BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

MARCELLA EULALIA (ESSARY) SCATTERDAY

This week The Progress pays a call on one of its favorite correspondents, Mrs. Eula Scatterday at Chesterfield. It was a visit both pleasurable and" informative. , .

Mrs. Scatterday, who has a way with words hi her news articles from Chesterfield, has been writing for the paper since 1947. When there is very little of importance happening in the neighborhood, she can come up with an amusing tale of someone's pet (or maybe her cat Missy). She has a love for animals, cats, dogs, ducks.

She is a gracious hostess and her lovely home shows evidence of her many talents. Needlework, painting, decoupage-these and many more are special interests. On the living room wall and also in her guest bedroom are attractive pictures made when she taught herself the art of decoupage using the lovely portraits painted by Harrison sister and Howard Chandler Christy for the covers of magazines in the past. In those days women often wore large hats ornamented with plumes, or piled their long hair atop their heads. Many crafts, books, magazines and lush pot plants show how she spends part of her time.

The former Eula Essary, Mrs. Scatterday was reared in the Chesterfield community about 3 miles from where she now lives. She attended county grammar schools but smiles as she admits she never went to high school.

Instead she went away to school at Virginia Intermont School for Girls at Bristol, Va. This is the town on the Tenn. Virginia border where Maul Street runs through the center of town. One side is Virginia, the other is Tenn. She recalls that Virginia was wet, Tennessee was dry, as far as prohibition went.

She attended school there for 5 years, first as a junior student, then with full tune college work. She also attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating hi 1920 with a degree in Home Economics and English. She also studied art there and made rings and bracelets and did paintings in oil. For lack of space at home, she hung her collection of paintings at her sister's larger house, but when the tornado struck Chesterfield a number of years ago, they were all destroyed.

After graduation she taught one year in high school at a mining town hi Virginia where she had pupils larger than herself. In such a place she said, "The Lord took care of me."

Later she taught home economics and biology for 26 years in Ridgely, Tenn. This is where her husband C.B. Scatterday, came into her life. "Scatt", as she calls him, had come down from his home in Akron, Ohio to work in Dyersburg.

They have been married 38 years. They attend graduation exercises at Ridgely every year, and hi 1970 she went back to Knoxville for the 50th anniversary of her college graduation.

She taught junior and senior English a year at Parsons before retiring. In all she taught 32 years, and she recalls that when one teaches such a long tune, you may find yourself teaching the second and third generation.

She took music a few years and says she plays for her own "astonishment." She does anything that is needed in the community. She works with the Missionary Society and various church groups.

Her hobbies are reading and working with flowers and hi her garden.

Her latest project is an ambitious one writing of the early history of the Walkers, Dennisono, McCalls, Essarys, Ingrams, Wallaces and Frizzells. These families came from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina hi 1820. They traveled hi covered wagons and staked out claims, carving settlements from the wilderness. Their descendants are still hi the Chesterfield community. The book is being compiled with pictures, letters and mementoes of the early days here and at Lone. Elm. Included is a program when her brother, Samuel Henry Essary, graduated from UT hi 1897. When finished it will be given to the Henderson County Library. Already on file in the Library is an article on Wesley Essary, her uncle who lacked 30 days of reaching his hundredth birthday.

Mr. and Mrs, Scatterday are justifiably proud of a book they helped compile, "Chesterfield Community'' which won a prize in statewide competition.

Mrs. Scatterday looks at "Scat" and laughingly says, "He's the best thing that ever happened to me/He's everything I'm not."

Lexington Progress October 4, 1978

MARCELLA EULALIA (ESSARY) SCATTERDAY

This is a surprise "Happy Birthday" greeting for the long-time correspondent of The Progress from Chesterfield. Mrs. Eula Scatterday will observe her 96th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1991 at the Lexington Manor Convalescent Center here on the Parsons Highway [East Church Street], where she has been a resident since a recent lengthy stay in Lexington Methodist Hospital and undergoing surgery.

She has made a good recovery and has regained her buoyant spirit and the twinkle in her eye, but is still unable to report the news from Chesterfield as she did for many years, since 1947, in fact. Her column was a favorite with Progress readers. She has a way with words and if there seemed to be very little news in the neighborhood, she could always come up with an amusing tale of her beloved cat, Missy, or someone else's pet. She also wrote of dogs and ducks. Lately, she has been in a reminiscent mood, writing of earlier days and times.

She is the former Eula Essary, and was reared in the Chesterfield community about three miles from where she has lived all alone since the death of her husband, C. B. Scatterday, several years ago.

She met "Scat", as she called him, when she taught home economics and biology for 26 years in the Ridgely High School. For a number of years, she and her husband attended graduation exercises at Ridgely. In 1970, she went back to UT at Knoxville for the 50th anniversary of her college graduation.

Miss Eula attended Virginia Interment College for Girls at Bristol, Va. This is the town on the Tenn.- Va. border where Main Street runs through the center of town. One side is Virginia, the other Tennessee. She at­tended school there for five years, first as a junior student, then with full-time college work. Later she attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating in 1920, with a degree in Home Economics and English. She also studied art there and enjoyed making rings and bracelets, as well as painting.

After graduating from UT, she taught for a year at a high school in a Virginia mining town, where the pupils were larger than she was. "The Lord took care of me," she says. After she and her husband moved from Ridgely back to her native Henderson County, she taught junior and senior English at Parsons for a year before retirement. With a bewitching smile, she says she took music a few years but now plays "for her own astonishment."

Her charming sense of humor impressed me on our first meeting. Our late editor, W. T. Franklin Jr., had asked me to go to Chesterfield to do an interview with Mrs. Scatterday for The Progress feature "Women", a fore runner of the present Interesting People. When I arrived at her home, she met me and said, "Miss Barbara Walters, I presume?" She has taken an active part in community life and in her church, Union Baptist Church, where there is a Women's Missionary Group named for her.

Relatives who will be extending birthday wishes Sunday are her nephew, John L. Frizzell, and her nieces, Mrs. Rena McPeake, Mrs. Eula Mae Wyatt, all of Lexington and Mrs. Nell Johnson of Nashville. Her great-nephew, Donald Frizzell, who lives nearby at Chesterfield, has been so very helpful and attentive. She has looked to him for many of her needs. We join with them in wishing her a pleasant birthday and in saying we love you and miss you. You have been an example for many of us.

Lexington Progress February 6, 1991 "Interesting Persons" by Dorris Jarrett


Biography of Eula Scatterday
Heart of Chesterfield
Pioneer Family - Essary
Pioneer Family - Ingram
Pioneer Family - McCall
Pioneer Family - Walker
Obituary - Eula Scatterday

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