From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 23, 1961

Old bonnet tells of past era

Mrs. J.H. King of Oneonta route one has contributed an interesting item for display in the Democrat window this week, along with a bit of history concerning life here in the early part of the century.

The article is a black, cotton, handmade bonnet typical of the ones worn by elderly women of that time, which belonged to the late Mrs. Maurice Davis King, wife of the late Leroy King, who lived at Deavertown. The bonnet was made by her daughter-in-law Mrs. Mary McCoy King.

An interesting feature of the bonnet is the fact that the stiffening material used in it is evidently a copy of the old Blount County Journal, which was purchased by the Democrat about 1917. Editor of the Journal was E.O. Davidson, presently retired editor of the Fort Payne Journal. The date of the paper used in the bonnet is Nov. 12, 1912.

Mrs. J.H. King, who has preserved the bonnet over the years, also has the Singer sewing machine used in making it, which was manufactured in 1900. She says it is in perfect condition and she uses it for her own sewing.

Scouts enjoy camping trip

Girl Scout troops No. 529 and No. 532 spent the weekend of March 10 troop camping at Camp Coleman.

Leaving Oneonta Friday afternoon after school and returning late Saturday afternoon, they greatly enjoyed games, hiking, outdoor cooking, campfire programs, and meeting girls from other troops.

Leaders of Troop No. 529 are Mrs. James Quinn, Mrs. Austin Conn, and Mrs. Annette Hazelrig assisted by Mrs. E.A. Nichols. Troop members making the trip were Elaine Whited, Martha Tidmore, Letitia Fendley, Rebecca Black, Faye Smith, Cindy Morton, Alane Quinn, Linda Moore, Jan Self, Emily Estes, Anna Marie Johnson, Mary Jean Armstrong, Linda Conn, Rita Walker, Shelia McWaters, Anita Hazelrig, Suzy Wittmeier, Lydia Cheney, Catherine Cary, Carol Harvey, and Hayne Livingston.

Mrs. R.E. Brittain, leader of Troop No. 532, was assisted on the trip by Mrs. R.M. Sirmon and Mrs. L.G. Dumas. Members included Beverly Brittain, Betty Dumas, Susan Sirmon, Beverly Lowry, Sandra Vick, Terri Bentley, Sharon LeCroy, Irene Riddlespur, Debbie Williams, Nancy Reeves, Doris Nichols, Villa McWhorter, Jamie Clark, and Shelia Brooks.

Sunday, March 12, was the Girl Scout birthday and in its observance Scouts and Brownies attended church together. Troops 529 and 532 and Brownie Troop No. 465 joined Lester Memorial Methodists at the 11 o’clock hour while Brownie Troop No. 614 attended morning service at the Church of Christ.