WARREN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL &HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONNewsletter201 Locust StreetWCGHA OFFICERSPresident:Cheryl W. MingleVice President:Marion Rhea SpeaksMay 2019McMinnville, TennesseeOur next meetingWill be on May 182:00 p.m.201 Locust StreetLocated in the basement of theCounty Administration BuildingMcMinnville, TNOur guest speakerBrad WalkerSecretary:Donna SullivanTreasurer:Allen JacoPast President:Ann BrownOur office is located at201 Locust Streetin the basement of theCounty Administrative Building1 WCGHA May 2019Will give a talk aboutWarren County Deeds, Grants, TN Grants,Military Grants, Hand Writing,Duplicate Numbers in Grants, etc.Also Family BiblesThis is another meeting you don’t want to miss!
CommitteesCome Visit UsMembership:Our officeis openAllen JacoCirculation Manager:Wilma DavenportCommitteesRefreshments:Monday &FridayChristine Bouldin9 a.m.-3 p.m.Programs:Marion Rhea Speaks931-474-4227Research:Bonita MangrumBulletin Editor:email:[email protected] the Web:www.tngenweb.org/wcgatnChris KeathleyBobby BondOn Facebook:Warren CountyGenealogical & HistoricalAssociationNewsletter Editor:Doyle SpeaksOffice:Evelyn WadeAndWCGHA’s Old WarrenCounty, TN FamilyHistory/PhotosWeb Page Editor &Publicity:Ann Brown2 WCGHA May 2019Wilma DavenportOur officeis located at201 Locust StreetMcMinnville, Tennesseein the basement of theCounty AdministrativeBuilding
Cody Prince Talked AboutHistoric High’s Funeral HomeEvans moved toMcMinnville in1922 where heoperated his businessfrom the LivelyFurniture Store.Between 1926and 1929 he boughtthe 3 story private home of Zeb Martin located onMain Street. This is where the present High’sFuneral Home still operates. He and his wife livedCody Prince was the guest speaker for our AprilWCGHA meeting. Everyone enjoyed the talk andpictures shared of the historic High’s FuneralHome.The large crowd at the April meeting of theWarren County Genealogical and HistoricalAssociation enjoyed a wonderful program on thehistory of High’s Funeral Home. The program waspresented by Cody Prince.Cody, who has been employed by Highs for fiveyears, grew up in McMinnville where he resides. Herecently graduated with an Associates of AppliedScience from John A. Gupton College in Nashville.He earned his Associates degree from Motlow StateCommunity College and will soon take the stateboards to get his Tennessee Funeral Directorslicense.John High was born 17Sep 1896 in Jackson, TN tohis parents Robert andValley B. Anderson Highand died on September 8,1981. He attended TennesseeTechnical Institute inCookeville (now TennesseeTechnical College) and in1919 received his diplomafrom The Cincinnati College of Embalming.He began his career with Conger BrothersFuneral Home in Smithville. He and his wife Louise3 WCGHA May 2019there until 1956 when he purchased a home onNashville Hwy. He competed with the Jones &Warren funeral home until 1930 when he boughtthem out.The original chapel extended out to CollegeStreet and was added in 1950. Remodels to thestructure were completed in 1969 and again in 2004.John and his wife Louise had no childrenalthough they raised 2 boys as their own.(Continued on page 4)
Historic High’s(Continued from page 3)Mr. High was a man of many talents. He was a kindreligious and generous man, a great speaker and a manwith a wonderful singing voice. He often was asked topreach or sing at funerals. He taught a class on Sundaymornings for 52 consecutive years at Central Church ofChrist. The class started with 8 and ended with 150 people.He was a member of the church for 60 years.This horse-drawn carriage was once ownedby John High and later sold to Don ParisHe was also quite a jokester. A local resident wasaccidentally shot in a hunting accident. Mr. High was alerted that the man would not make it through thenight and he should expect his body the nextmorning. The man miraculously survivedand later in life came to the funeral home fora calling. When Mr. High met him he gavehim a stoic look and told him “I’m stillwaiting on you”.It was told that he was lying in a casketone evening waiting for the cleaning ladyand when she arrived he sat up and spoke toher. She left with a flash.Many years ago, when a person died, theundertakers prepared the bodies for burial atthe home of those who died. They traveled tothe home of the deceased to prepare them forburial. They were embalmed, clothed andplaced in the caskets, ready to be shown withwakes usually lasting 2 nights. Caskets wereusually homemade or purchased from thelocal hardware store.This Model T with the casket of John Montgomery Elrod got stuck in the mud on the wayto the Oak Grove Cemetery. Thankfully, a farmer came to the rescue with his horses.Funeral homes no longer remain open for all night wakes. State fire codes prohibit this. The doors must belocked at night.Cody entertained a multitude of questions from the crowd. A lot of people expressed concerns for unkept andabandoned cemeteries. We were advised to check out the Rules and Regulations for Cemeteries in the State ofTennessee.In 1967 Mr. High incorporated the funeral home and brought in 3 partners, Clarence Warren, Edwin Hammerand Tommy Carney. Steve West joined Highs in 1978 and became a partner in 1984. Steve is now retired and thecurrent partners are Rocky Davenport, Joe Michael Woodside and Brandon Harris.“The greatest desire in the heart of any human being is to go to that City where the roses never fade and to hear that stillsmall voice that says, ‘It is I, be not afraid’. No one who is left behind should begrudge the Child of God that sleeps, who willknow no awakening until the Trumpet of God shall sound. For death is but the doorway through which we pass into God’stomorrow.” –John W. High (From a talk given at the funeral of Johnie Hall)4 WCGHA May 2019
Welcome special guestsClayton D. and Kathy Walden from Pleasant View,TN attended our April meeting. Earlier in the weekthey had visited the genealogy department ofMagness Library in search of info on the Sparkmanline. Cheryl Watson Mingle, who manages thatdepartment, extended an invite to join us at themeeting.Always Great RefreshmentsServing refreshments at our April meeting wereBettye Pack and Christine Bouldin. Scheduled forthe May meeting are On board for the Aprilmeeting are Bonita Mangrum and Evelyn Wade.5 WCGHA May 2019Turn Your Radio OnWCGHA was represented as guests on “Town Talk”for the April 18 program. The show is broadcast onradio WBMC 960 AM-FM in McMinnville and is cohosted by Kelly Marlow and Jason Hillis. Pictured,l-r are Marion Rhea Speaks, Cody Prince and KellyMarlow. “Town Talk” is broadcast Mondaythrough Friday from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Tune in onThursday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. when WCGHA willagain be a guest on the show.The Heritage of WarrenCounty, TN Available Again!The Heritage ofWarren County, TN,published in 2005, isnow available for saleagain. Recently theWCGHA purchased fromthe publisher, CountyHeritage, Inc., the last ofthese informative,hardback books, whichwere thought to be outof print. This book canbe purchased for just 72.00 plus 7.00 shipping and makes a nice gift.Make checks out to WCGHA and mail to: WCGHA,P.O. Box 411, McMinnville, TN 37111. Or come bythe WCGHA office on Mondays or Fridays 9-3 p.m.,County Administrative Building, 201 Locust St.,McMinnville, Tennessee.
A Great Civil War BookBarbara Bates talked about her recentpurchase of the book “L. Virginia French’s WARJOURNAL 1862-1865”.The book, written byJerry W. Smith in 2007,contains daily entries inthe journal of LucyVirginia Smith French(1825-1881) during theAmerican Civil War. Shewas a poet, author andeditor who lived inMcMinnville andBeersheba Springs, TNduring this time period.Lucy and her husband,Colonel John HopkinsFrench (1817-1892) areburied at the Riverside(Depot Bottom) cemeteryin McMinnville.A copy of the book can be purchased at theweb site blockaderunner.com.6 WCGHA May 2019Our Historical CollectionContinues to GrowWelcome New MembersLinda FisherWilliam McClanahanThomas MingleSharon BrakefieldSusan DriverJoyce MarchbanksLinda Wiedmer
Warren Co. Genealogical & Historical AssociationW WarrenWarrenCo. GenealogicalCo.CountyGenealogical& Historical& gical& HistoricalAssociationarMembers Meeting Agendar Call to Order – President Cheryl Watson MingleeMay Approval of Previous Members Meeting Minutesn 18th, 20192:00 p.m. Treasurer’s Report – Allen JacoCWCGHA OfficeociationCOMMITTEEREPORTSoo Membership –Allen Jacoo Circulation –Wilma Davenport.o Programs –Marion SpeaksOFFICERSGoPublicity–Ann BrownPresident: eCheryl WatsonMingleo Research –Bonita Mangrum & Bobby BondVice Pres: nMarion Speakso Office –Evelyn Wade & Wilma DavenportSecretary Donna SullivanTreasurer: eAllen Jacoo Bulletin –Chris KeathleyPast Pres: Ann Browno Newsletter Doyle SpeaksaCOMMITTEESo Webpage Ann BrownlMembership:Allen JacooOLD BUSINESSCirculation Manager:& Historical Associationg Warren Co. Genealogical 501c3 UpdateWilma Davenport Scanner UpdatesiPrograms:Marion SpeakscBulletin Editor:aChris KeathleyNEW BUSINESSlNewsletter Editor Grange HallDoyle Speaks&Webpage EditorAnn BrownHiResearch:Bonita MangrumsBobby BondOffice:tEvelyn WadeWilma DavenportoRefreshmentsChristinerBouldiniWebpage: www.tngenweb.org/wcgac7 W C G HaA April 2019lPublicity:Ann BrownAPROGRAMMay 18 – Brad WalkerDeeds, Grants and Family BiblesWBMC Town Talk – May16th at 8:30, Marion SpeaksAdjournmentRefreshments: Bonita Mangrum – Evelyn Wade
From the Facebook files ofWarren Co. Genealogical & Htorical AssociationWCGHA's Old Warren County, TNFamily History/PhotosThis is an on-going series of photos from WCGHA’s Old Warren County, TN FamilyHistory/Photos. The Public Group site was organized several years ago and is co-administeredby Cheryl Watson Mingle, President of the Warren County Genealogical & HistoricalAssociation along with Ann Brown, Past President.You’re invited to join our Facebook group, comment and submit photos and history.Sedberry Hotel, court square 1900'sSubmitted by Rickey Burks, April 26, 20198 WCGHA April 2019
McMinnville in 1922 where he operated his business from the Lively Furniture Store. Between 1926 and 1929 he bought the 3 story private home of Zeb Martin located on Main Street. This is where the present High’s Funeral Home still operates. He and his wife lived there until 1956 when he purchased a