PLACE: CHEROKEE COUNTY MUSEUM, MAIN STREET, CENTRE, AL.
PROGRAM: ROLLING STORES, PRESENTED BY TOMMY MOON
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: EVERYONE!
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AT NO CHARGE
Get ready to travel back in time to pleasant memories as Tommy Moon tells of the rolling store, or as my family called it the “peddler”. If you are in your late 50s or older and lived in Cherokee County you most likely will remember a rolling store coming to your home. If you are too young to remember them, you should attend this meeting to hear about an important item in the life of rural Cherokee County residents. I probably looked forward to the "peddler" more than any other thing I can recall in my childhood—that is other than Santa Claus. I saved every penny I had to meet the “peddler” with my mother, so I could buy a bag of candy.Tommy's father, Robert Moon, operated a rolling store for many years. He is consulting with his brother, Harry Moon, who owns Moon Variety Store, and with Susan Pace. Her father, Pete Pace, ran a rolling store in Cherokee County. There are few pictures of the rolling stores that operated in Cherokee County.
Those of you who were not able to attend the meeting last night missed a great one. Danny Crownover's program on the High Town Path was very interesting. It is amazing that so much history exist in Cherokee County and we are often unaware of much of it. We have some wonderful historians in our area and are fortunate that they are willing to do the research and share their knowledge with us. Danny had old maps dating back to the 1700s that show the High Town Path. I was raised in Blue Pond (1 mile from Yellow Creek) and never knew there was an old Indian and traders Path that had gone through the area. Yellow Creek was one of the places noted on the maps that the Path went through. No telling how many people have walked, ridden horses, buggies, covered wagons, and stage coaches over the roads we now travel in Cherokee County. I played in the woods and walked all along the area the Indians and traders would have traveled. Had I not attended the meeting last night and heard Danny's presentation, I might never have known that piece of my history.
Mark your calendars now for our next meeting on June 17. The program will be announced at a later date. We had scheduled a program but the speaker had to cancel. We have several things in mind. No telling what tidbits we will learn about the history of Cherokee County and perhaps even our own connections to the past. For example, Jim Lewis recently shared with me the roaster for troops at Ft. Lovell and I could not believe what I was reading when I saw Frank's great-grandfather and great-great grandfather listed. We knew they had fought in the FL Indian Wars but did not have any idea they had been right here in Cherokee County during the removal of the Indians from this area.
I failed to thank Danny Crownover last night for the wonderful Face book site he has created. It is very professionally done and contains a lot of information. Danny is another Jim Lewis in that he has a treasure in the history he has collected and sites he knows to go to for historical information. If you are on Face book just type in Welcome to Cherokee County.
Several of our officers have hand held scanners and can scan letters, documents and pictures. If you have anything of historical value or know anyone who does please let us know. We can scan the items and not harm their value by doing so and the owner still is able to keep the original item. When you talk to people about your interest in Cherokee County history, they will often open up and tell you of items they have or know someone with items of interest.
Please keep the family of Doris Pearson in your thoughts and prayers. She died at 7:15 this morning from injuries sustained in a single car accident last week. Doris was a charter member of the Historical Society and was active in it and the local library. Doris has made many contributions to her community and will be greatly missed.
I will send out a reminder of our next meeting, as the time approaches. Until then keep safe and have a blessed Easter.
Danny is retired from the City of Gadsden's Community Development office, and as the Mayor's special projects coordinator. Since 2005, he has been President and Executive Director of the Etowah Historical Society and the Etowah Heritage Museum. Danny also serves as the Vice President of the Cherokee County Historical Society. He has written a weekly historical article for the Gadsden Messenger for 15 years.
Danny has done extensive research on the 1,000 mile trail, the High Town Path, that runs through Cherokee County, AL. It extends from Charleston, SC eastward through GA, AL, and MS. It ends at the Chickasaw Bluffs in Memphis, TN. The Path was named after a Cherokee village called “High Town” which was located near present day Rome, GA. In AL, the High Town Path runs through Cherokee, Etowah, Marshall, Cullman, Morgan, Lawrence, Winston, Marion, and Franklin counties.
Native Americans made most of the High Town Path on the mountain ridges of the continental divide in order to avoid creek crossings and lowland marshes. It is interesting to note that creeks located north of the continental divide flow toward the Tennessee River, and creeks south of the divide flow southward toward the Tombigbee/Alabama Rivers.