Banner Photograph
Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Saturday, September 14, 2013


1936 Powerhouse

"Many stories have been written about the great 1936 team which was undefeated. It was coached by Dean Bailey, present athletic director at Lincoln Memorial University and seven of its members are now in the Lenoir City High School Sports Hall of Fame."
1936 Lenoir City High Linemen and Backs

The linemen are, from the left, Ed Osborne, Ed Littleton, George Fritts, who later was named to Grantland Rice's All-Southern team while at Clemson, and also named on some All-American teams, Gene Armstrong, Jr., Paul Davis, George Nichols, and Bud Waller. Backs are, from the left, Conrad Strader, Neville "Goober" Price, Babe Conner, Bill Yearout, and Ray Shubert.
(There was a picture used in newspaper article October 12, 1972 loaned to them by Scott Collins, Jr.)

Unbeaten and Untied Football Eleven

"Presenting above, Lenoir City High School's 
undefeated and untied football eleven!

Coach Dean Bailey's team swept through a hard 11 game schedule, piling up a total of 208 points, against 12 for their opponents as they won all their games. Jefferson City and Vonore were the only teams to score touchdowns on Lenoir City.
Members of the crack Lenoir squad above, are:
Front row, left to right, Ed Littleton, James Dawn, John Kerley, Ollie Arden, J. T. Smith, Ralph Babb, Bob Travis, George Sivils and Burt Peterson.
Middle row, left to right, Ed Osborne, Conrad Strader, Gene Armstrong, George Fritts, Jack Nichols, Bill Yearout, captain, Babe Conner, Neville Price, Ray Shubert and Bud Waller.
Back row, left to right, Coach Carl Stevens, Paul Davis, Bud Reno, Martin Wilkerson, Quinten Love, Varnell Williams, Frank Evans, M. V. Walker, Dan James and Head Coach Dean Bailey.
This is the second time in the past three years that Lenoir has been undefeated. Their record follows:
L. C. 13, Tellico Plains 0;
L. C. 14, Vonore 6;
L. C. 7, TMI 0;
L. C. 39, Maryville 0;
L.  C. 21, Jefferson City 6;
L. C. 27, Powell 0;
L. C. 7, Everett 0;
L. C. 14, Dayton 0;
L. C. 27, Kingston 0;
L. C. 7, Polk County 0;
L. C. 32, Loudon 0.
1936 Lenoir City High School Linemen and Backs, Original belonging to son of Ray Allen Shubert and kept at his residence, Digital format used, Accessed 9-14-2013.

Newspaper Clippings
Newspaper Clippings found in Scrapbook made by Beebe Ann Mills Flynn, graduate of Lenoir City High School. Scrapbook given to Ray Shubert in 2002 by Beebe Flynn; Digital format; original now belonging to son of Ray Allen Shubert; Accessed 9-14-2013.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Conner Photographs from Eva Ruth & Alyce

Cealy Jane Rogers Conner
holding grandson, Ray Allen Shubert
with her son, George Dewey Conner and Ethel Conner

My father-in-law, Ray Shubert, the baby in this picture, was born in September 1917, leading me to believe the photo was taken around 1918. George was fifteen years old in 1920 on the Lenoir City, Loudon Co., Tennessee US census, so he was probably thirteen.  Sweet Ethel in her precious hat was listed as eleven on the 1920 census, so would have been nine years old here. Ethel married a man named Thomas and later lived in Saint Louis near her son, Clarence, where she died. My father-in-law often talked about her and his childhood memories of her.

 Ethel Conner Thomas - 1926

Cealy Jane Rogers Conner
Grave of her son George Dewey Conner
May 31, 1932
Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Family handwritten notes that were mailed to me by Alyce Shubert Proaps had the following information:
George Dewey Conner
Born - April 22, 1905
Died - April 29, 1931
at the early age of 26 years years of age.

Ray Allen Shubert
September 08, 1917 - Lenoir City, Tennessee
January 17, 2003 - Nashville, Tennessee

"What a difference ten years makes!"

These pictures and notes were  given to Alyce Shubert Proaps in Lenoir City, Cealy Jane's granddaughter, by George's daughter, Eva Ruth (another granddaughter), before she died last year (2011). So I imagine the writing on the back is hers. I know it is not Aunt Alyce's. If there is anyone who has information they would like to share or questions they have about what I have on my blog, please contact me.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pictures of Cealy Jane Rogers Conner

My father-in-law's sister in Lenoir City called us Saturday morning and talked a long time to both me and Shubert. She called to see how things were with his siblings in Nashville since she hadn't heard from them after the flood there this past week. They are fine. She always likes to talk about the past and family. She was telling me that after her oldest sister died in 2007 she saw how much she had accumulated and how difficult it was for her nieces to go through. But she was a wealth of information about our common ancestry and, like me, hated to let go of a newspaper clipping, a photo, a graduation program, or any number of things that make up the fabric of our lives.

Anyway, Aunt Alyce said she saves everything herself and so she went home and started going through things one room at a time so her only daughter wouldn't have to deal with so much when she is gone. She said she doesn't throw things away and is very careful to save things that she feels would have some family meaning.

A cousin of hers, the daughter of George D. Conner and Nelle Scarbrough, had given her some pictures before she herself had died a few months ago. She said they were of Cealy Jane! Cealy Jane Rogers Conner was Alyce and this cousin, Eva's, grandmother. Alyce is trying to locate the pictures. She said they are in the bedroom she is cleaning out and when she runs across them, she'll send me copies. I am very excited about that. I will then place them here on Tennessee Memories for all of you to see. I will then be able to confirm whether or not the little picture beside Grandma Martha Ann Conner Shubert is indeed her mother, Cealy Jane.

When she told me this, I started talking to her about Mr. Rogers contacting me and the connection we had found between the Conners and the Rogers. Listen to this ~ she said her Granny Cealy Jane had a brother whom she loved very much. And even though he had moved to Columbus, Georgia, they had remained very close all their lives!  That was before I told her about Mr. Rogers' grandfather, George.

Alyce is the youngest of the Shubert siblings, only 10 years older than my husband, and she didn't remember seeing George and his brother, Jim, like my father-in-law had. Nor had she ever heard about their professional bent. But she did say they were a "little better off than some of us and had a little more spending money," (her) Granny said.

I don't remember whether she knew Mr. Rogers' grandfather's name was George or if I told her that, but she said she thought her Granny Cealy Jane had probably named her son, George D. Conner, after him because she missed and loved her brother so much. Her son, George D., committed suicide when he was only twenty-six. I can only imagine how devastated she must have been to lose him.

Read about the Rogers connection in my post, Moonshiners, Bootleggers, Prohibition and Revenuers.
See Martha Ann Conner Shubert's photo with possibly her mother in my post, Possible Conner Mother and Daughter.
See George D. Conner's headstone in my post, Conners and Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mauve & Gray Mystery Woman

 Tennessee Mystery Woman

This beautiful lady was a surprise when I took my husband's grandmother's photo out of a frame that was in his mother's cedar chest. At first I thought it might be one of those pre-printed prints that smile up at you when you purchase a new frame - one that you feel you should know, but don't; one that has 8 x 10 and the manufacturer stamped across the front! It isn't one of those. It is definitely a studio portrait, but has no markings on the back except some penciled numbers that are common on some photographs.

Someone had placed Leola Hitch Davis Ray's studio portrait on top of this one. Her daughter, Marilee Davis Shubert, had the framed pictures in her home at the time of her death. Leola's picture wasn't removed for a long time, and when it was removed in order for me to scan it, I discovered this very pretty lady.

Marilee went to college at Carson Newman in Jefferson City, Tennessee, so I thought she might be a friend from school. Or she may have been a friend of her mother's, Leola. Leola left Tennessee and moved to Florida. Then again she may have been another member of the family: a Davis, a Delozier, a Burns.

If there is ANYONE out there who recognizes her, please, please contact me. I would love to be able to connect her with a family member. My email is in my profile on the right, or you can leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Scrapbook Page created Using
Papers and Elements "In the Pink" from Judy at a Touch of Class 
and Glossysticks Alpha Letters from Rainy's Alphas.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Moonshiners, Bootleggers, Prohibition and Federal Revenuers

Just as I have been learning more about my husband's Conner and Rogers family in Tennessee and Georgia, the very moving and relevant "When Love is Not Enough: the Lois Wilson Story" aired tonight on CBS. The Hallmark Hall of Fame's presentation is based on the true story of the "sorely-tested but ultimately enduring love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Their story took place during the years 1918 and 1934. James Ray Rogers was nine years old when Lois and Bill got married and he died four years before Lois, in 1934, finally witnessed Bill get and stay sober – not through her help, but from the support of a fellow alcoholic and later Dr. Bob Smith. Out of their relationship, AA was born. But I did not intend to tell the Wilson's story, but to tell you of the young Ray Rogers.

My father-in-law used to tell me of a couple of his uncles, George or "Shorty" and Jim, whom he remembered coming into Lenoir City in their fast cars and their fancy clothes and staying at the hotel down town. He said he thought they were bootleggers and that they had eventually moved from Blount County, Tennessee, to the Columbus, Georgia, area as whiskey dealers. He also told me Ray Rogers was killed by Federal "Revenuers" while he was carrying whiskey for his father, George.

The Rogers descendant I told you about in my previous post, Conners & Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery, has told me that my father-in-law was correct. His grandfather, George "Shorty" Rogers, and great-uncle, James "Jim" Rogers, were the ones Mr. Shubert was talking about. Mr. Rogers sent me pictures of  George and James "all dressed up like I imagine they were in Lenoir City so long ago."

 George R. "Shorty" Rogers on Left
James "Jim" Rogers on Right
Brothers and sons of Jesse and Martha M. Graves Rogers

No one knows who was the first of the Tennessee Rogers to go to Columbus, Georgia, but go they did! No one knows why they chose Columbus, but everyone agrees that they had to leave Tennessee - some believe they were "run out" of the state. George had many ties to moonshine before and after leaving Tennessee and in the 1920 Muscogee County, Georgia Census he lists his birthplace as the "United States" - not Tennessee or Georgia or Arkansas - just the United States! Do you think he didn't want anyone to know where he was?

George worked as a cab driver in Columbus and later owned a grocery store, selling and delivering moonshine in the Columbus area. He had many conflicts with the law and others during the Prohibition time. His son, James Ray Rogers, paid the ultimate price while working for George. On July 25, 1930, at the age of twenty-one he was killed by a federal dry agent while delivering a gallon of moonshine in Columbus. It was ruled that the agent's gun went off accidentally and the case was dismissed.

James Ray Rogers
1909 - 1930
Son of George "Shorty" Rogers and Elizabeth Humes Stinnett
Brother of R. M. Rogers

When Prohibition ended, George and his son, R. M., opened one of the first liquor stores in Georgia, Rogers Liquor Store. They also opened the popular Rogers Supper Club, a restaurant next door at 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Columbus.
R. M. Rogers
1914 - 1988
Son of George "Shorty" Rogers and Elizabeth Humes Stinnett
Brother of James Ray Rogers

It is said that George's brother, Jim Rogers, never married or had children. He slipped one morning and hit the back of his head on the foot-board of his bed. The fall killed him. He is buried in the Rogers family plot in Riverdale Cemetery in Columbus.

by Billie Atkins
Permission to publish here by Paul Rogers

  James Ray Rogers
Dec. 12, 1909
July 25, 1930
"Gone But Not Forgotten"

George R. "Shorty" Rogers
holding his son, R. M. with son, James Ray standing beside them.

I wonder where their mother, Eliza, was when this photograph was taken. Was she looking on, smiling proudly at the men in her family or was she sitting with them in the next photo?

"Hallmark Video - Sneak Peek -" CBS TV Network Primetime, Daytime, Late Night and Classic Television Shows. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. .

All photographs in the private collection of Paul Rogers, Columbus, Georgia. Permission given to publish here. Copyright 2010.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Conners & Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery

 Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
Ray Allen Shubert beside His '82 Chevrolet Impala
Yesterday I found a group of pictures I had taken in 2001 while visiting the Lenoir City Cemetery with my husband and his daddy, Ray Allen Shubert. I had completely forgotten about them; they are 4 x 6 glossy prints - before my digital camera days. I have a pack of photos from that cemetery as well as some taken in 2003 in Eusebia Presbyterian Cemetery, Elijoy Cemetery, and Logan's Chapel Cemetery. The last three cemeteries mentioned are in Blount County. Lenoir City Cemetery is is Loudon County about three-quarters of a mile from the center of town. The county is in east Tennessee in what is considered the Knoxville Metropolitan Area.

I have recently been corresponding with a descendant and grand-nephew of Cealy Jane Rogers Conner, my husband's great-grandmother. He has generously allowed me to use photos and information that he has acquired about the family here on Tennessee Memories.

First, I would like to post some photos of the headstones and monuments found in Lenoir City Cemetery that I took back in 2001, when my father-in-law was still alive and enjoyed reliving his childhood and retelling the stories he had heard and conjuring up the things he had seen.

 View from the area where some of the Conners and the Rogers are buried.

Born 1852 - Died 1925
Ray's great-grandmother was buried beside one of her grandsons,
George D. Conner and his wife, Nelle Scarbrough.

Jan. 16, 1869 - Feb. 3, 1948
"There is Rest in Heaven"
Ray's grandmother.

Ocr. 4, 1865 - Nov. 5, 1948
"There is Rest in Heaven"
Ray's grandfather.

Apr. 22, 1905 - Apr. 29, 1951
His Wife
Dec. 20, 1904 - Nov. 22, 1983
"Asleep in Jesus"
Ray's uncle and aunt.

Jan. 22, 1897 - Jan. 22, 1959
Ray's uncle.

Born Aug. 22, 1899 - Died Mar. 3, 1912
"Christ Loved Her so and Took Her Home."
Ray's aunt who died at age thirteen.

Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee

Cemeteries on USGS Maps


Tombstones in Lenoir City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Tennessee, 2001. Digital format. Original held and photographed by Judith Richards Shubert, Copyright 2001.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shuberts in Durham Cemetery, Roane County

Born Mar 7, 1839
Died June 1, 1915
"Gone but not Forgotten"

My Wife
Wife of
Born Nov. 25, 1832
Died Nov. 3, 1878
"Gone but not Forgotten"

Notice in the first photo the last name is spelled "Shubert" and in the second it is spelled "Shubart". Mornan died first in the year 1878, so my theory is that Henry had her tombstone engraved with the correct spelling of their name; then when he died in the year 1915, his step-children or Nancy, his second wife, had it engraved incorrectly. It might have been an error by the maker of the monument or the family, but I feel that Mornan's tombstone was correct since Henry was still alive.

Here are extra pictures of the tombstones with others in the background, all taken on what appears to be a dreary, Fall day in Tennessee. Notice the stones in the following 3 pictures seem to have been cleaned with something in order to read them. Some of the detail found in the first 2 photographs seems to have been inadvertently removed.

Durham Cemetery
Roane County, Tennessee

Henry Shubert's tombstone and in the background on the far right is
grave marker of
Infant Child
J. P. (Jacob Pearson) & Dialtha Shubert

I cannot read the name on the other small marker on the left.

This seond photo of Mornan's tombstone with Jacob's and Dialta's baby infant's marker behind it marks Marnan's location as being buried beside and to the right of her husband, Henry.

This is a cropped view of Jacob's and Dialtha's infant child with tombstone of Sallie Shubert behind it. A post and better photograph of Sallie's tombstone can be found at my post "A Jovial Company." 

They say that when Sarah Jane (Sallie) got sick, her husband, John Henry Shubert, took her on a boat to a doctor.  He, however, was unable to help her.  When she became unable to even take care of herself; he took her to the Reynold's home  near Kingston where they cared for her until she died.  She is buried along side Mitch and Mornan Shubert at Durham cemetery near Midway School in Roane County. Notes from Ray Allen Shubert.

DEATH Certificates for 1908-1912 Loudon County, TN

Name: Sarah Shuberd
Date of Death: 9/26/09
Sex: Female
Color: ----
Age: 40
Married or Single: Married
Place of Death: Roane County
Cause of Death: Cancer
Place of Birth: Roane County
Occupation: Farmer's wife

Original Photos given to the author by Loma Schubert Rodgers, Fort Worth, Texas 2003.
Digital format, Judith Richards Shubert, 2010.
Conversation with Ray Allen Shubert, 1998.

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