Category Archives: History

“Clothing” by Marilyn Mitchem

The Soul Winner October 1909 The approaching winter admonishes us that many of the poor Highlanders will suffer with cold, unless clad by generous hands, who are able to help them. This is especially true of widows and children, whose … Continue reading

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Under the Willows in our Yard – by Marilyn Mitchem

For all of us who love the Christy Mission, the picture mission worker Bertha Abernethy paints–a summer evening, moonlit mountains, guitar music, a rustic bench sheltered by willow trees–is pure pleasure. From Ebenezer Mission. July 1914, The Soul Winner magazine … Continue reading

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DOG DAYS ON the OLD FIFTEENTH by The Possum Laureate

Even when life’s bad, it wouldn’t be half as good without dogs. Through the most tragic times in the mountains, dogs have always seemed to serve as the Lord’s messengers of comic relief.  Singer Lee served as the example in … Continue reading

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The Riches of Poverty – by Marilyn Mitchem

        On Sunday afternoon, October 2, 1910, Leonora Whitaker Wood launched a new ministry for children served by Ebenezer Mission: the Sunshine Band of the Little Gleaners. A missionary society for children, the Sunshine Band’s weekly gatherings included singing, Bible … Continue reading

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YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE! – Memories of CF ’13 by the Possum Laureate

So, where were you? I missed you. I’d thought I’d see you there for sure. I’m sure you would have known the answers to my Christy/SITS trivia questions and have walked off with all the Hershey bars.  I’m equally convinced … Continue reading

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Red-headed Possums in the Smokies – by Emily Hope Webster

As the daffodils and star magnolias start to offer our landscape some color, and everyone starts talking Summer plans, I always want to take a moment and just enjoy this time of growth and change and rebirth. Growing up in … Continue reading

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The Possum Laureate Wants YOU!!! – by The Possum Laureate

Only a month ‘til CF13! My goodness, I’d better get my bags packed and Chromaharp tuned! Better dig out the fun-money envelope and hose off the hiking boots. You are gonna be there, too, right? No??? Now wait a dadgum minute. … Continue reading

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