Area residents take a look back

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

There was entertainment in the park, excitement during the parade and glitter with fireworks on the Fourth of July, but there was also nostalgia in the west shelterhouse in Humphreys Park.

Memorabilia in the form of articles and pictures let viewers travel throughout the 100 years that there has been a Fourth of July celebration in Linton.

The Wall of Memories organized by Crystal Woods featured pictures of parades throughout the years. Photos of beautiful handmade floats sponsored by flourishing businesses that are well remembered, by some, but gone from the business directory for several years brought back memories to many residents. Those floats featured names such as Hamilton Drugs, Wolfe City Service and New Home Furnishings.

Other pictures featured homes of prominent Linton citizens such as John Wolford, Dudley Hixon and James Humphreys. There were pictures of schoolhouses that have since been razed and interesting photographs of the Linton Rotary and Republican barbecues in years past.

One of the historical articles told of the 1955 parade in which there was a power failure, but according to Joe Hasemam, secretary/manager of the Greater Linton Club, "it was one of the best ever had here."

In spite of 90-degree temperature, Haseman said there was a crowd estimated from 10,000 to 12,000 people watching the parade.

The Greene County Genealogical Society (GCGS), the Greene County Historical Society (GCHS) and Fred Allen's mining history provided other interesting items of information.

For people interested in family history, the genealogical society had record books on display that gave dates of births, marriages, deaths and original naturalization applications from the early 19th century.

The Greene County Historical Society provided the history of townships, lists of cemeteries, and Linton-Stockton memory books,.

Linda Sharp, president of the GCHS made a special book, "Linton-Stockton Memories -- 1905-2005" for the 2005 Fourth of July Centennial.

Along with a list of the early Linton settlers, there are brief biographies of several Linton pioneers. Among the many pictures and historical articles are pictures of area war veterans who were killed in combat in World War I and World War II.

Mary Robbins, president of the GCGS and Linda Sharp, president of the GCHS said they talked and met with a lot of people on Sunday and Monday who came to browse through the historical information.

"I met a lot of relatives I didn't know I had," said Sharp. "It was astonishing."

As always, Fred Allen was busy during the two-day display informing visitors about his mining memorabilia that includes pictures and extensive data on area deep mines and draglines.

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