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									June 16, 1999
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Mooresville Moments
In honor of Mooresville's 175th Anniversary and the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Mooresville's founder, Samuel Moore,
the MooresvilleTDecatur/Monrovia Times is publishing regular
articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore.
The Rosewood gavel
A Rosewood gavel was pre-	pushed them interurbans clean
sentedto the T.H.I. &E. Friendly	off the rail.
Club in September 1956 to be	However the men that ran
used at their meetings instead of	those cars were brave and
an "ice pick" (must have been	strong/ They found new jobs
an inside private joke).	and got along/ But they missed
The gavel was a gift from	their pals of days gone by/ So
member Sanford M. Gentry and	for a yearly picnic they decided
the following poem was written	to try.
by his daughter and read at the	The families gathered with
Sept. 9, 1956 meeting of the	baskets full of goodies to eat/
club. The gavel was returned to	And the fun of renewing ac-
Gentry when the club disbanded,	quaintances couldn't be beat/
So they decided to organize each
Back in the 19th century the	laddie and lass/ And that's how
interurban lines were bom/They	the T.H.I. & E. Friendly Club
traveled all through the country-	came to pass.
side, hamlet and farm/ The	Each year the president would
schedule was one every hour, if	wield the gavel 'till the glasses
you were in a rush/ And best of	would click/ Did I say gavel, it
all the seats were comfy in bright	was just an old ice pick/ So
when the president of '55' ob-
The conductors and motor-	served this need/ He said, "This
men were handsome in their	old ice pick shall be forever
uniforms to blue/ With buttons	freed".
so bright, 'like real gold too/	■
And when winters winds blew	Therefore he called on his
and ice clung to every wire/	neighbor, Dan W. Jackson, a
Why worry if they were late,	carver to see if he could/ Make
each waiting room had a good	him a gavel of old Rosewood/
seat and a booming fire.	So he carved it most gently, with
As well as an agent to chat	infinite care, this talented man
with and listen to your quibs/	of 85/ And a plate attached
green plush.
And help youjwith the luggage	reads T.H.I. & E. Friendly Club
and sotnetiipdif mind the kids/	from S.M. Gentry-1955.
But time bn as time will do	The years will roll on as they're
somehow/And the horseless	want to do and the club will be no
carriage wasjnvented and made	more/ And there'll be no presi-
its proper J>ow.
Folks said 'that's a joke,
they're not here to stay'/ But
they were wrong, good roads
helped pave die way/ They in-
creasedandg'rewbetterjOhno!	that ran so many, many long
they did not fail/ But they sure	years ago.
dent to rap attention and take
the floor/ Then may this gavel
be placed in a museum, encased
in glass with light aglow/ In com¬
memoration of the interurbans
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The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or
copied from various materials located in the Indiana/Local
History Room of the Mooresville Public Library and Include
newspaper clippings and notes from books edited by Becky , !
Hardin, Clara Richardson and Almira Hddley. '	'
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