Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whiskey, Education and The Webb School Debate of 1897

James and Charles Moran had applied to attend The Webb School in Bell Buckle Tennessee but there were so many applicants that they had to wait a semester or two before entering.  The time didn't go to waste though as they were accepted into the Vanderbilt Training School in Elkton Kentucky and attended there until space opened up for them at Bell Buckle.

Here is an invitation to a debate sponsored by the Hamilton and Platonic Societies in 1897.  The topic dealt with labor organizations.  Also, as a side note, I noticed the name Thomas G. Motlow is listed as a president on the invitation.  The Motlow family are relatives of Jack Daniels.  As a matter of fact Jack Daniels didn't marry and so he took his favorite nephew Lem Motlow and started him in the distillery business as the bookkeeper.  Upon Jack's death he left the famous Jack Daniel's Distillery to Lem Motlow.  

In addition to making some mighty fine whiskey, in 1969 the Motlow family gave 187 acres of land on which Motlow State Community College was built.  I guess you could say it's the college that whiskey built.

James Henderson Moran's invitation to the debate.

Debate Programme

The calling card which was enclosed in the invitation.

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