The last effort made to identify the locations of persons buried in The Lawrenceburg City Cemetery was in 1966. Even at that time accuracy and accountability were seriously incomplete. As of this date, August 29, 2016, the situation is best described as deplorable; over the half century that has passed there has been additional steady deterioration due to circumstances for which the only explanation for succeeding elected officials has been ongoing negligence, indifference, or perhaps other priorities ahead of The Lawrenceburg City Cemetery. FOR THE RECORD - The past three city administration election cycles actually have given the cemetery ongoing attention on a regular schedule for mowing, trimming, and some landscaping by very attentive city employees . . . .
Following is the last written assessment of the cemetery as recorded in 1966.
City Cemetery (Lawrenceburg) also known as 'The Old City Cemetery'
LOCATION: Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, on Waterloo Street. It was established by the city of Lawrenceburg in 1852, although there was a burial ground there before this time and many burials were before this date. The following listings were taken from the Historical Records Project copied under The Works Progress Administration, and now located in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. At this time, 1966. there are few markers left and some tombstones are broken and scattered about. So, it was felt it would be better to take the records that were made in 1940. From the 1940 record; "there are 100 graves with markers legible, 9 illegible, 17 field stones, and an estimated 225 unmarked graves. Cemetery is in fair condition"
This entry submitted by Walter F. Helton, April 11, 1940. . . .
ADAMS, JOSEPH E. JOHNSON - Son of J.G. and N.A. - Died September 19. 1878 after living just 3 years, 10 months, and 19 days. (It is unclear, the seeming conflict of surnames).
ARRINGTON, SAMUEL - Died August 18, 1861- no additional information regarding this person.
BARNES, JOHN WILLIAM - John William - Born July 21, 1845 - Died August 22, 1845
BARNES, AMANDA TENNIE, Daughter of R.E and M.F.E. - Born Sept. 12 , 1855 - Died October 19, 1859
BARNES, LEONIDAS M. - Son of R.E. and M.F.E. - Born August 16, 1845 - Died March 22, 1846
BECKHAM - Clarence R., Son of A.B. and L.M. - Born March 12, 1878 - Died March 31, 1881
BENTLEY, DAVID D. - Died April 6, 1860 at age 60
BENTLEY, MATILDA A. - Wife of Daniel - Died October 18, 1862 at age 49
BENTLEY, LEONIDAS M. - Born October 27, 1825 - Died June 22, 1862
BENTLEY, MARTHA A. - Wife of Leonidas M. - Died in March of the year 1860, age unknown
BENTLEY, MILTON L. - Born March 19, 1829 - Died November 3, 1860
BENTLEY, L. MINO - Born May 26, 1823 - Died March 11, 1878- born and died in Lawrenceburg, TN
BENTLEY, ARAMINTA T ARRINGTON - (Consort of L. Mino) Born 18 June, 1824- Died January 27, 1856
BENTLEY, ALONZO - Infant son of L. Mino and Araminto T. - Born Nov. 10, 1853 - Died Nov. 19. 1853
BENTLEY, SAMUEL A. J. - Infant son of L. Mino and Araminto T. - Born Dec. 7, 1855 - Died Feb. 14, 1856
BENTLEY, JEREMIAH - Infant son of L. Mino and Araminto T. - Born and Died October 9, 1852
BENTLEY, FERD F. - Died November 16, 1856 - (Stone Box with name C. Baucom on top).
BENTLEY, DANIEL - (Not the same Daniel Bentley that died in 1860) Grave located by Harvey lot.
BRADSHAW - Daughter of J.N. and A.J. - Died January 9, 1851 after living 3 months, 14 days
BUCHANNAN, W. J. - (the tombstone shows no dates or inscription, but it is probably that his wife is also in the enclosure.) NOTE: This entry is among those that may have been even further impacted by the more recent abuse of the stones in years hence.
CANNON, SALLIE E. - Born October 4, 1847 - Died November 10, 1861
CANNON, DORA A. - Daughter of J.D. and N.J. - Born January 16, 1881 - Died November 9, 1882
CARDEN, J.L. - Died in January 1915 -No listed Birthday with an estimate of age at 42.
CARRELL, WM. ASA - Son of S.A. and M.F. - Born March 2, 1862 - Died August 23, 1885
CHAFFIN, JACKSON COLUMBUS - Consort of Sue D. - Born August 7, 1836 - Died January 10, 1882
Erected by his devoted wife and daughters. Four unmarked sunken graves next to this one above.
CHISHOLM, JAMES E. B. - Son of Rufus and Emeline T. - Died September 4, 1856 - Lived 13 years, 7 months, and 17 Days.
CLEGGETT, LUCY BENTLEY - Colored - Born 1840 - Died August 20,1897
CROOK, MARY H. - Wife of Z.V. - Born March 4, 1839 - Died March 21, 1885
DAVIS, CECIL - Born November 18, 1860 - Died August 25, 1881
DAVIS, DORA - Born March 3, 1885 - Died December 4, 1886
DAVIS, ASARIAH P. - Born July 29, 1811 - Died September 1886
DAVIS, REBECCA C. HARDWICK - Born April 29, 1815 - Died October 14, 1896
DAVIS, MARTHA(Mattie) - Wife of Samuel A. - No available Information
DAVENPORT, T.D. Born Septermber 18, 1837 - Died February 11, 1889
DAVENPORT, MRS. AMANDA F. - Sacred to the memory of my sister who departed this life March 25, 1863. Marker put up by Morris and Brother, Pulaski, Tennessee. (NOTE: Mrs. Amanda was a Finch and wife of T.D. Davenport.
DILLAHUNTY, LOUIS - Born June 12, 1845 - Died December 20, 1895
DUNCAN, NANCY, Consort of John - Born October 15, 1802 - Died April 4, 1840
EVANS, WM. W. Jr, - Born October 10, 1836 - Died March 31, 1856
EVANS, George W. - Born May 16, 1829 - Died October 6, 1847
EVANS, Lt. BERRY W. - Tennessee Regiment - Born April 6, 1839 - Died August 16, 1861 - Death was accidental, killed at Camp Trousdale, Tennessee.
EVANS, CYNTHIA C. - Daughter of Wm. W. and Cynthia - Born April; 17, 1841 - Died November 5, 1841
GAITHER, SARAH E. - Born August 11, 1827 - Died August 5, 1893
GAITHER, SOPHIAH MATILDA - Daughter of John S. and S.E. - Born May 17, 1849 - Died September 30, 1850 - lived 1 year, 1 month, and 13 days.
GARRETT, Our Baby Little Joe, infant son of J.W. and Alice - Born May 2, 1885 - Died October 13, 1885
GILMORE, MATTIE L. - Daughter of J.M. and P.E. - Born November 27, 1871 - Died August 28, 1886
GILMORE, WILLIE E. - Son of J.M. and P.E. - Born December 10, 1876 - Died April 17, 1881
HAGAN, SUSAN R. - Born November 28, 1849 - Died October 27, 1851
HANCOCK, FLORENCE - Wife of Noah, daughter of G.H. and Sarah E. Nixon - Born March 4, 1857 - Died December 16, 1902
HERBERT, THOMAS D. - Son of Dr. C.L. and N.J. - Born August 23, 1849 - Died September 13, 1852
I. HENDLEY, Mrs. Lulu Bentley (NOTE: This is a rather confusing entry but placed here as it was recorded in the original document)
HILL, DANIEL C. - Son of D.C. and M.J. - Born May 22, 1885 - Died July 27, 1886
HORNE, Infant son of G.P. and W.S. - Died August 5, 1876
HORNE, ANNA MABLE, - Daughter of G.P. and W.S. - Died October 1881
HUGHES, RICHARD ELLIS - Infant son of G.T. and L.B. - Died October 25, 1881
JOHNSON, GRETCHEN JANETTE - Born September 25, 1913 - Died August 15, 1914
JOHNSON, MALINDA S. - Wife of E.R. - Born May 1, 1842 - Died April 2, 1880
These are unmarked graves, information given by Mrs. Walter Locke, Sayer, Oklahoma from Bible records of her family. The reference may apply to all the foregoing entries although it is somewhat unclear. It further adds; CLEMENT EVANS, ED. - Confederate Publishing Co. 1899, Vol 1, pp 654 -655. Other facts taken from Lawrence County Historical Society Bulletin, No. 10.
KELSEY, JAMES ALBERT - Born March 31, 1866 - Died January 3, 1898
KELSEY, BERTIE FRANKLIN - Born August 17, 1873 - Died September 14, 1891
KIRK, WILLIAM J. - Born December 26, 1811 - Died November 10, (no year)
KIRK, MRS. NANCY G. - Consort of William - Born August 29, 1805 - Died August 20, 1849
One unmarked grave next to the above
LOVE, MATHEW - Born in Tyrone, County, Ireland - September 1779 - Died October 16, 1849
(one unmarked grave alongside the above)
LUKER, MINERVA - Born March 20, 1827 - Died January 31, 1887
MATHEWS, THOMAS J. - Born November 21, 1798 - Died July 31, 1836
MATHEWS, MATTIE LESLIE - Infant daughter of B.F. and I.V. - Born Oct. 13, 1857 - Died Dec. 3, 1858
MATHEWS, JENNIE FINCH - Infant daughter of B.F. and I.V. - Born Sept. 6 1860 - Died June 9, 1861
(one unmarked grave enclosed by wire near above)
McCARSTIN, SOPHRONIA - Wife of Stephen, daughter of Jo and A.F.Tarkington - Born March 24, 1831
Died April 30, 1853
MEEK, ROBERT M. - Born in Lawrenceburg, TN - November 5, 1858 - Died May 10, 1873
MEEK, FRANCIS H. - Born May 2, 1857 - Died January 16, 1866
MEEK, CAROLINE J. - Born in Giles County - April 20, 1841 - Died September 4, 1873
MEEK, MACK COOPER - Born June 8, 1882 - Died Feburary 26, 1890
MEEK, GILES M. - Born September 25, 1820 - Died January 19, 1880
MEEK, LAURA A. - Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama - October 22, 1835 - Died January 30, 1868
MEEK, THOMAS B. - Born July 22, 1866 - Died October 9, 1867
MILLER, WILLIAM F. - Son of G.F. and Dora M. - Born July 24, 1890 - Died July 31, 1890
NEELY, THOMAS D. - Born January 8, 1824 - Died December 20, 1886
NEELY, MARY W. - Born October 6, 1824 - Died March 14, 1880
NIXON, GEORGE H. - Died on The Fourth of July, 1887. "I am ready to live or to die"
Enscribed on the side of his monument was; His monument is rather in his public
life distinguished by honest sobriety, faithfulness, undaunted courage, and a will and
energy which nothing baffled. George H. Nixon left the world by having lived in it.
He heared none of the responsibilities of an intensely active life." NOTE - Col.
George H. Nixon distinguished in the War of The Confederacy, had his early military
experience as 1st Lt. of Company B, First Tennessee Infantry in the War with
Mexico. At the beginning of the war in 1861 he was holding a Federal Office in The
Territory of Nebraska by appointment of President Buchanan. Resigning his
position he returned to Tennessee and enlisted for duty, was elected Mayor, then
Col. of the 48th Regiment. Col. Nixon was also one of the leaders in establishing the
railroad through Lawrence Country, Tennessee.
NIXON, MINNIE B. - Daughter of G.H. and S.E. - Born in Brownsville, Nebraska - August 27, 1860 - Died
March 27, 1890 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.
NIXON, AUGUSTA A. - Daughter of G.H. and S.E. - Born 1843 - Died August 31, 1881
NIXON, OUR LITTLE JOE - Son of W.T. and E.G. - Born July 25, 1879 - Died October 19, 1888
NIXON, (no first name) Son on Henry and Laura - Born June 16, 1884 - Died July 30, 1886
NYMAND, GEORGIANNA - Wife of Charles, Daughter of Amelia and George Pruitt - Born December 16, 1864 - No death date known.
1. These are unmarked graves, information provided by Mrs. Walter Locke, Sayer. Oklahoma. As noted earlier, there seems to be no clear reference to exactly which graves that are being referred to.
PARKES, JOSEPH - Father - Born at Upton Forge, County Sallop, England. May 1, 1806 - Died September 18, 1880
PARKES, MARY A. - Mother - wife of Joseph. Born at The Level Parish Kings Winford, Staffordshire, England, May 2, 1812 - Died August 16, 1879
PARKER, RHODA - Consort of Noah. Died February 15, 1836 in her 49th year.
PARKER, REV. NOAH - Died September 13, 1850 in his 69th year.
PARKER, FRANCES MARY - 2nd Consort of Noah, died January 11, 1848 in her 44th year.
REAGIN, LEONORA PARKES - Daughter of Joseph and Mary - Born May 29, 1841 at New Roads, Staffordshire, England - Died May 8, 1878
RED, REV. T. W. - Cumberland Presbyterian Church, fell at his post of duty July 22, 1890 - "his life was short but noble"
ROGERS, W. J. - Born July 4, 1838 - Died July 4, 1880
ROGERS, WILLIE, LEONARD, JOHNNIE - Children of W. J. and Mattie
ROSE, ROBERT HENRY - Judge, born in Brunswick County, Virginia January 2, 1810 - Died in Lawrenceburg, December 25, 1891 - "he lived for the good of others" (grave beside this unmarked)
SIMONTON, MINNIE B. B. - Daughter of J.A. and M.E. - Born August 5, 1872 - Died October 3, 1872
SIMONTON, JEFFERSON O. - Son of J. O. and A. F. - Born June 6, 1847 - Died October 14, 1849
SLAGLE, THOMAS - Husband of Narcissa - Born December 28, 1856 - Died June 26, 1887
SMITH, DORA - Born July 4, 1863 - Died January 1, 1882- Lived 18 years, 5 months, 27 days
SMITH, J. P. - Son of H. J. and M. - Died September 7, 1884 - Lived 3 months and 18 days
SMITH, G. W. - Born July 9, 1814 - Died September 15, 1835
SMITH, FANNY - Born 1780 - Died January 29, 1856
STEWART, BERRY EVANS - Son of Dr. D.M. and S.F. - Born at Wayland Springs, Tennessee September 16, 1859 - Died in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee May 19, 1875
SULLIVAN - Two infant daughters of L.M. and S.E. (No Dates of other info)
TURNER, MARY BETTIE, eldest daughter of W.H.P. and Minerva - Born July 1853 - Died March 1, 1868 - Lived 14 years, 7 months, 11 Days
TURNER, EMILY JANE - Born September 3, 1855 - Died October 13, 1857
TURNER, IDA ANN - daughter of W.H.P. and Minerva - Born July 18, 1857 - Died April 29, 1858
TURNER, CHARLEY - Infant son of W.H.P. and Minerva - Born September 14, 1864 - Died October 25, 1864
WATTS, NATHANIEL N. - Son of W.M. and S.H. - Born November 25, 1880 - Lived 23 years. 19 days
WILLIAMS, JEANETTE CAMELIA NEELY - Born 1862 (No other Information)
WOODWARD, MATTIE TOM - Daughter of Rev. T.H. and L.J. - died Nov. 23, 1888 - lived 1 month, 8 days.
A footstone beside this has letters 'N E S'
This unmarked grave information given by Mrs. Locke, Sayer, Oklahoma
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The Lawrenceburg City Cemetery needs help!
Hysterical Assessory to Historical
The Courthouse located in the middle of the Public Square in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, was torn down in 1974 in the name of Progress. It was the hub of activity with retail and professional businesses all around spilling over onto the streets leading away from the Square. The removal of the old courthouse is still fresh in the minds of the many that gave their best effort to keep the old courthouse as an historical treasure and let progress happen elsewhere. ~ ShoalCreekSage.com ~
This following article was written by Virginia F. Lindsey, former Lawrence County Historian, written between 1974 and 1989. It reflects the feelings of many today who feel the 1905 Courthouse removal was a mistake. It is written in the first person with the courthouse speaking for itself. ~Doyce Shaddix ~
~ Too Young To Die ~
I have been very sick ever since they removed my cornerstone on January 11, 1974. Saturday, April 27, 1974, I was dying, and my prognosis was only a few days to live. They began operation on me--first, they removed my bell which had been made in Hillsboro, Ohio. It was in a very bad condition; almost worn through where the clapper hit. It had been struck 156 times a day for over 69 years missing only the times when it was disabled--making something close to four million times. Under the anesthesia, I could hear the faint strains of “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” as Captain W.J. Gilbreth’s funeral was being held in my big courtroom with the funeral oration delivered by a man from Chicago.
They decided it would be beneficial if they were to remove the innermost working of my clock--Jim Hagan and his construction crew were careful in its removal and lowered it to the ground over the busy Saturday morning traffic. I kept remembering the hundreds of young couples who had entered my doors seeking marriage licenses, and the time Magistrate Woodrow Hammond, during the Judge’s absence, was nervously performing his first marriage ceremony. “Bid” Lindsey, Sr. prepared a ceremony for him to follow using Adam and Eve instead of the bride and groom’s names,--and Woodrow married the bride to Adam. Many People tramped my marble halls to pay their taxes on their land, to record their deeds, many cases were tried within my courtrooms, land sold for taxes from my steps, and many meetings of historical interest were held within my courtrooms.
Late in the day, when I weakened, it became necessary to amputate my clock tower. First, they removed the wooden hands from the dial of the clock, then the buzz saw could be heard cutting and cutting until the tower was loose and could be slowly lowered to the ground close to David Crockett’s monument on the south side. I remembered the time m innards were filled with people when they were trying a case concerning seven people who had been allowed to die without benefit of a doctor and how a young woman reporter came down from Chicago and poked fun at me and of our tobacco chewers who spit into the pot bellied stove. Judge Bid Lindsey referred to this in his “tongue in cheek” autobiography of which there is only one typed copy in the file of the County Historian.
There I stood feeling quite naked just like the streakers so prevalent today and people from everywhere swarmed around and took pictures of me in my death throes. On the north side of me near the Mexican Monument was photographer Jimmie Moore, a native Lawrence Countian, making a documentary film with me in the background, and on the south side was local history buff Edward M. Lindsey, recording on film each change in my condition. On the sidewalk benches watching over me in my last hours were the faithful ones who sat near me a big part of my 69 years known as the “Bench Club”--Lewis Ruhlander, Myron Shaw, Dumont Springer, Delbert Bassham, Buford Ridgeway, Elzie Smith, Charles Orth, Lindsey Myers, Morgan Pitts, Edgar Tidwell, P.L. Lumpkins, and Arthur Tucker--these had replaced many who warmed the benches and had gone on to glory.
I lingered and on Friday morning, May 3, 1974, I was no better--in fact, worse. Jim Hagan and crew began getting ready to operate further. This time they were going to tear away my bricks. My entire body had been gutted--my windows had been torn from me--and my furniture was all removed. I knew that it was the end for me.
In my dying agony, I could near the Voices of such bygone lawyers as W.H. “Bid” Lindsey, Sr.; John F. Morrison, Sr. and John F. Morrison, Jr.; Noble Freemon, Sr.; W.R. King; Hiller D. Derrick; Foster F. Locke; Gene Stockard; Asa Oaks; Joe Griswold; Tom Helton; John G. Crews; Looney B. White; A.M. Gehman,; D.W. Starnes; Horace Frierson; Job B. Garner; Frank Boyd; Neil Brown Simms, Jr.; Hugh McCrory; H.B. Sowell; J.B. Bond; Robert B. Williams; F.M. Cannon, E.E. McNely; and Jeff D. Burch, and perhaps others I cannot recall in my weakness--all had practiced within my portals. As they gently began to tear away my bricks, I could hear the FA-SOL- LA singers in a final chorus with Lon Odom leading them just as they did annually for many years in the big courtroom.
My mind began to wander, back to the night they stole the election boxes from my safe, and the many court cases that resulted from that episode, the shooting which took place on my stairs, the race case which was moved from Columbia to Lawrenceburg and the many reporters who came to report it. In my final moments, I looked around me and saw that most of the old landmarks in Lawrenceburg were gone and only a few remained. I had hoped I could stay alive. I wanted to be a museum if I couldn’t function as a courthouse but they said I was too weak and too decayed.
I appreciated the efforts of the Lawrence County Historical Society made to save me and how our citizens worked to save my clock tower and how the Bi-Centennial Committee, Lawrence County Historian, DAR, and the Lawrence County Historical Society members and students from Lawrence County High School worked to save the old dusty records in my attic moving them to the basement of the County Superintendent’s Building on West Gaines Street. As I grew weaker I recalled that J.W. Garrett, J.A. Welch, and Marion Richardson attended me at my birth. I remember so well hearing them tell about my predecessor being sold for $225.00. At least at the end I have the last laugh for I heard them say that it cost the county $12,000 (or a little more) to get rid of me.
I will soon be gone now but I can take some solace in the fact that my marble floor is now in the new courthouse in the entrance hall. My brick will rise again as a home or building. It is good to have friends with you in your last moments who have stood by you since your birth, such as Morgan Pitts, Joe Bradley, Emmitt Richardson, Mike Niedergeses, Marjorie Simms, Gladys Goldsmith and perhaps others. I reflect on my cost--the court appropriated $20,000.00 to build me and then around $4,000.00 more to make me fireproof and by the time they had furnished me my cost was close to $36,000. I have always taken pride in the fact I stood for 69 years on the hallowed ground where the first permanent sat of justice for Lawrence County was erected. My four tall corner towers, my rich dark red brick, and the cut limestone that detailed my imposing architecture will long be remembered.
I managed to smile when I recalled how after the contract was let for me the County Court again brought up the location--some thought I should have been on Waterloos Street away from traffic and the railroad but again this vote was to place me in the middle of the square. I remember kindly the Judges who have presided over my Quarterly Court: D. Buchanan; Edson E. McNely; John F. Morrison, Sr.; John W. Springer, Sr.; Joe Sims; Charles W. Vaughan; Ray Hollis; Noble L. Freemon, Sr.; A.D. Lindsey; William T. Newton; and Ottis J. Knippers.
I have served as a beacon for those coming home from World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Viet Nam. At night many young persons have taken just one more turn around me before going home. For 69 years I have sounded the hour for weddings, funerals, church services, schools, work, meal time--but now I am silent. In my short 69 years I have watched Lawrence County come from a blackberry patch--raising cotton and depleting the already poor soil to a county that takes pride in its cover crops, its livestock and industry. I have watched as industry came south and settled in our county--Murray Ohio, National Carbon, and others. I watched Swift and Company as it was built, as Salant and Salant was built and added to, as Ironall was built, and later became Forest Hills, as Lindsey’s grew from a shop to a church furniture manufacturing plant. I saw May Hosiery Mill come and go, I saw Lawrenceburg Military Academy built and demolished. I saw electricity as it went into homes and factories. I saw Lawrence County High School built and demolished. I saw L&N Railroad Depot being torn down and Fain Court, which was built before the Civil War, torn down. I saw the family homes of the Dustins and Dunns on west side of town and Parkes on the east side of town built and torn down. I saw David Crockett Monument erected, Laurel Hill Lake come into being, David Crockett Park dedicated in 1959. I saw Crowder Field become “crowded” field.
As I breath my last breath, my final pleas to Lawrence Countians before I find my final resting place is look around you and see the remaining landmarks and try to preserve them before it is too late--look to the old jail (built 1893) on Waterloo Street, the Thomas Deavenport home (Monument hill) on South Military now known as Perkinson Home, the old Irvin T. Freemon home occupied by him in 1848 (originally log and now covered with weatherboards), the old Nicholson home (now Garner home on Garner land) built in the 1850’s, in the old S.A. Carroll home on old Highway #43, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church erected in 1851, and a handful of others.
My doctors say that my clock and tower will be transplanted to David Crockett Park, but I am too weak to care. I’m really too weak to talk any longer, they have taken everything from me but my memories. I’m far too young to die. Old buildings in foreign countries live hundreds of years. Why must I die? Please remember me to your children and grandchildren. Tell them what a grand old building I was with 1905 on both north and south sides. I recall that a Lawrence County teacher was asked how old she was and on telling the child she was born in 1905, he laughingly replied, “You are as old as the old courthouse”. My friend the old City Hall on East Gaines will soon join me in death to make way for Urban Renewal. Please try to preserve the precious few buildings that are left. I was too young to die.
I roused for one last time when I heard in the dim recesses of my mind those beautiful words of Horace Frierson so eloquently spoken on my dedication day June 19, 1905. Almost prayerfully he said, “The building of this magnificent Courthouse should herald the beginning of a new era in the affairs of Lawrence County. Beginning today--believe in our county and its people,--lay aside all factional differences, relegate politics to the background, and let none be jealous of the success achieved by his neighbor.”
And, now, on May 9, 1974 ~ ashes to ashes, . . . .dust to dust . . . .
Since this was written by Mrs. Lindsey, some of the businesses and homes mentioned in this article are now gone. Forest Hills that later occupied the old Ironall building has been closed for years. Salant & Salant closed in 1981 and was sold to M. Fine & Co. That company is now gone and the building is divided into small retail business. Lindsey’s Church Furniture Co. is no longer in operation and the building is in disrepair. The Irvin T. Freemon home was torn down in 1982. The Nicholson home was town down in 2003. The May Hosiery Mill that opened in 1913 became a pile of rubble in 2010. The old courthouse clock is now in the amphitheater in David Crockett State Park but the clock tower is in the Park rusting.
Thanks to earlier historians, the Old Jail survived urban renewal to go on and serve as a well-visited museum. ~ Doyce Shaddix ~