Capt. E. E. Arnold

from the research of John David Arnold

E. E. Arnold and his wife

E. E. Arnold, a well known resident of Decaturville, and sheriff of the county, is a member of one of the oldest families in the section. His grandfather, Ephraim Arnold, located in the county at a very early day; the exact date is not known, but is thought to have been no later than 1814, as James E. was born in 1824, and was the youngest of six children, born to them after coming to the county. Uncle James Harris was the only other settler at that time. They were subjected to all the privations and hardships of pioneer life, and were greatly troubled with panthers, they being so bold and vicious as to make it necessary to fasten the doors and windows with iron bars. James B., the father, was a farmer; he died in 1866; the mother is still living, they were the parent of eleven children, ten of whom still live. Our subject worked on a farm until he was sixteen years of ago, when he became a pilot on a raft, which occupation he continued until 1882; was then elected sheriff of the, county, holding that office up to the present time. April 2, 1874, he married Miss Mary B. Crowder, who died March 22, 1883, leaving a family of five children: Melissa A., Ida M., James B., Mary G. and William G. Mr. Arnold married again to Miss Medora Crowder, January 7. 1885; to this union one child has been born, Carry F. Mr. Arnold is prominently connected with the Masons; he been a member since 1872, also belongs to the I.O.O.F. He was one of the Grangers; was master of the county when that organization went down. He is a Democrat and a man who has a large circle of friends and acquaintances, esteemed by all.

The Cherokee Temple Sisters

from the collection of Paul Montgomery

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Descendants of Anthony Hays

from the research of James Beltz

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Parsons High School Band – circa 1955

from the collection of Thomas E. Montgomery

Parsons High School Band - about 1956

Parsons High School Band – about 1955

Majorettes, left to right –

  • Ruth Evelyn Dodson
  • Nettie Jean Pratt
  • Suzanne Hartsfield

First row, left to right –

  • Janice Long, drums
  • Gary Carrington, drums
  • Janie Readey, clarinet
  • Carolyn Washam, cornet
  • Shirley Pratt, clarinet
  • Janice Yates, clarinet
  • Carol Roberts, cornet
  • Bill or Bob Roberts, clarinet
  • Bill or Bob Roberts, cornet
  • Jordon Moore, drums
  • Judy Maxwell, flute

Second row, left to right –

  • Joyce Jordan
  • Dale Roberts, tenor saxophone
  • Johnny Townsend, cornet
  • Tom Bawcum, trumpet
  • Gaylon Yates, drums
  • Jerry Pratt, Drum Major, alto horn
  • Thomas Montgomery, trumpet
  • Jim Rushing
  • Cynthia McIlwain, trombone
  • Pat McIllwain, baritone horn
  • Donald Moore, trumpet

Third row, left to right –

  • Gail Douglas, clarinet
  • Michael Jordon, clarinet
  • Carolyn Townsend, alto saxophone
  • Sandra Hayes, baritone saxophone
  • Jessie Mae Bartholomew, cornet
  • Sammy McIllwain, clarinet
  • Rodney Phillips, clarinet
  • Marion Young, alto saxophone
  • Jimmie Ann Long, alto saxophone
  • Kay Reynolds, alto saxophone
  • Martha Tyler

Fourth row, left to right –

  • Jimmy Joe Readey, sousaphone
  • Diane Tinker, drums
  • Oscar Spence, trombone
  • Eugene Jordan, trombone
  • James Floyd Evans, clarinet
  • Guy Dickson, sousaphone
  • Linda Tinker, trombone
  • Jimmy McIllwain, baritone horn
  • James Erby Woods, cornet
  • Darrell G. Harbaum, Director

Band Directors

Jimmy Joe Readey and James Floyd Evans were the first two band directors at Decaturville High School.

Darrell G. Harbaum was later Associate Professor Emeritus of Music at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

HARBAUM, Darrell G. beloved son of the late William and Katherine Harbaum, passed away Sunday, May 3rd at his home in Farmville, VA, at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by one brother, William Jr. (Maxine) and three sisters: Maxine Jacobs (Joseph) of Springdale, Betty Chromzack (Stanley) of North Lake, IL, and Shirley Littlefield, of Wichita Falls, TX. He is survived by one sister, Mary Lou Burns (Clyde) of Mason. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews, one god-son and numerous friends. He graduated from Trenton High School in 1942 and then joined the army. He was stationed in Europe and served in the Signal Corps until 1945. Darrell graduated from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1949, earned his Masters of Music in 1953, and taught at several schools and universities before moving to Farmville, VA. Darrell was a Professor of Music at Longwood College for 30 years before retiring in 1992. Visitation will be at Breitenbach McCoy Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown, OH at 12:00 noon Friday with funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Mennonite Cemetery, Wayne Madison Road, Trenton. If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, or to the Trenton Mennonite Church, 2 East Main St., Trenton, OH 45067

Published in Hamilton, OH Journal-News on May 6, 2009

Bunches Chapel – 1956

from the collection of Thomas E. Montgomery

Bunches Chapel - 1956

Bunches Chapel – 1956

This building at Bunches Chapel was used as a school and church for many years.  This building was torn down and replaced with a new church building in 1956.  The Bunches Chapel Cemetery dates from 1827.

Bunches Chapel - 2015

Bunches Chapel – 2015 – Google Earth View


Decaturville High School – 1889

Savannah Courier, August 8, 1889

Decaturville High School

Prof. J. F. Hughes, Principal of the Decaturville High School, was here last week and gave us an order for his Catalogues, which we are printing this week.  Prof. Hughes is one of the most successful teachers in the State and Decaturville is to be congratulated on her good fortune in securing his services for another year.  He is also advertising his school in this paper which you will see by consulting another column.

Miss Nannie Broyles has been employed to teach in the music department of the Decaturville High School for the next year.  Miss Nannie is a fine musician and will give satisfaction and add to the popularity of the school.

Eli Lucas’ Tongs

from the research of Jerry L. Butler

Nashville Daily American, February 13, 1876

Ripley, Tennessee, NEWS. “Mr. Eli Lucas is the owner of a pair of tongs, purchased by his wife’s father, in 1800, from a Revolutionary tory by the name of Black who moved from South Carolina to middle Tennessee. The tongs were purchased by Black in Charleston during the Revolutionary War and although they have been in constant use since purchased by Mr. Lucas, have required repairs but one time.”

Eli Lucas was living in Humpreys Co. TN in the 1830 census.

1 male under 5
1 male 5 to 10
1 male 30 to 40 – Eli

1 female 10 to 15
1 female 20 to 30

Eli’s brother Edmund Hale Lucas lived in Decatur Co. during the 1850s and 1860s.

Parsons High School Football Team – 1948

Parsons High School Football Team - 1948

from the research of B. R. Jennings

Scotts Hill High School Class Pictures

Scotts Hill High School Class of 1957

Scotts Hill High School Class of 1957

Pictures of the graduating classes of Scotts Hill High School that were severely damaged by water a few years ago when the roof of the new high school was damaged in a storm.  A group of alumni have raised funds to have the photographs professionally restored or replaced.

Before they can be displayed in the new Scotts Hill High School, they require shatterproof frames.  As a by product of the restoration/replacement effort, a digital image of each graduating class picture was generated.  It was decided to fund the new frames by selling DVDs of these pictures.

The DVD contains the graduating class photographs for the years 1930 through 2011 with the exception of the years 1932, 1933 and 1936.  These group pictures are the same as those that have lined the halls of Scotts Hill High School for many years and include the names and pictures of both graduates and teachers. The pictures can be viewed either in a slide show format with background music or as individual group pictures for more detailed viewing on your computer.

The 1957 class picture shown above is a typical example but the images on the DVD are much higher resolution for easy viewing.

CD coverOrdering Information

The DVD is priced at $15 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling if mailed.  To order, please send your check made out to SHHS PICTURE PROJECT to


Be sure to include your return address for delivery of the DVD. If you are local to the Scotts Hill area and want to pick up your DVD, please contact Doris Buck at (731) 549-3495.

If anyone is able to provide pictures for 1932, 1933 or 1936 for scanning, please contact me so this important collection can be completed.




Scotts Hill High School Class of 1957