MY MEMORIES OF GLEN ALUM by MAVIS BOWEN BURTON

 

In most of our lives one teacher stands out. Mine seems to be Dwight Elkins.  Was so glad to see references to him on my recent visit to the Glen Alum website.
Your work is a delight to those of us who know the area.  My siblings & I were seldom in Glen Alum proper, other than 1 visit to the theatre in the late 1930's and regular trips to Glen Alum RR station for mail and to catch the train.  However, you share with us a common denominator:  COAL, THE RR, AND TUG RIVER.
     Beginning in 1936, my immediate family of Blaine Bowens lived on the hillside above the mainline RR, 1/2 way between Glen Alum & Lindsey.  From the tunnel & going toward Williamson, the 1st family was the Crofts, who lived right on the river.  My friend Virginia Croft became an RN in Williamson.  Next came the Roberts & Creska families, who ran a small general store.  Then my grandparents home, Millard & Emily Bowen and their several kids.  Across a gulley were my parents, Blaine & Ollie Spears Bowen and 6 children.  The Bowen men all had worked for the N&W.  Blaine was diagnosed with a terminal illness while we lived in Columbus, and moved  back to that area to be near his parents.  Downhill from us & closer to the tracks lived Arch & Ruby Miller Adkins and family.  Towards  Lindsey lived several more families.  (Millard & Emily Bowen eventually moved to Ben Creek).
     In about 1937, Dwight Elkins  began to teach  in the 1-room, 8 grades Lindsey school.  The following year, Virginia Croft & I started 9th grade at Matewan, traveling daily by train.  My brothers Willis, Wannis & Don Bowen continued at Lindsey with Mr. Elkins.  Two yrs later, our family moved to Williamson..
   Eventually I went to TN to work @ Oak Ridge, married, and in 1960 moved to CA where I worked for 30 yrs in med. research.  Am now retired, living in the San Bernardino mountains.  Brother Willis still lives in Williamson, sis Joan in the Las Vegas area, and bro. Wannis in Frostproof, FL.
   I will continue to check in to the Glen Alum site from time to time.  I would like to know if Mr. Elkins is still alive.  Would love to read a bio of him.
   Best wishes, and with thanks--      Mavis Bowen Burton. PO B 1598, Big Bear City, CA 92314.

Note: I received the above email from Mavis and she gave me permission to post it to our site.  




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