Thursday, February 2, 2006

Carey Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Allene Teel

Kaitlyn Byrd celebrates birthday

Funeral services were held for Richard Langston, January 25, at Carey Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. O.E. Langner officiated. Family members also took part in the service. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery.

Funeral services were held for James Craft at the Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel on January 25. Rev. Will Barnes, from Rossville officiated. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Neon and Marlene Langston returned to their home in Waxahachie, Texas after being here for three weeks to be near his brother Richard.

Dixie Bumpas is visiting her sister in Memphis so that she can be near her doctor. She will be having medical tests this week.

Philip Teel is a patient at Baptist Memphis Hospital. A get-well wish is sent to him.

Melba Langner is a patient at Baptist Hospital Collierville. A get-well wish is sent to her.

Mark Loftin had surgery recently at Methodist Central Hospital. A get-well wish is sent to him.

Kaitlyn Byrd celebrated her 11th birthday recently. She enjoyed a sleepover with several of her friends.

I Remember

On Saturday morning, every two weeks, like clock-work, we kids would head to the corn crib to shuck and shell corn for Daddy to carry to the grist mill in Mt. Pleasant. There the corn would be ground into corn meal. Daddy had an old corn sheller that looked like a sausage mill at the top, but bigger. It was made of iron with pegs on the inside and a handle on the outside. As you stuck the corn in the top you would turn the handle. The pegs did the shelling. It was nailed to a wooden box to catch the corn. We had to make sure any bad corn at the top of the corn ear was broken off. The cows were happy to get the shucks. The corn was then put in a white sack for daddy to carry to the gristmill. We kids always had a good time in the corncrib until we saw a mouse or spider.

By mid-morning we had the corn ready. Daddy would saddle his pretty black saddle horse, Old Roy, throw the sack of corn in front of him and away he would go into town. Old Roy was the only transportation he had.

In the late ’30s Mt. Pleasant was a thriving town. There were several stores. Daddy would visit friends while waiting for the meal. He would also purchase other staples Mama had asked for.

I remember eating buttered cornbread with sorghum molasses for breakfast many times when there was no flour for biscuits. Sometimes milk and cornbread was our supper.

This day and time kids would turn up their noses if they had to eat cornbread for breakfast. I had no choice. It was eat the cornbread or go hungry.


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