Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 18, 2014

1905: County mourns passing of 'Red Fox' Flynn

By Old Uncle Gibb
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — The Landmarks article of April 19, 1905, continues its description of Richard “Red Fox” Flynn. He was never intoxicated, never used profane obscene language, is of a kind and communicative disposition, attends church and Sabbath school regularly, visits the sick, helps the needy, contributes liberally to the church and his fellow man in need.

This article states he is the father of nine children, five of whom are dead. Four sons are yet living to wit, W. L. Flynn, Capt. A. L. Flynn, T. S. and P. S. Flynn, and ends with the comment that, “This is history and is written that others may emulate the patriotism and virtues of this grand and noble couple.”

In the Landmarks article of May 31, 1905, Capt. Lowe mentions another early pioneer, Daniel Conley, whom we will write about later. Among the many things that Daniel Conley made were bells, which are mentioned here, “Daniel made bells in his day, and when Uncle Dick Flynn used to pilot Lincolnites, in the night time to their way to Kentucky, he carried one of the bells made by Conley, and rang it a little at times, and they soon learned its tone, and a strange tone they would not follow.”

The Chronicle of October 18, 1905, reported, “Uncle Dick Flynn passed away yesterday morning of typhoid fever after a sickness of over two weeks.”

“R.L. Flynn of Lantana is no more and Cumberland county is poorer by the loss of a good and highly esteemed citizen. He had been confined to his bed for some two weeks with an attack of typhoid, which culminated in his death yesterday morning.

He leaves a large family and numerous friends to mourn the loss of a man whose life has been an open book upon which the pages are marked thickly with good deeds and always with honor. He had resided in the county for over 50 years coming here when a young man.” (We know from earlier articles that “Uncle Dick” was born in the county.)

“He never had the advantage of much schooling but nature had endowed him with a splendid mind, and by reading, of which he was very fond, he stored his mind with much information that made him a leader in his community.”

He was a member of the Congregational Church at the time of his death. While he never sought office he was always a man of large influence. “Throughout his long life he was always a useful citizen, a kind neighbor whose hospitality knew no limit save that of his resources, and an honest Christian gentleman. His ashes will rest in peace watered by the tears of many relative and honored by all who knew him. The remains will be laid to rest at 10:30 today in the home cemetery on the farm.”

Next week we will look at Aunt Zilpha Flynn and the connection to the famous Andrews’ Raiders who stole the train engine, “The General,” and the few men who escaped hanging.