Morgan/Petersburg Reunion means good times for all!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Thanks to the Tribune for making the Morgan/Petersburg reunion headlines in my news last week and for all the other times I wrote about it. I know this really helped. It was a nice day. The sun stayed in and it wasn't so hot. There were registration tables under tents, one for Morgan alumni and one for Petersburg High School. Morgan was a great school in Petersburg, from 1919 to 1950. In 1950, after Morgan closed, the school continued on as Petersburg High School until it was forced to close in 1970. It was a good school. I worked as the manager of the lunchroom the first two years, but Rhonda Ruth was born and I never went back. However, I treasure many fond memories of those two years. The students were all nice and respectful, and they seemed to enjoy their meals. I was glad to see several of them at the reunion.

I am also glad that Petersburg High School students are coming to the annual reunion now. Many of the Morgan Alumni have passed on. Doyle had never missed a reunion until last year he was sick, and the August 13, 2006 he died. He loved Morgan School, right along with his home and church. 225 signed the register and 193 ate the delicious catered meal by Angie's of Fayetteville. A beautiful prayer was given by Doug Watt.

Margaret Sherrell, class of 1938, won the award for "oldest" attending in the ladies division. Lonnie Nichols, class of 1939, was the winner in the men‚s division.

Mr. and Mrs. Doug Rodes were honored with a plaque for their many years of service with the reunion. Doug and Lainey have worked hard for several years and everyone loves and appreciates the great job they have done. Thomas "Turk" Warren was the Master of Ceremonies and we all owe Mr. Warren many thanks for all he has done and still does for the Morgan School Reunion. John and Marsha Edmonson again played their good music.

The museum and rest rooms were open for the public. The museum has many items of interest, pictures and all the class photographs throughout the years. The alma mater was sung with everyone joining in. Hopefully, on the first Saturday in June 2008, we will all meet again.

Coming events

I have been asked to remind everyone about the Archer Family Reunion, Saturday, June 9 at the Firehall at Berlin Spring. Potluck lunch will be at noon.

The Diana Singing will be Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. It has been taking place for 38 years and is still singing.

The second Saturday of each month is "Pickin' and Grinnin" night at Petersburg, either in the Town Hall or Pavilion in Morgan Park, from 5 to 9 p.m. Y‚all come. A gospel meeting begins at Robertson Fork Church of Christ, June 10-14. Randy Kersey will be the speaker; William Tankersley is the song leader. Services are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening and at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Church of Christ at Liberty Valley will have a gospel meeting, June 10-13. Benny Burns will be the speaker; Albert Carter is the song leader. Services each evening will be at 7:30 p.m. A fellowship dinner will be served after morning worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Petersburg Vacation Bible School will be June 11-13 at 7 p.m. nightly. Speakers for the adult class will be Wayne Homes (Monday) - Good Neighbors for Jesus; Ray King (Tuesday) - Teaching the Truth; and on Wednesday, Matt Yuhas will be the guest speaker.

Cornersville Church of Christ VBS is June 10-14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Adult class speakers are: Sunday - Ray Wakefield, Monday - Matt Yuhas, Tuesday - Wayne Pagel, Wednesday - Stephen Pate, and Thursday - Benny Burns. Our Vacation Bible School will be June 25-27. I will update everyone when I get the speaker‚s names.


Happy Birthday to June Douglas. June‚s special day is June 13. She and Gary enjoyed a trip to the Smokies last week, a nice birthday gift. We all wish June many more Happy Birthdays.

Last Wednesday night after the Bible Study, two birthdays were celebrated. Charlie Pack and Doylene Hastings were served ice cream and cake. We all enjoyed it with them. Charlie was honored with a seventh birthday party at the Pavilion in Morgan Park. Those attending were Meriel and Juanita Pack, Alice Pack, Sheila, Terry, Kami and Shawnee Upchurch, Sue and Tom Lyles, Penny Wheat, Jake and Jessie Bennett, Jeff and Kim Hester, Ruth and Doylene Hastings, Matt and Evan Watson, Adam Fullerton, Bubba, Katrina, Colt and Morgan Langley, Jeff, Terri, Charlie and Logan. Delicious refreshments were served. The children had fun playing in the park. Charlie received a lot of nice gifts. The 60th Wedding Anniversary of Frances and Eugene Renegar was celebrated at ARP Church in Fayetteville. Given by their children, the event was lovely and well attended. Those in attendance included: June and Gary Douglas, Lyndel Sowell, Alice Pack, Meriel and Juanita Pack, Jeff, Terri, Charlie and Logan Pack, Sheila, Terry, Kami and Shawnee Upchurch. Meriel and Juanita Pack stopped in to see Alice Carpenter in the Huntsville Hospital before the anniversary party. Our prayers continue to be with Alice. She is doing well and is in rehab therapy for her hip. We miss her and hope she will be back with us soon.

Brother Carpenter preached Sunday, marking his 30th year with us since the first Sunday in June 1977. We love and appreciate him and the 30 years he has given us. We hope there are many more years to come.


I close with the sad news I just heard, Johnny McKay has died. He passed away on Sunday night at St. Thomas Hospital after a long illness. The funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday. (See Obituaries, Page A-3 in this edition of the Marshall County Tribune.) May the Lord bless and comfort his loved ones.


Barbecued Ribs

4 lbs. bone-in pork ribs

2 tsp. salt

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup apple butter

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon steak sauce

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Trim the excess fat from the ribs. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of salt evenly over ribs. Stir together the other tsp. of salt, onion and next 9 ingredients until blended. Pour half of the onion mixture into a 5 qt. slow cooker. Place ribs in slow cooker and pour remaining mixture over the ribs.

Cover and cook on high for 6 to 7 hours or until ribs are tender.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup milk

2 cups cooked green peas

2 cans tuna, drained

4 cups of hot, cooked, medium egg noodles

2 tablespoons of dry bread crumbs

3 tsp. butter, melted

Stir soup, milk, peas, tuna and noodles in a 3 qt. casserole dish.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir. Mix bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle on top. Bake for 5 more minutes.

Green Beans with Shallots and Red


2 (16 oz.) packages frozen green beans, thawed

1/4 cup butter

3 large shallots, thinly sliced or 1/2 small, sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 large red bell pepper cut into thin strips

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover, for 3-4 minutes, until crisp-tender. Drain well.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sliced shallots (onions) and bell pepper. Sauté about 4 minutes. Add green beans, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss to combine.

Cornbread Salad

1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix, baked according to directions and crumbled

6 crispy strips of bacon, crumbled

1/2 cup pickle relish or 1/2 cup of pickles, finely chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

Other vegetables, according to taste:

2 tomatoes, diced and/or 1 bell pepper, diced

Mix pickles or relish with mayo for dressing. Layer cornbread, vegetables, bacon and dressing. Serve chilled.

Recipe from FCE Club letter by Betty Jo Holt. This is very good.

Chocolate Cobbler

(by request)

Janice made this one for our dessert on Sunday.

5 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup self-rising flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Melt butter in 9 x 13 inch baking dish at 350 degrees. (I use Pyrex.)

Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, pecans, 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Spoon mixture over the melted butter. DO NOT STIR.

Mix the 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of cocoa together and sprinkle over the batter. DO NOT STIR. Next, pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

This is great with vanilla ice cream. (Very good.)