The South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society Appreciation Dinner for 2007
South Pittsburg Senior Center
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Bob Hookey, chairman of the South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society and city council commissioner, gave opening remarks during the Society's annual appreciation dinner on Tuesday evening, October 2, 2007, at the Senior Center located on Elm Avenue in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. This annual event is sponsored by the Society to show appreciation to those who have helped in our work around South Pittsburg, Tennessee.
The South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society, Inc. held its annual Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday evening, October 2, 2007, at the South Pittsburg Senior Center on Elm Avenue. This event is sponsored by the Society each year to show appreciation to all those who have helped us in our preservation efforts.
Featuring dozens of covered dishes with some of the best homemade food in the South, which was cooked by several members of the Society, this year's event had at least 69 people in attendance. Opening the event, Society Chairman, Bob Hookey, spoke to the crowd about what the Society has accomplished over the last year with their help and what we hope to accomplish in the very near future.
Following Hookey, SPHPS member and Princess Theatre restoration project manager, Joe Goeller, spoke to those in attendance about the progress of the Princess Theatre restoration and our needs and plans for the future of the project. After which, everyone formed two long lines for their turn to fill their plates with some good food. Everything from fried chicken and ham to baked beans, green beans and other types of food was available to suit everyone's individual taste. In addition, several varieties of cakes and pies were served for dessert. Both sweet and non-sweet iced tea were the drinks of choice at this year's dinner.
The program for this year's event was the showing of three of several 16mm silent films recently loaned to the Society by Edwina Hall, daughter of the late Lawrence Honey, who shot several films around South Pittsburg in the 1940s and 50s. The films shown by projectionist and Society historian, Dennis Lambert, were a short color film showing a Purina (makers of dog food) singing and give-a-way event beside the old Barker building at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Second Street. Next, was a film of folks water skiing and boating at Mud Creek in nearby Jackson County, Alabama and on the Tennessee River at South Pittsburg. Neat to see was the old cable ferry at South Pittsburg as it loaded and unloaded cars in this film. Last shown was a 1948 newsreel with current news events of that year. The last two films were black and white. The Society hopes to have these and others eventually transferred to DVD and offer many to the public in the very near future.
The dinner lasted about two hours. Some of those in attendance were: State Senator Ward Crutchfield, Marion County Circuit Judge Rusty Graham, State Representative Bill Harmon, Marion County Mayor Howell Moss, J.D. & Camille Loyd along with many others. The Society was especially delighted that Jack Ellis, who has donated copies of dozens of vintage images of the Princess Theatre that are featured on our web site, was in attendance from Hixson, Tennessee. Many others, too numerous to mention, but of no less importance, were also in attendance. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our preservation efforts and look forward to working with you in the upcoming year, which we hope will be better than ever.
Joe Goeller speaks to the crowd about the Princess Theatre restoration while Bob Hookey stands by.
State Senator Ward Crutchfield, a longtime supporter of our Society, listens to Joe Goeller along with his wife.
Those in attendance look on while Bob Hookey and Joe Goeller speak about the Society's preservation efforts.
While Bob Hookey speaks the Society's ladies stand ready to serve the crowd. Jack Ellis sits at the table in the plaid shirt.
Those in attendance (above) look on while Bob Hookey and Joe Goeller speak about the Society's preservation efforts. Dinner is served in photo on right.
Here, everyone is seated enjoying a great dinner prepared by the cooks of the SPHPS.
Carolyn Case, the city clerk, is pictured seated on the right in this photo along with several others.
Judge Rusty Graham can be seen in the white shirt along with his lovely wife (to his left) and others.
Senator Ward Crutchfield (in suit) can be seen here along with his wife (left) and Society member, Cheri Horn, (standing) along with others including Jerre Brown in blue shirt.
Bebe Fuque (in blue) listens along with others to one of the Society's guest during the appreciation dinner.
Marion County Mayor Howell Moss (in dark blue shirt) listens along with others to one of the Society's guest during the appreciation dinner. Danny Mankin is the one with the black shirt.
Seated left to right are Barbara Clepper, Bob Hookey, Sallie Hookey and Jack Ellis.
Left to right are: Wayne Gray, Donnie Bird and Anne Gray engaged in converstaion.
Left to right: Helen Clay, Carolyn Thompson, Bill Millhiser, Ann Walker and Lawrence Roberts.
Left to right: Doris Durham, Jo and John Bolton, Carolyn Millhiser and Gunter Klima.
Sue Bray and Wendell Payne enjoy some tea at the annual dinner.
More guest of the Society during our annual appreciation dinner.
Camille Loyd, Teresa and Jerry White, Maxine Malarkey and J. D. Loyd seated and Tommy Durham in blue shirt.
Gina and Judge Jack Raulston (left) visit with Gina's sister, Patsy Sherrill, seated to right. Bobbie Cloe Allison in the center.
Suzanne Adcock and Carolyn Thompson pictured above were also guest of the Society while Helen Clay, one of the Society's ladies, is pictured on right.
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