“A Glance Back”
I have at least fifty copies of the Summerfield News that was mimeographed by The Highlander Folk School in the 1930’s and 1940’s time period and this time in “A Glance Back” I’m taking some items from this small newspaper.
“Brother Carl Rogers of Beersheba is holding a series of services at Summerfield Methodist Church, which began last night. Brother Rogers plays the guitar and his wife sings.” This item was from the Summerfield News dated February 27, 1939.
From the November 21, 1942 copy of the Summerfield News is this item: “At the last meeting of the Summerfield Co-op, we took in the following new members: Mrs. John Marlowe, Mrs. Iva Eldridge, Mrs. Alfred Kilgore, Miss Dorothy Thomas, Mr. L.B. Marlowe, Jr., Mrs. Bertha Guest, and Mr. Summers.”
Same issue: “Alfred Kilgore was home for the weekend. Horace Guest and Ed Bryan have just gone to Kingsport, looking for work.
News comes that Bill Marlowe has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.”
From the December 4, 1942 issue: “Eldridge and Polly Kilgore are planning to go to Ohio.” Also from this issue: “Mr. Summers went to the valley Wednesday to hunt his runaway mare.”
In the February 12, 1942 issue: “We’re sorry to hear that Mr. Bill Garner had to have his leg amputated.”
From December 1942: “A Christmas party was held at Highlander Folk School.”
From the February 5, 1943 edition of the Summerfield News: “Jimmy Medford has gone into the Army. Ed Bryan Marlowe, who is in Detroit learning to be an M.P. sent his family a new kind of letter last week. It’s a record of his own voice that he made at the U.S.O. Club there. Benson King hopes to get a furlough some time this month.”
From the March 12, 1943 issue: “J.D. Marlowe is Private First Class now. Alf Meeks came in last week on his first furlough home since he’s been in. Bill Marlowe wrote a letter home from Hawaii.”
From March 26, 1943: “The Cumberland Trail-Blazer left Tracy City yesterday morning with 47 men who are going to be with Uncle Sam for a while. John Eldridge was the representative from Summerfield.”
From April 2, 1943: “Mrs. Ike Church received a telegram last Friday saying that her brother, Staff Sergeant James B. MacFarland is safe, although a prisoner of the Japs in the Philippines. He was last on furlough in Summerfield two years ago.”
Same issue: “Summerfield – April 3, 1943: Board of Education Grundy County, Tracy City, Tennessee. Dear Sirs: We the undersigned feel that Miss Geneva Crouch is the best teacher Summerfield has had in many years. We ask that Miss Crouch be appointed to our school for next year, that we may have as good a school year for 1943-11 as we had in 1942-43. Sincerely yours. Signed (Eva) and said also that individual letters will help, too.”
From June 12, 1943, still from the Summerfield News: “Staff Sergeant (been promoted again) Bill Marlowe and Private First Class Gudge Cox, had a meeting out in the territory of Hawaii, not so long ago. Bill wrote that they spent most of the time talking about the mountain, and the folks up here. We miss them, too.
Bonny Layne, Kenneth Long, and Howard Pressley, all came in on furlough this week, down in Monteagle. Lem B. Marlowe, Jr. is in an Army hospital having his eyes looked at.
Jim Dombrowski, without telling anyone or asking anyone, excepting Ellen Krida, of course, up and got married to – Ellen Krida.
Turner’s Note: Jim Dombrowski was one of the leaders of Highlander Folk School.
Here’s an item or two from the February 28, 1949 issue of the Summerfield News: “Tuesday, Washington’s birthday, was also a special day at nursery school because it was also Thorsten Horton’s birthday. Miss Justus helped us fly a new birthday kite and came with us to a party at Thorsten’s at 11:o’clock.” Turner’s Note: Thorsten was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myles Horton.
From the Summerfield News of July 26, 1943: “Dr. Bowden has written that he will not be able to hold a clinic in Summerfield to vaccinate the children against whooping cough. After he gave the inoculations against typhoid, small pox and diphtheria, Miss Bessie wrote him and asked about the whooping cough vaccine clinic. This is part of his letter to Miss Bessie:
“I don’t see how I can set a date for a clinic for whooping cough vaccine. I like to give it in five doses and five trips is more than I can give to any one community as I am doing public health in two counties now and it spreads my work thinner than what it was.” We all know what a hard job Dr. Bowden has in covering two counties. Many of our doctors have gone into the Army to care for the soldiers and those who are left have to do twice the amount of work.
Dr. Bowden wrote that he will be glad to give the vaccine against whooping cough to those who wish to take it on any Friday in his office at Tracy City, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As the state does not furnish any material, he has to make a charge of 50 cents for each does. Signed – Catherine Winton.”
That ends “A Glance Back” for this time. Maybe some Summerfield readers might recall some of these items. Until next time, hope everyone is well and happy.