Lorinda wrote a "poetic essay" to the
Note: Wilma (Adams) Crase
was Daddy's sister.
For more on Papaw and Mamaw
Adams and Cowan Creek,
Papaw Adams was hearing impaired and
you had to talk loud to him. When Mamaw had meals ready or if there were
an emergency, she would ring "The Bell." He could hear the bell and would
come home to eat or find out what the problem was that needed his attention
When the Cowan farm was sold
the bell ended up on our front porch. My dad was also hearing impaired and
Mother would ring the bell when she needed him to come home from the family
business that was just across the creek from our home.
Eventually, the bell ended up
in a small tower in our church. Near church time, someone would ring the
bell to remind us it was time to gather in the Lord's house. When the
church was remodeled, the bell was removed and lay dormant in one of the
trustee's homes. That's where Lorinda and Jerry found and rescued it and
restored it. As Lorinda so beautifully wrote, the bell still rings!
The bell now sits in Lorinda
and Jerry's back yard in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Jerry had it blasted,
sanded and painted it.
Jerry, "The Bell" and Lorinda
in Lincoln Park
Copyright Delores Adams 2/3/04
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