Straight from the Tracks of Lynnville

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

From the banks of Robertson Fork Creek, we bring greetings of the historic, southern town of Lynnville, Tennessee. If you have the time, drive to Lynnville and see the pretty fall decorations that have been put up on the town square.

The store building that once housed Gilbreath Grocery, Gregg and Son, Don and Peggy’s Grocery, R. C. Hickman & Sons Grocery, Whitehorse Trading Company, and the Iron Horse Restaurant is being completely remodeled. If you remember, the building is a two-story building. On the second floor, the Lynnville First Baptist Church had services until their building was built on West Main Street in the early fifties. Also, the Lynnville Masonic Lodge met upstairs for their meetings. Even further back when the building built, it housed Andrew Mitchell’s Saloon in part of the building. Andrew Mitchell was an uncle of Miss Sara Gilbreath, who taught school for forty-two years at Jones High School.

With the sounds of Christmas Carols and booths with many, many different types of merchandise for sale; come and join us at the annual “Lynnville Christmas Village” on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lynnville Municipal Building. And when hunger strikes you for lunch, join us at the Lynnville Christmas Village for a delicious “Christmas Lunch” served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the C. T. Reid Theater. The cost for lunch is $7 per plate for everyone. The menu consists of turkey and dressing, cranberry salad, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, coconut cake, and coffee or tea. The lunch is being cooked by the good cooks of Lynnville.

Vendors wanting a booth at the Lynnville Christmas Village should call one of these numbers to reserve a booth: 931-527-0032, 931-527-3922, or 931-527-3466. See you at the Lynnville Christmas Village on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

The October issue of The Lynnville Line, Lynnville’s newspaper, is hot off the press. Newspapers are at Soda Pop Junction and the Lynnville City Hall. We thank Angie Jones and Dawn Baron for doing the newspaper for Lynnville.

“O Christmas Tree” is the theme for the “33rd Annual Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade” that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m. from the Robert Dunnavant Park located on Industrial Park Drive. Prizes will be given for the best entries.

Following the parade, a reception will be held at the Lynnville Municipal Building for everyone to attend. For information about the parade, call the Lynnville City Hall at 931-527-3158.

Halloween is almost here and the Town of Lynnville is making plans for the celebration of this holiday. On October 28, beginning at 5 p.m. on the town square there will be “Trunk-0r-Treat. Chili and all the trimmings will be available in the Lynnville Municipal Building. Last year, there was a large turn out for this activity. Let’s make this year even bigger.

On Saturday, Oct. 14 at Soda Pop Junction, Nancy Jo Hollis and her son, Bobby Allen Hollis, Jr. had lunch with Christine Estes Pullen, formerly of Lynnville, but now lives in Culleoka. Christine is a 1944 graduate of The Robert B. Jones High School in Lynnville. Visiting with Christine were her nephew, Raymond (Bud) Davis and his wife Zenaida of Suffolk, Virginia. Bud’s mother was Della Mae Estes Davis, a sister of Christine. Della Mae and Christine’s parents were Annie Lou and Harvey Estes of McCall Street in Lynnville.

From the files of Lynnville history of Sarah Hewitt Dugger: Continuing the story of CMA and Jones High School’s football game in 1911:

“The Henry Brothers (Frank and Ernest), on the Jones High Tigers team are stars and the same can be said of Campbell, the quarterback. In fact, Bill Neely has wrought wonders with the team. Last year CMA beat practically the same bunch 52 to 6, and the game that they put up Friday showed the efficient work of the coach.

The cadets played a splendid game, but played in hard luck all the way through, when the ball was in their possession and they would get it going good, the whistle would blow announcing the quarter or half up which would make a complete charge in the situation. One time Looney got away on a forward pass for a gain of twenty yards and placed the ball in striking distance for another touchdown and with another down the ball would possibly gone over when the half was announced up.”

Will continue this story in next week’s column.