Massey News

I am honored to announce this week that I will be sharing stories with our Hartselle Enquirer Readers from “The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama” book published by “The Morgan County Genealogy Society” and the story that I am sharing this week about McKendree United Methodist Church was submitted by the Committee and written by Rhona H. Summerford. The story reads as follows:  In Anson West’s History of Methodism in Alabama, published in 1893, he describes the creation of a society of Methodists in North Alabama’s famous Crowdabout Valley as early as 1824. Anson West writes that this society of Methodists was a part of the Lawrence Circuit, and that there were many prominent families in the valley who made up the membership. Some were Clarks, Dickens, Freemans, Hewletts, Speaks and Turrentines. West said, “men of prominence and eminence sprang from the Society” . In 1825 the Society was in the Tennessee Conference, Huntsville District and Lawrence Circuit. Ministers at that time were George W. Morris and Thomas Strain. Crowdabout Community, according to John Knox in his History of Morgan County, 1967, was scattered and was made up of parts of Danville, Massey and Cedar Plains areas. Its area roughly followed the meanderings of Crowdabout Creek. The society which met in Crowdabout Valley in the southwestern corner of Morgan County organized what was to become McKendree Church at least as early as 1823-24. Rev. Clayborn Jones was one of the earliest pastors. Early services were held in the homes until Larkin Rogers gave a small log structure to Wiley Speaks, who gave it as a church. The old barn was repaired to make a meeting place. Services were held there until 1840. John Knox writes that in 1840, Augusta Hewlett donated land where the present McKendree Cemetery stands. The building on the cemetery lot became too small and a second log building had to be constructed. This building lasted until the congregation had to build on the lot across the street from the church building. Need for added space caused this growing group of methodists to construct a larger frame building on the South east corner of the lot a few years later. This fourth building was erected by members in the community in 1887. It was used until the present church was built in 1947, under the leadership of Rev. Woodfin Grove. The Building Committee for the ”new” church was made up of Rev.Woodfin Grove, W.T. Tucker, R.D. Harvey, Sam Anders, Clyde Maples and Mitchell Dobbs. In 1957 volunteer labor was once again used to construct a new parsonage so that McKendree could become a full-time charge. In 1959 a lovely new steeple was added. The congregation added its Educational Building in 1980 under the leadership of Rev. Frank Ellison, completely paying for it upon completion. The building committee for this undertaking was made up of Gary Anders, Gene Durand, Milford Fields, Russell Reeder, Jack Summerford Mr. Clyde Maples and Eddie Roy, who drew the plans.

The Falkville Public Library, according to Librarian Jennie Asherbranner, recently celebrated their “25TH” anniversary. Jennie invites everyone to visit the Library and check out their books and other items offered to the public. The Library has a really large display of nostalgia pictures which are really interesting.  The Library will be closed December the 24th and the 26th for the Christmas Holiday. The Falkville Library Board will meet at 0’Bryans on December the 9th at 5:30 .

Christian love and heartfelt prayers go out this week for my friend Kay Farrer. Kay is in Rehab at Summerford Nursing Home recovering from a recent fall. We wish her bright and cheerful days and a speedy recovery.

Falkville

Storm shelter companies see increase in calls for installation

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Morgan County rabies clinic to be held June 1

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Community class reunion celebrates Morgan schools

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Hats off: Class of 2024 graduates from Hartselle High School

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City adjusts garbage routes for Memorial Day

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Larry Madison has been a pillar in Falkville for four decades

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Hartselle trio nominated for two K-LOVE awards

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Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

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Hartselle Kiwanis Club continues scholarly legacy with annual golf tournament

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Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

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Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

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Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

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Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

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Hartselle baseball legend dies

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Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

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ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

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Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

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New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

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Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

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Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

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State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

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Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

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Northern lights visible from north Alabama

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Hartselle students to attend Boys State

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