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be-npath Otani-Shera-ton long - Planned Austin Homecoming Is Scheduled For Scotts Hill Saturday in a simple afternoon ceremony. Dr. Paul E. Wylie of Jackson, himself a great-great Austin grandson, who bought the farm enclosing the graveyard last fall, recently mowed adjoining fields for parking on Homecoming day. The new approach road from the county highway was surveyed and graded under the direction of Henderson County road commissioner Hubert Petty of Reagan. Details of the Homecoming are all set with improvised rest rooms, a big tent for the morning assembly and smaller tents for registration and food lines will be erected. Old-fashioned lemonade in tubs and hot coffee brewed on the spot, will be served all day for the asking, by G. L. Scott and other local helpers. A locally used mule-drawn wagon with "spring seats" and By GORDON H. TURNER SCOTTS HILL, Tenn. All roads around here are expected to lead to the old Granny Austin Graveyard, a few miles to the southwest, next Saturday, and the occasion is the long-planned Austin Homecoming-, which is expected to draw several hundred ersons from perhaps 15 or more states. Leaders explain that the reunion was first planned primarily for descendents of Charles and Phoebe Ellen Woodward Austin, early settlers of the area; but popular interest mounted so fast that co-related Austins and friends were invited to share the day's unusual activities. It is not known how many different family names apply now to this line of Austins, but soon after the last of the Charles Austins' of 12 children were married 108 years ago, there were grandchildren here answering to the names of Jones, Maness, Scott, Medlin and Holmes. I Following marriages of that generation of 85 grandchildren, there came a "name explosion" to those of this Austin blood. By the turn of the century dozens of new names had been added among the some 320 greatgrandchildren. Visitors at the Homecoming next Saturday will be registered and tagged with badges showing present names and which of the original "12 tribes of Austins' they represent. Indications now are that descendents from all 12 Charles Austin children will be present, and that if names were ar ranged alphabetically, the list would resemble a telephone directory. Many old-fashioned "workings" by local relatives and friends, have converted the thicket-covered pioneer graveyard into an attractive modern cemetery. Vines and bushes are gone; excess trees were dozed out; and a nice fence with a circular front of white plank now encloses the site. The few original gravestones have been repaired and reset, and simple new pink markers were set at the graves of unknown people, marked until now only by native sand rocks and cedar stakes. The area was limed, fertilized and sown with rye, blue grass and creeping fescue, and by another season should be almost park-like. A start is made on old-timey shrubs and flowers, to be expanded later to include those known best to the pioneers. The site and adjoining land presently has 20-odd varieties of trees including redbud and white dogwood. A tree of each variety is to be marked by name, and several ornamental evergreens set last winter have survived the unusual drouth, and other such plantings are scheduled for this fall. Central attraction of the restored graveyard is the impressive memorial monument to the memory of the Charles Austins and their 12 children and spouses. It was erected from . donations by more than 200 "Austins Cousins" in some 20 states. The cemetery and monument are to he dedicated split-bottom chairs will be operated by Festus Helms on short farm runs, to provide runs for youngsters. Dr. Gordon Turner Jr., of Linden hopes to bring bis ancient model T-Ford, not only to take boys and girls on rides, but also to bring back fond memories to older visitors who were thrilled in such automobiles a half-century ago. The assembly program is to begin about 10 a. m. in the big tent, and there are to be chairs, a platform with flags, loud speaker, speakers stand and flowers. Col. Joe W. Austin, coal magnate of Ft. Thomas, Ky. will be master of cere monies, assisted by Lanmore Austin of the advance section of Metro's Planning Commission and Gordon H. Turner Sr., of Gov. Frank Clement's Staff for Industrial Development, both of Nashville. In thef irst shift of platform guests are expected to be several distinguished guests in eluding mayors and county judge of Henderson County, and the adjacent counties of Madi son, Chester, Hardin and Deca tur. The federal, state, and local governments are to be repressed. Mayor Clayton Tarle-ton of this place and Mayor Madison Scott of Parsons will extend brief welcomes. Jesse B. Austin, Church of Christ Evangelist and retired high school principal of this place, will read from the family Bible of Charles Austin, which made the long pioneer pilgrimage in an ox-drawn wa gon, when owners came here from Anson County, N. C. in 1825. Another great grandson, Hollis Scott, Memphis businessman, will give the invocation. Announcements will follow, and then introductions will be made by groups descended from the "12 tribes' of Austins, by professions, and by families Sam L. Duck, attorney of De-caturville, will read the Necrology report of Austins deceased in recent years. Then Professor J. Walker Whittle, Freed-Hardeman College teacher, will make a special tribute to the Austin family, many of whom have made high marks in their professions all over the country. A hoped-for top feature, likely unprecedented, will be the calling of a group of 12 attendants down front, each descended from a different one of the 12 children of the Charles Austins; each from a different state; and most of whom may never have even heard the names of several others, meeting and introduced for the first time, though all are relatively close kin. e Last on the program is a per sonality revue by young men and women from among descended, Austins, to select by popular applause, "Mr. Charles Austin of 1964 " and "Miss Phoebe Ellen Woodward of 1964." Beautiful prizes are in store for this King and Queen, who will participate in the cemetery and monument dedi cation. Other contests will bring prizes such as the oldest man and woman; the youngest boy and girl; the longest married couple, the newest newly-weds; the oldest couple (ages added); the biggest family; and the person or family coming from fartherest away. A bountiful lunch together and with guests, comes at high noon on long tables in the pretty woods. Gene Helms, local build ing supplies merchant, . will furnish the tables. Tennessee attendants will bring food for their own parties with a little to spare for out-of-state attendants. Thomas V. Gilbert of Memphis and a score of women helpers will spread the food for serving. Guests from outside Tennessee are to pass in line for their plates first; other guests will come next; then Tennessee Austins will bring up the rear. Before eating, however, Thanks will be offered by the Rev. John Lester Gilbert, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson. Last except hand-shaking, talk-fests, and picture making, comes when the crowd assem bles around the Austin Monu ment for a dedicatory talk by the Rev. Hershel D. Preslar, Baptist Evangelist of Ridgely, and the unveiling of the monu ment by the new Austin "King" and "Queen?" Lincoln Principal To Get Master's A. J. Payne Jr., Lincoln Ele mentary School principal has completed all the requirements for a Master of Science in edu cation degree in the Admini fpnnnn ...... wW PI fKfK U "J yUU 111 11 f S. - J J III i I J I ri J ) I I I I I

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  1. The Jackson Sun,
  2. 26 Jul 1964, Sun,
  3. Page 32

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