Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:36 AM.

Being interested in a charity my cousin’s husband does a lot of work with, I started doing a little research.   After just a little while, I ended up in Frogeye or Frog Eye, Alabama.  There are folks who spell it both ways.  Therefore, if someone ever asks me, “How do you get to Frogeye?”

I will be prepared to honestly answer, “You do a little research.”

This fellow, who is my cousin’s husband, does a lot of work with the group, “Soles for Souls,” who as you would guess collects shoes and clothes and sees that folks around the world who need them – get them.  It’s very admirable and I’m sure, a rewarding thing to do.

In addition to his “footwork,” my cousin’s husband drives a school bus and preaches.  He does a lot of good stuff.  He is the pastor of the Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Frogeye, Alabama.  It seems like he is doing a pretty good job because he has been there for a number of years, having the privilege of being the 25th pastor since the church opened its doors in 1884.

Since he is technically “family,” I would like to note that he was not around when they were having troubles with the congregation getting “a little wild.”  It’s amazing what you can find on the internet.  It seems that Frogeye had its share of folks who might “stray” every once in a while.

Specifically, back around 1900, some members of the Mountain Springs Baptist Church were turned out of the church for drinking liquor, dancing, taking the Lord’s name in vain and cursing. Oh goodness gracious, this happened over a hundred years ago and an area newspaper reported in their October. 21, 1903 edition, “this past Sunday there were 2 fights at the Mountain Springs Baptist Church.” The paper noted that it was “just a fuss over some gambling at the schoolhouse earlier.”

The writer noted that law abiding God serving people should look into this. Well, I’d agree with that I guess.  It always makes me feel better when I read or hear about troubles a long time ago, even in little places like Frogeye, Alabama.

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