Lynnville notes

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Lynnville Literary and Fine Arts Society will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 17, instead of Feb. 10, in the fellowship hall of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church beginning at 7 p.m.

Francene Smith, sixth grade social studies instructor at Richland Middle School, will present a "Sixth Grade Black History Program" at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the school auditorium.

The Lynnville Community Club is now having its membership drive. To be a member the cost is $5 per couple and $3 for individuals. The community club supports several projects in the community. To join, go by Soda Pop Junction and see Miss Judy or see any member of the club to pay your membership.

The Lynnville Community Club will sponsor a "Country Ham Breakfast" on Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Soda Pop Junction. The cost will be $8 per person. Advanced tickets will be on sale. There will also be a Bake Sale on the day of the ham breakfast.

The Richland High School Cheerleaders are in Orlando, Fla. at the National Cheerleading Competition. Coaches for the cheerleaders are Beth Hall and Sharon Kennedy. We wish them well.

From the files of Lynnville history and The Nashville Tennessean Magazine on Aug. 7, 1949, titled "Hallowed Ground" by Josephine Murphey, we find this article about Sam Davis.

"A thickly wooded hill rises across the Evans Branch road from the house where John Evans used to live, and it was there on a November afternoon in 1863, that the most famous of Coleman's Scouts took refuge from the Yankee pursuers. The Yankees were firing all around him when he jumped off the small bay horse and took cover in a nearby cornfield, but the little bay kept running until he had almost reached John Evans' house. Kingston McQuigg, who had married Evans' daughter, was living in their new log house within sight of his father-in-law's residence, and he ran out to catch the bay and hide it in the woods. From his hiding place in the cornfield the scout observed McQuigg's actions and at dusk he emerged from between the dry cornstalks, claimed his horse and made his way to John Evans' door.

"The Evans family gave the chilled and weary scout a warm welcome and a warm supper and put him to bed in the north room, where he slept while 16-year-old Elizabeth Evans and her cousin, Isabel Cannon, dried his clothing in front of the open fire and John Evans kept the lookout for Federal soldiers. Evans heard a stir on the road in front of his house toward morning, and his investigation revealed 40 Yankees massed at the end of the lane. Rousing the sleeping scout, Evans instructed him to go back to the woods, to a spot where Evans' corn crib stood, hitch his horse and wait until he got further word. When the Yankees had left the vincinity, Evans gathered food enough for several meals and carried it to the corn crib rendezvous. The scout packed it, mounted the little bay horse and rode away."

This article about Sam Davis will be completed next week.