ALMYRA GLEANINGS: Miss Myrtie Hughes, who spent the holidays with her parents of this community from the 24th to the 2d inst., returned to Luxora, Ark., to resume her work in the city schools of that place.
Mrs. S. T. Copeland and little son, Talmadge, of Lebanon, Tenn., are visiting her sister, Mrs. J. L. Taylor, and family of Dunlap Orphanage.
Mr. P. S. White, of Vanderbilt University, after a two-weeks’ visit to his parents, Rev. and Mrs. J. M. White, of Sharon, returned to the University Saturday. His brother, James, accompanied him and will enter Peabody College.
Mrs. Alice Beach, assistant matron of Dunlap Orphanage, who has been for some weeks in a hospital in Nashville, was able to return to the Orphanage last week.
Through the kindness of the Tipton County Farmers Union Bank, of Covington, two of the largest boys – Forrest Sherrill and Roy Hunter, of Dunlap Orphanage – were sent a few days ago to our State University in Knoxville to take the short course of six weeks’ agricultural training in that institution. These boys are bright, deserving youths of 15 years, and will doubtless show their appreciation of this opportunity by making diligent use of their time. And the bank is to be highly commended for their active interest in the Orphanage and their great generosity to these boys in meeting all the expenses of the curse with a high view of making them more useful to themselves, to the institution and to their fellowmen when they have reached manhood. The first named of these boys was sent to the home from Statesville, N.C., and the latter from Huntersville, same State.
Mr. C. A. Wright, who recently sold out his farm and store to Mr. Goode, of the Clopton community, is moving his family to the home he has bought near Rosemark. Mr. Wright will be in the community for a week or two longer closing out his business. There is one interesting but sad thought of Mr. Wright leaving Wrights Store and this community. Mr. Wright’s great grandfather, Mr. Bernard, settled in that place near a century ago, only a little more than 200 yards from the present site of Mr. Wright’s late residence and store. Then near three-fourths of a century ago, Mr. Wright’s grandfather, the late I. A. Wright Esq., who was a son-in-law of Mr. Bernard, settled within a stone’s throw of the present site of the store and residence, and lived there the balance of his life, and who, soon after the Civil war, built and opened up a store of general merchandise, and which later became a postoffice, known as Wrights, until the rural free delivery was established . A few years after the Civil war it became a voting precinct in the lower end of District No. 8, and is now one of the leading voting places of this part of the county. Mr. C. A. Wright’s father and brothers, among whom is Esq. S. A. Wright, were born and reared at this place, and after his father became grown, lived in about 200 yeards [sic] of the store site, and reared his family of several children here. Mr. Wright’s grandfather was a successful man in most things that he took hold of and accumulated a good deal of property, especially landed estate, around him. After his death these lands were divided up and the greater part has since been sold to others. And now as Mr. C. A. Wright moves away he is the last one of the Wright name to own and occupy the old home and store, after being in the family for near a century. Sad to think of it, after the old parental home of children and grandchildren so long and now is to pass into the hands of strangers. I might further say that the people of this part of the county sincerely regret to see Mr. Wright and his pleasant family leave the county.
For a few years past we have been sending in to the Leader almost weekly some news gleanings from the Almyra neighborhood around Dunlap Orphanage and Sharon. Sometimes these gleanings were pithy and not much to them – just material to fill up space in the paper. Others announced the fact of a death or marriage or a visitor from somewhere else, or one from here to some other place, and various other little items of news that we thought might be of interest to some of the readers of the Leader. While ofttimes there may not have been much in the gleanings, we always tried to write nothing but facts, even if we sometimes indulged in little eulogies that were deserving. But with this we close our gleanings from Almyra, as we move to another locality and leave them for another to gather, who may have a keener eye for news and wield a more ready pen. In closing we thank the Leader people, one and all, for their many courtesies and favors to us and their patience in often deciphering our poorly written manuscript and looking over other failings. I make my little bow, lay down my pen and retire.
[Almyra Gleanings, The Covington Leader, 8 Jan 1920]