Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Crayne Community Church held their annual picnic at Riverside Park (the old Dam 50 site), on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. It was a beautiful day.
Steve Underdown stands by the original old Dam 50 Reservation marker that had been saved since 1980 when the Dam was destroyed. It's good to see the sign back home again.
Some wonderful Crayne folks enjoying the day and the company are Virginia Kirk on left and Linda Tabor on the right.
Good friends and good neighbors.
Rena Mae Beshears and Marie Conditt enjoying the day and some good foods. These two ladies are best friends and also neighbors in the Chapel Hill neighborhood. Both Crayne Church people.
Oliver "Pick" Perryman recently moved to Evansville, but he and his son, Jon, still come to the Crayne Community Church. A part of the Crayne community for many years. Was married to Nell Boyd.
Monday, September 9, 2013
The Crayne Cumberland Presbyterian Church was destroyed by lightning during a late afternoon storm on Monday July 26, 1943. The blot struck directly into the bell tower and the blaze burst forth immediately.
(Crittenden Press, July 30, 1943.)
All contents of the building were saved including the piano and pews but the structure was a total loss.
I have wondered many times if there was a picture of this early church building. I have never been told by anyone about seeing a picture of it, or even how it looked.
The new church was completed in Feb. of 1949. It was built of concrete block construction.
The dedication service would be held Sunday, February 27, 1949, with Rev. Eugene Lindsey in charges of the services. Talk by Harry Haynes on the Church and Rededicating of lives. Rev. James Houston Jones gave the opening and closing prayers.
This vintage photo of the new block church building shortly after it was completed in 1949, was shared with me by long time friend and Crayne neighbor, Harold Cannon.
My early child hood memories are from attending this new church. Attended until it closed in the 1970's.