Monday, November 30, 2009

Church Steeple

The Crayne Presbyterian Church Steeple was placed in memory of Jackie Dorroh. On Wednesday August 31, 1994, a steeple was erected on top of the church. The steeple was placed there in memory of Jackie Elizabeth Dorroh, who died in an automobile accident June 16, 1993. Her husband James Robert Dorroh and family undertook the project.

James Robert said his family was given permission to place the steeple on the church because his wife had said before her death that she would like to see a steeple on the building.

This picture was made last week, Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 2009. The hale storm we had in August had badly dented the steeple. It had to be taken down and repaired at the place where it was purchased. So Tuesday it was put back in it's place of honor on the church.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crayne Items, Dec. 7, 1951

Crayne was busy little community in the 1950's. During Thanksgiving time there was a lot of visiting of family and friends. Here are some Crayne items from November 1951.
  • Mr. Jerry Brown, of Detroit, spent the Thanksgiving holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown.
  • Miss Margaret Howard was the week end guest of Mr. and Mrs. Werdie Woodward and family.
  • Mr. Bud Davenport, of Gary, Ind., has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Alma Davenport and Mrs. Clarence Agee.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alexander and Diana, Mrs. Lola Alexander, Misses Lois and Louise Woodall and Miss Margaret Howard were the Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Lessly Woodall.
  • Mrs. Leffell Boswell and Mrs. Seth Ferguson were in Paducah, shopping Monday.
  • Miss Sue Keeling spent Saturday night with Miss Bernice Sutton.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Herb Cruce, Mrs. Claude Cruce and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Don Grandstaff and son Sunday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Carlton Grocery Store

For those of that grew up in Crayne, this store was a familiar sight. Mr. J. C. Carlton built this store in 1932.

In 1935 Mr. and Mrs. George Long purchased the store building, the residence, and the inventory from Mr. Carlton. There was also a cream station located in the store run by Mrs. Long.

Through the years this building was a grocery store, a restaurant, run by Mr. and Mrs. Orlin Binkley. This was in the 1950's. I remember the booths in the restaurant and the old jute box they had. I was only a little girl then, but it was fun to go the restaurant and watch the older girls and boys dance to the jute box music.

Later the store was a lamp store run by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ordway, then back to a grocery store run by James Robert and Jackie Dorroh, and the last business located there was a craft store run by Mr. Rubin Height. He made and sold wood crafts there. I still have a Christmas reindeer that he made. This was in the late 1980's.

It seems all good things have to go, and so did the little building with all its history and memories. It was torn down in 1988.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crayne Presbyterian Church Corner Stone

From The Crittenden Press, April 6, 1893.

The Corner Stone. Imposing ceremonies mark the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

On March 26, 1893, at 4 o'clock a large congregation from different parts of the county were gathered together at Crayneville, Ky to see Rev. B. T. Watson, your pastor, lay the corner stone of the new Presbyterian Church here.

All present joined in singing the grand old hymn, "How Firm a Foundation." Twelve elders were chosen from the following churches: Marion, Sugar Grove, Piney Fork and Crayneville. Each Elder took their stand at twelve stones of the foundation and remained there during the service.

The following records were deposited in the stone.
  • Holy Bible
  • Roll of Membership
  • One copy of Confession of Faith
  • One copy of C. P. Paper
  • One copy of Missionary Record
  • One copy of S. S. Comments
  • One copy of Rays of Life
  • One copy of Our Lambs
  • One copy of Crittenden Press
  • One copy of Marion Monitor
  • Roll of membership of the Christian Workers Society
  • Roll of membership of S.S.
  • A memento, a lock of hair of Mr. D. W. Deboe, and a silver dime giving the date when he was elected elder in the C. P. Church
These were placed in a small box and then placed in the box which was cut in the stone and the stone was laid in its place to stand as a monument that the people of this generation love and serve the Great Father of the Universe, who's Son is our "Chief Corner Stone."

This historic corner stone is resting today at the entrance of the new Presbyterian Church that was built after this old church was torn down in 2001, due to the tornado damage of Jan. 3, 2000.

From our home in Crayne there was just a field between our house and this church. As children we roamed and played around this whole area and around the church grounds. I would have been around 9 and my brother Billie about 12 years old. Billie was at the church during this time when some men were doing some work on the church's foundation.  When they removed the stone from it's place it was found that the metal box had all rusted and it was just bits of metal.  Most of the paper items had all rotted away.  You could see bits of Bible pages and a few scraps of paper with writing.   The piece of braided hair was still there and the silver dime.  Those two things was all that survived the water that had collected in the rock over the years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Railroad Crossing Trestle

This is a picture of the railroad crossing that used to be located on the A. H. Clement Road. The large sandstone rocks, taken from the rock quarry in the article below, were used to help build up the banks to hold the track.

The crossing was taken out in 1999-2000 right after the rail road tracks were taken up in 1999.

Crittenden County has one rail road trestle left, it is located at what we called Winlow Park on Hwy. 60 East about 5 miles from Marion. I wonder if the people that owned the land didn't want it taken down and that it why is was saved from destruction.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Crayne's Rock Quarry

Illinois Central Railroad Rock Quarry

The information for this history was shared with me by Greg Stallion. His family used to live on Loyd Road just South of Crayne.

Located on approximately 160-180 acres of woodland 1.5 miles East of Crayne midway between the Crayne Cemetery Road and Loyd Road. The current property owner is former Crayne resident Marcus Norman of Evansville, Indiana.

This quarry is believed to have been first established in Crayneville by the Illinois Central Railroad Company in order to supply stone needed to construct the railways being built through Crittenden County during the late 1870's. Large deposits of sandstone were extracted from this site and also used to build chimneys, stepping stones and foundations of various community homes. (There was a couple of these large stones that were at my Grandmother's home, Ethel Brantley's, at her home on the corner of Crayne Cemetery Road and Hwy. 641) and they were used as a walking bridge over the large ditch to walk from her yard to the highway.) I've also been told that some of these stones were also used in the community of Fredonia, Ky as stepping stones for sidewalks and patio's.

The site of which the rock quarry once stood is only visible by those who knew where it once was. Although heavy wooded growth now dominates the old working area, large cut rocks of various sizes are still present in the old quarry.

It appeared to be that the workers of the Illinois Central Railroad Rock Quarry first began cutting their stones out of the nearby bluff itself, starting approximately 35 feet in height and working down.

The quarry was only active for a period of a few short years (1-2), closing shortly after the full construction of the railway.

In the picture above made by Greg Stallion about 5 years ago, the stones were nicely stacked. I've been told just last year, that many of the large cut stones have been taken and not many are left now and the place is a mess.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crayne School Reunion August 22, 2009

Crayne School Reunion

The Crayne School Reunion was held August 22, 2009. Although not as many attended this year as in 2006, the afternoon was sure enjoyed by those that came.

The oldest student there was Houston Kirk, he is 86 years old. The next oldest was James Robert Dorroh at 83 years old. Both are in good health and attend church and activities regularly.

Edwin White of Kingsport, TN, drove the farthest at 350 miles.

John Walker, who I hadn't seen for over 40 years, drove from St. Louis for the day.

The picture at the right, are three old friends, who attended school all 12 grades together. Grade school at Crayne and High School at Crittenden County High School. Left to Right. Harold Cannon, Clinton Bigham and Me. Thanks for the memories.

Hail Storm of August 11, 2009

Catching up on the Happenings in My Home Town.

Crayne was once again hit with a storm on August 11, 2009. This time it was a terrible wind and hail store. Many homes were damaged as much or more than by the January 3, 2000 tornado that devastated our little community.

The picture at the right is what was left of one of the windows in my family home. This is a storm window and the inside window, both busted by the large golf size pieces of hail. The shutters were also busted out, shown on the right of the window. The pieces that you see plastered on the upper part of the picture are leaves that was shred from the trees. Siding had holes in it the size of baseballs.

The last of the damaged homes are being repaired this month. New roofs and siding are being completed and people are about back to normal.

The Crayne knobs, which are usually a colorful site in the fall, were so damaged by the wind and hail that they have looked brown and shredded for the rest of the summer. There wasn't one colorful tree to be seen on them this fall.