Clipped From The Jackson Sun
4-A The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tennessee, Sunday, June 5, 1977 iiiiQ:.M.nw..;vuiuiii.m m i .i.r.. m: . ::; v::;,vjiiiiiwmm uiiui,iihjj.juiiih,hii " v , , - Gordon H. Colorful Story Of Scotts Hill Recounted The History of Scotts mil, Tennessee. By Gordon H. Turner, Sr. Carter Publishing Company: $16.50. By LOUIS ALLEN This is a volume mainly for residents of the Scotts Hill area or persons whose "roots" are there, but anyone interested in history and accounts of how life was . in bygone days might find The History of Scotts Hill interesting. It's done in folk history style, with former Scotts Hill mayor Gordon H. Turner Sr. relying considerably on his own remembrances and the memories of other area residents, plus stories handed down from generation to generation. However, a great deal of research no doubt went into the genealogy tables for several Scotts Hill family names, including Austin, Duck, Eason, Scott, Swift, Stanfill, Woody, Wylie, Turner. Turner provides great detail on the descendants of Charles and Phoebe Ellen Woodward Austin, the first settlers in the Scotts Hill area, who came here from Anson County, N. C. More than 50 pages are devoted to the 12 children and their offspring. - Besides the tables, the book has page after page "of pictures, beginning with Charles Austin and continuing through some current Scotts Hillians. The pictures are one of the main attractions of the book. Not only are hundreds of area people, old , and recent, pictured, but buildings and even steamboats with some relation to Scotts Hill are included. A person with Scotts Hill connections could spend hours examining the photos for friends or relatives. Individual and group pictures are used. Reproduction of most of the old photos is surprisingly good. The pictures, interesting as they are, would be better if they were bigger. Several are frequently crowded onto a page resulting in confusion and, in the case of group shots, in sizes too small to be useful. A more careful editing job could have left room for the better pictures. From time to time, Turner provides glimpses of life in the "good old days." He notes that, to the best of anyone's knowledge, Scotts Turner Sr. wrote book about a community's roots. Heritage Hill had no restaurants before World War I, but grocery stores filled the need by offering canned goods for consumption on the premises. These meals were "straight" or "fixed up." The straight dinner consisted of the canned food and a tin. spoon to eat it with. More well-to-do diners could have their meal "fixed up." This entitled the customer to sit down in a homemade, straight back chair and have the merchant open the can and empty the contents into a bowl. Crackers, salt, pepper, mustard and pepper saur-were served with the main dish. The merchants took good care of the bowls. rhv always wiped them out with a cloth before using again Perhaps the sanitation left something to be desired, but you couldn't beat the price, a can of sardines "straight" cost 5 cents or three for a dime. "Fixed up," the price went to 10 cents each. If you've ever wondered how stagecoach travelers managed comfort stops in- the days before gas stations. Turner has the answer in his book. Drivers would stop the stages at springs along the way and advise the passengers that good drinking water was available and that a walk in the beautiful woods would be "restful," but ladies should walk this way and gentlemen that way. Other sections of the 435-page book include Scotts Hill activities through the years, describing molasses making, water-powered grist mills, the world's biggest man, show boats and home canning factories. There is a collection of short stories and remembrances by the persons who witnessed the event described. This has an unedited" account of life at Andersonville Prison and the explosion of the steamboat Sultana. The relationship of some of the material to Scotts Hill is tenuous, but adds flavor and interest to the book. Turner's writing style might not be described as highly polished, but it certainly isn't baa. In a word, the book is readable, not a dry textbook presentation. The History of Scotts Hill is available from Turner. It costs $16.50 if picked up at Scotts Hill, or $17.50 if mailed. The address is Gordon H. Turner, Scotts Hill, Tenn. 38374.