 1955 standing by the rim of the grease pit.

My sister all grown up.  Gwendolyn in 1970.  The front gate has been improved and flowers planted, but you can still see the rim of the the Old Swim Hole.

Neighborhood Korean friends, Sterling, Rodney (all ribs), and little sister Gwendolyn (who we called Wendy at that time).

Korean friend from neighborhood, Sterling, Rodney, and Gwendolyn cooling off in the grease pit turned into a swim hole.

                                         The Swim Hole

By: Dr. Rodney T. Hard

Apparently, a Japanese officer owned our house during the occupation of Korea, which ended in 1945 at the end of World War Two. 

The front yard had a grease pit that was used to service his vehicle. When we arrived in Korea in 1954 and moved to the house, the only visible remnants of the pit was the concrete rim.

My older brother Sterling, some Korean friends, and I dug down and shoveled out all the greasy dirt and gravel. 

We spent hours dipping water out of the well to try to fill the hole. 

This is where we cooled off in the hot summers.

Dr. Rodney T. Hard