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Upcoming DHHS Events

Membership Meeting

March 3, 2015
7:30 p.m.
at the Kaplans,
1407 Harrison Street

Spring Clean Ups

Saturday, March 28
Saturday, April 18
9 a.m.
Meet at the corner of Madison and Washington

Officers & Directors

President:Marla Potter
Vice-President:Kathryn Becker
Recording Sec:Elizabeth Russell
Membership Sec:Elizabeth Russell
Treasurer:Fran Briley
Historian:Jean Hannon
Director:Katheryn Brown
Director:Robert Halpin
Director:Jeff Schneider
Director:Rebecca Young

Committee Chairpersons

Children’s Activities:Mari Smallshaw
Endowments:Fran Briley
Neighborhood Beautification:Jeff Schneider
Neighborhood Watch:Robert Halpin
Newsletter:Kathryn Becker and Jeff Schneider
Programs:Katheryn Brown
Memorials and Remembrance:Katheryn Brown
Website Coordinator:Ashley Kershner

Any updates to the above committee’s chairpersons will be published in further releases.


March Meeting Highlights

At the March meeting we will be discussing our plans for a fundraiser, revising our beautification contract, getting ready for the upcoming VA Garden Tour being in our neighborhood, and various committee reports.

Call for host homes

We need host homes and locations. The sooner the better so we can get our calendar updated so you all aren't waiting until the last minute to find out where we are. So far we have NO host homes after this meeting, so please help out. If you need help, we are happy to lend a hand, chairs, or food (and drinks).

These are the meetings and events this year:
  • May 5th Business Meeting
  • June 13th Member Social
  • July 7th Business Meeting
  • September 1st Business Meeting
  • October “New Member Rush,” date TBD
  • November 3rd Business Meeting
  • December Holiday Brunch, date TBD
Business meetings are always held at 7:30 on the first Tuesday of odd numbered months.

Mrs Christian Remembers

by Mary Kathryn McIntosh

Mrs. Camillus ChristianOn September 5, 1936 Mrs. Camillus Christian, Lynchburg’s oldest resident, celebrated her one hundredth birthday at her home , 909 Court Street, surrounded by members of her family and friends. Her reminiscences were recorded as a contribution to the sesqui-centennial celebration scheduled for October of that year. Mrs. Christian was in good health and eager to participate in the festivities.

At the age of eight she remembered her father, who was an ardent Whig, taking her to hear Henry Clay speak on his memorable visit to Lynchburg. The meeting was held at Richardson’s Spring at Fifteenth and Monroe streets, the water of which was well known locally for its supposed curative properties. The woman suffrage movement was to arise many decades later, but this event so impressed her that 92 intervening years did not dim the memory of it.

Mrs. Christian recalled, “As a child of five I attended the school of Miss Deborah Davis, a distant cousin, at Tenth and Court where Bragassa’s now stands. This was both boarding and day school. A small branch ran down Twelfth Street and on under what is now a dairy nearby. We children played in this little stream in recess but not without frequent scoldings from our elders. For we returned more often than not, wet and bedraggled , from indulgence in the mildest, and at that time the most popular form of aquatic sports, wading. The Biggers family, well known in Lynchburg history, lived at Eleventh and Court on the site of the First Baptist Church.

“As a young lady I went to school in Richmond, making the trip down on the packet boat. I usually left Lynchburg about dark, having supper on the boat. Meals were good and it was always an interesting trip. Passengers sat about on deck watching the scenery as the vessel glided through the canal. Bridges were low and as we approached one someone in authority would cry “Bridge!” We knew what that meant and immediately every head was ducked for safety. Two horses were required to tow the boat downstream and these were changed frequently.

“I sometimes went to Lexington also by packet boat. Occasionally the return trip from Richmond was made by train to Appomattox where I transferred to the stage coach for Lynchburg. Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs was a fashionable resort then as it still is at the present time. We went to the springs too by stage. Leaving home early in the morning we traveled over the Salem Turnpike to New London where we had breakfast and thence on to our destination over roads that now be considered all but impossible.

“There was a formality about the ways of living, even among the young people of those days that must seem amazing to the present generation. When a gentleman went to a party as a lady’s escort he necessarily arrived in a hack, even though the distance might be incredibly short. Which wasn’t such a silly idea, after all, for dresses were long and streets were not as smooth and in as good condition as at present.”

Thus are the memories of the “Mother of the Sesqui-Centennial Program”.
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