Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tin Wedding and Reunion - a look back at the Reckless club of Maryville College

scorecard between the Reckless club and the Crooked Creek club, late 1870s
Original scorecard held at Maryville College Archives

This scorecard from a game between the Reckless club and the Crooked Creek club caused me to do a bit more research.

The first mention of the Reckless club was in the Maryville College student newspaper in 1876.

I found an article in the February 11, 1920 edition of The Maryville Times that looked back at an article from The Times of 1891.  In that article Mr. John A. Goddard looks back at the original Reckless club of Maryville College.  Several of the men mentioned in the article are in the scorecard.

The Maryville Times - February 11, 1920

Friday, February 17, 2017

Move over Centennials, it is now the King Club

I was tipped off to this club by rereading Ronald R. Allen's Same Old Smokies.  He references an article in the Chronicle.  I found an article in The Morristown Gazette that has the same story.

The Morristown Gazette - June 14, 1876

O.C. King is Oliver Caswell King, eldest son of Leander Montgomery King and Penelope Louisa Massengill King.  O.C. is listed as a lawyer in the 1880 U.S. Census for Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee.

Whitesburg is an unincorporated town about 10 miles NE from Morristown, if you follow US 11E.

W.S. Kyle, Umpire, was probably William S. Kyle, listed as an attorney at law, living in Whitesburg in the 1880 U.S. Census for Whitesburg, Hamblen County, Tennessee.

Now, if the modern day Holstons could just find a "genial and liberal townsman".

For more on O.C. King, visit the Tennessee Virtual Archive of the Oliver Caswell King and Katherine Rutledge King Papers Collection or see the Collection Overview.