By Jean Clark
There doesn’t seem to be a record of how long ago craft sales were held or individual handmade items sold to benefit the Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill. After the Adshead Endowment Fund was established in 1971 the Pleasant Hill crafters started donating any funds raised to the Adshead Fund. This year the Craft Boutique will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Although the Craft Group is represented on the May Cravath Wharton Association Board, continues support of the Adshead Fund through its treasury. The Craft Boutique is held in the Blue Barn behind the old Wharton Nursing Home off Lake Road.
Alice Adshead was born in England, emigrated to Canada and trained as a nurse at Provincial Hospital in Toronto. In the textile mill towns of North Carolina she gained experience in public health. Soon after, Dr. May Wharton and Miss Elizabeth Fletcher opened the first small hospital in Pleasant Hill (Sanex. 1921).
Alice Adshead became the third member of the triumvirate which brought understanding of nutrition and sanitation as well as scientific and loving care of the sick to this part of Tennessee. When the Wharton Nursing Home opened in Pleasant Hill in 1957, Miss Adshead was listed as "superintendent.” The first “official” retirement cottage was occupied in 1958 and Uplands Retirement Village grew steadily thereafter. Alice Adshead supervised patient care at the Uplands General Hospital, taught home nursing, nutrition and personal hygiene to girls at Pleasant Hill Academy, conducted Red Cross First Aid Courses at numerous locations throughout the area and helped Dr. Wharton establish and staff clinics. She trained many local women to become nurses' aides. Miss Adshead moved to the Baird Addition of Wharton Nursing home in 1969 at the age of 80. There she kept busy with many projects, including mending and sewing for patients and residents. She was actively engaged with the Monday Morning Occupational Therapy Group — now called the Craft Group (still meeting on Monday mornings) — which made useful household items, toys and other things. The Alice Adshead Endowment Fund was established to honor this versatile woman. Forty years ago, in 1972, the Wharton Nursing Home Auxiliary, forerunner to the May Cravath Wharton Association, was founded to provide personal aid to the Wharton Nursing Home. The Auxiliary/Association is a recognized association of Uplands Village, a nonprofit retirement community in Pleasant Hill.
Handmade articles for the Adshead Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 10 have been worked on all year by the Craft Group. The Blue Barn will be chock full of quilts, lap robes, preserves, baked goods, knitted and crocheted apparel, handmade baby items, seasonal wreaths, table linens, quilts, Christmas and household decorations, vests, aprons, new and gently used accessories, costume jewelry, hats, mittens, pillows, and other gift items. A coffee shop will allow a shopping respite while providing drinks and homemade goodies. For information or directions, contact Joann Matheson, (931) 277-3238.