Nashville Churches of Christ History Group on Facebook

Nashville Churches of Christ History group is open to anyone interested in the Stone-Campbell movement in Nashville and Davidson County.  Here is the first post I made a few days ago:

I envision this community as a place to share common interest in the rich story of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Nashville. I am conducting research for a book which will highlight each congregation of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches from the 1820’s to the present…basically the entire movement from its beginning in our city until now. I envision this group as a place to share memories, photos, news and generate discussion and interest. Please join and contribute. Please feel free to contact me directly at icekm (at) aol (dot) com.

The group is open to all.  Help spread the word and generate interest.

Save the Paper

Regular readers of this blog know that one of my research interests is Nashville’s Stone-Campbell heritage.  Judging from the folks who find my blog by searching for old Nashville churches like Foster Street Christian Church or Vine Street Christian Church or South College Street Church of Christ, I see I am not alone in my interest.  Here’s my appeal:

I am assembling information from, by and about these churches, ministers and related organizations.  Do you have paper (like directories or bulletins), photographs, sermons, postcards, old issues of periodicals like Gospel Advocate or Apostolic Times or ephemera from Nashville events like the Hardeman Tabernacle meetings or the Collins-Craig Auditorium Meeting, or the Nashville Jubilee?  Do you have photographs or postcards of church buildings?  For that matter, do you have an old map of Nashville that shows what the city was like in the 1940’s?  or earlier? Do you have clippings from the newspapers about people or events or congregations in the Nashville or Davidson County area?   Do you have memories of growing up at Vine Street Christian Church when it was still downtown?  Or Reid Avenue Church of Christ, Russell Street Church of Christ or Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ (all three are now closed)?  Would you be willing to talk with me–in person or by email or even by postal mail–to share your memories?  Would you allow me to borrow your old paper, copy it and learn from it?

Old paper is the stuff from which history is written.  And if it isn’t preserved then not only will vital data be lost but a story will be silenced.  I believe the Nashville story is a rich story, and a story worth keeping and worth telling and worth preserving.   With every funeral we lose some memory or story.  The time has come for us to assemble what remains while we can, and ensure that through its preservation the story will not be forgotten.

Check the steamer trunks in your attics, the boxes in your basements and the files in the closets.  Before you throw it away, email me.  Let’s preserve it.

icekm (at) aol (dot) com

He knows his onions

HE KNOWS HIS ONIONSLife and Casualty Ad GA March 6, 1930

There’s a man working here,
            His name is Mr. Dorris,
He lives here in town,
            But kinder in a forest.

His land is very fertile,
            It produces mighty well,
He raises lots of vegetables,
            But not enough to sell.

He makes one thing a specialty,
            He will lead all over the state,
That’s these Texas onions.
            He has one as large as a plate.

He has ordered him a boiler,
            It will take lots and lots of tin,
It will certainly take a large one—
            It’s to cook that onion in.

He says he raised that onion,
            But it’s whispered all around,
That someone sent it to him
            That lives away from town.

Any way the man that raised it
            Accomplished a might good deed,
If he was only thoughtful enough
            To save just two or three seed.

You watch my prediction—
            The price of onions will drop
As soon as the merchants of Nashville
            Find out he has dug his crop

I raised my little onion,
            And I thought it was very nice,
I kinder think he bought his
            And paid a right good price.

J. R. King, The Rambling Thoughts of a Night Watchman. Author: Nashville, 1930, page 104.

J. R. King was night watchman at Life and Casualty Insurance Company.  In this book he mentions, among others, A.M. Burton, Truman Ward, WLAC and likely C. E. W. Dorris and his onions.