The splen­did lit­tle town of Por­terdale

The Covington News - - Local News - Jean Bowen Garner Colum­nist

As the hol­i­day sea­sons ap­proach I think of how they were cel­e­brated in Por­terdale.

Thanks­giv­ing was al­ways a day for fond mem­o­ries of fam­ily times, and turkey and dress­ing. My mama, Eva Mae Bowen, al­ways cooked the very best dress­ing. She taught us her recipe and in her last days she guided us and of course cor­rected us on how to make this de­li­cious dish.

I will al­ways re­mem­ber the last time we got to­gether at 12 E. Palmetto St. She was so sick but yet al­ways re­solved to do her work.

That’s how the peo­ple of Por­terdale are. This town has a spirit of unity and work­ing to­gether. I think dur­ing this time of Thanks­giv­ing we should once again be thank­ful for our her­itage.

This her­itage is not of wealth in the eyes of this world. It’s a her­itage of be­liefs and love for each other.

I read in Mrs. Lu­cille Shaw’s book:, “ Diary of a Cot­ton Mill Girl,” when she was leav­ing the city lim­its she saw a sign “ a friendly place to live,” and wanted to change the words to say “A town with happy mem­o­ries.” Thanks, Mrs. Lu­cille, for shar­ing those mem­o­ries with us.

I will al­ways be thank­ful for the mem­o­ries of our her­itage.

There are so many mem­o­ries:

- Leslie Watts, de­liv­er­ing gro­ceries so fam­i­lies who couldn’t go get them for Thanks­giv­ing or any other day would have what they needed.

- Sam Capes who used to de­liver our milk.

- We of course do not want to for­get “ Hunky John” and that won­der­ful ice cream. We would hear the sound of his bell com­ing down the streets let­ting us know we had to get some money. That bell seemed to say “ hear I come, kids!”

- The Watkins man helped our ladies to have those fla­vor­ings to make their de­li­cious cakes and pies. His lin­i­ment helped with the aches and pains of work­ing so hard.

Thanks for the mem­o­ries, as Bob Hope used to sing.

“ Diary of a Cot­ton Mill Girl” can be pur­chased at www. friend­of­por­ Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the fund to re­build the Por­terdale gym. Thanks, y’all, Jean.

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