Thursday, June 8, 2006
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Sparks honored with reception at First Baptist Church
The pastor and members of First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, honored former pastor, Rev. Jimmy Sparks and wife Ann, on Sunday night May 28, with a reception. Rev. Sparks brought the evening message and afterwards the church enjoyed refreshments in the fellowship hall. Rev. Sparks was given a folder with letters written by members of the church expressing what he had meant to them while he was pastor. The members also honored him with a love offering.
I enjoyed a Memorial Day cookout at the home of Bobby and Martha Fant, in Holly Springs, on Saturday afternoon. Several other family members were also in attendance. I enjoyed another Memorial Day cook-out at the home of Ivy and Patricia Teel on Monday. Several family members also attended this event.
Kathy and Alisa Goode and boys traveled to Kansas City, Mo. last Monday. Kathy went to visit with her son Danny and family who have a new son. Alisa and boys visited with her husband David and other family members while there. David has transferred to the area to work with Starbucks Coffee. His family will move there soon also.
Betty Watson and two of her grandchildren visited me on Tuesday morning. She is such a sweet lady. Before my husband’s death she would come by to visit with him. She always prayed and sang for him.
Barbara Ellis visited her sister in Memphis recently.
Gary, Hannah and Noah Teel were my dinner guests on Sunday, May 28.
Dot Langston’s family had a Memorial Day get-together at her home on Saturday afternoon, May 27. Her son Rick, from Branson, Mo., came to visit for several days.
Dixie Bumpas is a patient at Methodist North Hospital. A get well wish is sent to her.
Congratulations to Bill and Eva Harris. They recently became great-grandparents.
Madge and Johnny Winburn visited me on Saturday.
Back in the thirties, as a girl growing up, I remember peddlers and salesmen who traveled door to door in the community selling all kinds of products. I remember the Watkins Man who sold liniment, vanilla flavoring and all kinds of spices. Not only did he sell products for humans, but for animals also. He offered horse liniment, salve for cow udders, medication for chickens and many more products.
One day a man came to the community selling Hadacall. He said it would give you lots of energy. I remember that Daddy didn’t buy any because he was afraid of it.
Then there was the “rolling store.” It was a closed in truck with shelves on both sides holding all kinds of staple groceries. Anything a country family needed was on the “rolling store”. Sometimes if you didn’t have any money you could trade eggs for what you needed.
Once we had a peddler that came to our door selling bedspreads and other pretty things. There were also magazine salesmen. If you didn’t have the money they would take a chicken if you would just subscribe to one of their magazines.
There was the iceman who peddled ice. A glass of iced tea sure did taste good on a hot summer day. If you lived in town there were milk, ice-cream, vegetable and fruit peddlers. I am sure there were more that I just don’t remember.
I remember my uncle peddled watermelons in Memphis. I went with him once and that was enough for me.
Back in the forties my first job was in a grocery store in Memphis. I took orders over the telephone, filled them and sent them with delivery boys, on their bicycle, to deliver them to homes.
The early peddlers and salesmen were real people providing a much needed service to the farm and city folks who trusted and depended on their wares. Nowadays we are afraid to open our door to a stranger. My, times have changed since I was a girl.
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