A kind-hearted group of quilters in Sharps Chapel finished a true labor of love this summer. The Norris Lake Quilting Bee, who meet in Irwin's Chapel United Methodist Church, completed a quilt started by an Ohio woman who passed away due to cancer and returned the completed quilt to her husband, Jeff Sutherland.
Re-Tracing Our Ancestors Tracks
Each year the Martin Luther Miller Historical Society meets in Knoxville, Maynardville, and those more curious go down Norris Lake in the vicinity of the Clinch River prior to the impoundment of Norris Lake. I’m always invited to this history brain picking. The adventurers depart Beach Island Boat Dock bright and early the third Sunday every July to document the Global Position System (GPS) readings of some historic places and to pause a little while to honor those early settlers that carved their niche in what would become Union County, Tennessee. The first site we discussed at the 2010 gathering was a tannery near the mouth of Tumbling Run Creek. (If anyone has information about this tannery, please let me know–687-3842.) The tannery's GPS is 36.19.21N, 83.46.83W.
The next stop was the M. S. Cook Cemetery beautifully kept in the lawn by the Phillips family. These were Glen Miller’s grandparents, and Glen came from Colorado as he does every year to pay his respects. The cemetery is on the old Sylvester Needham place between Cave Springs Branch and Cave Springs Road. We then discussed the Old Hwy. 33 Bridge, pausing near the south abutment of the old bridge. Glen and Wade Miller remember a small plane of the “barnstormers” flying under the bridge, which was a daredevil feat since the bridge was so low. Before the lake, the barnstormers landed in a hay field below the bridge–GPS 36.18.89N, 83.47.93W. The bridge had been built at the Hurst Ford (later called Millers’ Ford). Miller Academy was located nearby, and Virgie Perry’s story on Rootsweb took place right here!
The Hickory Valley CCC Camp on Fall Creek was built in the 1930s as a part of the New Deal. What wonderful things those boys did for Union County and our country! The CCC camp was close to Point 26.
On down the river we came to the R. Eli “Dixie” Miller home place with a spring above the house. This was near Fall Creek at GPS 36.18.62N, 83.48.24W. This year it was all under water, but a few years ago I saw the foundation of the Miller house and sticking up out of the water–a cane brake still preserved some 75 years after the impoundment of the lake. Allen Hurst lived on land adjoining Eli Miller. There he operated an iron furnace called Green Grove Iron Furnace–GPS 36.18.32N, 83.48.26W, a grist mill and saw mill–GPS36.18.37, 83.48.17. The iron furnace would have been about even with the private marina at the Hickory Pointe development.
Legend has it that an event was held at the Hurst's to celebrate the election of Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. This included a cannon shoot; however, something went wrong with the loading process and the cannon blew up. This cannon, molded at the Green Grove Iron Furnace, or fragments of this cannon were passed down through the family. At last account it was in the possession of descendant, the late Jessie Russell Seals. Eska Miller, a Hurst grandson, inherited the Allen Hurst property; which, was eventually taken by TVA for the Norris Dam project. The Allen Hurst home was built in 1898 and fronted on the Old Hwy. 33. Doug Miller, James Elbert Miller’s grandson, remembers a stone fence or wall running along side the old highway.
The Eska Miller house and Eska Miller Hollow are at GPS 36.18.89N, 83.48.70W across from Tanglewood development. The old Hwy. 33 bridge, Hurst Ford, Miller’s Ford and Miller’s Ferry are all very near this same spot–GPS 36.18.99N, 83.48.075W. Many years ago, Winnie Palmer McDonald recalled going by boat to the old Cooktown School without adults going along. The children just paddled across the narrow part of Clinch River to school and back at the end of the school day.
The Hurst mineral rights and a sulphur spring are on the north side of Norris Lake in the vicinity of Tanglewood. The old Riverview School and Isaac Cook’s store were at GPS 36.19.06N, 83.48.11W. Our crew stopped for lunch in Clersie Graves “Ma” Cook Hollow, where Casper Graves was killed by Oscar Cook September 3, 1934–GPS36.19.37N, 83.47.56W. Clersie was the daughter of Henry Morgan Graves and Nancy Miller Graves. Gap Branch feeds into “Ma” Cook Hollow.
The Union County Poor Farm, a county government-supported place for the homeless and disabled, was on Clinch River –GPS 36.19.64N, 83.47.53. The Martin Miller home place was on Big Hunting Creek where it drains into the Clinch River, but is under water at Lakeview Boat Dock–GPS 36,20,13N, 83.47.17W. Martin’s orchard was on the hillside where the trailers are now–about GPS 36.19.97, 83.47.29W
On the north side, at the south end of the present Hwy. 33 bridge was the James David and Anna Reynolds Miller place. Wade Miller and some of his siblings, their grandchildren, were born at their home on the Miller place–GPS 36.20-504N, 83.47.251W. Wade is the son of Rufus Miller and the grandson of James David and Anna Miller.
Josiah “Si” Russell, Wash Russell’s father, was hung nearby by Bill Barker, a Sargent in the Union Army who was married to Lucinda Needham –but he didn’t die–Si’s wife, Sarah Johnson Russell, rushed out and cut him down!
The Doctor P. A. Palmer family lived at Palmer’s Junction, and his steps would be at about GPS 36.20.87E, 83.44.76N near the old Hwy. 33. Presently the steps are under about 20 feet of water, but occasionally when the water is down the steps surface and can be seen at Palmer’s Junction.
Memories are made of days like this. These families were for the most part self sufficient. They farmed the land, grew their vegetables and fruits, kept cattle and horses, hunted squirrel, rabbit, deer, quail, dove, pheasant, wild turkey grouse, gigged frogs and turtles and fished the streams. They gathered herbs for medicine, grew flax for linen, grew a little cotton and sheared sheep to spin into wool. The women picked geese for making pillows and feather beds. They “holed up" root crops for use during the winter. When the river froze in winter, they harvested blocks of ice, packed it in straw in a stone or block house that kept it frozen to August or September to service their ice boxes or perhaps make a few runs of homemade ice cream.
There’s much more history to be documented and refined. What we did is pretty close. When the water is down again, several people want to take to the water again to refine these GPS readings and document more sites. Many thanks to Jeri White Lett who brought along her camera and GPS equipment to record these sites.
Picture captions: The old stone fence or wall running along the first Hwy. 33
The M. S. Cook Cemetery. L to R: Wade Miller, Jeri White Lett and Glen Miller reading his grandfather’s stone.
We are all unique with the capacity for creativity and artistic expression. Through purposeful creation we form physical manifestations of our uniqueness. Of course, there is not simply just one correct way to do anything and with that idea we find that there is infinite strength in individualism. What one person may envision and create given a blank canvas can be, and often is, vastly different from another person's creation. That was greatly displayed at the Union County Heritage Festival's Art Show on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
With Halloween coming up, it is time for us to talk about the Boogerman/Boogerwoman.
At the time I was growing up, child psychologists were unheard of. In most cases, no one even got to a doctor unless they were seriously ill. I don’t remember any “cures” dealing with behavior. These were the common cures and most could be bought at local grocery stores:
Last time, we discussed the statement from 2 Corinthians 6:17 about being a separate people and how this separate means different. Christians are in the world but not of the world, so we are set apart in that we do not follow our own path but rather the path of our Savior. A Savior who purchased our sins and gave His Righteousness to us. (See Jerimiah 23:6) He had to do this because of our inability to keep God’s Law. Our sin nature made it impossible for us to make atonement for our failures. (See Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6)
Year One, Week Forty
I have for some time been writing down words that people use in “quirky” ways. I find it interesting the way people often misspeak words unintentionally, often rendering thought provoking meanings. A few examples follow.
A country woman had an opportunity to eat in a fancy restaurant. Trying to impress her companions, she ordered a “ward off” salad. Though that was not on the menu, the waiter directed the lady to the Waldorf salad as an excellent choice to ward off unwanted calories.
This zesty adventure started late one evening as I was walking in the dark by myself. I had just dug my cell phone out of the floorboard of my husband Tim’s truck. Being an old geek, I was gazing up at the stars. It dawned on me that I hadn’t locked Tim’s truck back after retrieving my phone. Without taking my eyes off of the night sky, I tossed my hand back and pressed the lock button on the clicker. Ka-Click. The truck beeped.
Ka-KAW Ka-KAW rang out.
I came to a dead stop and stood there alone in the darkness. Goose bumps ran up my arm.
Back pain, especially chronic back pain, can make life miserable; this condition is quite common in the military. Randomized trials have found that spinal manipulation can be effective for lower back pain. One 2013 study specifically compared chiropractic therapy to general medical care in military personnel, 18-35 years old. The results suggest reduced pain and improved physical wellbeing and function as compared to patients who only received the standard care.
Anyone who knows me knows of my taste for black walnuts. When my kids were small and money was tight, I would load the three youngest ones in the pickup. After a fall's hard freeze, we would head for my favorite walnut trees along country roads. Each child would have his or her own pail. “Pick 'em up as fast as you can,” I would yell.
Sometimes, neighbors took offense with our picking up the walnuts, even if the walnuts were out in the roadway. We did get run off occasionally, but it didn't take long to fill the pickup bed with the ones we could get.
I like corn salsa. It is best made in the summertime with fresh vegetables. Red tomatoes in the winter don't taste as good as tomatoes fresh from the garden. That goes for sweet corn, too. We like sweet corn freshly cut from the cob and fried with butter, salt and sugar. Oh well, that is another dish. For this salsa, canned whole kernel corn can be used as well. I learned to appreciate red onions while working at Arby's in Halls. I was introduced to jalapeno peppers when we moved to Tennessee. Before that, I only used the yellow hot banana peppers.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
2. Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer
3. Discuss TSBA Recommended Changes to Board Policy (Due for Approval on Second Reading in October, 2018): School Bus Seat Restraint Systems —Lenny Holt
4. Discuss Capital Projects—Dr. Carter
5. Discuss Contracts—Lenny Holt
6. Discuss Teacher Tenure—Dr. Carter
Haunts and History October 26-27 3pm- 9pm
Haunts and History will feature old-fashioned treats along the pioneer trail, with homemade and vintage candies, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.
For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.
Advance Tickets may be purchased by October 15:
Glenn Thomas Kitts, age 91, of Knoxville passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018. He Served his County well as a United States Marine during World War II era. He retired from the Knoxville Transit Lines after 52 years. He coached little league at Fountain City Ball Park for ten plus years. Preceded in death by wife Barbara Jean Kitts; Sons Martin Thomas Kitts and Gary Steven Kitts; grandson T.J. Lewis and Chris Turner; parents Arlie and Jessie Kitts; four brothers; and four sisters.
Kenneth “Kenny” David Coffman, age 48 of Luttrell, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2018. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Maynard & Eva Coffman and Millard & Cora Munsey. He is survived by parents Rev. Donnie and Lola Coffman; brothers Ricky (Sharon) Coffman and Donnie (Sherry) Coffman; nieces Kayla (Jamie) Moore and Danielle (Matt) Tindell; nephews Brandon (Miriah) Coffman and Josh (Mary) Coffman; great nephews Brylan, Wesley, Brentley, Hudson, Branson and Bobby; great nieces Ellis and Emersyn. Also survived by uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Dewey (Merl) Keck-age 74 of Corryton, born October 18, 1944 passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, George and Mary Keck.
Survivors: wife, Joyce Keck; daughters, Robin Carringer; Doris (Greg) Selvidge; grandchildren, Ashley White, Tiffany Grooms; great-grandchild, Brayden Chaney.
Rueben Scott Holloway-age 55 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday night, October 17, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Sarah Holloway; wife Darla Holloway; children, Amber, Willie, Erin and Reanna Holloway.
Survived by best friend, Trusty; sisters, Jackie (Jerry) Clapp; Brenda (Tim) Wyrick; brothers, Russell (Mary) Holloway and Paul Holloway; friends, Linda Waggoner and Violet Ward. Special aunts, Brenda Stone, Beulah Hayes, Carolyn Langley and Susie Langley. Several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Catrina Kailynn Maggard-age 18 of Knoxville passed away Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 at U. T. Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. She was a graduate of Gibbs High School, 2018 Class. She was a loving daughter and friend, full of life and always had a smile on her face. Preceded in death by grandfather, Frank Maggard; great-grandmother, Grace Lynn.
Debra Marlene Lynch
April 26, 1959 – October 2, 2018
Debra Marlene Lynch was born in Detroit, Michigan to Helen and Nolan Graves on April 26, 1959. -Marlene’s parents meant the world to her. Her father, Nolan was her personal hero and her mother, Helen was her measuring stick for how a Christian woman should live. Marlene had one sibling, Keith Graves. She loved her younger brother very much and often spoke of Keith’s big heart.