Bedford Cheese Co. drivers ready to deliver in November 1952. (T-G file photo)
Here's a photo of Bedford Cheese Co.'s trucks and drivers from Nov. 22, 1952.
Recognize anyone? As far as I know today's Bedford Cheese doesn't operate delivery trucks. Were their products sold in area grocery stores in those days as opposed to today's mail-order and specialty business?
They're still on Deery Street, by the way.
SPEAKING OF DEERY STREET: I've noticed several times while passing the old Kincaid Service Co. building (the little red brick building on Deery Street just down from Bedford Cheese) that a sign was barely visible near the roofline. I'd always just assumed it was a faded "Kincaid Service Co." until this morning.
Turns out the sign says "Shelbyville Harness Co." You learn something every day.
So who operated Shelbyville Harness Co. and how long did it operate? I'd guess someone here knows something about it.
STAGECOACH STOP: Last week I mentioned receiving an inquiry about an old stagecoach stop on Old Nashville Dirt Road near Peacock Lane.
I received an e-mail from Missy Eakin, whose family lives in the area. She and her brother and sisters remember:
"The Robinson House was the stagecoach stop and part of the house that remains today was part of the inn. Evidently, Old Nashville Dirt Road and Peacock Lane intersection was a thriving area. The blacksmith shop was in our front yard close to where Daddy parked his truck. I remember as a child seeing the evidence of ashes in the driveway. I never heard him say whether he remembered the actual structure. And of course, the grist mill owned and run by the McQuistions was on the creek behind our house. I think all of this would have been prior to 1845.
"Mr. (Sam) Jennings was a native of the Nashville Dirt Road/Peacock Lane area and was related to the Robinson's mentioned above. His granddaughter Patti has original copies of Bedford County historical documents (early 1800's) with her in North Carolina. I believe those were photocopied/summarized by someone from Tullahoma and are in the archives at our public library. Melba Whorley does now live in the Robinson house.
"The McQuisition family who came to the area in the very early 1800's may have played a role in the operation of the businesses. They have documentation which talks about the mill on the creek, but I don't think the stagecoach stop/blacksmith shops are mentioned in their family history."
MIssy says her family would like to have more information about their area. I've got their e-mail addresses for anyone who can help.
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