Tuesday, May 12, 1959
(M. F. Piercy Nichols Diary, cont.) Back to the year I met your dad and later married him, Oct 12, 1913 by Dr. J. L. Webber, pastor of Madison Heights Methodist Church on Claybrook St, Memphis, Tenn. in the presence of Dr. Geo. Holcomb, Miss. Maude McGregor, Mr. & Mrs. Wm McDermott and Miss Annie Logan.
We lived near Baptist Hospital in a 2 room apartment, until the next year. My mother stayed with us when Frances arrived. Dr. Frank Graham delivered her that was the last year of your dad’s education. We lived about 6 months on Mallory Ave, next to Mamma and Papa. Bill and Walter, after finishing school, we moved to the lake, I mean Reelfoot but I should tell you about our first visit to his home and your dad’s in Kenton, Tenn. I had met your Uncle Walter Nichols before Frances was born. He came to Memphis to buy a car and went to an auto
Wednesday, May 13, 1959
show, bought a red Buick car. He was very nice and told me I was his sister and he would always be my brother and I found him to be just that, all the years after, until his death in Clear Water Florida. He was a lawyer and was in court. His heart was bad and he had high blood pressure, so he felt the attack and asked the judge for a recess, the judge said proceed with the case and he died right there. So we never knew the judge but he sure used poor judgement, Walter might have had some more years to live had he been a man of real judgement.
Thursday, May 14, 1959
Today, is Friday, Oct. 28, 1960. I told you in the very beginning, this book would be full of this, that, and what not and certainly not in order or with out system. Its a beautiful day here in Munford, where we have lived 21 years, will be 22 years, July 7, 1961. We built this clapboard house on 5 acres of ground, we bought with money left by my father and mother, Wm T. and Alice Dodson Piercy.
First, let me say, we are just back from a trip spent the first two days with your Aunt Mat and Effie and from their home in Florence, Ala, we drove, Oct. 19, to Knoxville, Tenn. to spend your dad’s 71st birthday, Oct. 20, with our two daughters and their families at Knoxville, Tenn. We arrived there from Florence about 4:30 pm after driving all day through central Tennessee from Florence. We went straight to 2nd Presbyterian Church on Kingston Pike, where Nancy,
Friday, May 15, 1959
our youngest child, has worked some giving (?) to Knoxville, as church secretary to Rev. McClure.
We drove back to her house at 3965 Greenleaf to spend night. That night, Frances, Lake and Glenda came to see us and Norris, Nancy’s husband, came in from his work as engineer at Alcoa. Glenda was moving into dorm at UT and they had decided it too far to drive back and forth from home at 5320 Brazelton Rd in Ft. City. Glenda was in her 1st year of college at UT.
David, our grandson, and son of Walter and Dorothy too is in college at UT Martin, Tenn. He is a good boy and also a good student.
Norris accompanied your dad to a UT Football game at Knoxville, while you, Nancy, with Frances drove to the mts by way of Maryville. It was a wonderful trip and my heart was happy to be with two of my daughters again. Missed our “Little Maggie” the spark of life.
Saturday, May 16, 1959
We saw 17 bears and got into a traffic jam coming down out of mts. to Gatlinburg – too, you and Frances walked to ramp on highest part of mt. to the N. Carolina side. I didn’t go but a short ways – how I hope some day to walk that ramp and see the wonderful view from the highest part of mt. there. I really enjoyed the trip and it was after dark when we arrived in Knoxville due to the large crowd making a jam in traffic, who like we wanted to view the mts and see the lovely and beautiful leaves of autumn, mangled with the evergreens there. The men of our family were getting anxious about us but they knew what a jam like that in mts could delay you too.
Sunday, May 17, 1959
We had a wonderful trip to Knoxville and made it home ok, leaving at 5 am we reached home by 2:30 pm.
It was wonderful to visit our children and appreciate all the kindness and everything shown us – just good to be with you and see you for we love each one of you dearly and pray that good comes to each one. Knoxville and the country about so beautiful there the mountains so quiet and still and you feel the presence of God all about you and so near to Him some how in the beautiful mountains. There with running streams and beautiful trees and flowers and the wonderful mountains all about you.