Lynnville notes

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Richland High School Cheerleaders have returned from Orlando, Fla. where they placed 15th in the nation in cheerleading competition. Coaches for the cheerleaders are Beth Hall and Sharon Kennedy. We congratulate the coaches and cheerleaders on a great job.

Mrs. Francene Smith, 6th 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 if $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 annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 27. All vendors are welcome to attend by calling 931-527-3922 or 931-527-0032 to reserve a space.

Richland High School will be hosting the District Basketball Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 19, Friday, Feb. 20, Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 27 from 8 to 11 a.m.

From the files of Lynnville history and The Nashville Tennessean Magazine on Aug. 7, 1949, titled "Hallowed Ground" by Josephine Murphey, we will continue the article from last week.

"This was the first visit paid to the Evans family by Sam Davis, the 21-year-old Smyrna soldier who was within a matter of days, to go to his death as the Confederacy's most memorable martyr. The story of this and one or more subsequent nocturnal visits from the man who was hanged because he refused to betray the name of the informer who supplied information he was carrying to General Bragg's headquarters comes from Miss Ella West of Lynnville in Giles County.

"Miss Ella, who is 80 and confined to a wheel chair as a result of a broken hip, is the daughter of Elizabeth Evans West and the granddaughter of John Evans, and she makes her home in a mustard-colored frame house which embraces part of the little log structure where Kingston McQuigg lived in 1863. Her grandfather's house, down the road is used now for storing hay, and the north room where Sam Davis slept is bare of all but memories burnished by much retelling of the story. Elizabeth Evans had seen the young scout. According to a statement which she wrote years later for a cousin, now Mrs. Beulah McLaurine Gordon of 216 Lauderdale Road, she encountered him first as he sat his horse in front of one of the stores at Old Lynnville.

"'The earnest expression of his face attracted my attention,' Mrs. West declared in the statement recorded by Mrs. Gordon. After he spent the night at her father's house, she met him several times on the pike, and always it was his serious demeanor that impressed the young girl. 'At all times he seemed in a deep study,' she reported. 'Would only talk when you asked him a question. Didn't tell jokes or go on with any foolishness as the other soldiers did...I have never seen a picture or statue that looked just like him. He had that noble, sad expression that can never be copied. Nor can I ever forget just how he looked.'

"Not long after his intial night at the Evans household, Davis and another young soldier named Parsons appeared at Kingston McQuigg's house and knocked on the door, according to the story which Miss West often heard told."