Tennessee Mountain Stories

Loafing Locales

Men Loafing, Crossville, Tennessee 1937  Photo from: http://photogrammar.yale.edu/records/index.php?record=fsa1997017027/PP

Men Loafing, Crossville, Tennessee 1937

Photo from: http://photogrammar.yale.edu/records/index.php?record=fsa1997017027/PP

After last week’s article about General Stores one Facebook friend pointed out that the Peter’s Store in Clarkrange was a longtime home of the post office and it got me to thinking about the places people hang out. 

A couple of years ago I found a list of the post office location in Tennessee and shared them here.  That article mentioned only in passing that the post office was often part of some other business, generally the country store.  How convenient to be able to make one stop and do all of your business – oh wait, our mega-stores these days keep trying to do that, don’t they?  But unlike the stores we bustle through today, yesterday’s country store and post office were leisurely businesses.  I guess if you had to walk, ride a mule or drive a wagon to get there you weren’t in too big of a hurry to rush off. 

We all know (and we often mention) that folks used to visit a whole lot more than we do these days.  Stores had front porches – or barrels sitting around a pot-bellied stove – so you could ‘sit a spell’ and greet your neighbor, catch up on the local news and generally be a part of the a community. 

It wasn't hard for the photographer to capture some men loafing in Crossville in 1937 - here's a second shot.  http://photogrammar.yale.edu/records/index.php?record=fsa1997017035/PP

It wasn't hard for the photographer to capture some men loafing in Crossville in 1937 - here's a second shot.

http://photogrammar.yale.edu/records/index.php?record=fsa1997017035/PP

My Daddy tells about going to Wash Livesay’s store in Campground in his Grandpa Stepp’s wagon.  The story is about the team of horses but it’s set on the front porch.  While Grandma went in to do her business at the store, grandpa and grandson passed the time with their neighbors.  He also tells about that same grandpa having business to attend to in Jamestown – he’d really hurry to get the business out of the way so he could head to the courthouse steps and join the loafers there.  Daddy laments – and I completely agree – how he’d love to sit among those old men and just listen.  Can you even imagine what we might learn?  Talk about history!

 

 

Replacing Ann available Now on Amazon

 

I am so excited to share today’s blog article with all of you and announce that I have published an eBook entitled Replacing Ann on Amazon.

And I need your help!

I am very thankful for every one of you faithful readers.  And I would love the opportunity to share our mountain stories with even more people.  One of the best ways to do that is for folks to find a book on Amazon (and there are about 615 million people shopping on Amazon), enjoy it, and then start visiting the website.  Also, if people enjoy Replacing Ann, that will signal to publishers that they ought to publish my other books.

Oh, did I mention that I’m GIVING AWAY this book?  Yep, it’s FREE. 

Well, at least it will be free as often as Amazon will allow it.  And when it’s not free, it will only cost 99 cents.

Some of you may not be very familiar with eBooks, but it is simply a book that you can read on your computer, tablet or smartphone.   If you have any questions about HOW to get it downloaded, click here for directions from Amazon. 

Now, here is the helping part.  Please pass the word along to as many people as possible asking them to download this book.  Replacing Ann will be free September 4 – 8, 2015.  Then, I will make it available for free as often as Amazon will allow it and I will pass the word along to you each time.  Unlike lots of other ‘free’ stuff, an eBook on Amazon really is completely free; there’s no shipping, handling or other miscellaneous charges. 

Finally, after you’ve read the book, please consider posting a review.  You can click here to go directly to the review section in Amazon.  If you are a member of other online book clubs or social media, a review in those places would be wonderful too.  If you’ve been reading TennesseeMountainStories for very long, you will remember this book as the serial novel I published on this blog about a year ago.  Therefore, many of you may be able to write a review right away.  Please remember that I really need lots of people to write a review.

Please don’t be intimidated by the idea of “writing a review”.  All you have to say is just what you think.  It could be as simple as, “good book, you should read it” or even, “I liked this book”.

You all have been so kind to me both in referring others to the website and in encouraging me to continue this work.  So, I want to thank you in advance for reading and promoting Replacing Ann.

If you have any questions at all, please post them in the comments section below – if you’ve got the question, chances are good others have the same one.

Thank you so much for helping me with this project and I truly hope you enjoy Replacing Ann.