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#10 - Norma in the Old Days

In the early 1900s, Norma, in Scott County, was a bustling community with several lumber mills although now it barely seems to exist. It fits prominently into the Walker story in the case of Dr. Andrew Calvin Walker, who was a doctor there late in his life and died in 1926. Some locations, from postcards that belonged to him, are included on this page; click any for a larger picture.
Visit: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~edwardbwalker/places/norma.html

INFORMATION FROM DESCENDANTS: John B. Jeffers, and Kizzie Duncan Jeffers, were married April 3, 1904 in Scott Co. Tennessee. John B and Frank Smithers built a two story building in Norma. The Store was downstairs and they called it “Norma Union Store”. Both Families lived upstairs. Apparently it wasn’t profitable enough to sustain two families and John eventually bought Frank’s share. Gradually the store became more successful and they weathered the Depression pretty well. Five of John B and Kizzie’s seven children were raised to adulthood with their primary years over the store. The children were: Dot (Oran Holloway); Tressie Beulah (Virgil Murley); Nevva (Marley Phillips); James Hoyal (Jean Debord); Darel (never married); Dennis (died at age 10); and Jaymon (died at 3 months). Nevva said that her early training in honesty came in this store when her dad (John B.) taught her to use a candy scales. He taught her to look at it straight on so that you didn’t cheat the customer or yourself. Those little white scales have passed down to Nevva’s daughter, Kay Phillips Davis, and are still in her possession. John B. told Nevva on his deathbed that if he ever cheated a man out of a penny he didn’t know it. When John B. retired and moved to Oneida, he sold the store to Kermit and Elwood Sharp and they changed the name to Sharp Brothers Store. Kermit worked the coal mines and Elwood ran the store for about eight years. It must have been about this time that Elwood bought Kermit’s share and it became known as Sharp’s Cash Store, which it remained throughout the years until it burned down.

If you can identify the ones that need a name, or want to comment, please do so either by email: erayaustin@outlook.com, or at bottom of picture!

  • Walt. (Private)
    1 year 6 months ago
    Norma Depot - 1950's
    Ray. Where and how did you acquire this Depot The building might could be traced by Pictures. Walt.
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      1 year 6 months ago
      Hi Walt.

      I copied this picture from Facebook where someone else had posted it, but they said it was in Robbins.  I believe, as do a few other people, that this is the SAME Depot at Norma but the picture was taken from the other side looking in direction of SHARP's STORE, where the other Depot picture I have was taken from the other side looking in the direction of the Post Office.  Also, it was taken at a different time.  This one maybe in the 1950's, the other one 1946.

      Ray
  • Waltter (Private)
    1 year 6 months ago
    Norma Depot - 1946
    This has always been Norma Depot for as long as I can remember check the old railroad in the 1900 when you could see the railroad track all the way through Norma.At one time the Depot used to be a hang out to get the latest news. At the present time I can not come up with a place where the other Depot could have have come from. When I was a  child growing up I was never above Smokey Creek up river at one time there was a lot of work going on up river above Smokey. But both building are so close to the same size and shape I would think they were used by the same railline. This is something to go on the back burner for now.  Walt.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 6 months ago
    Norma Depot - 1946
    Kelly Newport was my great Grand-Pa.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 10 months ago
    Not sure of all these relatives: John Burlin Jeffers and Kizzie Ann (DUNCAN) Jeffers far right. William Riley Jeffers and wife, Rebecca "Becky" Jeffers. Next to them is Emsley S. Jeffers and Lovace (or Lovice?) Jeffers, with Glen?
    Not sure who the mother and child is,  Emsley Jeffers (my great grandfather, father of Wilbert), Lucy Thelma Boshears Jeffers (my grandmother). Child in front is not Glen, Lovis, John Burlin, Kizzie, William Riley, Rebecca Jeffers.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 10 months ago
    Dennis Jeffers (Aug 15, 1910 - Jun 22, 1921), son of John Burlin Jeffers and Kizzie Ann (DUNCAN) Jeffers.
    The story I have always heard about Dennis is that he cut his toe and was carried through the barn area. He developed lock jaw and died at 11 years old.  He was my father (Hoyal Jeffers) older brother.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 10 months ago
    John Burlin Jeffers and Kizzie Ann (DUNCAN) Jeffers' wedding picture.
    The interesting thing about John Burlin Jeffers is that he did not have a middle name and gave himself that name.  He was always known as John B. Jeffers.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 10 months ago
    Not sure of all these relatives: John Burlin Jeffers and Kizzie Ann (DUNCAN) Jeffers far right. William Riley Jeffers and wife, Rebecca "Becky" Jeffers. Next to them is Emsley S. Jeffers and Lovace (or Lovice?) Jeffers, with Glen?
    E.Ray, this is such a wonderful site.  I clicked on it today wondering if I could find more pictures of my grandparents, John B. and Kizzie Jeffers and the first picture I clicked on was this.  Keep up the good work.  I do so enjoy the pictures and would even enjoy a blog of the old days -- should you decide to write one.  Terrie Jeffers Cross
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      1 year 10 months ago
      Glad you like my website, it makes all the work worth every second just to share these pictures and people like you take the time to let me know.  If you have more old photos and would like me to start an Album for you on my website, just let me know.

      E. Ray Austin
  • Angie Lowe (Private)
    4 years 3 months ago
    5-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery (About Feb 1982)
    Buffy said this was Harry Lee Sharp and his kids. I thinkt the two in front are Simon Sharp (the one with the bag) David, Matthew in the middle and Harry Lee and John in back. Ask Buffy who David's parents are.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 2 months ago
      harry lee is not in this picture
      • E. Ray Austin (Private)
        2 years 2 months ago
        Hi Angie.  I updated this picture with what you sent.  See if you agree!


        Ray
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      4 years 3 months ago
      Thank you Angie, and everyone else, for putting a name to a face.  I will post these names and assume that is who they are in hopes someone else will take a look and agree or disagree.  Thanks again!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 3 months ago
    12-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery
    I know all of these girls.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 5 months ago
    5-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery (About Feb 1982)
    Where is simon
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 11 months ago
    12-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery
    Hi...it is Sandra Griffin, thanks, Sandra Griffin Litton
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 1 month ago
    19-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery in 1960's
    I crossed this bridge so many times.  Thanks for the memories.
     - John Sharpe
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 1 month ago
    Sharp Brothers Store - Elwood Sharp and Anna McDonald
    Anna McDonald is my Mother... this is precious thank you so much.
  • Valerie (Private)
    3 years 9 months ago
    Hammon Trestle at Norma.
    I was reminiscing today about walking the RR track to Grandpa Luke's and the trestle around to Mildred's.  The simpler days when kids were safe to go out walking.
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      3 years 9 months ago
      You are so right, Valerie.  Things back then were hard, but they were a lot better than today - in a lot of ways!

      I have been collecting as many photos as I can from wherever I can find them, of Scott County, Norma, etc., and I am waiting for permission from a friend of mine to add another Album of old photos.  He and his wife have been putting them on Facebook.  Check for "Anna Lawson" on Facebook:  go through them, they have some of the Sharpe's and Lowe's there that you would like.  Those are the ones I'm hoping they will let me put on my website.

      Hope to see you all before years end!  Ray & Gail
  • E. Ray Austin (Private)
    4 years 3 months ago
    2-Swinging Bridge at Montgomery (About Feb 1982)
    I see the "Comments" section is working again!  Good.


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