My name is Carl Price and I was born in a house on Greenwood Road near Shop Spring(s). I have just finished reading your two articles in the 8/31 Post with tears in my eyes. I always read your feature articles, but "Sentimental Journey to Shop Springs" was one of the very best I have ever read. We moved from the community into Lebanon in late 1944, but I can remember and verify much of what you said, especially about the kind of person Hugh Bass was. He was my father, Clyde Price's, first cousin, so maybe I am prejudiced. But you told me much that I knew and much that I did not know. You brought it all to life. Thank you very much.
You also clarified the discussion about whether or not Shop Springs should have an "s." When was the "s" added and by whom? All I had ever heard to the best of my memory was plural until the past year or so. Then I found an article in the Baptist and Reflector (Tennessee Baptist Convention publication) eulogizing my great-grandmother Bryan after she died in 1938, which indicated that she lived most of her life in Shop Spring - singular. I conclude that the discussion goes back over 100 years perhaps. I also have an old treasurer's report from John Bryan Jr. to the church in 1908 which I believe refers to the church as Shop Spring. As to there being just one spring - I have heard discussions about wet weather springs all over the place on either side of Highway 70 between Shop Springs and Greenwood, so my personal conclusion is that there is good reason to use either spelling.
At any rate, I will continue to read your feature columns as soon as the paper arrives. I do not know or remember if you have done an historical column on Shop Springs School or not. The stories which I have heard from family members who went to school there years and years ago are legendary in quality. For example, the reason the school produced as many lawyers as it did; the quality of the school orchestra, and the fact that people boarded in the community to attend the school - among other facets of a Shop Springs education. I have some of the same interest in the Greenwood community, just down the road toward Lebanon from Shop Springs - the post office there, the grocery store, Austin Lea's blacksmith shop, Bethel Church of Christ, all of which I can remember from the early 1940's; or Greenwood Seminary near the Waters farm, or the Lindsley family. (I have read more about these last two than the others) I also have an interest in reading more about Leeman's Corner. I drive through Leeman's Corner all the time without any signs or indications of where I am; it is not on the map, however during weather warning broadcasts, people in Leeman's Corner are warned to take cover! I know that my father started to school at Leeman's Corner around 1912 and that John Bryan Jr. was his teacher. The community had an African American church which I remember.
Again, thank you for your articles. I will always read them.