Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weston Early School Days

An interesting article from the Crittenden Press, dated Nov. 30, 1916, about some fun times at one of our little county schools many years ago.  This is a picture of the old Weston School House.  It was probably made a few years before the school was torn down.  It must have been a full house on the night of the Pie Supper.

One of the most enjoyable school affairs of the season was a pie supper at the Weston school, Nov. 24th. 

 A cake was sold for the prettiest girl.  The candidates were Miss Mary Ainsworth, a very pretty and charming young lady from Hebron and Miss Ruby Sturgeon, one of Weston's most beautiful girls, and Miss Mae McDowell, one of Cave-in-Rick's favorite girls. 

The votes cast for Miss Ainsworth were 460, for Miss Sturgeon 365, and for Miss McDowell 6. (That is a lot of votes cast in all)

There were fourteen pies sold which brought $15.50.  

The play entitled "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard," given by the older pupils created much laughter and amusement among the company.

Miss Ruby Hughes as Mrs. Briggs, a very poor widow; Charley Hughes & James Riley as Ralph and Jimmy Briggs her sons; Misses Beulah Walker and Mabel Gahagen as Melissa and Alvira Briggs, her daughters; Pink Rankin as Silas Green, a near relative; Miss Winnie Walker was Mandy Bates her cook; Charley Collins as Mr. Lee a very weatlhy gentleman; Miss Ruby Gahagen, as Virginia Lee his daughter; Miss Lillian Bennett as Daisy Thornton her friend; Mrs. O'Connor, an Irish woman who has no liking for goats, was played by Miss Ruby Sturgeon.

The play was directed by the teacher, Miss Juliet Pope, and was said to be one of the best plays Weston school has ever had as yet.

Hurrah for Weston, she is climbing higher every year.  We are all proud of our school boys and girls and also our teacher.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marion's Kiwanis Club

It seems in the early 1900s-1920s, Marion had a lot of enthusiastic young and older men a like that were very civic minded and were always willing to work for their town and community.  They were always working together to make Marion a better place to live and a better working environment.  

One of the organizations that was formed to help these causes was the Kiwanis Club.  It was formed in May of 1923.

 Along with their hard work for the community, the members also enjoyed some fellowship together, such as the crowd that attended a Kiwanis Barbecue picnic.

From the files of The Crittenden Press, comes some history of the organization.

Another one of Marion’s Community Minded organizations was the Kiwanis Club. It received its charter in May of 1923.
May 4, 1923 – Marion Kiwanis Club
The Marion Kiwanis Club met on Friday evening of last week for their “Charter Party” and a splendid program had been arranged for the occasion. The meeting was also turned into ladies’ night. The district governor made the presentation at the banquet.

The Marion Orchestra furnished music for the occasion. The Kiwanis Club Quartet sang several selections and Misses Guess and Mrs. Newton Moore entertained with some musical numbers.
During the course of the dinner there was prize drawing for the ladies. Each Kiwanian gave some prize for the occasion. At the plates for souvenirs were memo books with the Kiwanis emblem for the ladies and match boxes with the emblem for the men.

Clem S. Nunn resided at the meeting and as soon as the banquet had been served, introduced Hon. Charles T. Gilbert of Nashville, District Governor of the Kiwanis International.
Mr. Gilbert gave a splendid address, explaining what Kiwanis was and its work and how the Club became organized and received its name, and at the conclusion of the address presented President L. E. Crider with the Charter. 

This was followed by a speech by Mr. Crider accepting the Charter, and outlining the work that the local club will undertake and has undertaken to accomplish. Our motto is “We Build” and our principle endeavor is to build our community to its highest level.

The hall was decorated in the Kiwanis colors and Kiwanian hats and been passed around in the beginning of the party so everyone present could not help but have the Kiwanis spirit.

During the dinner Secretary Bourland read the several telegrams from the various clubs welcoming the local organization into their large family.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Preserving and Displaying Your Family Heirlooms and Photographs

The Crittenden County Genealogy Society met this past Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.  For this month's programs we did a show and tell of "How you preserve and display your family heirlooms and photographs."  It turned out to be an interesting and informative meeting.

 First to show and tell was member, Jean Owen.

Jean had taken a family hand-saw from her husband's family that lived in Caseyville, Ky. 

On the blade she attached a county farm scene from wall paper.   She painted the wooden handle blue to match her room colors.  She then hung the saw on the wall and made a display with other family items.
A family heirloom now a show piece in their home for all the family to enjoy.

 Member Rita Owen Travis, collects antique picture frames that are different and unique.  These are frames that are attached together by a swinging bar in the frame.

In this collection she has pictures of some of her great grandparents.  

At her home she has more of these frames and family photos together to make a large display.

  This is your truly with a prized family treasurer.

The one of a kind picture frame was made for me by my father, Billie Travis.

Inside the frame is a Cross-Stitch Book Marker made especially for me by my daughter, Tina Underdown Laurie.  The marker says "I Love You, Mom"  Stitched by Tina. 

The marker was suppose to be used, but it was too pretty to be pressed between the pages of a book, so it became a wonderful wall hanging.

Fay Carol Crider has preserved her mother's side of the family in a picture/scrapebook.

In it she has family pictures, newspaper articles, obituaries and other family memorabilia.

All items labeled and dated for anyone that will be interested in the future.

Member Steve Eskew shared a few of his many family photos.  He
takes old yellowed and faded photographs and enhances them on his computer.  Steve suggests typing the photo's information on address labels and attaching them to the back of the photos, as sometime the ink from pens doesn't do well on the photograph paper.

He also has picture albums on his computer web-stite where he arranges all his family photos.

Don Foster shared some family military photos and a good way to arrange them in a frame to be displayed so all can see and appreciate the family heritage.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jacob Martin Cemetery

A hiking trip last fall to the old Martin Cemetery in the eastern section of the county was a real treat.  One can't help but wonder how the land used to be- so that a family cemetery would be located in such an isolated and almost un-find-able location.

Located in a heavily wooded area, was it once a cleared field? of just a cleared place in the forest that was close to the old home place? 

The last burial there was Mary Isabelle Morrow in April 15, 1940.  Her husband A. B. (Abednego "Bed") Morrow was buried in 1938. Strange to see this modern tombstone in such a location.

The family the cemetery was named after was Jacob and Rebecca Martin.  Rebecca has a stone, but according to earlier family researchers, Jacob is buried here in an unmarked grave.

Also buried here is 
Charles H. Hubbard.  CO. A 17th  KY Cav.

Others buried here with stones are: Annie L. Carter, 
Wife of T. H. Carter.
26- Oct-1909

Nancy J. Fowler, wife of B. G.

B. G. Fowler is listed on the back of the stone, but there are no dates.

Raymond Martin  1928-1930
Lossie Martin 1920 - 1930

According to other family records there are several more members of the family buried here in unmarked graves.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rosebud Methodist Church Closes

Sad to see another of our old country churches closing. Rosbud Church being 116 years old.

 It's usually for the same
 reason- not enough members to keep them open.

The last service for this church was Dec. 21, 2014, according to the article in The Crittenden Press, written by Editor, Daryl Tabor.  The articles says there was only a weekly attendance of four - which included two members in the pews, the pastor and his wife.

There is not much early history about the church.  The first church was built in 1898 on land donated by Mr. Ira Nunn.

From an old Press article dated, May 24, 1900, it says: Our new church at Rosebud will be dedicated the fifth Sunday in July.

This picture of the church was made in the 1970's.

I'm sure there are many memories these old country churches hold for all the members that once attended and participated in all the activities that were a part of the church.

If at a later date some news about what will happen to the church building is found out, I will put the information in a post.  It will be up to the Methodist Association as far as what will happen with the building.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Marion Days in 1931

Back in 1931 the city of Marion wanted a way to promote and advertise their many places of business.  They decided to have a special 3-day event, which would be called Marion Days.  For the event many of the businesses placed special ads in The Crittenden Press.  These ads tell us of the history of some of the local business those many years ago.
  • Yandell and Gugenheim - Local dry goods dealers, has the oldest mercantile establishment in Marion, this business being well over forty years old.  Partners in the business are W. B. Yandell, Samuel Gugenheim and R. B. Cook who are assisted in the business by Samuel A. Gugenheim and Ernest Butler.  (Today this building is the home of Frazer, Rogers and Peek Law Offices on the corner of Main and E. Carlisle St.)
  • Cochran's Is The Oldest Business - T. H. Cochran is the oldest hardware store in Marion.  This business is well and favorably known throughout this entire territory, not only for the high grade of materials in which they deal but the progressiveness and public spirited attitude of the owners, T. H. Cochran and L. E. Crider.  Cochran's store occupies two floors of their building on South Marin Street.  A large line of farming implements, stoves, kitchen ware, fencing, roofing and hardware staples is kept on hands at all times. (This store building sits empty today)
  • R. S. Elkins Is Proprietor of Marion Hardware Company.  The Marion Hardware and Grocery Company, the only such combination in Marion.  R. S. Elkins owner of the store, which moved early in the spring from Bellville Street to a Main Street location. 
  • Moore and Pickens - This store was started a number of years ago by Miss Mildred Moore and Miss Elvah Pickens, now Mrs. Weems Croft and Mrs. Frank Bennett.  Since the establishment of the business these two young ladies have had a satisfactory business, due to the kind of merchandise they handle and to the personality they put into the management of their business.
  • The Owl Sandwich Shop - Is Marion's "sandwich headquarters". This place, owned and operated y Emmett Koltinsky with the assistance of his wife, makes a specialty of various kinds of sandwiches, chili, etc.  A favorite gathering place for those noon-time meals away from the office.
  • Pugh's Variety Store - carries a complete line of novelties, kitchenware, dishes and toys as well as an assortment of hats and ladies and children's clothing.  This is a cash store and they have built up a good patronage in Marion.  Mr C. W. Pugh is from Sturgis and came to Marion and established the third of his variety stores, the other two being located in Sturgis and Clay.
  • Conoco Gas At Service Station in located on Marion Street.  It is under the management of M. W. Thomason.  He sells Conoco gasoline and oil.  In addition to this service the Super Service station specializes in greasing and aligning.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eulanda, Historic Home

One of Crittenden County's oldest homes, "Eulanda" was once home to Eula Clement, daughter of John Randolph Clement and Feliciana Desdemona Nunn Clement.

According to the late county historian, Thomas Tucker,  John Randolph Clement contracted for the construction of the home in 1859 at a cost of $150.00  

 The builder, John Fowler, agreed to get the timber and construct a house 46' x 18' wide.  The original home consisted of three 17' x 17' rooms, a 10' x 17' hall and an ell-shaped porch.   The timbers supporting the floors were logs which had the bark left on them.  Sandstone from a nearby quarry was used for the foundation and the two chimneys at the house.  

One of Mr. Clement's four children was a daughter, Eula, who was born in the house.   She was born in 1882 and lived in the home almost up to the time of her death in June 1974. 

Mr. Tucker inherited the house after Miss Eula died, and he and his wife, Ethel, in the 1980's did a major renovation of the house by adding two bedrooms, two baths, a basement, and other modern conveniences.  They made Eulanda their summer home until 1985 when they sold the home and furnishings at auction.

The home since then has had several other owners, but Eulanda is still a beautiful home and definitely full of history.   The home is located on the Dam 50 Road (now S. R. 397).  The picture above was made in April of 2008.

An strange occurrence is that father and son both died from timber related accidents.
Father John Rudd Clement, got hunt in an accident at his sawmill.  He injured both his legs so badly that they had to be amputated, all they had for pain was whiskey, and in was given to him in excess and he died from it.   He is buried in the little family cemetery located near his home at Clementsburg, near the site of Dam 50.

Son, John Randolph Clement on March 9, 1894, met with a shocking accident and received injuries from which he died in a few hours.  His death came from a head injury received while prizing stumps from his meadow.  He is buried at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.