September / October 1930 Maryville Enterprise (Blount Co. TN) newspaper:
“Old Subscriber Writes From Coast---In point of continuous subscription to a Maryville paper, I may be the oldest subscriber living. I have taken a Maryville paper since 1875. Among the owners and publishers were W.B. Scott, J.A. Silsby, Col. Neff, Clyde Emert, A. Goddard and the present editor of the Enterprise.
Except for a short visit in 1905, I have been away from Maryville 47 years. I feel acquainted with Blount County. Seldom an issue but is of large interest. Often see names of some of my school children. September 10, “Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Raulston,” my school children at Forest Hill. Among Sarah Brewer Raulston’s speeches were “Meddlesome Mattie and the Snuff Box” and “The Stolen Mitten.” Think she could speak them now? A.A. Brewer was a pallbearer for my brother, J.A. Clemens.
Seventy years ago my father moved from near where Laws Chapel now stands to where Mr. & Mrs. C.W. Harmon now live. He bought from Esq. Huston McNeely. Ann McNeely was 13. She married and became the mother of a family of educators.
In 1860, Elijah James and Dorcas Clemens were married by Esq. McNeely within a few rods of Pecks Chapel. My father and I attended the wedding. It would interest me to know if any other person who was there is living.
Adjoining the C.W. Harmon place were Uncle Jimmy Martin, Mrs. Luster and john Harper. Just below was Aunt Rebecca Morton. Rev. Fielding Pope of Maryville would preach at her house Sunday afternoons. From the C.W. Harmon place we could hear the hammering at the Amerine Forge across the mountain.
My cousin, Isaac Calvin Everett, owned the Luster place at the time of his death. He was never married. He willed his estate to the Piney Level Church. In the silent city nearby we have hundreds of relatives; Everetts and Clemens.
I enlisted in the Union Army in 1863; was discharged September 1865, at 19.
With kind wishes for the Enterprise and Blount County, I am yours respectfully.” ---H.T. Clemens.
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