As we start the New Year we are now into the winter weather pattern. Cold mornings and cold days. It is a good time to start winter projects, cleaning cabinets, cleaning closets, scrapbooking, putting puzzles together (We got 5 for Christmas.). The list is never ending.
Someone brought me a scrapbook that was compiled in 1955 of the Quebec community and it describes what was happening at the time. The goals at that time were improvements of homes and the grounds around the homes. Everyone was encouraged to grow a vegetable garden, have fresh vegetables and to can vegetables. A community cane patch was grown for molasses to support projects in the community. Community leader Homer McCall directed a play at the Quebec School and the older kids were in the play. The money earned from the presentation was used to buy play equipment for the Quebec School. There was a list of 110 families who lived in the community in 1955. There was a map of the community with a number where each family lived. Some of the improvements listed were: M O McCall Sr. sowed rye in his field; John Fisher repaired his mail box, sowed his pasture and used weed killer; Roy O’Dell bought land, prepared pasture, bought a chain saw and a pick up truck; Medford Chapman added new farm gates; Virgil Ramey bought land, bought mowing machine; Elzie Chapman uniformed his mail box, sowed pasture; Frank Thomas bought a home; Harlow McCall bought a pick up truck; and Theodore Hoxit bought a chain saw. Some people bought TVs, some people graveled their driveways. It was a time of rural America in Quebec Community. Faith Baptist started their building in 1955. The Rev. Craig Dodson was the pastor at that time. We can’t go back but we can remember the dust and heat from those days when everyone knew everyone and what they were doing to improve their family’s lives. It was hard work, but everyone cherished their lives and what was reaped from hard labor.
Doris and Ded Waldrop had Doris’ daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Mike Kirkman, for Christmas. Also, Doris’ grandson Nick and his fiance spent several days with them over the holidays. Our son, Britt Whitmire, spent several days with us over Christmas. He lives in Greensboro. Jeanette Mason, along with her friend Arlene and Jeanette’s family, spent several days in Pigeon Forge recently. Holly Ashe, along with her Godchildren, were with Holly’s parents, Wayne and Geraldine Ashe, for the New Year. Chloe and Noah stayed up for the New Year for the first time. Birthday wishes for Melissa Carson who celebrated on the 4th of January and Duane Allen who celebrated on the 8th. Wayne Ashe is turning 70. Join us in celebrating his birthday at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Faith Baptist Church in Lake Toxaway. Dinner and cake will be provided. My husband, Don, and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary on the 4th. Condolences to the following families: Mae Wilson and the McKinney family on the loss of Charles McKinney; Frances Owen and her children on the loss of her husband, Robert Owen; Andy Mull and his family on the loss of their mother, Elizabeth Mull. Please continue praying for Lisa Fisher who is recovering from shoulder surgery, and prayers for the many in and around our community who are suffering from the virus.
Headwaters Outfitters will host the annual WNC Wildlife Day on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be numerous seminars and presentation opportunities. The N.C. Bowhunters will be scoring animals from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
A group of about 30 adults and youth from Faith Baptist enjoyed snow tubing at Highlands Outpost on Jan. 2. The study course on “Fireproof your Marriage” was completed on Jan. 9. New literature will be chosen soon for the Sunday evening study on the second and fourth Sundays, which begins with a lite meal at 6 p.m. and the study following.
Oak Grove is starting the new year by reading through the Bible and memorizing one Bible verse each week. They are continuing to meet on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. for a fellowship meal and followed at 6:45 p.m. with classes for adults, youth and children and preschool. They are also having a family movie night for parents and children (ages 1-18) on Friday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. They will provide pizza, popcorn and drinks, and there will be a movie for the children and youth. The church is continuing to work with T C Henderson and plan on doing a luncheon for the entire faculty and staff in January.
The lunch for seniors continues at the club. All seniors over 55 are invited for activities and lunch. Call the center at (828) 862-4466 for information. Remember all these services are free.
The small “For Free” library box is located just inside the parking lot gate on the right. Take a free book at anytime. These books are for children.
There wil be no bingo at the center for the month of January.
If you would like to rent the building, call Ann Hendrix at (828) 862-4974.
Please call me at (828) 506-0062 with news for Quebec and upper Rosman area. Thank you for reading the Quebec News.