Files from Yesteryear: 1955


From the Files of 1955:


R.C. Berry, of Vinemont, has a very long gun (65 inches) of the Civil War era, given to him by his father, the late Robert R. Berry. Carved on one side of the stock is Co. H First Texas. R.C. and his brother have used the gun many times to hunt squirrels and rabbits. R.C. and his wife were married on March 16, 1902. They have three sons: Enoch, of Cullman, Lester, of Gold Ridge and Siris, of Memphis, Tennessee and four daughters, Mrs. J.B. Brewer, Mrs. Clyde Barnett and Misses Annie and Lexie Berry, all of Birmingham. Mr. Berry says he learned to read in the Blue Back Speller and the Cullman Tribune. He has been a continuous subscriber, since 1904.


Snakes have bitten two children here during the last few days. Both were quite ill for a while, but are much better now.

Last Saturday, four-year-old Linda Clemmons,  daughter  of Doctor  and Mrs. L.H. Clemmons, was bitten by a brown rattler in the Clemmons yard. Doctor Clemmons brought her to his office, to give her a shot, which she of course  didn’t want to take. By the time they arrived at the office the sting of the bite had subsided and Linda tried hard to cajole her Daddy into foregoing the shot. However, he knew it was necessary and couldn’t be persuaded. She was quite sick for a day, but is feeling fine now.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lonnie Clifton Yeager, eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Yeager, was bitten  by  a snake, either a rattler or a moccasin. He was in a field near the Yeager home in the Good Hope community when bitten  by the “black and gray” snake.

Lonnie was rushed to Cullman for a shot and is recovering nicely. One of his favorite television programs is “Lassie,” on which he’ had seen first aid given for snake bite and had remarked recently that if he were ever bitten he would split open the wound and suck the blood out  like was done on television. However  when his father later asked him about his first aid, Lonnie admitted he forgot  all about  it, when he was actually bitten.

Lonnie says something terrible happens every spring. Three years ago he was bitten by a mad dog and had to take shots. Two years ago he broke his arm and last year he stepped on a rusty nail and had to take all kinds of shots.

“Maybe it will be different when I grow up,” comments Lonnie.


After 40 years, Leigeber has sold the Chevrolet dealership to Roy Drinkard. Mr. Drinkard is age 70.


Fire destroyed a barn and two story chicken houses on the Bert Smith farm, near Holly Pond, at 1:30 a.m., on Sunday. Both buildings, 1400 pedigree laying hens, whose eggs are used for special hatching purposes, a calf, a tractor, electric milker, crusher, as well as two loads  of  chicken  feed  were  a  complete loss. No insurance was carried.

Forgetting to close a barn door on the evening before proved a blessing to the Smiths. They had had guests and forgot to close the barn door. Thus 25 milking  cows escaped from the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown, unless it was caused by a spark from the feed crusher, which Mr. Smith had used on Saturday.


Funeral services were held at Moss Chapel, on May 4th for Horace E. Lynn,  70, of Route Seven, of Cullman, who died at the Cullman Hospital on the preceding day. The Reverend J. Gilbert Speake conducted the rites and interment was made in the city cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Orvil Walker, James Nobel, Woodrow Taylor, Milton Edge, Marlon White and Garman Yarbrough.

Honorary pallbearers were Doctor C.M. Gross, E.C. McCain, Feltus Mullins, Wallace Yarbrough, Lawrence Howse, Willie Howse, Whatley Thurston, Graf Hart, Kenneth Weeks and Hershel Butler. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Guy Lynn, of Huntsville and Clyde Lynn, of U.S.M.C., Jacksonville, North Carolina and six daughters, Mrs. J.C. Bailey, of Hurricane, Utah, Mrs. H.H. Franklin, of Chattahoochee, Florida, Mrs. John M. Edwards, of Montgomery, Mrs. Jack Lindsey, of Birmingham and Miss Ruth Lynn, of Cullman.


Twelve seniors from the senior high schools of Cullman County will spend next Tuesday, in Montgomery for  a tour of Alabama’s Capital City.

They will visit the Capitol, attend sessions of the state legislature, as well as do some sightseeing around the city. This will be the first trip to Montgomery for several of these boys and girls, who have been chosen as winners of the Good Citizenship title in their various schools.

These winners are Barbara Jean and Wade Stewart, of Holly Pond, Barbara Sue Goodlett and J.C. Bailey,  of Fairview, Betty Jo Glasscock and George Burkart, Junior, of Hanceville, Belva Sue Harbison and Harold Davis, of Cold Springs, Rosa Ann Tilley and Paul Cole, of West Point and Margaret Jones and Bobby McClendon, of Cullman.


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