October 10, 2012
Hello from the big island where upon the historic town of Adairville sits. The land between the north and south branches of the Red River. The home of many descendants of families made famous by the American Revolutionary War, some of the early bank and railroad robbers of the 1800’s, the famous Jackson/Dickinson Duel, the island of many caves including the famous Cook’s Cave some times referred to as the Savage Cave, many historic homes, famous James Lake and much much more. A town of special importance and a place I call home.
A LITTLE HISTORY - Dean’s Funeral home in Adairville has some great pictorial history on it’s walls Some of the pictures include: Dripping Springs Baptist with dates 1857 - 1899 & 1900 - 1956; Schochoh Church of Christ 1896 - 1996; Halls Store & Bus Stop - Nashville Road 1942 Obie Gratis Ash & Gracie - Later Cokes family; Omstead Baptist Church; Longview Farmhouse on Barnes Road; Adairville First Baptist 1881, Adairville Methodist Church 1876; Berea Christmas 1841; Adairville Training School 1903 - 1906/1909 S.E. Turner, Principal - Tuition per mo. $2.00, Board $10 & $15 per mo.; Adairville Academy for Males - 10 mo. 20 wks. $10 & $15. Board $8 - $10 per mo. and the Adairville Consolidated Rosenwald School 1920 $8,000.
TOWN NEWS - The 431 Grill, otherwise known as the “truck stop”, may soon relocate to the town square. The location could be Wayne Stratton’s building that recently housed the El Zeroppe Mexican Restaurant. It would be a nice addition to the square. The restaurant is now serving $2 hamburgers on Tuesdays, fish on Fridays and special drawings on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. (You have to be present to win.) They have pizzas after 2 p.m. on Thursday - Saturday and maybe more often. They have some good desserts also.
The big annual fall events at the Red River Meeting House is this weekend. Check their website for the final schedule. It is a great event to bring the entire family and a camera.
The US Postal Service has just sent out a very important survey to the citizens of our area. Please fill the survey out and return immediately. Even more important is to attend the special meeting at the Red River Fish and Game Club Wednesday November 14 at 1:30 p.m. (Not our choice of times but that of the management of the post office.) Please try to attend. The post office is trying to cut back on service and or do away with post offices in many rural towns. We do not want this to happen in our town. PLEASE ATTEND.
The Elkton Fall Festival was a big success last weekend. They had about 80 vendors last Saturday and a lot of people. I had my German Roasted Nut booth there and sold a lot of soft drinks. Met the lady mayor and she is real nice. Heard she has done a lot to help bring the town back. She even asked me about building my hotel there, but Adairville comes first. Also met Mrs. Sales who headed up the event and found she is a real organizer. (She would be a good catch for some tourism office, a hospital, school system or other outfit that needs a real go-getter.) Her phone number is 270-498-5747.
The Adairville First Baptist Church is planning something very novel and I think has real merit. They are planning a drive around on Halloween evening. Members of the church are going to set up in a big circle in the parking lot with their candy and treats. Families with children can drive in and make the circle and stop along the way and fill up their bags with goodies. That is safe and I think a great idea. Bring your kids over and be with them. I attend the church two Sundays ago and was impressed by the choir, so many young people, so many couples and the enthusiasm in the church was outstanding.
Last Sunday morning I attended the Adairville Methodist Church. Attendance was up even though most of Harold Prince’s family were absent due to his illness. I think he is due home now. I hear he has been real ornery wanting to come home so he must be better. The church piano player, Mrs. Wilkerson , is a good musician but I have a hard time keeping up with her. I call her “piano speed queen!” I say that with a smile.
Last Sunday afternoon I had a phone call from a long time friend from Greenbriar, Tennessee who was a postal employee for many years and also raised the same kind of chickens I do.. For the last two years he has been attending a school for future ministers some where in south central Kentucky. He invited me to attend Oak Grove Baptist that evening to hear him preach. I went and really enjoyed the service. I felt like I was in a Church of Christ since we sang without any musical instruments. Was not bad!
WITH A SMILE - As a young boy growing up we only had three TV stations - ABC, CBS and NBC. The stars appearing on those three networks were famous all over America and the world. Red Skelton was on of the top comedians for some 30 years and voted by his fellow comedians as one of the all time greats. Below is listed his “Recipe for a perfect marriage.”
1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers in California and mine in Texas.
3. I take my wife everywhere - but she keeps finding her way back.
4. I asked my wife what she wanted for our anniversary. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
5. We always hold hands. If I let go she shops.
6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster, electric bread maker. She said “There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!” So I bought her an electric chair.
7. My wife told me the car wasn’t running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was; she told me “In the lake.”
8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling “Am I too late for the garbage?” The driver said “No jump in.”
10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
11. I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was Always.
12, I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don’t like to interrupt her.
13 The last fight was my fault. My wife asked “What’s on the TV?” I said “Dust!”
Can’t you just hear him say all of these? I love it - this was the good old days when humor didn’t have to start with a four letter word - just clean and simple fun!
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Joe Ross, Mrs. Laura at Laura’s Bakery, “Pretty Mrs. Davis”, my favorite cake baker at the Methodist Church, Ms. Carole at the same church, Mrs. Jim Trimble, Mrs. Art Violet, Becky Tinch and her mom, folks from the Living Word Church, The Morrisons, The Englands, Danny Finch’s mom who has been under the weather, the ladies at the BP, all the Dickerson brothers and their wives, Alberta Sanders, Virginia Lloyd, Mrs. Eliz. and her pretty sister, Sweet Bertie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.