A look back at parties for youngsters, adults
North Alabama – and especially Hartselle – has never lacked for parties. This column looks at some of the parties of past years as well as additional events in the life of “Fessor” Burleson.
- Nov. 21, 1897—A large number of people drove out to Trinity to be present at the ball given by Mr. and Mrs. Bolden tonight. It was an old-fashioned country affair, given with old-fashioned Southern hospitality.
- June 19, 1930—“Blount Springs families are busy dispensing hospitality to summer visitors,” said B. H. Humphries while traveling in behalf of his community Wednesday. “Not so many cottages are taken for the summer as some years ago, but we have many weekend parties.” The W.A. Barclift family frequently got away from Hartselle for a while in the summertime and “roughed it” from a Blount Springs cottage.
- March 6, 1936—Malcolm Roberts hosted a stag domino party at his home tonight.
- July 26, 1937—The annual synodic young people’s encampment of the Alabama-Mississippi synod of the Presbyterian church began at the now vacant Hartselle Civilian Conservation Corps this afternoon. Prof. F. E. Burleson presented the welcome address from the City of Hartselle. He told the campers they could expect to find the residents of this town to be a very hospitable people who would show them their presence here was appreciated even though Presbyterians are not as numerous as they used to be.
- Nov. 15, 1939—F. E. Burleson is advertising that he wants to buy one opossum dog, preferably a hound. On the other hand, he has a lot to sell in the way of mules, cows, hogs, corn, pecans and turkeys. Taking a break from his school duties, Prof. Burleson frequently goes hunting with a few of his many friends.
- Aug. 18, 1940—F. E. Burleson was very hospitable besides being an exceptional Bible teacher whose class invariably had the largest enrollment. Gen. Burleson entertained about 100 of his Sunday school class at his home on Burleson Mountain this afternoon following the worship service at the First Methodist Church. The piece de resistance was watermelons from his famous Cold Cave, cut in generous slices for all his very appreciative guests.
- Feb. 25, 1944—Mrs. A. L. Guyer delightfully entertained her little granddaughter Judy Brown at a birthday party celebrating her fifth birthday this afternoon.
- May 3, 1945—Masters Michael and Larry Roberts, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Roberts, celebrated their fifth and third birthdays with a party given on the lawn of their grandmother, Mrs. S. A. Blair.
- Jan. 12, 1946—Mrs. Phil Wasson, a popular teacher at MCHS, directed several clever and amusing contests at a lovely party honoring Miss Gwendolyn Payne.
- May 2, 1947—One of the largest crowds of Hartselle veterans ever to assemble gathered at Cole Springs tonight for a stag party. A good–time get–together and fellowship was enjoyed by all. The local post of the American Legion expects to build a new home in the near future. The site for the building has already been purchased, four blocks north of Hartselle in the Turney Woods.
- June 6, 1948—Prof. F. E. Burleson and Miss Mary Nell Ballew were married in Iuka, Tishomingo County, Mississippi, this afternoon. The Ballews, like the Burlesons, have been prominent in Alabama since its earliest days. David Ballew served two terms as sheriff of Morgan County in the 1830s. Fessor used to joke that they wed early enough in the afternoon so that he could get home in time to feed his cattle.
- Jan. 14, 1949—Nancy Hodges celebrated her seventh birthday with a party at her home.
- March 24, 1951—Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Drinkard entertained a group of friends at their home this afternoon for their son, Skipper, E. L. Drinkard III’s 10th birthday party.
- May 2, 1951—Bobby Cain celebrated his 12th birthday with a party including 20 guests at his home.
- May 25, 1951—The largest sixth–grade class, numbering 90 students, held commencement in the City School auditorium. Prof. F. E. Burleson presented 55 girls and 45 boys with their diplomas.