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Some Reflections of My Mother's Heritage from Concord, near Garlin, Adair County
By E. H. Lepiarczyk
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Once I heard at a campaign rally in Columbia that Jody Richards was from downtown Garlin!
If Jody and his brother, Jim, are from downtown Garlin, my mother, Katherine Louise Grider Lepiarczyk, is from a suburb of Garlin.
The community where Mother grew up did not have a post office but it had many memorable landmarks nonetheless. Adair County has two known Concord communities. Concord, near Garlin, is the community where my family lived.
Today the community is often called New Concord. But when Mother was growing up it was always called Concord. When the world was younger; the school, store, orchard, croquet yard, church, and cemetery graced Concord.
Many of the landmarks are long gone but the church and cemetery remain. Mom has many cherished and fond memories from growing up in the Concord community (a suburb of Garlin).
The mailing address of most people in the Concord community was Garlin for years.
All but one of Mother's teachers at the Concord School were related to her by blood or marriage. Mother insists no partiality was shown to her. Mother enjoyed all of her teachers; one of her favorite teachers was Carrie Pearl Hubbard Grider. Mother's other teachers were Nettie Calhoun, Ruby Ellen Reynolds Richards, and Stella Ray Richards. "Miss Pearl" was the wife of Mother's cousin, Joseph Woodruff Grider. "Miss Ruby" was the wife of Mother's cousin, George Avalee Richards. And the late "Miss Stella" is Mother's cousin. Mother was named in honor of Stella Ray Richards' daughter, the late Elizabeth Louise Grider.
When my late uncle and aunt began their studies at the Concord School, Jim and Jody Richards' father, the late Walter Demaree Richards, was their teacher. The children all addressed him as "Mr. Demaree" in the classroom. My grandmother, the late Effie Burton Grider, asked her children if they called him "Cousin Demaree" in school. My uncle replied, he called him what everybody else did, "Mr. Demaree". My grandmother always delighted telling that story.
Luther Grider's Store was located next to the Concord School. He donated land for the church and cemetery. Church services were held in the schoolhouse until the church was built. Mother recalls that she enjoyed minding Luther's store for him when Luther went to town --the metropolis, Columbia!
The Concord Cemetery at Concord, near Garlin, has graves of many of Mother's family members and relatives. The graves of Jim and Jody's grandparents are in this cemetery. The first grave in the cemetery is that of Jim and Jody's grandmother, Victoria Elizabeth Grider Richards (1867-1946). She was affectionately known as "Aunt Vick" by my mother.
This story was posted on 2005-09-11 18:48:04
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