BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

RAMER (ANDERSON) WHITE

Mrs. Guy White has been sending in the news from Poplar Springs for many years, and recalls partly-forgotten happenings of the past. One particular memory is of the tornado which came through Lexington in March 1913. She remembers that the house of Mr. and Mrs. Green Threadgill on Jackson Street (now N. Main) was blown away leaving a piano untouched amid the wreckage. I have heard their daughter, Mrs. Fred Wadley, tell of how her father lost an eye in the storm.

Mrs. White, the former Ramer Anderson, was born in November 1902, the youngest daughter in a family of 11 children. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Anderson. She and her youngest brother, Otha ANderson, are the only surviving members of her family. He and his wife, Della Mae, live in the Blue Goose community and have a home in Memphis where their daughter lives. Mrs. White says she was raised by working parents and is proud of her "raising". They taught her to live by the Golden Rule and she has always tried to live by it..

Her mother was a spinner. She made cloth on a large loom. She set the reeds on the loom and threaded the shuttle with thread she had made by a carding process, then making it into rolls and batts. Her father raised sheep on the farm. He would shear the sheep by hand and get the burrs out of the wool. Then he would carry it to a mill in Lexington where they made rolls about the size of a finger. Her mother would then spin that into thread for the cloth she would make. Mrs. White remembers that her mother made the oldest brothers first suit ofclothes. They also raised geese for their feathers. Mrs. Anderson and her daughters made feather beds and pillows as well as quilts for all the children when they married.

Ramer walked three miles to school over non-paved roads which weer very muddy in winter. She attended the customary one teacher school where they were usually 35-40 pupils. Her teachers were an inspiration to her and she kept in touch with them as long as they lived. Some of them were Bertha Hopper Williams, Lula Holmes Graves, Ethel Holmes Fesmire, John Ballard, Ora Autry Elkins, Jewell Reed Tinker and Lucille Hancock Ozment were high school teachers well remembered. She says she only had one year of high school.

She purchased an organ in 1918 and took music lessons 6 months from Vernon Holmes. She started playing at church in 1919 and was the regular pianist under 1983. Playing the piano has been the joy of her life. It has always been a worship time for her. She even plays the piano over the phone for elderly friends and relatives who call. Many people who go to see her ask her to play and sing. Soon all are singing. She puts her heart and soul into her playing. In the early 30's she was the violinist in the Anderson Bank which won first prize at a fiddlers contest. The late Tillman Stewart was one of the judges. Ramer was secretary and treasurer 27 years for the Poplar Springs Methodist Church which is now a Missionary Baptist Church. She says this church was built in the early 1900's and she has gone to it all her life. At one time she was the superintendent and a teacher.

She lived with her mother 22 years after her father died. She was married to Guy Wilson White, May 14, 1947 and they lived happily together until his death almost 29 years later. The year of 1935, she became a charter member of the Eastern Star Chapter # 388 at the old Lodge Hall in Juno. Later the chapter moved into a new building on Hwy. 412. She has lived in the same house since December 24, 1916.

People from many places, even in other states, keep in touch with their home community by reading Ramer's Poplar Springs column. When they want toknow about someone, they pick up the phone and call her. If she doesn't remember when they call, she will study about it and call them back. Her conversations by phone have been an inspiration. She always has some cheerful words of encouragement. One of her many friends says she is reminded of how Ramer lives the Scripture - "Bear ye one anothers burdens". Her host of friends know she is a worthy person and one they love. She isnot all seriousness, they say. She enjoys little jokes and can be most amusing too.

A friend who lives in Houston, Texas, while on a visit here, went to see Ramer for the first time in 60 years. It was a meaningful time for her as they remisced about Poplar Springs people and events of the past. Though she has no children, she has lots of nieces and nephews. She says she is almost a great-great aunt. It is remarkable that at her age, she has 20-20 vision, excellent hearing and good health. She has lived on a farm all her life, has raised cows and chickens, had her own crop of cotton for which she did her own cultivating. She says she has never done public work and she believes that she can say with all honesty that she has really been blessed. If she has any problems or worries, she "takes it to the Lord".
Interesting Person - Lexington Progress Feb. 13, 1991

Poplar Baptist Church
Independence Cemetery

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