Haywood H-D Clubs Hold Annual Rally
The Nashville Tennessean
Sunday Morning, Oct. 24, 1954
By: Gordon H. Turner
DANCYVILLE, Tenn. In their annual all-day rally here recently,
the ladies of Haywood county's 16 Home Demonstration clubs saw each
other's accomplishments for the year, talked shop, lunched together,
chose new council officers, and listened to me speak.
It was my first visit among Haywood homemakers and very pleasant.
Except for one husband who ran by and yelled for me to tell his wife
he had left their car for her and was going on to Brownsville. I was
the only man around here. For once I was in a woman's world!
A pretty feature of this rally that I've not seen before was booths
artistically arranged of all kinds of things made by members during
the year. The metal and woodwork, needlecraft, paints, basketry,
quilts, bedspreads, dresses, hats, purses, flower arrangements and
countless household gadgets were beautiful and practical. Remarkably
true sketches of real persons "dusted" on linen articles and then
permanently "sealed in" were shown by East Brownsville club women
and was the first such artistry I ever saw. What will the fairer sex
bring up next!
Exhibits Lined Wall
These exhibits lined the walls of the school's pretty new auditorium
and overflowed into classrooms and halls. It was well that the
booths were not competing for they would have been difficult to
judge. Others I had time to inspect were: Tibbs, Nut Bush and
A special exhibit of the home and community department of the
Haywood county farm bureau had safety as its theme. Mrs. Vernon
Booth and Mrs. E. H. Burford (department president and past –
president) posed by the attractive setting for another picture.
Middle Tennessee is famous for its good cooks, but either the
Haywood dames are just as skilled or some midstarters have moved
down here. When the boxes, baskets and buckets of food were spread
out on tables for buffet serving, the entire school stage was
To emphasize their culinary ability, Miss Betty Carol Williams (new
Haywood home agent) and Mrs. J. W. Buffalo (East Brownsville club
president) both very attractive, filled two plates for me, main dish
items being: Baked ham, fried chicken, meat loaf, baby beef roast,
candied apples, potato salad, lima and green beans, turnip greens,
dressed eggs, hot rolls, corn light bread, angel food, devil' food,
spice and pound cake and chocolate, chess and coconut pie!
Mrs. O. C. Christmas, county council president, invited me as their
speaker of the day.
Though the season may have been rushed, it was certainly a Christmas
motif when my hostess and I sat down together to discuss highlights
of local extension work. Mrs. Christmas was married to her Christmas
husband on Christmas day, 1930. They live in Holly Grove (near here)
and their 19 – year – old son arrived six days early for their 1935
These clubs began in the county in 1916 when Miss Bertha Corbitt was
home agent. Present at our gathering and with whom I had interesting
chats were two Haywood charter members: Mrs. E. H. Burford of Spring
Hill club and Mrs. Aaron Sternberger of Brownsville, whose
membership is now at Bradford. In the 38 years they have had a big
part in the promotion of Home Demonstration club work. Now Haywood
has 16 clubs with a total membership of 450 (with more Negroes than
whites, Haywood County has Mrs. Maggie Moore as the Negro assistant
home demonstration agent with 24 clubs to supervise.)
The rally's morning program opened with the call to order by Mrs.
Christmas, followed by group singing led by Mrs. Millard Ross. Then
before the "show of booths" Mrs. Fletcher Coppedge.
(Allen's Tabernacle club) did a devotional. The Spring Hill club was
co-hostess with Dancyville for the day. Formalities were over by
mid-afternoon. I remained longer, however, to talk with various
ones, look over the school and village, and to hear local history
highlights from Mrs. James H. Dancy, for whose husband's ancestors
the town was named. I was pleasantly surprised also to see Mrs.
Louis H. Stuart, the former Miss Christine Johnson, daughter of
Editor and Mrs. Brice Thompson of Centerville. She and her farmer
husband live now in his native community near here and she is an