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80 Years Ago

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70 Years Ago


June 22-June 28, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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On last Sunday, June 23, the children of the late Sam Turney Qualls met in their annual reunion at the Qualls old home in the Dry Hollow vicinity, in the Eighth District of Overton County, the historic old place where the late Archibald Qualls lived and reared sixteen children, and where the youngest son of his family lived and reared his family. This property was granted to Archibald Qualls by the State of North Carolina, one hundred and fifty years ago, long before Tennessee became a state, and the title to it remains in the Qualls family.

The children of Sam Turney Qualls and their families carried baskets and served a sumptuous dinner at the old spring. The surviving children are, Elbert A. Qualls, Dr. A.B. Qualls, and Milton J. Qualls, D.D.S., all of Livingston, Mrs. Viola Wilson, of Rickman, R. 1, and Mrs. May Norrod, of Monterey, R., who, with her husband, Curtis Norrod, owns and occupies the old home mentioned above. The residence erected by Archibald Qualls one hundred and fifty years ago, is standing and occupied. This was a quiet affair, the only participants being members of the family. Forty of the near relatives attending. The weather was ideal, and the occasion was enjoyed to the limit.


W. Thomas Neal, a highly respected farmer from the Okolona community, observed his seventy-eighth birthday Sunday at his home when a family reunion was held. About forty people including his children and grandchildren and other relatives enjoyed a fine dinner at the noon hour.

Mr. Neal is a member of a pioneer family in Overton County, and has spent his entire life in the Okolona community.

Besides his relatives, other neighbors and friends enjoyed the occasion: Rev. Robert Hammons, Lewis A. Swafford, Judge L.D. Bohannon, Sydney T. Copeland and family, Ridley T. Bilbrey and family, G. Albert and family, Arkley Copeland and family, Milton Stockton and family, Mating Johnson, Elmore Jackson, Luther Ledbetter and family, and others.

Mr. Neal is the father of four children, twenty-six grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

Both Mr. Neal and his wife are feeble but enjoyed the occasion.


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