Sunday, June 22, 2008

HSMS bell

This bell has such a great story and a long history.
My great-grandparents had a farm in the Peytonsville community, Franklin, Tennessee. It was a working farm back in the late 1800's. This bell was used to call the workers in for "dinner".
My Grandfather was the baby and was born when my Great-Grandmother was 48 years old. He sold the farm in the early 60's and moved only 5 miles away. He took a few things with him including this bell. He mounted on top of his mail box, and in script he welded his first and last name using metal wire. That is where it stayed there until about 1980 when someone stole it. The police were called and the entire community was upset.
My Grandfather was a barber and quite well known in the area. He began cutting hair when his father ordered a pair of scissors, a comb and a few other items relating from the Sears Roebuck catalog. He was tired of going into town and paying 10 cents for a hair cut. So, he decided my Grandfather could do just as well. My Grandfather was 15 years old. He was still cutting hair for his customers until two weeks before he passed away in 1988.
After my Grandfather's death, my Grandmother moved into my mothers house. Every now and again the conversation would come up about the bell. Then, out of the blue, my Grandmother received a phone call. Someone found the bell at a garage sale The name was still on top ten years later.
The police were called. The present possessors were not charged and proved they had acquired it though someone else.
This bell is now in my mother's backyard.

1 comment:

Pam Seavers said...

Incredible story. Love it!!
Pam Seavers