Frances Nelson Omohundro passed away on May 5, 2016 at the age of 99. She and her husband, the late John M. Omohundro, Jr. had resided at one of the oldest and loveliest homes in Bluefields for nearly 50 years and played active roles in the Bluefields and Donelson communities.
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Vicki, along with her husband Peter and grand-daughter Addison, has lived in Bluefields since 2013. She enjoys historical and genealogical research and has extensively documented the histories of both her and her husband Peter's families.
She also is the designer and developer of this Historic Bluefields website, and will be happy to help any Bluefields neighbor become a website contributor!
On May 16, 1946, the very first edition of the Donelson Diary was published. The residents and neighborhood of Bluefields were prominently featured in that first edition, as well as in every edition that followed, throughout the Diary's many years of publication.
There was a packed house at Clover Bottom mansion for the TN Historical Commission's meeting this past Wednesday, with lots of Bluefields residents in attendance. And... after an impressive presentation and slideshow highlighting the historical and architectural significance of our homes (presented by the Metro Historical Commission), the State Review Board voted unanimously to accept our listing nomination for the National Register of Historic Places!
The nomination and certifying recommendations will now be submitted to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. for final review and listing by the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, who will make a listing decision within 45 days. Residents will then receive a letter confirming the designation, along with information on ordering a bronze plaque if they wish.
Many thanks to everyone -- Bluefields residents working independently and members of both Metro and Tennessee Historical Commissions -- who worked so hard to make this happen!
For more info: http://www.nps.gov/nr/national_register_fundamentals.htm
Calling all Bluefields neighbors! Please join us this Wednesday to witness a milestone in the History of Bluefields, as the Tennessee State Historical Commission assists in the completion of Bluefield's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places before the State Review Board. Wear your Blue -- we'll see you there!
Meeting location and time:
Tennessee Historical Commission, Clover Bottom Mansion
2941 Lebanon Pike
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
All Bluefields neighbors are invited to come to the Low Country Boil today (Saturday, Oct. 3) from 4-6 at 2708 Overhill Drive. President Ray Mosely tells us that tents have been set up -- and a great Beatles cover band will be entertaining us -- so, no matter the weather, we hope everyone can come by for some great music and food!!!
2708 Overhill Drive
Sat., Oct. 3, 2015
4pm to 6pm
Rebecca Anderson Hunt, daughter of former Bluefields resident James Thomas "Jim" Anderson, contacted us today with news that her father has recently passed, at the age of 81. He was the son of Thomas Loyd and Pauline Mize Anderson, who lived at 2730 Bluefield Avenue from about 1948 to the 1980's.
Rebecca related how much she had loved the house and the neighbors when she'd spent time here in the 70's -- and recalled how, when she was just learning to drive, her grandmother Pauline Anderson had often made her drive her and all her friends (Bluefields neighbors) to the doctor in her big Ford LTD!!
A few weeks ago, I decided to finally devote some time to documenting the Bluefields families listed in the 1940 U. S. Federal Census. The census taker (a Mrs. Oda Mai Britt) made the task pretty easy, since she had clearly written "Bluefields Subdivision" in the left margin on all 7 census pages. There were 46 households listed, beginning with the Ora J. Stocker family and ending with the Donald E. Sanders family.
In reading all the names, occupations, etc. included in the census data, I naturally began wondering which house each of these families had lived in. The census records, however, only show the order in which each household was visited. They don't include the house numbers or Bluefields street name. So, it's difficult to know exactly what route Mrs. Britt travelled on those two days in April 1940 when she wound her way through our neighborhood interviewing families.
The next part of my research involved documenting what year each house in Bluefields was built, then searching Metro property records for names that matched those on the census. That's been a pretty slow process - especially since some of the records and deeds I looked at were more complete than others - but I did find a few matches. (I've also been simultaneously researching some of the fascinating people I discovered who were early residents. More on them in the coming weeks!)
Since I know I'm not the only one in the neighborhood who enjoys this kind of research, I would LOVE it if any of our Bluefields neighors could offer additional info (such as, "Oh, the Griggs family lived in such and such house..."). That would certainly help fill in some of the historical blanks!!
Meanwhile, here's the documentation I have so far:
Bluefields in 1940 - Click Here
I was saddened to hear today that Adelaide Friedli (Mrs. Ernest) Niederhauser has recently passed away. She worked with her husband and other relatives in the family business, Swiss Farm Dairy, which occupied the land where the present-day Bluefield Square is located.
According to her obituary, she was 105 years old at the time of death, and had lived unassisted at Brandywine Farms in Old Hickory until the age of 104.
Click Here to read Adelaide Niederhauser's obituary
(The date of her death is incorrect in the obituary. I believe it should read June 29, 2015.)
For those who have not heard, I also learned that Mrs. Niederhauser's daughter-in-law, Sally Ann Niederhauser, passed away earlier this year.
Many thanks to neighbor and longtime Bluefields resident (and Niederhauser family member) Kim Elkins for sharing this news with us.