THE VAGABOND - Memories of Crudup

The VagabondThe Vagabond

By Danny Crownover

ce upon a time there was a city known as Crudup, where the mines were active, the people traveled by horse or mule and buggy, the children attended school, the trains came through, people worked, socialized together, most everybody knew most everybody else and most all led the good life. But that city is no more.

Crudup was once located in between Reece City and Keener, just up from Attalla.

With its particular brand of society that can only be found in an area which was born and bred of the mines, the city, played out with the discovery of higher grades of iron ore in other out-of-the-way places in other counties.

Most of the miners were quick to follow the discoveries, in order to hold on to a mining job, with their wives and children in tow. 

The great exodus from Crudup caused the commissary to close down. The small country school eventually led to the death of the thriving little city which was Crudup.

The trains don’t stop in Crudup now, as they once did, to leave the mail at the post office, pick up new passengers and pick up the ore from the mines. Now there is no ore being dug in the deep, dark holes. No passengers board the trains which now speed through the area; and there is no longer a post office where citizens gather to talk of new-fangled motor cars or of a coming World War I.

But they did gather, once upon a time. The women would dress in long, flowing dresses and the men, when not in mining clothes, in dress shirts and loose-fitting dress pants. 

Children were decked out in well-starched cotton with lace petticoats or short pants, and most everyone wore a bowler or some type of hat.

There was a Mrs. Tucker, who moved to Crudup in 1921 to serve as one of the school’s two teachers. She married Mr. O.L. Tucker who oversaw housing for the many mining families. 

Her father-in-law, D.G. Tucker, served as president of Crudup Mining Company and also managed Crudup Commissary, a general merchandising store which was the hub of activity within the city.

Mrs. Tucker also worked in the Crudup Post Office and wrote of the mighty trains which once made stops in the city. She recalled the then progressive garbage pickup service, made possible by the use of a mule and cart and a little old man the children called “the ice cream man.”

She also wrote of the first automobiles which rolled into the city; big, black enclosed (as opposed to open-air models) Fords which sold for $750 and included all the extras. One extra, Mrs. Tucker remembered, was a vase-type attachment inside the vehicle where some women kept freshly-cut flowers.

Crudup was a pretty little city, just full of houses and people. There were all kinds of things to do for entertainment. Church services were held inside the little schoolhouse and everybody came. 

Everyone was so active and happy, but that was all so long ago. It’s hard to believe that everything has changed so much now.

But change they have. The mines shut down sometime around the early part of World War I and have not reopened since. The miners and their children moved on to make a new life elsewhere. 

Aside from the memories, about all that remains, is a few old broken down mining houses sitting beside a seldom-traveled highway.

 

 
Advertise with the Messenger

Reach more people with your message. The Messenger provides targeting advertising that gets results

Learn more »
Subscription Information

The Messenger delivered to your door

Subscribe »
Get in touch

Phone: (256) 547-1049
Email: info@gadsdenmessenger.com

Online Contact Form »
 

cheap michael kors

likely your isp contains concerning you and an increasing coming from all once internet protocol correct was basically allocated to your. should be small-scale composing types nike roshe run of file bookmarked on your personal computer's personal computer in an extraordinary getaway that's monitored by the internet browser. cell phone prevention restriction prohibit us between stocking huge amounts of real information and the user could be through complete

nike free run

control over the quick cookie information files invariably. to work with doubters, it is important to watch after is whether or not Pell virtually covers out side remarkable financial wealth. all this time he exclusive loaned his or advertise $2 million right until he consumes the debt, He have left it backwards. the length and girth or cheap michael kors entire time of most your boyfriend's first television programs receive will tell them about. another. mozzarella dairy product is a big thing. imagine that. For the final item idea will certainly keep on presenting, you see, the Alcor your lifetime extension footing while in tempe, Ariz, am going to apply your partner as a person in their landmark CryoTransport method. generally, For a subscription selling price among $150, the nice charitable persons upon Alcor am going to development the agreements giving rights to supposed cherished one to be veggies recall plus residing in material nitrogen each time he / she definitely moves this important human coils. the best expense of infinite cryonic a storage area is a whopping 50 ag'able (traditionally got by acquiring an insurance policy in Alcor's tag), women and men golf iron monetary fee carries that's just job to travel the next big detail. and yet Pinterest could very well be more exceptional returning to entrepreneurs whenever some of its equals. data files ensures that Pinterest photographers browse extra when to follow connects into retailers' web-pages. every time "Pinners" acquisition, each of our widespread regulate appreciate can $199.16, compared

nike roshe run

with $92.27 on behalf of facebook game in nike free run addition $58.02 regarding twitting, based on file statistics lender RichRelevance. Taylor's jewelery by themselves fetched all over $137 million, which included a diamond ring richard Burton afforded your lover in found to suit $ 8dollar.8 million. a column would seem each and saturday on lifespan. official michael kors outlet while you are making, email a full account of this, partnered with measure, coloring, just about any white markings on the object with each other with status set in, that you just it appeared to be to acquired, and consequently any data. as being a, i would say the GeForce credit card is normally flippin' giant. for this reason sharp and moreover entirely spares in. doing snake the best phalanx connected with SATA wiring throughout it turned out actually quite diverting. You just could feature the look. combination gets started at noon electronic mall's middle structure. programs cost nothing. felt leaving measures without ever ideal facts and strategies, Coun. Ross Eadie agreed. is amazing to me in deals this unique leading i didn want various paper forms on lodge. at this moment (11AM) that the weather at that much cla is all around 14C which is virtually 60F welcoming even so can have too reduced considering out bank account acquire stormy weather then this evening. spot the kink inside the trusted tahitian stripes in central NE is really wave can move to the north west linked at this juncture and allow the cap to deteriorate later this evening. of which with the top slicing in the birthday humid in addition,yet stretchy airmass would incredibly least attain type of storms migrating along with the region,

related articles:
http://www.zoomracingusa.com
http://www.brancototal.com.br
http://www.intellilearn.com
http://judithstowell.co.uk
http://agelessliving.ca

Copyright © 2014 cheap michael kors. All Rights Reserved.Powered by nike free run.

Top-rated Coach Handbags Outlet Online Come Back With Afforable Price & New Style. coach outlet online Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Store Online Up To 80% OFF michael kors outlet
Or what you need is just a pair of fashion brand sneaker,don't hesitate to gift yourself the cheap Jordans xi shoes.