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4th of JULY

WARREN COUNTY BICENTENNIAL

ACTIVITIES and PARADE


McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee

5 July 2008


Joe Beasley's photo of the Air Force fly-over at high noon.

Honor Guard, American Legion Post 173 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5064

Photo by Chris Keathley

Honor Guard, American Legion Post 173 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5064. From the left:
______ ______, Art Gunning, Will A. Davis, ______ ______, ______ ______,
Herman "Ace" Boren, Larry Cook, Tim Bodey, W.C. Chilton, George Patterson, Hubert King.

Flag raising

Photo by Chris Keathley

Flag Raising

Flag raised

Photo by Chris Keathley

Flag raised on the north side of the Court House by Ivey Hillis and Charles Norton.


A spin around the Park featuring the Gold and Silver Band.


Gold and Silver Band

Photo by Chris Keathley

The Gold and Silver Band with Tri-County Bank, Stanley Law offices, the Park
Theater building and above the buildings the Presbyterian Church steeple .

Gold and Silver Band

Photo by Chris Keathley

The Gold and Silver Band, still preparing to perform, with the Profession Building in the background.

Gold and Silver Band

Photo by Chris Keathley

The Gold and Silver Band performing.

Gold and Silver Band

Photo by Chris Keathley

The Gold and Silver Band in performance with Col. John H. Savage's
monument to his CSA 16th Regiment men who died in service towering
in the background.

Gold and Silver Band

Photo by Chris Keathley

The Gold and Silver Band, still in performance, but shifted just a tad to get everyone in the pictures.






Color Guard

Color Guard




John Pelham, family, friends and a Chevy made in th USA by legal English speaking  Americans

John Pelham, family, and friends in a Chevy made in th USA by English speaking born in th USA Americans.



Fairview C.I.C.


Photo by Chris Keathley



Photo by Chris Keathley




Ed Bradford, from out Viola way, his trusty Border Collie, Bandit, and a herd of sheep. Despite Bandit
appearing to be resting, previously he had been herding the sheep. It was truly a sight to behold.

John and Gladys Bouldin  Blanks looking like courting days on Main Street on Saturday nights before the one-way change.

John and Gladys Bouldin Blanks looking like courting nights on Main Street on Saturday nights before the one-way change.

W.C. Chilton riding shot-gun.

W.C. Chilton riding shot-gun, James Green, owner-driver, and in the back Gary Webster, the brother of Charles Webster,
who was in the original high school group with Dottie Marsh in those days, but later became known as our
Dottie West, The Country Sunshine Girl and first female to win a Country Music Grammy Award.


Mt. Zion Riders, also from out Viola way, Dan Vickers, in the lead, Christy Burton, and Joe Burton


Another Mt. Zion Rider Barry Hillis added to the group.


Joe Burton, in front, and Barry Hillis


Barry Hillis


And last of the Mt. Zion Riders, Jimmy Turner.

Steve Roller and his Mrs.

Steve Roller and his Mrs.

Bill Cathcart and a bevy of Beauty Princesses

Bill Cathcart chauffering a bevy of Bicentennial Beauty Contests winners including in no order or visibility are:
Grace Rains, Olivia Majors, Kaylin Barrett, Tess Fryar, Sarah Nokes and Mallory Morton. Malcolm Jessup pro-
vided the transportation. The unidentified lady in red, left, who appeared to keep up with the entourage, is probably
a chaperon to keep Bill in line.


Frank Bond in his vintage 1929 Chevrolet coupe.

Photo by Chris Keathley

Frank Bond in his vintage 1929 Chevrolet coupe.


Alas, being a horse lover, we got so excited over the horses and snapping them we ran out of film, but not
before getting these three on-lookers compliments of Southern Museum and Galleries sidewalk space!

Betty Higginbotham

From McCollum's Bend, Betty Higginbotham, Class of '55.


Jan Grissom and Lou Mullican

From out Dibrell way, Jan Grissom and Lou Mullican.



          In answer to the many inquires about the burnt-out building serving as a background for many of the pictures. Here is a brief answer and some history of the building:

Houchins Opera House

     Houchins Opera House as depicted by Chris Keathley was erected on this site in 1889 by William Houchins, a mulatto business man originally from Rutherford County, TN. He and his family are buried in Riverside Cemetery.
          The city officers met in a room on the top floor. Thus, the city business was once before run from Main Street.
          From this edifice came King's Department Store and Locke's 5 10 and 25 Store. Thanks to Monty Wanamaker for permitting us to use it.

King's Department Store and Locke's 5 10 and 25

          Ben and Harry King worked around the clock in and for their store and employed many McMinnville and Warren County people.

          William Wallace and Sophia Jane Williams Locke were two more who worked around the clock in and for their store, Locke's 5 10 and 25 Store, and also employed many McMinnville and Warren County people as well as putting their four children Faye, Howard, Morford and Bill to work.

Burned out East Main Street buildings.

          At the time of the fire 29 March 2008, Mel and Janice Dixon lived in a renovated second floor apartment, although they did escape with their lives, they lost everything else. Travis McVey, the owner of the other building, was at work at the time of the fire.

          The Tennessee Arson and Bomb unit has ruled the fire as arson.

          Southern Museum & Galleries has a photo display of the buildings and artifacts in their window.



If you can add names to any of the photos or have photos to add, e-mail jane@blomand.net




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