Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 27, 2012

Looking Back

By Dorothy Copus Brush
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — November 1887

+12th District – Our Sabbath School is still progressing but our prayer meeting has been a little dull for three or four weeks. We hope it will revive soon.

+Mr. W.D. Welchance, the well known builder and constructor of Sparta who also owned the resort at Bon Air has come to settle among us with his wife and children and his household goods. For the present he has repaired an old “shack” on the Hamby place and will locate there until suitable quarters can be built. Mr. Welchance is a fine mechanic and no doubt will help build our fast growing town.

+An act of the last Legislature makes it my duty as county superintendent to set apart some day in November as Arbor Day in all public schools of the county for the purpose of planting trees that the grounds be improved and beautified. Therefore, I shall designate November 25 as Arbor Day for Cumberland County. Signed, Sam Brown, County Supt.

November 1930

+Clyde Hedgecoth, rural route no.1, gave a pea shelling Saturday night. About 20 people were present and did good work shelling peas. Cake and coffee were served.

+Burke –   Cutting elm timber and making sorghum are the most important work of our vicinity. A number of people from here attended the Holiness meeting at Happy Top Sunday. They all seemed to enjoy the good dinner that was spread.

+Big Sandy – The farmers of the vicinity are busy digging potatoes and saving the feed crops.

+Alloway - Lee Smith of Grassy Cove passed through this settlement Sunday on his way to Snakehole.

November 1987

+Over the past year a group of approximately 35 volunteers have been sharing their time  and love with Cumberland County residents who are sick with life-threatening illness. All residents are invited to a meeting which will explain the hospice program.