An Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County - Salem, Portersville, Idaville, Kerrville, Armourtown, Bethel, Tipton, Mudville, Macedonia, Gratitude, Barretville, and Rosemark, Tennessee
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Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 pm the editors will hold a book signing at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 South Perkins, at Laurelwood. If you haven't purchased your book, map CD or cemetery CD yet, this will be a great opportunity to stop by, meet the editors, and make your purchases.
I just wanted to tell you I bought two books and both cd's from Patriot Bank. I was surprised by how many people in the book were related to me. The story about the hanging of Joseph B. Strain was interesting to me because he was my gggg-grandfather. You did a great job. Thank you for putting this book together. Robert B. Davis,
I'm absolutely fascinated with the book. I sat up until midnight looking and reading last night and picked it up this morning to read with my coffee. Brought back so many memories and gave me lots of information that I didn't know. You and your committee did a tremendous job. Truly loved the letter your father wrote you from the Phillipines. I know you must treasure that. I've been looking at the picture from the Kerrville school. If Catheryn and Carolyn James are in it, Billie Carter, Billy Joe Densford and I have to be in it too. We all started to school together. Been trying to figure out which ones we are. Carolyn Parr Fitchpatrick, Roswell, GA
Got THE BOOK today. It is FABULOUS! I cannot put it down. I am thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to reading as much as I can. Louise McLeod Chook, Germantown, TN
I am feeling a bit sorry for myself that I got to live in Rosemark for only three years. It is indelibly and positively etched in my mind and I think, in an ideal world, I could retire there. I envy all of those friends from my early grades like Dale McDaniel who got to live there his whole life (the same house, mostly, I gather!), as well as people like Jon and Molly McCalla who got to stay in very close touch even as they ventured a bit farther away from Rosemark proper. This is a huge accomplishment. My sons are getting copies for Christmas. Thanks for letting me be a very small part of this project. Mark Pilkinton, PhD., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
the United States Congress ratified the treaty with the Chickasaw Nation ceding West Tennessee to the United States. What followed was the creation of Shelby County in 1819 and, to its north, the creation of Tipton County in 1823. Settlers quickly followed. Along the border of Shelby and Tipton counties small communities developed around churches, schools, and country stores. This is the story of the people who have lived there. Over the last 180 years most of the schools and some of the towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County have disappeared. The churches and cemeteries remain and the land is still farmed.
This illustrated history attempts to capture the stories of those people and the places where they lived. Through a series of articles and interviews, maps, photographs, diaries, and letters, you can experience the people who lived on the farms and worked in the towns of Salem, Portersville, Idaville, Kerrville, Armourtown, Bethel, Tipton, Mudville, Macedonia, Gratitude, Barretville, and Rosemark, Tennessee.
While the purpose of this book is to preserve the history of the people who lived in a particular area, the messages found are often universal. There is the struggle to survive in hard times, the call to serve their country, and their stories of service from the Second Seminole War to the Korean Conflict. In this book you can find the tragedy of infant death before the advent of antibiotics and the loss of life in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918-19. You can walk the paths of the early ministers as they tended their congregations and you can feel the experience of the country doctors making their rounds. Within these pages you can find the stories of economic hardship, of the effect of the institution of the gold standard in 1873 and the hardship imposed by fluctuating cotton prices.
This book is to be perused like a good magazine. The reader should turn its pages and examine its Table of Contents for the little pieces of recollection that tell the true story of the history of a people. Within these pages you can learn the history of transportation, the expansion of the railroads, the changing of agriculture. If you look carefully, you will learn something about the remarkable resiliency and mobility of people who aspire to education, industry, and religion. These are stories of the American people.