Hope everyone is enjoying the autumn days we are having.
The Lynnville Christmas Village will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the C. T. Reid Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m. To reserve a booth, contact 931-527-0032 or 931-527-3922. Last year's Christmas Village was a great success. Next door, in the Lynnville Municipal Building, lunch will be served. More details about the Lynnville Christmas Village in next week's column. Vendors, be sure and call to reserve a place to sell your wares at Christmas Village. Children can have their picture made with the real Santa Claus at Christmas Village.
The Lynnville Literary and Fine Arts Society will meet on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church.
The Jones High School Class of 1972 held a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Lynnville Municipal Building beginning at 5 p.m. The Class of 1972 was the largest class to ever graduate from Jones High School with 36 students. Three students are deceased from the class. They are: Larry Cosby, Dixie Lee Hardison Poole, and David Allen Tarpley. For the reuinon on Saturday, Oct. 2, the following were in attendance with spouses: Jeff Ball, Mary Boyd, Glenn Brannon, Anita Bryant, Lane Burch, Joe Gilbert, Gayle Gilliam Willouby, Joe Gilbert, Donald Green, Cathy Hickman Maxwell, Bobby Allen Hollis, Kaye Johnson Hamlett, Ronnie Jones, Danny Martin, Connie Mobley Bonds, Connie Riggan Page, Sammy Shackleford, Patty Smith, Joe Spivey, J. C. Stweart, Ester Talley Coleman, and Gary Underwood. Mrs. Wanda Martin, who taught business classes, came to the reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Underwood came to the reunion. Mr. Underwood was a bus driver for the school and he drove the bus for the class for several trips and football and basketball games. Mrs. Jane Dawson was also a guest at the reunion. Mrs. Dawson was the speaker at the FHA Mother/Daughter Banquet that was held in May of 1972. Plans were made to have a 40th reunion in Lynnville in 2012. Mrs. Mary Abernathy was the class sponsor of the Class of 1972.
Norman Smith, son of Francene and Roger Smith, has been in France for 10 days performing on stage. He was with the Bill T. Jones and Company from New York and they performed the play, "Fondly Do We Hope." Smith played the guitar and sang. Norman is a 1999 graduate of Richland High School.
Francene and Roger Smith attended a folk culture gathering in Chattanooga two weekends ago. The name of the gathering was "Binding Tribute to Tennessee's Folk Culture." Roger's biography is printed in a book titled "Tradition Lives and Legacies." Roger carves peach seeds into characters. He has some of his carvings in the White House in Washington, D. C.
News from the campus of Richland Middle and High School:
Richland High School was celebrating homecoming this week. The Student Council was in charge of activities for week. The dress-up days were as follows: Monday was "Holiday Day," Tuesday was "Senior Citizen Day," Wednesday was "Decade Day," Thursday was "Ugly/Tacky Day," and Friday was "Spirit Day." On Wednesday during lunch, students were duct taped to the wall to see who would stay up the longest. On Friday a "Scavenger Hunt" was held in the morning in the gym and in the afternoon on the football field was the "Non Athletic Olympics." During each class period, the class that collects the most money during the week week will have their teacher kidnapped during that period one day the next week. During the Non Athletic Olympics, fans will be picked to have a VIP seat called the "Spirit Couch" at the homecoming game. Those on the Spirit Couch will be served by administration. The halls decorated by the seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.
A bonfire and pep rally were held at the school on Thursday evening, Oct. 7. The high school band performed.
Homecoming activities will be held at halftime on Friday evening, Oct. 8.
The Richland Junior High School Cheerleaders entertained everyone at the Lynnville Fair On The Square that was held on Saturday, Sept. 25, with several cheers and also karaoke performances on stage. Also, the Junior High Cheerleaders held a pep rally on Sept. 23 with two dances and several cheers. Sept. 17, the high school had a great pep rally with the band performing. The cheerleaders performed two dances and the mascots did great. The junior class won the spirit stick.
From the files of Sarah Hewitt Dugger:
This is a letter written by Buford Gordon to the Editor, Mr. Smith, of The Pulaski Citizen:
"Dear Mr. Smith:
I have read with much interest the article on the burning of Lynnville in the April 16th Citizen from material furnished the Giles County Historical Society by Monroe Smith, a lifelong friend.
One of the homes burned at Old Lynnville in 1863 was that of my great-grandparents, Franklin Taylor and Ann Laird McLaurine. He owned and operated a general merchandise store and the family lived in a large home nearby which was well furnished throughout, both up and downstairs. Franklin Taylor and Ann Laird McLaurine had four sons fighting for the Confederacy at the time, the youngest of whom was my grandfather, DeWitt Franklin McLaurine, who at the time of his enlistment in 1863, was 15 years of age. They also had two sons-in-law in the war, Captain W. D. Heflin, of Sardis, Mississippi, and Colonel Thomas Martin Lane Gordon, of Lynnville, also my grandfather. The Yankees knew this so that the home and store were prime targets for destruction.
On Aug. 31, 1863, before breakfast, three Yankee soldiers knocked on the door and told him they had come to burn the home and store and that he had 15 minutes to get out what he could. Omitting details, they were able to salvage important papers and a few prized pieces of furniture. They then stood there and witnessed the burning.
Some time later, Franklin Taylor McLaurine purchased the old brick home just north of Waco from his brother-in-law, Robert Henderson Laird, which had been built by his father-in-law, John Laird.
Even at that time this old home was 50 years old. It was last owned and occupied by Cousin Susie Witt, Monroe Smith's sister, until her death in 1966.
Robert Henderson Laird was the grandfather of the Blackburn family.