The Land between the Rivers Homecoming brought together a group of former neighbors to reminisce about their now-gone community, old friends and family over a pot-luck picnic.
Margret Chambers (formerly Baccus), a one time said that the first homecoming may have hosted 1,500 former residents, now welcomed back perhaps 50.
Her husband Hyrum said that he lived at Golden Pond for a “long time” before he came home from the army in 1953, got married, and moved to Louisville to work for General Electric.
“My family started off in Crooked Creek and moved to Golden Pond. With the buyout they had to move to Calloway County. They didn’t want to move and weren’t happy about it. I don’t know what they got out of it, but I figure it wasn’t too much. Nobody got anything too good out of it.”
Margret Chambers introduced Lucille Wilson as perhaps the oldest former resident in attendance.
Wilson said that she was two weeks shy of her 94th birthday, and originally from Lyon County, though she moved to Golden Pond in 1933. She currently resides in Germantown, Tenn. Her husband was a farmer, but then operated a truck fleet and performed highway maintenance.
“Most activities were local, around the school or church. After the bridges were freed, people spread out more. Before then, there was a toll on the bridges. There was a toll-house to collect your money. I think the toll was $0.65,” Wilson said when discussing travel outside the LBR.
“There was a Woodman Hall and the old hotel before the town burned in 1935. Most places were gone. We had a bank. It was a thriving little place. There was a pool-hall, and maybe three or four grocery stores. Saturdays were always booming. People had to come to Golden Pond to buy their groceries. My father-in-law had a store that sold everything. It was a general store… He even sold shoes. There was one of those old gas pumps out front you had to pump your gas with. It had a glass tank up high that held the gasoline,” she said.
Wilson recalled health care in the LBR. “There was no hospital then, but we had a doctor. Dr. Wall was his name. They built a hospital in Cadiz.” She laughed that he cousin Jim Wallace was the first patient at the Trigg County Hospital. “I don’t remember what was wrong with him, but it was something little.”
Wilson said that she was a teacher at the Golden Pond School. One of her students, James Ahart, now of Dover, Tenn., recalled his time in the LBR. “I grew up and went to school here. It’s always been home to me, and always will be.”
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