Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Knobs being destroyed

Another historic event for the old residents of the Crayne community is the centuries old local landmark of the entire area is being destroyed in the name of progress.  It may be progress to some, to others it is not, it's just the destruction of something that should be left alone. 

Monday of this week, Dec. 19, 2011 the new US 641 corridor in Crittenden County between Marion and Fredonia was started.  Above is a picture that was made that same day.  The road is to go between the historic twin knobs, taking much of the rocks and boulders with it.  You can see the heavy machinery in the lower part of the picture as it clears away the trees for the other equipment to come through.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Historical Change - United Presbyterian Church

When the Crayne United Presbyterian Church was organized in 1892 it was a Cumberland Presbyterian Church, started from members of the Piney Fork CP Church.  These people lived in the Crayneville area and found it difficult to travel the distance to Piney Fork to attend services.

In 1907 the church denomination changed and became a United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregation.  In 1983 the United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Presbyterian Church in the United States reunited to form the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  The church remained a United Presbyterian Church for 104 years.

This past fall history has once again changed the future of the church.  Article written Nov. 17, 2011 by pastor, Tommy Hodge.  It reads: Crayne Church Changes Name.  Crayne Presbyterian Church USA, a longtime member of the Western Kentucky Presbytery and the National Presbyterian Church, has severed ties to the national church and changed its name.  The church will further be known as Crayne Community Church.  The change stems from a controversial change in policy by the parent organization.

Earlier this year, the nation Presbyterian Church USA voted into effect potential practices that completely contradict the teaching of the Bible, which the Crayne Church holds as their standard of living.  The Presbyterian national assembly last year endorsed removing a rule that banned openly gay men and lesbians to serve as pastors in the church.  

The Crayne Church felt led by God to take a stand against this moral decline and didn't want to be associated with the national assembly that approved this decision.

The church hasn't changed and worshiping the Lord will continue as it has in the years past. The only change will be the changing of the name, which is now the Crayne Community Church.

Crayne Community Church located on the Crayne Cemetery Road.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dorroh Home Sold

Saturday, October 15, 2011, was an end to an era in our community of Crayne.  The James Robert Dorroh home sold at auction. 

The house, I think ,is the oldest home in the community of Crayne, except for the Cruce house on top of Crayne Hill.

James Robert, in some of his history articles about his beloved community of Crayne, told that the house was over a hundred years old in the year 2000. 

The old house was heavily damaged in the tornado that hit Crayne on Jan. 3, 2000, but he saw to it the damage was repaired and it was fixed to its original beauty. As shown in the picture above.
I hope the new owners will care and respect the old home as James Robert did.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Crayne Moms

This wonderful old picture of these wonderful Crayne Moms was made about June 1940.
 I wish I knew what they had been doing on this day to all be together. 
Pictured sitting down on left is my Mom, Evah Lee Brantley Travis, with my brother Billie Ewell on her lap, he looks to be about 3 months old; next is Thelma Brown Cruce and second son, Donald "Donnie", next is Mildred Highfil, we think she may be holding Doris Binkley;
Standing up in back left is Juanita Brown Cruce with Richard Cruce (who is Thelma's 1st son) and on the right is Velda Ordway with Barbara Cruce, who is Juanita's daughter.

Monday, February 14, 2011

February Snow 2011

To document this wintry February 2011, this is a picture of my home in Crayne, made on Feb. 9, 2011 by an old friend, Gwen, as she was driving through Crayne on her way to Marion.  

Old memories of years gone by, as we spent many an hour playing in the snow, prompted her to make this snowy picture.