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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 27,1920--We are proud to state that 40 of our good ladies exercised the privilege given them to vote and Mrs. Louis Batson holds the distinct honor of being the first lady to cast a vote in District 16.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

2    4-H CLUB CAMP

July 10,1933--County agent, G.C. Wright and twenty Montgomery County 4-H Club members left this morning for Columbia where they will remain for a week at the ninth annual Middle Tennessee District 4-H Club Camp.
The object of the camp is to provide recreation, instruction, and practice demonstrations for regularly enrolled 4-H Club boys.

The local group will put on a demonstration in forestry work and will exhibit some of their requirements in forestry work done in this county.
The group includes: Lewis Coke, Lewis Hinton, Nick Richardson, and Rollow Haggard of Salem; Wallace Lyle from Hackberry; Owen Hodges and John Dickson of Marion; and Lurton Biter, Leroy Black, Lawrence Baggett, and Graham Murphy of Gum Springs.
The group expressed their appreciation for the free transportation furnished them by Homer Smith of the General Tire and Service Station.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


May 13,1930--The Montgomery County Chapter of American War mothers will be represented this year in the annual pilgrimage of Gold Star mothers, sponsored by the United States government, to France where their sons paid the supreme sacrifice during the World War. This year Mrs. Sarah Tatum Wall of Southside, a Gold Star mother, will make the pilgrimage. She will sail for France on August 19.

From: The Chronicle


July 5,1867--I was at Palmyra on Thursday the 27th, and heard the speeches of Judge Peffer and Mr. Guy Wines. As to the audience, I never witnessed a more orderly and peaceable assembly in all my life. I did not hear a cross or rude word from the time I arrived which was about 11:00 a.m. until the speaking ended and the people left for their homes; and I did not see a drop of liquor during my stay at Palmyra.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


October 25,1889--P.C. Hambaugh, the veteran tobacconist, tendered a barbecue to his friends of the tobacco board trade yesterday. Quite a number of them accepted the invitation and spent the day with him at his Peterson farm beyond New Providence. It is an annual custom of Mr. Hambaugh to have a few friends join him in a barbecue.

From: The Weekly Chronicle


January 22, 1876--This is leap year and, for the accommodation of the ladies, a club of bachelors has been organized on Barton's Creek. Any lady desiring a member of this club will file her application with the secretary.

February 12, 1876--Horace Yarbrough, a popular teacher on Hurricane Creek at Poplar Grove School, scolds me for neglecting to state who was the secretary of the Bachelor's Club. The principles reason why I did not do so was that I did not know who the dignitary was. Judge the ladies can find out if they want any members of the club.

From: Daily Leaf-Chronicle

8    SALEM

July 28, 1923--Mrs. Alice Kellow of the Salem Community celebrated her 83rd birthday on Tuesday, July 24, by having the members of her Sunday School class to dinner which she prepared herself. Mrs. Kellow is a woman of remarkable physical and mental vigor, making her weekly visits to town by herself as has been her custom for years, driving her horse herself. Mr. John Kellow was 83 on March 4 and is also singularly blessed with health and strength. Entirely unaided, he made a crop of oats this season and has a flourishing corn crop coming on.

From: The Chronicle


July 13, 1878--It was our pleasure to attend the Farmers and Grange Barbecue near Antioch on the 4th. In the very large crowd were were assembled men from the towns of Clarksville, New Providence, Palmyra, and Collinsville. Also men from surrounding counties. Dinner being announced, all repaired to the tables where, under the able management of the prince of cooks, at a pit, John Turner and his able assistants, J. W. Attaway, Steward, and James T. Swift, Capt. of the Police. This unexpectedly large crowd was amply supplied with the very best barbecued and best seasoned meats it has been our privilege to enjoy.
Prof. Williams made a very able address.

From: Daily Leaf-Chronicle

10    LOUISE

October 5, 1923--The box supper given at Louise School by the teachers, Mr. Plummer Hodges and Miss Bertha B. Powell, was a great success. After the boxes were sold, another exciting feature of the evening was a beauty contest of which Miss Dorothy Kennedy was the winner. A box of candy made by Miss Nellie Powell of Kirkwood Community was given as prize. The total amount of votes sold was $11.80.

From: Daily Leaf-Chronicle


June 6, 1923--Because he hid Will Broome's old hat and crowned him with a 4-year-old boy's hat, W. S. Minor, Sailor's Rest merchant, must pay Mr. Broome $2 for he wagered that much that Broome would not wear the hat to Clarksville and on the streets all day Tuesday. Broome has plenty of witnesses, including the Leaf-Chronicle, Trustee Hartwell Marable and numerous others who are willing to make oath that he wore the hat all day downtown.
Minor did not accompany Broome and for that reason he must have satisfactory proof that Broome wore the kid's chapeau on the streets. It seems that Broome went to Minor's store at Sailor's Rest to purchase a kelly, but he thought Minor was too high on it. In order to furnish him a hat to fit his imagination of his pocket's resources, Mr. Minor brought forth the child's hat and dared Broome to wear it. Broome is six feet or taller and he attracted considerable attention under the little hat, which Hartwell Marable says nicely covered a barren spot on his head.

From: Daily Leaf-Chronicle


July 11, 1923--Miss Martha Allen entertained with a delightful party Monday evening in honor of her house guests, Misses Lucy, Nettie and Margaret Edmondson. Games and music were enjoyed throughout the evening. The guest list included:

Misses Lucy, Margaret and Nettie Edmondson
Mary and Beatrice Davis
Mildred Channell
Carleane Pinkerton
Calvin Smith
Mec, Mary and Laura Ussery
Lattie Mae and Mildred Lyle
Sara Holmes
Messra. Robert, John and Henry Wyatt
Lowe, Leroy and Lawrence Ussery
Rodney Lyle
Edwin and Allen Channell
Jewell and Vernon Ussery
Nathaniel Allen
Erwin Ussery
L. A. Heggie
Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Allen.
A delicious ice course was served.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 17, 1938--A group of young people from Mt. Zion, Southside, and Salem met Wednesday night, June 15, when they enjoyed eating fried chicken, pickles and bread. Those present were:
Miss Elizabeth Neblett
Miss Sarah Agnes Neblett
Miss Verda Mae Harvey
Miss Virginia Edlin
Miss Kate Elizabeth Williams
Miss Ethel Coleman
Miss Eloise McCurdy
Miss Marie McCurdy
Miss Mildred Corlew
Roy Baldwin
Cecil Davis
Leo Williams
Richard Gannaway
Clifton Harris
Roy Buckner
Howard Hodges
Arthur Neblett, Jr.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

14   Shiloh

October 13, 1913--A few years ago the Honorable A.M. Leach made a statement that became public in a short while, in which he proposed to give a buggy to the man who reported and proved he was the father of 20 children. Now comes Squire Joe Trotter with a claim for the buggy and states that the reason he has not appeared before was because he understood the number was 21 instead of 20, and he consequently has delayed a short time, but he now brings the following certificate to substantiate his claim. Out of the 21 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Trotter, 13 are living.
"To the Hon. A.M Leach, Clarksville, Tenn.:
We the undersigned neighbors who live near Joe Trotter of District 20, certify that he is father of 21 children at home and is entitled to the buggy that you promised to give. We think that he has earned the buggy and is worthy of it and ought to have it."
Respectfully submitted,
John William Wickham
B.R. Bryant
J.H. Sykes
Sam, B.F. and G.W. Bryant
SG. C. McCorkle, J.P.
Theo, Bass, and S.O.V. Schmittou
C.R. Mockbee
I.B. Rye
G.W. Underwood
E.T. Sinks
G.H. Carver
J.R. McCollom
T.W. Bryant
W.G. Russell
H.E. Allen, J.P.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

March 16,1918--Esquire Joe Trotter of District 20, a member of the Montgomery County Quarterly Court, is in the city today and proudly announced the arrival of a daughter at his home Thursday. The newcomer is #23 and has been christened, Lora Gladys. She is the twelfth daughter of the twenty-three children; fourteen are living, nine girls and five boys.
Some years ago, Leach & Leach, carriage dealers of this city, offered a buggy to the father of the most children in the county. At that time, Squire Trotter had twenty-one to his credit, so he drove the buggy home. It is said that at that time the firm told him when the twenty-fifth child arrived they would give him an automobile. The Squire said this morning that he wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have to buy the car before many years.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

15    Palmyra

November 15, 1918--Palmyra pulled off an enthusiastic celebration of the Kaiser's demise on Monday evening. In fact, her most staid citizens developed an unknown capcity for hilarity.
Of course, it was a funeral procession for Bill Hohenzollern with Uncle Sam leading the "sad" procession with a good noisemaker (a tub and a stick) in his hand. The procession formed and began its journey from the depot inspired to its work by sharp blasts from the lime kiln whistle and that of the tug-boat "Wenonah". The tug-boat captain seemed to know several ways of adding to an occasion of this kind.
Seventy-five men strong, the procession moved out the pike to meet a delegation of 150 from the Union neighborhood who were scheduled to help along with the funeral. In proper place rolled the "hearse" (George Nolan's huckster wagon) bearing the "remains". When the two celebrating parties met, appropriate songs were sung, rites performed and appropriate speeches made by:
Sam O. Fessey
M.M. Hussey
F.E. Broom
Prof. Perry L. Harned
Mr. Hussey was undertaker in charge. Altogether, Bill was put away quite properly. (Off Current Harris Rd.)

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

16    Young People

February 7,1906--The young people of Salem vicinity enjoyed an entertainment at the home of Theodore Wyatt Friday night. About 15 couples were present. Excellent refreshments were served after which the guests departed for their homes, expressing many thanks for the pleasant evening.
Saturday night quite a number of young people of marriageable age assembled at the home of Frank Channel near Steele�s Spring where a pleasant social evening was spent. Some engaged in playing games while others were busy in private tete-a-tetes. The results to be known in the future.

From: Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


September 12,1890--Ben U. Swift announced a barn raising and his wife a quilting last Saturday. The neighbors gathered in as many as could well work and the men got the barn up, but the ladies did not get the quilts out, nevertheless, a good dinner was eaten and a pleasant day spent by all.

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


November 13,1875--Tarsus Grange #149 held a fair at Tarsus today. An exhibition of ladies� homemade work, stock, produce, etc., is to be made and a basket dinner will be served to all who attend. This is one of our live granges.
November 20,1875--Results of Tarsus Grange Fair Competition:
Best crochet edging mats, bead work, toilet basket, wax flowers was awarded to Miss Annie Martin
Display of flowers, natural, awarded to Mrs. E.D. Myers
Homemade suit of clothes and boy's coat, awarded to Mrs. M.C. Powers
Yellow and white corn, best strawberry awarded to W.C. Jackson
Corn, lemon awarded to S.W. Martin
Popcorn, awarded to Mrs. E.D. Myers
Pair Hondan and Black Spanish chickens, awarded Mrs. S.W. Martin
Dozen eggs, awarded Mrs. S.W. Martin
Turnips, Pumpkins, awarded S.W. Martin
Jar pickles, awarded Mrs. J.H. Marable
Homemade molasses awarded J.B. Jackson
German millet, awarded S.W. Martin
Dutch millet, awarded Sam O. Fessey
Tobacco, dark and best light wrapper, awarded M.C. Powers
Tobacco, light wrapper, awarded S.W. Martin
Tobacco piebald wrapper, awarded M.C. Powers
Best 5-year-old colt, awarded M.C. Powers
Brood mare, awarded W.C. Jackson
Saddle mare, awarded J. H. Marable
Saddle Gelding, awarded S.W. Martin
Pair mules, awarded W.J. Powers
Sweepstakes opened for best saddle mare, horse or gelding, awarded
S.W. Martin

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


August 2,1889--A social barbecue will be given at Blackford�s Mill in District 16 tomorrow. J.E. Washington has been invited to be present and address the meeting.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


February 10,1923--Mrs. O.S. Davis entertained with a miscellaneous shower for Mrs. Douglas Waller, a recent bride. George Washington colors were used as decorations. The favors were red hatchets and the dining table had for its central decoration--a cherry tree. A salad course was served.
The gifts were presented to Mrs. Waller in a red wagon drawn by little John Shelton Davis, dressed as George Washington. Mrs. Davis was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. James Harris and Mrs. Leon Hunter.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


January 15,1937--The Union Home Demonstration Club in a joint meeting with the Union PTA met at the Union School House on January 13th. The meeting was opened by singing �The Little Vagabond�. Miss Alice Powers had charge of the meeting. The Club members filled in their new books for the year. A number of new goals to work toward his year were set including: 100% attendance, to improve and landscape the church yard, to buy a good book and every member read it and turn it over to the Traveling Library, to have a play in the fall and give the proceeds to the school to have an annual picnic, to have someone attend the Columbia Institute in May, and to get six new members in the Club.
Mrs. Grady Powers was named Liberian and Miss Elsie Hayes Reporter for the Club.
The hot lunch program which was started in the school this week was explained by Miss Thelma Powers. The members told what they could furnish toward the hot lunches. A Kitchen shower was also planned for Friday afternoon. Miss Elsie Hayes� room won the attendance picture. There were thirteen present.

From: Clarksville Star

22   SALEM

May/June 1924--During the �Name Your Home� campaign, the following were named in Salem:

Riverside----Mrs. R.B. Edmondson
Cedar Row----Mrs. P.E. Neblett
Fern Nook----Mrs. R.H. Edmondson
Viewpoint----Dan Waller
Dreamland----G.E. Evans
The Pioneer----Mrs. Frank Ussery
Sunny View----Mrs. Eloise Edmondson
Sunkist----Mrs. Boyd Neblett

From: Clarksville Star


October 29,1927--"Name Your Farm" interest grows:

Channell Heights----T.J. Channell
Wayside Cottage----Wallace Lyle
West View----James Broome
Fair View----Sidney Lyle
Maple Knoll----George Ussery
Emerald Slopes----Hadley Allen
Shady Nook----Frank Channell
Ridge Field----Norman Ussery
Cumberland View----E.C. Cunningham
Refuge----Ben Davis
Springhill----Lucian Wyatt
Far Away----Earl Dowlen
Lakeland----T.P. Richardson

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


November 14,1918--The war is over and peace reigns again in our nation. A peace stunt-program was pulled off here Monday afternoon and night. In the afternoon the High School gave a parade, starting at the auditorium and thence out the boulevard to Crooked Street; thence down Crooked Street for several hundred yards; thence back to the stores, where they formed in lines and sang patriotic songs after which they were dismissed by Prof. Deizell until night.
At night there was a general gathering at the M. E. Church, where Rev. G.L. Hensley read an editorial and offered prayer. After several patriotic songs, the crowd was turned loose. Big bells rang, little bells rang, big, little, young and old hollered, chickens crowed, dogs howled, the blacksmith shop whistle blew, the donkeys lowed and the cows brayed; the sheep squalled and the cats bleated, when they heard the big guns and saw the big torchlight parade as it wound its way down Crooked Street led by Capt. R.N. Batson. Mr. �Garbell� pulled off a patriotic stunt. He climbed to the top of a telephone pole, but he didn�t climb down. Well, it didn�t kill him, but he had to lay up for repairs for several days. We invited Clarksville to come over and join us in celebration, but the ferryboat, as usual, was in a heluva fix.

From: Clarksville Star


January 3,1927--One of the most interesting events of the holiday season was the observance on Christmas E0ve of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Scott. The anniversary was quietly observed with only the immediate family present. Mr. and Mrs. Scott received from each of their children gifts of gold.
The Scott family includes three daughters, Mrs. Isham Harris, Mrs. Orville Trotter, Mrs. Mayme Harris and four sons, James, Elmer, John, and Buist Scott.
Those coming from a distance were Dr. James A. Scott, Murfreesboro, Tn.; Elmer Scott, Sisterville, W.Va.; John Scott, wife and daughter, Ann, McKenzie, Tn.; Buist, wife and sons, John E. and Buist Jr., Murray, Ky.; Mrs. J.E. Owen, Murray, Ky.; Tom Daniel, brother of Mrs. Scott, of Cumberland Furnace, Tn.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 11,1913--There is on exhibition in the editorial room of the Leaf Chronicle some limestone from the bluffs at Palmyra in which quantities of unfossilized small shell are embedded, showing rapid rock formation. The specimens were taken from a shelf overhanging the railroad track near that place. The snails crawled to the shelf and water which percolated through the ledges of limestone above dribbled down to them forming solid stone around the shells. The specimens were gathered by Mr. L.H. Bryant, section foreman with the L & N railroad at that point. It is not known just how long it would take for this impregnated water to solidify to the thickness of an inch, but the ledge was left there when the Memphis, Clarksville, and Louisville Railroad was built about 1857. Some of the shells are entirely embedded, but do not show signs of fossilization.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


January 1, 1900--Mr. and Mrs. James Edmund Bailey of Sailor's Rest gave a shooting party last week complimentary to Mr. William Lusk and Mr. Morgan Davis, both of New York City, and Mr. Robert Lusk of Nashville. They had a jolly, old-fashioned Christmas and fine hunting. Mr. Davis takes back with him to New York a fine string of quail.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 29, 1935--The Girls 4-H Club of Lone Oak School elected officers for the coming year:
Mary Blanche Morgan, President
Louise Dawson, Vice-President
Mary Evelyn Daugherty, Secretary-Treasurer
Aileen Harris, Reporter for the Clarksville Star
Sally Bell Freeman, Reporter for the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle.
Mrs. John Lewis Harris, Club Leader

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


July 5,1912---An excursion was run from Clarksville to Fort Donelson yesterday on the steamer Robert Rheau under the supervision of Mr. H.N. Yarbrough. About 450 persons from Clarksville, Hematite, Palmyra and Cumberland City took advantage of the trip. Three hours were spent by the party viewing the old battlefields and the National Cemetery near Dover. The boat left here at 8:45 yesterday morning and returned last night about 11:00.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 24, 190--Prof. S.O. Roberts, who has been teaching at the Briarwood School in the 13th District was in the city this morning and in answer to a reporter's question about the news of the neighborhood said: "Not a thing in the world but measles. There are over 100 cases within a mile of my house. The people out there have been visited by a regular plague of measles. They are not through with it yet, either. Three deaths have resulted and a good deal of suffering. All the white schools have been closed for a long time."

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

31   SALEM

February 14,1906--The young people in �the Bend� will have a Valentine Party this evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Edmondson.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


October 8,1889--The W.C.T.U. of St. Bethlehem will have a candy pulling at Mrs. Lucie Beaumont�s, Friday evening October 11.

From: The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 26,1913--Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Hodges will give an entertainment tonight at their home at Hackberry for the purpose of securing bonds for the Antioch Church. A salad course will be served and a general good time expected to be had by all.

From: The Daily Leaf Chronicle


August 4,1915--Misses Mabel Lee and Erma Fessey went on the boat to Lock A last Thursday and reported a fine time.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 2,1909--Between 300 and 400 persons attended the Old Fiddlers� Contest at Palmyra Wednesday night. Seats for the audience were placed in the open lot near the depot and in front an elevated stand with tarpaulin cover was arranged for the fiddlers. About 9:30 the program was begun by the playing of �Dixie� by all of the players, nine in number. This was received with applause and then the program was continued for one hour, when a recess was taken and the contestants furnished cream and cake. About this time W.D. Howser had purloined a lot of rubbish from the old store house and had piled it a short distance away and started a blaze. This was soon surrounded by a large crowd, who had caught a hard attack of shivers from eating ice cream. Soon the music resumed.
The judges were slow to decide one piece, �Old Hen Cackle�, so close was the contest between Walter Warden of Erin; Mr. Mitchell of Slayden, and Lum Darnell of Dotsonville. The prizes were awarded as follows:
�Leather Breeches�, Jason Broomley
�Black Crook�, George Waters
�Whistling Rufus�, Walter Warden Trio, Rom Ramey and others
�Billy In the Low Grounds�, C.C. Darnell
�Cotton Eyed Joe�, Mr. Mitchell
�The Old Hen Crackled�, Walter Warden
Capital prize winners were:
1st-$7.50 to James Waters, of District 8
2nd-$5.00 to George Waters, of District 3
3rd-$2.00 to Mr. Mitchell, of Slayden.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


October 9,1888--Tarsus Grange #149 will hold its 3rd annual fair of stock, farm and garden produce, etc., at the hall of the Tarsus Grange on Wednesday and Thursday October 17 and 18, 1888. The public is generously invited to come and bring such stock and articles as may be of interest to show. No admission fee will be charged those attending. An entrance fee of 10% of all premiums on stock will be charged when premiums are offered. A complimentary premium will be awarded according to merit on all stock when no special premium is offered.
Parties coming on the train cars can get off at Marable's Crossing which is one mile from the Fair Grounds where conveyance can be had to the Fair Grounds.
Preparations are being made for a large crowd this year than ever before and more fine stock will also be exhibited. Meals can be obtained on the Fair Grounds at any hour; also feed for stock. For bills, etc., address the secretary, P.L. Harned, Corbandale, Tn.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


May 10,1923--An unexpected and pleasant feature of the Sailor�s Rest Community Organization meeting Tuesday night was a talk by Judge Asa Davis, recent appointee of Gov. Austin Peay to succeed Judge R.L. Sansom on the Tennessee Court of Civil Appeals Bench.
Judge Davis, a native of Palmyra, is visiting relatives in that neighborhood. His first assignment as school teacher was a Sailor�s Rest and he has an abiding interest in the two communities. He stressed the importance of making the farms attractive for the boys and girls in order to encourage them to stay on the farm.
There was an attendance of 54, making Tuesday�s meeting the largest in the history of the organization, the members staged the main program. W.S. Minor was elected chairman of the organization to succeed Bascom Dangerfield who has gone to Mobile Alabama to live.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 1,1928--Misses Ruby and Mary Winfree and Porter Wickham and Fuzz Hughes of the Union vicinity attended the pie supper at Canaan Saturday afternoon. The trip was made by motor.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 11,1931--Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Wyatt attended the Postman and Rural Carrier Picnic at Woodlawn Monday.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 30,1919--The Southside Community Band gave an ice cream supper on the lawn of Mr. Sam Harris Saturday night. The night was an ideal one and the lawn presented a very inviting appearance with its Japanese lanterns and prettily decorated tables.
The brass band made a good showing and rendered some good music, although they have been handicapped for lack of time to practice as it has been a busy time with the farmers. The purpose of the ice cream supper was to help pay the expenses of this band.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 10,1934--A new 4-H club was organized recently at Louise Community.
The officers:
Billy Dickerson, President
Fred Harvey, Vice-President
Mary Bearden, Secretary
Other members:
James Bearden
Douglas Dawson
Georgia Dawson
Aliene Harvey
Ella D. Hassell
Annie Louise Leftwich
Stewart Leftwich
Janice Poole
Laura Tuberville
Lennie Underwood
Lillie Mae Underwood
Nellie Underwood

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

42   SALEM

December 22,1934--Mr. and Mrs. Hatton Mills of Salem celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Wednesday December 17th at their home by a wedding party and created as near as possible like the one 50 years ago.
Misses Virginia Hinton and Frances Childs received the guests and Miss Lucille Smith kept the register.
Mrs. Mills, the bride, was gowned in gray crepe and carried an arm bouquet of Pernet roses. The ceremony was said by the Rev. J.W. Swann and the grandsons, James Mills Yarbrough and Billy Mills who were the attendants.
After the ceremony an ice course was served carrying out the gold color scheme. The favors were decorated with orange blossoms.
There were 65 guests present and many lovely gifts were received by the bride and groom of 50 years.
Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Davis Mills of Pond Creek, Michigan, and Miss Jennie Mills of Walters, Oklahoma.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

43   SALEM

June 5,1919--Miss Elizabeth Neblett entertained very charmingly at her home in the Bend on last evening in honor of her brother, George Neblett who has recently returned from overseas and is now about to leave for the harvest fields of Kansas.
The parlor was beautifully decorated in roses, lilies, ferns and the dining room was very attractive in crimson ramblers and fern.
After an enjoyable and exciting evening of games and music the guest were served a delicious ice course which carried out a color scheme of red and white.
After the refreshments, music was enjoyed until a late hour. About 40 young people were present.

From: The Chronicle


July 4,1874--The 23rd of June was a �gala day� to some of us of our gay little village (Collinsville). The barbecue and barn-dance at the mouth of Sycamore was on hand, and everybody was on the quivive for the occasion. Arrangements had already been made with Capt. Searcy of the trim little steamer �Silver Spring� to touch at Lafayette Landing for the delegation from our town. At the appointed hour we repaired to the point designated. The gallant little steamer heaves in sight, the Captain was at his post and with his glass in hand discovered all was right and gracefully rounded to. In a few minutes all were on board where we had the pleasure of meeting the delegation from Clarksville, among the number our clever friend, Jno Shelton, who is a host on all such occasions. The Captain cleared the decks, spread the tarpaulin over head, and invited the Collinsville band to raise the music. This was promptly done, and quick the light fantastic toe-tipped the floor. Our sections was represented by its beauty, the �fairest among ten thousand and altogether lovely� united with their accomplished and graceful dancing such as has not been my good fortune to meet with often, and won the plaudits of all on board (indeed the little steamer plowed the waves in a manner indicative of approval. Even the Captain was found back-stepping in the pilot house). Our feast was enjoyed till we reached the mouth of Sycamore, where we were to take leave of our little boat and repair to the barbecue and dance.
We were met at the river by the Mr. Stewart�s with conveyance for the ladies, for which we are under many obligations. Such attentions, however, are characteristic of these gentlemen. We reached our destination all safe, found everything under way with a splendid band of music from our neighboring city of Nashville.
The day was warm but ice water was plentiful and refreshments good; (in lemonade) one stand, however, which kept an �extra article� was ordered to pack his goods and leave, which we regretted but did not inquire into.
At his junction, �Davy Crockett� made his appearance with his staff in hand in search of the world�s center (he tried to get it nearer the table or the center of the world as he called it), which he found. The table was bountifully supplied with everything to satisfy the hungry man which we fully enjoyed, after which the band again struck up and the dance opened.
This we enjoyed till it was time to leave-4:00-when we returned to the gay little steamer and her veteran commander, who was in readiness and when it was announced �all aboard�, weighed anchor and moved out upon the bosom of the deep water. Soon we were homeward bound and the Collinsville band was again on hand and I assure you it was a gay time till we reached our landing and, with regret, took leave of our Clarksville friends, the Captain and his boat, and each sought once more their respective homes. I have extended this beyond my intention but have not given you the matters of interest about here-but more anon.
Respectfully, Southsider June 29,1874

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 5,1940--A barbecue dinner of delightful plan was given Sunday September 29th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Bearden in honor of Mrs. Bearden's 64th birthday.
At noon the Rev. Coltharp of Tennessee Ridge gave the benediction and lunch was served picnic style.
Those enjoying the occasion:
Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Bearden and family
Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Baggett and family
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown and daughter
J.W. Schmittou and family
Mrs. Lennie Bearden and family
Mr. and Mrs. Will Marsh
Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Baggett
Mrs. Mike Castleberry
Mrs. Lewis Gibson and daughter
S.B. Harris
L.H. Morgan

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


June 26,1935--Mellow Porter Jr., age 6, and his little uncle, Jean Batson Davis, age 4, entertained Sunday, June 23 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Porter with a birthday party. The guests attending were the members of the two families. The dining table was beautifully decorated with a white cloth and centered with the white iced birthday cakes bearing pink candles to represent the age of each little boy. Various games were played on the lawn and both boys received gifts and many best wishes for a happy birthday.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


July 30,1895--There will be a picnic and barbecue at Louise, Tennessee on the Mineral Railroad, on the 8th of August for the benefit of the new Methodist Church at that point. After dinner on the date, the ladies will serve ice cream and cake until 10:00 p.m., the proceeds of which will also go to the church. The good people over there are making extensive preparations to receive a large crowd. The managers are T.H. Batson, Dr. W.T. Greene, and J.K. Raimey.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf

48   SALEM

August 15,1890--Quite a crowd of young people assembled on the bluff above the 7 Mile Ferry last evening and enjoyed an elegant supper which had been prepared by the young ladies. Among those present were the following: Misses Mary Richardson, Lucy Richardson, Sallie Wyatt, Annie Neblett, Linia Neblett, Rena Turner and Angie Turner. The young gentlemen present were Sterling Turner, James Richardson, W.T. Richardson, Bruce L. and Walter Neblett.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 3,1932--Mrs. H.E. Allen was honoree Sunday when her children complimented her with a birthday dinner at the home at Shiloh. The dining room was beautifully decorated with ferns and fall flowers and in the center of the table was the cake with 54 lighted candles on it.
All of Mrs. Allen's children were present except Mr. Dossie L. Sims & wife Lucie A. of Old Hickory and Van R. Allen of Dickson who were unable to attend. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Bailey and children, John, Jimmy, and Margarett Allen, Misses Minnie and Clara Allen, and Carney Weakley and Mrs. Van R. Allen, all of Clarksville, Miss Althea Allen and J.S. Allen of Shiloh.
Mrs. Allen was the recipient of many beautiful and useful gifts.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 1, 1932--Reports from various 4-H Clubs over the county are that members are cooperating this year in the saving of walnuts. It is planned to sell the surplus co-operatively. The present price on hulled walnuts is 50 cents per bushel, delivered.
Club members are asked to take part in the reforestation program and all who planted 50 black walnuts on 25 hills may become members of the 4-H Forestry Club.
At a meeting of the Gum Springs Club held Monday night, a number of members pledged to plant 50 walnuts. These include: Robert Clark, Lucy and Jewell Biter, Lottie Mai and Lurton Black, Evelyn and Lawrence Baggett, Jettie Underwood, and Paul, Lillie, and Eva McWhorter.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 29,1932--Mrs. Marguerinte Suggs entertained at her home at Palmyra Thursday evening with a Halloween party.
The autumn season was employed in the decorations in the living and dining rooms. Pumpkins, Japanese lanterns and brilliantly colored leaves were placed in every nook. Chrysanthemums in the autumn tints adorned the tables.
Games, contests and fortune telling was the entertainment of the evening. At 12:00 a ghost appeared and announced that refreshments were about to be served. Each guest was directed to order refreshments from a �blind menu� posted near the entrance to the dining room. Each order was received as those were made on a slip of paper by the hostess. This paper was the admission to the dining room where delicious refreshments were served.
The guest list included: Misses Alice Neblette, Elsie and Esther Hayes, Alice Cotham, Maurine, Thelma, and Madolyn Powers, Mary Brunson, Agnes McCarroll, Eugenia Richardson, Sarah Abernathy, Jennie Mary Myers, Priscilla Nolen, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Neblett, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Williamson, Messrs Repps Marable, Corban Ellis, Austin Ellis, Hubert and Hartwell Hayes, Kermit and Curtis Jackson, Oneal Dinsmore, J.R. Swift, Taylor Nolen, Marshall Ragan, Julius Powers and Nathaniel Allen.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

52   SALEM

May 4,1935--Mr. and Mrs. Charles Waller entertained Thursday at their home near Salem with a birthday party celebrating the fifth birthday of her nephew, Wyatt Corlew.
About 25 little folk enjoyed the occasion and games and contests were played. The cutting of the birthday cake afforded much merriment and the little guests danced around the cake singing �Happy Birthday To You�. Ice cream was served with the cake.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 14,1935--The musical comedy play �Miss Blue Bonnet� will be presented at Lone Oak School auditorium, Friday evening, October 18.
�Miss Blue Bonnet� is directed by Miss Daisy McCurry of Wayne P. Sewell Production Company.
The cast all local talent are:
Earl Douglas Biter as Dr. Evans
Mrs. Sandy Davis as Mrs. Evans
Mrs. Jackie Waller as Magnolia as the old maid
Herbert Hargrove as Hickory Stout
Miss Hattie Minor as Minerva
Miss Alice Trotter as Blue Bonnet
James Minor as Burton Hill
Helen Minor as Janie Hill
Paul Dawson, Irene Dawson, Sallie White Minor
and Mary Evelyn Dority as maids
Jackie Waller as Wes
Harvey Morgan as Thad
Twenty-five boys and girls in costume complete the cast. The scene of action take place in Green Pond, South Carolina and centers on the efforts of Dr. and Mrs. Evans to marry off their daughter Magnolia.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

54   SALEM

December 21,1925--Misses Mary Florence Betts, Lucille Smith, Lucile Porter, Margaret Walker, Martha Allen and Nellie Waller spent last weekend with Miss Lucy Edmondson. Miss Edmondson gave a party in their house Saturday night. Featuring the evening�s entertainment, they attended a play at Salem School. After which the party was continued at Miss Edmondson�s home. The house was attractively decorated for the occasion with the season�s flowers. Those present besides the weekend guests were Miss Estelle Welder, and Messrs. Royce and Roy Swift, Robert Ritter, J.H. Cocke, James Irby, Ben, Walter, and Garvin Ussery.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

55   SALEM

January 11,1921--Mrs. R.L. Lyle of the Bend neighborhood entertained at noon Saturday, January 8 with a delightful dinner in honor of her birthday.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Lyle, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Gilbert and daughters; Catherine, Rebecca, and Mamie, and Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Lyle.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Shannon of Greenville, Mississippi were unable to be present but were among those sending gifts and congratulations.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November, 1,1925--Mrs. Robert Elliott of Tarsus vicinity celebrated the 5th birthday of her little daughter, Elma Frances with a spend-the-day party. Those present were her grandmother Mrs. Sam Fessey and Mrs. Delia Elliott; her aunt, Mrs. Aubery C. Broome and little friends Evangeline and George Nolen.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 1,1925--The community club met on Wednesday at the clubroom. Miss Henry gave a demonstration on angel food cake. There were eight present.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


May 4,1935--Miss Lavern Batson celebrated her 11th birthday, April 30th, by inviting about 30 of her little friends.
Games were enjoyed and refreshments were served. Lois Dunn won the prize in the contest.
Those that attended were: Dorothy Davis; Myrtle and Alva Lee Buckner; Ella Francis Bumpus; Kathleen, Anna Belle, and Corrine Baxter; Stella and Lois Dunn; Lavern Wall; Maude Dell Jones; Mary Ida and Amy Castleberry; Junior and Mary Frances Porter; Billie Joe Woods; Estelle and Bobbie June Batson; Verda Mai and Dorris Harvey; Robert McCollum; and Newell Harvey.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


August 13,1889--Miss Ruby Neville, a little Miss of twelve summers, is a general favorite with the guest of the Magnolia House. When requested she very obligingly performs upon the piano, and very skillfully, too, for one of her years.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


November 1,1889--A jolly crowd boarded the train here last evening for Hickman, Kentucky, from which point they will proceed to Reelfoot Lake, where they will remain ten days. They expect a big time and were figuring on a big catch of fish and a number of deer. The party belongs to the �Blue Wing Hunting Club�, organized recently. The following are the names of those who were in attendance:
J.C. Kendrick
Jonathan J. West
L.G. Wood
F.B. Whitfield
F.F. Pearce
Frank Beaumont
Robert Pickering
Ed C. Bates
Ernest Elder
T.L. Porter
W.L. Blanton
C.E. Warneken
C.T. Young
Charles Hallums

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

61   Sailor's Rest

June 21, 1934--Mrs. Jimmy Shannon was hostess at the June meeting of the Home Demonstration Club at her home assisted by Mrs. Hartie Sykes. Luncheon was served preceding the meeting.
Mrs. Shannon presided over the meeting. Mrs. W.S. Minor gave "The Vision of Sir Launfal". "First Aid and How To Use It" was given by Miss Marvel Bass. Mrs. Fay Bayor demonstrated "Home Care of the Sick". Miss Bass also displayed a poster "Showing Number of Bacteria Left On Dishes After Different Methods of Washing."

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

62   Grange Hall

November 30,1945--Mary Nola Batson will leave for Chicago Saturday to attend the annual 4-H Club Congress as an outstanding club member this year. The trip is given by Jack Miller for outstanding records in four years of club work.
Miss Batson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Batson and is a sophomore at Central High. She is from the Grange Hall Community.
She has completed 25 projects including gardening, poultry, livestock, food preservation, and home improvement and health. For three years she was president of her 4-H Club and has been active in all club activities.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

63   Hackberry

January 28,1910--J.T. Hodges, a prominent merchant of Hackberry, returned this morning from Nashville where he attended the Grand Lodge of Masons as a representative of McCullough Lodge #189 of Palmyra.

From: Memorabilia of Montgomery County


Enoch Tanner Wickham, farmer-surveyor-turned-sculptor produced 50 pieces of sculpture ranging from 6 to 30 feet in height. The works are representative of his interests in history, religion and folklore. Historical personalities are depicted, some of local interest and others of national fame. Among those represented are Govenor Austin Peay, Daniel Boone, Bill Marsh, Sam Davis, Andrew Jackson and Robert F. Kennedy.
Also included are the Virgin Mary, the crucifixion, angels and a totem pole.
Many of the statues were wired for electricity so the eyes of the animals and the halos of the religious figures would glow at night.

You can find out more information about E.T. Wickham and his statues at these two links.

Wickham Angel       Wickham bull

From: Tobacco Leaf Chronicle


April 29, 1890--A number of Miss Dale Jennings' friends met at the Arlington House parlor Friday evening and enjoyed themselves. Dancing was in order and nimble feet kept time to merry music. Refreshments were served at a reasonable hour and formed an agreeable part of the program.
There were present Misses Dickinson, Margery Byers, Susie Shelby, Bettie Semmes, Eva Bailey and Mrs. Walthall and Mrs. Jennings. The gentlemen were John Beach, George Alwell, Charlie Major, Morton Turnley, Rice Orgain and Charlie Kincannon.

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle


January 29,1881--We have received an invitation to attend a grand ball to be given by Col. Robert Searcy at Palmyra on next Friday night, the 25th inst. It is a commemoration of the close of his third session at that place. There will be a full band of music on hand.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


November 19,1889--The supper by the ladies of St. Bethlehem Methodist church at W.L. Warfield�s Friday night was a success. A good crowd was present. It was highly enjoyed and a neat sum was the result.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


July 19,1889--These are some of the young people who went out to witness the concert at Idaho last night: Misses Kate, Josie & Parmelia Carney, Fanny Lou Wilson, Kate Moore, Jessie Whitfield, M. Dean, Lizzie Rhodes, Maude King, the Misses Abernathy, Mack, Neblett, William Hanner, Bayless Gerhart, Paul Marable, Dr. Rudolph, Ed McQuary, Frank Wake, David Bloch, Robert Cunningham, Ben Patch, Ed Ely.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


July 9,1889--The society people are all agog over the ice cream supper tendered Misses Nannie Wyatt and Fannie Neblett, last Thursday night, by Mrs. Mary Graham. Only a limited number of friends were invited, thereby making it the more enjoyable. The young ladies were tastily and richly attired in the following evening costumes: Miss Wyatt was wearing a scarlet zouave jacket & sash of serge, with a blue serge skirt & blouse of soft white crepon. Miss Neblett, an elaborate navy blue gown of serge, with reverse of white moir� on the jacket front, and bands of it laid down the sides of the skirt on white serge, to which rows of paler blue & red braid were added, making a tri-colored dress. Mrs. J.N. Daly, plain pearl-grey velveteen, with brocade in pearl, gray & black. The full gathered skirt was of plain grey silk. A narrow half-girdle of fine silver links, coming from under the arms, seemed to confine the fullness of the corsage at the waist, and the high standing collar was made of silver links to match. These three costumes comprised some of the most elegant to be seen. It is safe to say that nothing more refined was ever participated in on the south side. Ice cream & cake formed a principal feature in the enjoyment of the evening, which coupled with the rich music made by the young ladies served as fit accompaniments to their attractive toilettes. The young people are under many obligations to Mrs. Mathis & Mrs. Graham for the elegant manner in which they were entertained, and hope this will not be the last.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

70   SALEM

November 8,1920--On Saturday evening the "Busy Bees" of the Salem Girls' Club under the direction of Miss Carrie Watkins entertained the "Hustlers" with an elaborate 6:00 dinner. This dinner was given in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ussery. Miss Clara Neblett being the hostess. This dinner was the culmination of a contest this club has had going for several months. Score cards were given each member of both sides and the side grading the highest was the one entertained. Credits consisted of work such as canning, preserving, etc., done by each individual. The menu was in four courses and was as follows: oyster soup, chicken croquettes, English peas with cream sauce, potato chips, sweet pickles, hot rolls and butter, hot chocolate, butterfly salad, Jell-o Supreme, fruit and cake. Thirty guests were present. After dinner the young people of the community numbering about 60 were entertained. Games were played and refreshments served by the club girls.
Carrie Watkins
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ussery,
Clara Neblett

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


July 2,1889--The New Providence Reading Club held a meeting at Dr. Wyatt�s last night. This club is steadily growing.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

72   SALEM

June 23,1928--The five girls and one boy from this county who attended the Middle Tennessee 4-H Camp held in Columbia this week returned this afternoon in company with county agent G. C. Wright and Miss Marvel Bass, home demonstrator, fatigued but rejuvenated with the week of camp life.
Representatives of this county included Frances Neblett, Elizabeth Corlew, Joe Ussery, and Martha Hinton, all of Salem.
Frances was selected as the best girl camper and is believed she was also selected as the best camper.

From: Clarksville Weekly Chronicle

73   SALEM

June 19,1880--The young people of the south side have organized a reading club, which meets at Richardson's Schoolhouse (Professor J.T. Richardson) every Wednesday night. We learn that the meetings are well attended and great interest is taken in the proceedings. This is a good move and other neighborhoods will do well to follow their example.

From:Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


April 5,1929--Among evening hospitalities of the week is a miscellaneous shower of charming plan which was given Thursday by Miss Imogene Welker at her home near Shiloh in cordial compliment to Mrs. J.W. Welker, a bride of recent date.
The honoree who was before her marriage Miss Gertie Shelton, received a collection of lovely gifts and in conclusion, the guests, who included Misses Doris and Christine Mitchell, Lucy and Minnie Allen, Eunice and Catherine Shelton, Minnietta Hayes, Dorothy Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Sykes, Mrs. Upton Lewis, Mrs. John Bell Mitchell, Messrs. Ray and Fay Smith, Paul Rye, Paul Shelton, Cullom Powers, Alex Hayes, Hershel Britt, Tom Nesbitt, Nolen and Charles Hayes, and Bernard Mitchell were served.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


September 2,1931--Half a century of happy married life was rounded out on August 27 by one of Montgomery County�s much loved couples, William H. (Uncle Bill) Dean and Mrs. Nora Suiter Dean, 78 and 67 years of age, respectively.
They had a quiet celebration of the golden wedding anniversary at the home in District 13 where they have spent all but five of the fifty years of their married life. During that lapse, they lived in Clarksville.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean enjoy the respect and esteem of a widespread acquaintance and the devotion of their family. Their friends wish them many happy returns of the wedding anniversary.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


August 29,1923---The days of long ago when such affairs were in vogue, was recalled today by citizens of District 13 when they attended an old-fashioned barn-raising, quilting and barbeque staged by W.R. Fain on his farm. Representatives of practically every farm in the community were there and Mr. and Mrs. Fain proved ideal hosts for the affair. Mr. Fain extended a broad invitation to the affair which included the entire Leaf Chronicle staff.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

77   SALEM

October 15,1904--An educational rally will be held at Salem in District 17 next Saturday, October 22, by Belmont, Lone Oak, and Cherry Grove schools. A large crowd is expected. Addresses will be delivered by Supt. P.L. Harned, Professors J.H. Boyer and W.L. Lawrence.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

78   SALEM

December 18,1928--Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 was the date of a prettily arranged shower at Salem High School for Miss Anna Belle Cocke whose wedding to Mr. Edward Jones of Detroit is an event of the latter part of the week.
The party was given by the PTA of which Miss Cocke is a member. The auditorium was appropriately decorated in the holiday colors with poinsettias in tall vases, Christmas bells and Christmas trees. Games and contests were features of the entertainment. Miss Mary Florence Betz and Mrs. P.E. Neblett were winners in a clock contest while several tied in a music contest. Each group presented the prize to the bride elect. One prize was a sachet of rose leaves.
While time was merrily passing, sleigh bells were heard and in came Santa Claus all covered with snowflakes driving his span of reindeer to a magnificent sleigh all laden with gifts for the bride. Santa declared that he had no gifts for the bride on this trip as she is going so far away. Upon looking into his sack a large assortment of nice presents both useful and beautiful were discovered. It was J.G. Corlew who played the role of old Santa while Claude and Lewis Cocke acted as reindeer.
The bride was becomingly attired in black satin, her only ornament a beautiful bracelet, the gift of the groom. The guest list included, besides between 50 and 60 members of the club, were messrs. Henry Cocke, P.E. Neblett and Horace Ritter, Jr., and mesdames Miss Sara Neblett of Clarksville and Misses Martha, Mary Nell, and Alice Harris of Cunningham.
A delicious ice course in the Christmas colors with individual cakes iced with poinsettias was served.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 3,1931--Friday night was an occasion of a delightful evening of entertainment when the Intermediate Class of Rye's Chapel Sunday School was host of a wiener roast at Blackford�s Spring.
H.L. Tolar, class teacher, and Mrs. Tolar accompanied the class as chaperones.
A feature of the entertainment was a number of musical selections by the Sunset Band.
Those enjoying the occasion were: Misses Cornelia Allen, Angeline Swift, Effie Dunn, Evie Belle Swift, Amy Dunn, Susie Mai Sinks, Irma Adams, Irene Woods, Idell Perry, Dorris Lee, Malinda Jones, Agnes Scott and Dick Baxter, Lee Woods, W.H. Rye, Donald McCaslin, T.C. Batson, Robert Scott, Joe Nat Weems, Grady Hagewood, and Claude Jackson.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


August 9,1909--Just as predicted, everybody and his wife and best girl attended the Junior Order picnic at Lone Oak Saturday. The grounds surrounding the school room, comprising several acres, by 11:00 was a living mass of humanity, having come from all directions as far away as 20 miles, the number being estimated from 1000 to 1500.
At 11:15, the Stayton Band headed the procession of Juniors as they marched, 106 in number, from their hall to the ground and formed a circle around the band stand. As soon as they were seated, Harvey Whitfield was called to the stand and delivered a short address upon the aims and objectives of the Order. At 12:00 noon, the barbecue was ready and everyone enjoyed the finest cooked meats ever tasted.
The afternoon was spent in social converse and many old friends here returned for the first time in years. Noticeable among the old settlers was Uncle Ben Harris and Uncle Henry Minor, both of whom were busy all day in converse with friends and looking hale and hearty. After the departure of the band at 4:00, the McAllister Crossroads String Band with Miss Delma Batson as organ accompanist, rendered some delightful music for the few hundred persons who were not ready to go home.
The picnic was one of the most pleasant ever held in that section and the most largely attended. The members of the Lodge take a great interest in these social functions and hope to, at some time in the future, improve on this one.

From: Clarksville Semi-Weekly Tobacco Leaf


June 25,1889--The picnic conducted by the Wheel & Grange, on Barton�s Creek last Saturday, proved to be a very enjoyable affair. Speeches were made by Esquire Smith, C.B. Lyle, C.B. Plummer, W.L. Cook and others. They advocated organization among the farmers in every sense of the word. The farmers know that monopolists have them with a tight grip; but if they can muster their forces, ready and equipped for the battle, if they can gather their masses under one banner by omitting the Grange & Wheel, they can easily shake themselves free from their fitters. And this should be done without delay, for the longer capitalists have them oppressed the stronger will become their coils. The organization of the farmers is constantly rising to a higher plane, and we trust ere long it may be able to wield a scepter that will crush monopoly and make trusts a thing to be forgotten.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


March 14,1918--The District Committee for War Relief Work for District 19 met this afternoon at Union School house and organized. Following is the composition of the committee:
M.M. Hussey, Chairman
W.A. McFall, Vice-Chairman
Miss Mary Fessey, Secretary
Mrs. M. McFall
Prof. A.C. Outlaw
W.S. Minor
Gabe R. Fessey
Dr. S.A. Marable
Miss Bettie Marable
Miss Mary E. Swift
Mr. O.J. Swift
Miss Elsie Davis
Miss Erma Fessey
Mrs. M.M. Hussey.
The committee decided on the following plan: will have speaking next Wednesday night at the following places - Palmyra Schoolhouse, Union Schoolhouse, and Central Point Schoolhouse.

From: Historical Sketches of Port Royal


John Hinton, guitar
Mattie Johnson, guitar
Jim McMillan, fiddle
Mrs. Jim McMillan
Mr. Dean
Clay McMillan, fiddle
Eunice Winters
Dave Winters, banjo
Ova Masters

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


February 21,1939--The Palmyra PTA met Friday with 14 members present. Miss Mary Jackson had charge of the program. The devotion was given by Mrs. Lloyd Hargrove. A valentine story by A.C. Evans. A valentine song by the primary children. A reading, �Like Lincoln� by Frances Ellis was followed by a poem, �Patriotism� by Irene Broome. �What the Flag Means� by Maurine Davis, and a song, �Our Flag� by the girls of the 4th and 5th grades. A paper on the celebration of Washington�s birthday was by Mrs. W.J. Weakley. The president�s message on Pioneers of the PTA was read by Miss Mabel Marable. A pageant for Founders Day �Along the Way� was given by Mrs. R.C. Marable and Mrs. Guy Johnson. Following the program, the president Mrs. R.J. Broome presided over a business session after which the meeting adjourned to meet again March 17th.

From: The Chronicle Antioch


September 14,1878--There was a barbecue and picnic August 28 at Dr. John A. Gholson's spring in celebration of the close of Miss Ella Lowe's school, at which there was a large gathering of citizens. "Beauty, wit and grace" which the old copy book says adorns the faces of ladies, was present in abundance.
The rattling of croquet balls was heard from various parts of the grounds and the promenade was prominent. There was also an abundance of good barbecue, more than the large crowd could consume. This part of the entertainment was superintended by John Turner, J.T. Swift and Tom Thompson. They always make their department a success.
The day passed off quietly, characterized by innocent mirth and social enjoyment. We did not hear the term barn-dance mentioned during the day. May the time soon come when the words shall be obsolete and our young friends find enjoyments in more innocent amusements.

From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

86   SALEM

July 17,1891---John Edmondson and wife, assisted by the young ladies of the vicinity, gave a moonlight picnic last night at their residence on the south side, which was attended by many people from the city, and which was one of the nicest of the season. There were some twenty-five couples present, and under the soft light of the Japanese lanterns the lawn presented a lovely appearance. About 11:00, ice cream and cake were served, and after doing full justice to the same, the crowd dispensed. Mr. Edmondson and his excellent wife know how to entertain and it is always a pleasure to visit their home, especially on picnic occasions. The delegation from the city is under obligation to Will Richardson for furnishing transportation from the river in skiffs; a wagon was found waiting for them which saved a walk of about a mile.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


October 6,1917--A large crowd attended the �Hall� Sunday. The one�s out of the neighborhood were the following: Messrs. Gilbert Davis and Arthur Wall of Cumberland Furnace; also Messrs. Warren and Herbert McCurdy, Dainty and Baxter Hudson and Elgie Freeman of Southside. It seems that they are interested in those gals up the creek.
The School at this place is doing nicely under the management of Professor Dotson and Miss Grace Bumpus.

From: Semi-Weekly Leaf Chronicle


May 8,1896--Professor Brown of Dickson will have a reunion of his singing classes at Louise on the 10th of May. There will be eleven classes, numbering nearly 500 pupils. They will have a basket lunch and all lovers of music are invited to attend.

From: Leaf Chronicle


December 18,1902--Louis Williams of Cumberland City was here with his phonograph a few nights since and entertained some of his friends. Sorry to say he missed the train and, having the store keys in his pocket, had to "count the ties" home before daylight.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


April 2,1929--Misses Anna Bee Baggett and Alene Black entertained with an Easter Egg Hunt at the pretty country home of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Baggett Sunday.
Those enjoying the feature were:
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Baggett; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Underwood and children, Foster and Eilene; Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Yarbrough; Mrs. Beedie Hodges and children, James William and Leo; Mrs. Arch Underwood(Lou Harvey Underwood); Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Baggett and children, Dudley, Osye, Lola, and Eskew; Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Baggett; Mr. and Mrs. Rhea Biter; Mrs. Ernest Hayes and children, Van, Thelma, and Harold; Misses Clara Baggett, Daisy Underwood, Lucie Biter, Esther Biter, Lillian Baggett, and Malinda Baggett; Messrs. Louie Yarbrough, James Underwood, Clarence Baggett, Rou Mixon, Wiley Jackson, Marion Baggett, and Will Baggett.
Dudley Baggett, finding the most eggs, captured the prize.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

91   SALEM

February 18,1930--Today the 18th of February is the Golden Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Green of the Salem Community. The quietly celebrated the occasion at their home. Their two daughters, Mrs. Dan Waller and Mrs. Larry Easley of the Salem Community complimented them Sunday with an informal dinner.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


October 29,1940--On Saturday, October 26, some 45 guests registered at the home of Miss Marie McCurdy at Cunningham, in a Bride's Book for Mrs. William Dillard, the former Miss Eloise McCurdy.
Miscellaneous gifts were brought the bride and these were piled together in a basket decorated in the Halloween colors and presented the honoree by Emma Gene Smith and Mary Sue McCurdy in spook costume. In the contest, which featured entertainment, Mrs. Joe Thompson and Mrs. Estell Bumpas won prizes and graciously added them to the bride's collection of lovely and useful gifts.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


December 23,1919--Mrs. J.F. Chadwick entertained at dinner Sunday at her home to celebrate the 90th birthday of her mother, Mrs. Betty Hunt.
The table was beautiful in Christmas greens and the central decoration was a large birthday cake with the figure �90� on top surrounded with 90 tiny candles.
The guest list included the children, grandchildren and great-grand children of the honoree and a few close friends. Many beautiful gifts were showered upon Mrs. Hunt.
Covers were laid for: Mr. & Mrs. Will Hunt and son, Roy; Mr. & Mrs. Sam F. Lyle and son, Harry; Mrs. Dan Meadows and daughter, Miss Kathleen of Birmingham; Millard & Armin Batson and children Thomas, Richard, and Virginia; Mr. & Mrs. J.F. Chadwick and children.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle

94   SALEM

January 27,1900--The Belmont Debating Society of the 17th District, at its last meeting, decided the relative merits of war and intemperance as destroyers of the human race in favor of the former. The winning side was led by J.R. Lyle and the losing side was led by W.T. Richards. At their next meeting, a week from Wednesday, they will discuss the merits of the modified compulsory education law. Interest and attendance in these debates are steadily increasing.

From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

95   SALEM

August 10,1891---The picnic and barbecue at Roberts' Spring Saturday was attended by about two hundred people and was an enjoyable occasion. The barbecue was presided over by C.D. Roberts and John Turner and this is proof sufficient that the meat was excellent. Dr. Shelby was there and, as usual, is sick today. Let the south side or McAdoo have a barbecue and he hitches up "Billy Button" and starts. Dr. Shelby, however, will be an invalid until the next picnic, which is Thursday.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle


November 28,1908--A very pleasant entertainment was given Friday night at the hospitable home of Edgar Orgain at Lone Oak in Honor of Miss Mabel Orgain, who is at home for a few days from Ward Seminary. Quite a large number was present and with many games and in a social manner all present spent a delightful evening.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

97   MT. ZION

December 7,1934--The Mt. Zion Ladies Aid Society met Wednesday, November 2 at the church. The president, Mrs. Clyde Osburn, presided over this meeting.
The program was opened with a song �Beulah Land� followed by the Lord�s Prayer in concert.
Sixteen members answered to the roll call with a short statement of �What am I thankful for�. On account of the weather this was the least attendance since Organized.
Business was taken up and it was decided to have a Christmas tree at the next meeting on December 26.
Mrs. J.H. Bumpus read a splendid poem on �Why I Am Thankful� by James AB. Basyne.
Mrs. Wilson Bridges read an appropriate article on �What Organized Women Can Do�. Mrs. J.H. McCurdy gave a short contest on �Who�s Who in Bible History�. Mrs. J.H. Bumpus and Mrs. Oney Swift tied for tied for the prize each scoring 100%.
This Aid Society was organized last March and now has a membership of 37.
Thirty-two active members and 5 associate members.
It has raised and spent more than $48 for the benefit of the church.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

98   SALEM

October 18,1935--Mrs. J.M. Compton entertained with a miscellaneous shower at her home in the Salem Community Wednesday afternoon from 2 until 4 honoring Mrs. Newell Coke who, before her recent marriage was Mrs. Virginia McGhee Cornell.
A profusion of autumn flowers were used in decorating the living room and sun parlor where the 25 guests were assembled.
Mrs. Compton was assisted in entertaining by Mrs. Thomas Mills and Miss Marie McGhee.
A number of interesting contest were enjoyed after which Mrs. Boyd Neblett, imitating an old-fashioned washerwoman, brought in a display of lovely gifts in a clothes basket. A party plate was served.

From: Daily Leaf Chronicle


May 25,1921--The community meeting at Union Schoolhouse Tuesday night was well attended and of unusual interest. After the opening song, Mr. Frank Broome offered prayer. �What a Farmer Can Do On A Rainy Day� was discussed by Mr. Broome. Health hints were offered by A.C. Outlaw. Mr. Harmon encouraged the members to be more diligent in all work of the organization and to begin to plan now for the state and county fair exhibits. Miss Effie Broome was organist for the evening and when aided by other young ladies, splendid vocal music was rendered. A reading of much interest was given by Miss Pauline McCauley. The young lady demonstrated her capabilities as an entertainer of merit. The community organization at Union is composed of a splendid lot of men and women who have heretofore accomplished much for the welfare of District 15.

From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

100   LONE OAK

December 2,1931--The Lone Oak Home Demonstration Club met at the school on Friday November 20 at 10:00 with all members present but three.
The club was opened by singing a number of club songs. Roll call and minutes of last meeting were read.
The following officers were elected for 1932:
President----Sallie White Minor
Vice-President----Julia Harris
Secretary/Treasurer----Sophie Minor
Club Leader----Mrs. Percy Morgan
The six new members enrolled were:
Catherine Biter
Anne Morgan
Sarah Morgan
Hazel Brown
Ruby Huggins
Thelma Davis

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