Monthly Archives: February 2014

Issue 270 — Folks in Greenville, Ky in 1964

Issue 270    —   The Paregien Journal    —    Feb. 28, 2015

Folks in Greenville, Kentucky in 1965

by Stan Paregien Sr.

In my previous post, I told about meeting a woman who lives in Fort Myers, Florida who is a former native of Greenville, Kentucky. That person is Mrs. Robert (Regina Whitman Summers). She was a member of a Baptist Church while there in Greenville, but knew many of the members (young and old) of the Church of Christ there in Greenville, Kentucky (Muhlenberg County). 

That was of particular interest to me because, when I was a student-preacher at Lipscomb University in Nashville, I preached there on Sundays. Peggy and I would get up very early and drive the 92 miles one way to Greenville. I would teach an adult Bible Class, while Peggy often helped with one of the classes for small kids. Then I would preach that morning. We would normally go home with one of the church families and have Sunday dinner with them. Then we might go visiting people in the nursing home(s) or maybe just couldn’t get out of their house. Or sometimes someone would take us to see a lake or an old building or something. One time Mr. Morris Bandy, who worked for a coal mine in the area, took us out to see the phenomenally large equipment they used. Another man, Russell Gennett, I think it was, actually took us a few hundred feet down into a coal mine. I’d rather chop cotton on top of the soil than mine coal beneath the soil any ol’ day, because I felt very uncomfortable down there.

Usually our host family provided us with a snack or lite supper before the evening service. Then I would preach, again, only this time it was broadcast live on the local radio. One of our members had a son who worked part-time at the radio station and he usually set up the equipment. After that, Peggy and I would saddle up and ride our old pony another 92 miles back down to Nashville. That “pony” was a customized ’55 Ford with Tijuana tuck & roll upholstery. It was a wonderfully dignified car for a pastor–or not. Ha, ha. But what could you expect from a Okie-born and California-reared kid? On the way home late at night we usually listed to other radio preachers, some a wee bit better known–like Billy Graham.

Anyway, I found more photos of folks in Greenville, Kentucky (Muhlenberg County) tucked away in a folder on my computer with the fancy title of, “1964.” See, sometimes I really am a man of few words. Not often, but sometimes. And here are those photos, with labels on each an every one. If any of these folks are still alive, I’d sure get a kick out of hearing from them. They may email me at:  paregien@gmail.com

Oh, please be sure to also check out my web site, STORYTELLING DIGEST, at http://www.storytellingdigest.com .

1964-003 Russell Gennett and wife - Greenville, KY 1964-004 GreenvilleKY - McPhersons with Stan and Peggy Paregien 1964-005 GreenvilleKY - Ronnie Milam and wife, left 1964-006 GreenvilleKY 1964-007 Morris Brady Family  GreenvilleKY 1964-008 StripCoalMining GreenvilleKY 1964-009 Peggy Paregien with Church kids -- Greenville, KY - photo by Stan Paregien 1964-010--A Carl and Marjorie Wells -- Greenville, KY 1964-010--B  Freddy Wells - Greenville, KY - photo by Stan Paregien 1964-010--C  Peggy Paregien fishing with Freddy Wells - Greenville, KY - photo by Stan Paregien 1964-014 Preston Weeks, Joan and child -- Nashville, TN - photo by Stan Paregien 1964-018--A  Biz office staff at Lipscomb Univ -- Bottom, Rita Wells Martin and Peg Paregien -Hazel Eslick-Doris Erwin Nashville 1964-029--A Vernon Martin -Rita Wells Martin - at Montgomery Bell St Park near Nashville, TN

Issue 269 – It’s a Small, Small World

Issue 269    —    The Paregien Journal   —  Feb. 27, 2014

It’s a Small, Small World

by Stan Paregien Sr.

Way back in the mid-1950s my wife and her two elder sisters were bubbly teenagers in Kearney, Nebraska. “The Allen Sisters”–Charlotte the Eldest (now Mrs. Bill Richardson of Indianapolis and in the winter of Sarasota, FL) and Paula the Elder (now Paula King and living in Keizer, Oregon) and Peggy the Younger (now Mrs. Stan Paregien and full-time residents of Bradenton, FL), along with their much younger adopted brother Tim, were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Woody (Pauline Meador) Allen. Woody Allen was the preacher for the local congregation of the Church of Christ.

Well, they were all acquainted with a teenage boy at their church named Robert (“Bob”) Jacobson. The Allen girls also went to the local public school with Bob and to various youth events such as summer church camps, etc.

Woody Allen and a large group of others worked together to “re-tool” an existing–but going broke–state-owned campus into a thriving Christian college. Some years later Bob Jacobson graduated from Kearney State University and took a job as a business education professor at that college — York College in York, Nebraska. It is still in existence today.

Fast-forward nearly 60 years. On Sunday, February 23, 2014, the Allen Girls and Bob Jacobson had a reunion in Sarasota, Florida. Bob and his second wife Regina (Whitman Summers) came up from their home in Ft. Myers, Florida and attended Bible class and worship services with Paula Allen King (visiting from Oregon) and Stan and Peggy (Allen) Paregien at the Central Church of Christ on Proctor Road.

Afterward, Charlotte (Allen) and Bill Richardson joined them for a nice lunch and even better reunion and visit at Elaine’s Restaurant in Sarasota.

Now there were a couple of things we discovered on this day which really point out just how small our world really is. First, Bob Jacobson at church earlier in the day had met one of the church elders named Clay Landes. After a few minutes of visiting and comparing their pasts, they discovered that they had each served on the Board of Advisors of York College . . . at the very same time. Yikes. It is a small world.

Then during lunch, I was visiting with Bob’s wife, the former Regina Whitman Summers. She told me she had been a Baptist and was originally from Greenville, Kentucky. I told her that during 1963-1964 I was a sophomore at Lipscomb University in Nashville and that as a student minister I had been the part-time (weekend) preacher at the Church of Christ in Greenville, Kentucky. Although she attended the Baptist Church, she was quite familiar with the congregation of the Church of Christ. She knew, as did we, an elder there named Mr. Wells (I cannot at the moment remember his first name). And she knew the children and Mr. and Mrs. Wells, Rita Wells and her younger brother Freddie. I remember after preaching one Sunday morning, going home with a family at Greenville, and after lunch sitting and watching some TV program (in black-and-white, of course). A bulletin interrupted with the news that Lee Harvey Oswald (the man who shot and killed President John Kennedy a few days earlier) had just been shot and killed while being transferred from the Dallas County Jail.

Well, the plot really thickens here, because my wife Peggy went to work in the business department at Lipscomb University in early 1963. One of her co-workers was Mrs. Vernon (Rita Wells) Martin. And we became close friends with Rita and Vernon. It may have been Rita who told me about the church in Greenville being in need of a part-time preacher. In any event, I began preaching there and did so for about a year.

After Rita’s husband graduated and they divorced, we maintained a long-distance friendship with Rita Wells Martin until the present time. We last saw her face to face was when we visited Nashville in about 2011 and had supper together at a nice restaurant near Vanderbilt. Rita (Wells Martin) married Russ Burchett some 27 years  ago. They live in Springfield, Tennessee.

We always enjoy making new friends. But there is nothing quite as good as rediscovering old friends . . . and finding new friends with unexpected mutual connections with us.

It is, indeed, a very small world.2014--0202  Sarasota, FL - Feb 23 -- Stan and Peg Paregien  - by Robert L Jacobson 2014--0203  Sarasota, FL - Feb 23 -- Peg, Stan, Paula, Bill, Charlotte  - by Robert L Jacobson OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1963-026 StanpreachesatGreenvilleKY 1963-027 GreenvilleKY--01 1963-028--A  Ray and Lyddia Geibel, Church of Christ,  Greenville, KY 1963-028--B The Carver Family -  Greenville, KY