This was originally a residence, but the Byromville Woman’s Club purchased it for $75 in 1936 and utilized WPA labor to renovate it for use as their clubhouse. They held their first meeting here the day after Thanksgiving, 1937. A bit of history from the 2010 Byromville Woman’s Club Yearbook: In October 1918 a group of ladies met at the school auditorium to organize a club to promote a more friendly relationship between parents and teacher and to work for the upbuiding of the school and community. Mrs. Minnie McDonald was the organizer and suggested the name School Improvement Club, which was adopted by the club.
They changed their name to Byromville Woman’s Club in 1970. I hope they’re still active but can’t find any reference past 2009.
This congregation was organized as Friendship M. E. Church by Thomas Sweatinger, before Byromville was incorporated. Two structures, located elsewhere, were built before 1855, when a wooden church was built at this location. Construction of the present church began in 1908, though it wasn’t completed until 1912. Reverend Charles G. Earnest was pastor at the time.
Thanks to Carol A Lokey for identifying this as her grandfather, James M. Josey’s store. Eric Cawthon wrote: Byromville is a place I will always cherish. Josey’s was the place. I remember Josey Sr. in the makeshift office in the corner of the store. Gene Carroll who worked there for years and always came back and hung around when he was on vacation…..Josey Jr. gave me a job as a bag boy. He was a good man to me and my family. Mark Cawthon shared this: This is where my mother (Ella Cawthon) shopped. She would be given old bananas and she would bake the store a banana cake. I remember the Old Mr. Josey and younger James Josey. You would buy the groceries and Jene or James would deliver them to the Methodist Parsonage in a new 1967 Ford pickup. You had to step down into the store and the floors were narrow wooden planks. I sold the Grit newspaper to Mrs. Josey every week.