Letter: The memories endure
Your story of the 100th anniversary of the former Peninsula School in Bohannon brought back memories of my family’s roots in that community. My great-grandmother Gladys White Morgan, my grandfather Jimmie Morgan, and my great-uncle Allen Morgan all received an education there. They blazed a trail for our family.
During the period in which the old schoolhouse was used for lodge and community activities, I looked up to many giants of their time: Mary Cannon Haislip, Lorraine Roane, Dorothy Gayle, Carrie Lee Gayle, Jim and Virginia Junkins, Elizabeth Loving, Iris DeWitt, Machen White and Mary Philpotts Hudgins, just to name a few. Each one left a long-lasting legacy in White’s Neck. They and others shared the vision in continuing to articulate the rich history of the longstanding schoolhouse.
I recall the talent shows my grandmother Rachel Morgan organized to help with the financial health of the old schoolhouse. There was a marvelous rendition of "The Womanless Wedding" in the late 1980s, directed by Mrs. Roane. Then there was the occasion when former student Dianne White Gray came and told stories, one of which was about Christmases growing up in Moback in the late 1930s. The memories endure.
Even though life marches on, we can always remember our roots and the communities made up of fine individuals who enriched our lives in so many ways. For me, Mobjack, Virginia, is one of those special hamlets.
J. Scott Sadler