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Library Talk – November 16, 2017


Library Talk, November 16, 2017

This week, a miscellany. History and new books.

I’m always looking for new old pictures of the area, and I have recently ‘won’ a photo postcard of Levanna during the 1933 flood, showing several houses and mentioning A.A. Chapman’s house.   The name Chapman was vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t put a history on the name right away, and sometimes flood pictures start looking alike, so before I put a bid on the card, I did a little research.  Albert A. Chapman was indeed a Levanna resident, and added much to the town.  He was born on Pisgah Ridge in October of 1866, son of the Frances M. and Serepta Smith Chapman.  He farmed until 1903, after which he set up the Chapman General Store in Levanna, maintaining the store until his death in September of 1941.  He was also appointed postmaster for Levanna in 1915 and held that position until Levanna’s post office was discontinued in 1932.

LevannaChapmanOne of his daughters, Mrs. Albert Stevens, was the correspondent to the Ripley Bee for news from Levanna, so the visitors and goings on of the Chapman family were well recorded in the Bee.  I could not find an advertisement for the Chapman General Store, but perhaps it didn’t need any, as probably everyone in Levanna knew where it was!

New ‘hot’ books coming out include:  James Patterson’s The People vs. Alex Cross as well as a new title in his “Private” series titled Count to Ten.  Janet Evanovich continues her humorous mystery series with Stephanie Plum in Hardcore Twenty-Four.  A little more literary new books would include Elizabeth Berg’s Story of Arthur Trulov, Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God, and the Annotated African American Folktales, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. et al.