If you were unable to come out and hear Ron Chapman’s presentation on “Hillbilly Talk,” you missed a real and educational treat. There were 29 people who came, identified and laughed out loud to hear what Ron had to tell us. Ron did an excellent job, and if you ever see a notice where he is doing “Hillbilly Talk,” make an effort to hear him. Beverly’s Story
The Roy Mathis family moved from Jackson County in the early 1940s after a flood washed them out. First Roy and his wife, Nora, and two children, Beverly and Jake, moved to Rosman. Beverly was in second grade. In 1943 they moved to Quebec community and lived in the Gladys Franklin house. Roy then bought a house and 4 acres of land for $430. He opened a blacksmith shop and a corn mill. He made horse shoes and would shoe the horses for people. Hillie Fisher made Roy an offer to trade even the house and 4 acres for a house with 25 acres just down the road in Quebec. Teal McCall advised Roy to take the offer. When Beverly was 15 years old she married James T. Wilson. By that time Beverly had three younger siblings. She and her husband moved to Tennessee, where he was working on the Colonial pipeline and they were still living there when James T. was drafted into the Army. Beverly came home and lived with different family members. At one point she went to Florida to help a sister-in-law who had just had a baby. After basic training James T. was stationed in Germany. One of his officers helped Beverly get to Germany, where they lived in an apartment owned by a German family. They were there a year. They came home when James T. finished his tour of duty, but were only in Quebec two weeks when they moved to Atlanta and he went back to work installing gas lines. In all the Wilsons lived in 10 states while he worked on pipe lines, making friends every where they lived. He worked on installing pipe lines for 18 years. Beverly had her first child, a daughter at 23 and later on had a son.
When they came back to Quebec they lived in a trailer while their home was being built. For several years they sold items at the Pickens Flea Market in the summer. Beverly made quilts, jelly and they had honey to sell. Beverly always had beautiful flowers to sell. She always kept a well-groomed yard. She has made hundreds of quilts, always made a garden and canned vegetables. She made clothes, aprons and just about everything you can think of. In the fall months they had a meat processing plant in Quebec. The Wilsons were married 67 years before he passed.
Beverly comes to the Quebec Community Center to the senior program everyday and has lunch. She sits and sews quilt squares everyday before lunch. She has always stayed a busy person in her 86 years, and she and her husband have been a great asset to the community. Listening Session
Are your health care needs being met? Are you satisfied with services that are available? Are you satisfied with quality of care? Is our hospital your first choice for health care? Are there improvements you would like to see? Come to the Lake Toxaway Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss your concerns with the Community Council for Transylvania Regional Hospital. School Reunion
The Lake Toxaway school reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the old community center. Lunch will be at noon. Bring a covered dish and non-alcoholic drinks. Eating utensils will be provided. Please spread the word and let’s make this the best reunion ever. Bring photos and memorabilia from school days and past reunions to share with former school mates. Hope to see everyone on Sept. 24.
Congratulations to Darren Gillespie on his recent retirement after 30 years with the Asheville Fire Department. Recent birthday celebrations for Gracie Gillespie, Kevin Wilson, Karen Kirkman, Cynthia Cagle and Joan Holden. Karen Kirkman recently spent several days in the hospital. She is home now recuperating and we wish her well. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 32 members and friends of Mancil and Martha Ann Thomas enjoyed fellowship and food at Quebec Community Center. Heather McNeely reported her children, Ella Grace and Denver, did very well at the Mountain State Fair showing their hogs. She also reported the RHS FFA did well with their recent showing of their lambs. They walked away with several awards. On Sunday, Sept. 18, a baby shower for Paiton and Joshua Biddle was held at Faith Baptist Church.
Faith will be celebrating Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 25. Dr. Ricky Lee, originally from our community, will be bringing the message at 11 a.m. There will be special music. A fellowship meal will follow the service. The church will provide chicken and ham for the meal. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the fellowship. Everyone is invited. Oak Grove also will be having homecoming on Sept. 25. There will be a special service and lunch will follow the service. Everyone is welcome.
Thank you to everyone who came out to play bingo and have their meal this past Saturday. Congratulations to the young lady who won both $50 jackpots. The Hunger Coalition will be at the Quebec Center on Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
If you need transportation, call (828) 884-3205 the day before. The bookmobile will be there at this time, also.
To rent the building, call Ann Hendrix at (828) 862-4974.
To add news to the Quebec News call me at (828) 506-0062.
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