Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day greetings

Here's a shout-out to my Sloan cousins at their annual Labor Day reunion near Hatley in Monroe County.  Last year my mother, and Aunt Tootsie and myself, attended the reunion, which can be counted on for great food and music, but this year other commitments prevented our attending and participating in Sloan fellowship.   We are looking forward to an October reunion at the "old home place" in Peaceful Valley later this fall.

Pictured above are Johnnie Ridings Sloan and Troy Newton Sloan with their children.  This photograph was shared by Acel Sloan Stallings at last year's Labor Day reunion.   Below are snippets from past newspapers.     New Bethel refers to the community in southern Itawamba County named after New Bethel Church, in Peaceful Valley. The New Bethel community correspondent, or reporter, in 1946 was none other than Una Sloan Newton.   Una Sloan  and Johnnie Sloan were siblings, children of John Gainey Sloan and Dora Ridings Sloan, who married siblings, Troy Newton and William Forrest Newton, children of James Elonzo Newton and Willie Maud Bourland Newton.

Itawamba County Times
January 31, 1946
New Bethel News
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Sloan and children of Columbus Air Base are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Sloan and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Newton.

Itawamba County Times
May 30, 1946
New Bethel
Mr. and Mrs. Gainie Sloan, Miss Dorothy Sloan, Mrs. Gilbert Barrett, Bobbie Sherrill Barrett and Mr. Shirley Sloan spent Sunday night and Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Sloan of the Columbus Air Base.
Little John Renes Sloan of Columbus Air Basae is spending this week with Mr. and Mrs. Gainie Sloan.

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