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Deltaville Committee gains momentum for July 4th

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The old Callis Store on Timberneck Road was a gathering place for “sharing stories, gags and news, and buying a bottle of ‘pop,’ “ remembers George David Shreeves, who was born in Deltaville in 1926. Shreeves has sent a whole page of reminiscences about the store for the Deltaville Centennial. Those with memories about Callis Store or any of the old country stores in the Deltaville area, gather them together and bring them to Raynell Smith (815-3102). Please bring all pictures of these old stores to copy and share. 

Last Sunday’s meeting of the Deltaville Centennial Committee produced some more subjects for the July 4th exhibit.

Don Leyden will be composing a history of Philippi Christian Church.

Betsy Hudgins (nee Glascock) is putting together pictures and clippings to show how the DCA recreation area was built. This year (2009) marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the Deltaville Pool.

Hudgins is also working on a family history of the Nortons, to whom she is related. Her great-great-grandfather, William Norton, fought in the Civil War and was killed at Cold Harbor. She plans to present some information on him as well as Dewey Norton, her grandfather. There are many Norton relatives out there. Hopefully, they will bring information to Hudgins to be included.

At the Heritage Day celebration, the family histories brought to the Centennial Committee will be exhibited. The Committee hopes these histories will be expanded and corrected by visiting family members. Those who want their family genealogies to be a part of the Heritage Day celebration must bring the information to the committee as soon as possible. These genealogies will be preserved in the archives of the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Evelyn Turner and her “Portrait of Deltaville” committee are working on an update of that 2001 book. Anyone on the original or the last book committee are asked to call Turner. She needs input and assistance.

Traditionally, there was a dinner after the Heritage Day festivities, and Liz Cook is working on that.

Jill Davis is gathering information about the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department for a display.

Dr. Allen Powell will have a history of the Deltaville Library.

Birdie Donahoe alerted the committee to the existence of McGurk’s and is working on a genealogy of her family.

“There must be something dear to your heart in Deltaville’s past,” said committee official Raynell Smith. “Make sure we have that information, the sooner the better.  Any displays we have together will be previewed at the opening of the Deltaville Maritime Museum on May 1. So hurry.”

Call Smith at 815-3102 to be pointed in the right direction.

The next official meeting of the Centennial Committee will be April 19 at the Deltaville Maritime Museum starting at 1 p.m. Anything for the exhibit can be left at Nauti Nell’s during business hours.

posted 04.08.2009

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