Sunday, March 17, 2013

Churches in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 1874

Services and schedules

First Presbyterian Church, Hopkinsville, KY
Built in 1848. Wikimedia image.

According to a directory published in the August 7, 1874, Kentucky New Era, these churches were meeting in post-Civil-War Hopkinsville.

Christian Church
Nashville Street
Eld. T. A. Crenshaw, Pastor.
Regular service every Sabbath morning, at which the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper is uniformly administered, and at night, 7-1/2 o'clock.
Sunday School every Sabbath morning.
Prayer-meeting Wednesday evening.

M. E. Church [Methodist Episcopal], South
Nashville Street
Rev. Thos. Bottomly, Pastor.
Service every Sabbath morning and evening.
Sunday School every Sabbath morning.
Prayer-meeting every Wednesday evening.

Old School Presbyterian Church Southern Assembly
Nashville Street
Rev. J. Tate, Pastor.
Services 3d and 4th Sabbaths in each month.
Sunday school every Sabbath morning.
Prayer meeting every Thursday evening.

Old School Presbyterian Church
Nashville Street
Rev. A. W. Colver
Services 1st and 2nd Sabbaths in every month.
Sunday School every Sabbath morning.
Prayer meeting every Thursday evening.

Grace Church
Virginia Street
Rev. R. M. Baker, Pastor
Service every Sunday morning at the usual hour, and in the evening at 3 o'clock. Sunday School every Sabbath morning

Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Russellville Street
Rev. R. J. Beard, Pastor.
Service every Sabbath morning and evening.
Sunday School every Sabbath afternoon.
Prayer meeting every Tuesday evening.

Colored Baptist Church
Virginia Street
Rev. S. Watt, Pastor.
Service every Sabbath afternoon at 2-1/2 o'clock and evening at 8 o'clock.
Sunday School every Sabbath morning.
Prayer meeting every Thursday evening.

Source: Kentucky New Era, August 7, 1874

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Angry Bird

A candidate for the flock

Do you ever play that silly little game, "Angry Birds?" Some people have it on their phones or tablets, and some people play it on Facebook. If you're familiar with the game, maybe you'll agree with me that this little fellow is a great candidate for the Angry Birds flock. His colors are pastel, but don't ignore that mean look in his eye.

Angry bird, seen at the Peddler's Mall in Hopkinsville

Friday, March 15, 2013

15 Animal and Bird Songs

Ah, do you remember these?

Here's a Fun Friday Fifteen, since I missed the Thursday Thirteen. (Yes, I did just invent the Fun Friday Fifteen!)

  1. Old Blue (Bet you five dollars he's a good dog too.)
  2. The Old Gray Mare (She ain't what she used to be.)
  3. Sweetly Sings the Donkey (At the break of day.)
  4. Git Along Little Dogies (It's your misfortune and none of my own.)
  5. Mary Had a Little Lamb (Its fleece was white as snow.)
  6. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat (Where have you been?)
  7. Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? (Where, oh where can he be?)
  8. Pop! Goes the Weasel (Round and round the cobbler's bench...)
  9. Froggie Went a Courtin' (And he did ride, a-hum, a-hum.)
  10. Go Tell Aunt Rhody (The old gray goose is dead.)
  11. Be Kind to your Webfooted Friends (For a duck may be somebody's mother.)
  12. Three Blind Mice (Did ever you see such a sight in your life?)
  13. Teensy Weensy Spider (Climbed up the spout again.)
  14. Rabbit Ain't Got No Tail At All (Same song, second verse, a little bit louder, and a little bit worse.)
  15. The Bear Went Over the Mountain (To see what he could see.)

Now which one of these is stuck in your head? For me, it's "Froggie Went a Courtin'." A-hum.

Illustrations from the Project Gutenberg EBook of Denslow's Mother Goose, copyright 1902 by William Wallace Denslow. ==Us

Friday, March 01, 2013

Mohair Memories

Romance in the fifties

Photo by knittiemarie on Flikr
When I was about seven or eight years old (in the late 1950s,) I began to notice that some guys and girls in high school were "going steady." As a symbol of their affection, they had exchanged class rings. 

I don't remember what the guy did with the girl's ring. Maybe he put it on a chain and wore it around his neck, or maybe he wore it on his pinky. But I haven't forgotten what the girls did with the guys rings.

Guys' rings were almost always a few sizes too big, so the girls wrapped them in yarn to make them small enough to wear. In a pinch, any yarn would do (so long as it was color-coordinated to the girl's outfit.) But given a choice, the girls preferred mohair yarn.

After the ring was wrapped in the fuzzy mohair, the girls brushed up the yarn fibers with a toothbrush, encircling the ring with a cloud of fuzz as large as a ping-pong ball. Anyone who glanced at the girl's hand  knew immediately that she was going steady.

When the girl had a few spare moments, she might get her toothbrush out of her purse and freshen up the yarn on her ring, just to keep it looking nice.

Pastel mohair cardigans were popular then, too, and I thought the girls looked beautiful wearing their soft, fuzzy sweaters with their boyfriends' rings wrapped in matching swirls of mohair. And of course, the guys were handsome too, with their crew-cuts combed straight up in front.

In fact, during a church service (my primary opportunity to observe teenage couples), I could get so busy looking at those guys and girls that I didn't pay any attention at all to the sermon.

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CONTENTMENT: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are the tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
(Author unknown)

IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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