She Once Lived On A Houseboat
in a corner just off the TAG Railroad track in Chesterfield is
the bungalow home of Mrs. Vernon B. Wade, who is known as Mrs.
work is to one side of the porch of the five-room house. Shrubbery
and spring flowers add to the picturesque beauty of the place.
in the bedroom of the Wade home, Mrs. Wade relaxed as she talked
about the yesteryears. Her daughter Sylvia sat in another chair
and a visitor
bought the place from a Mr. Holder said Nemie Wade, a former
practical nurse. There was a large eight-room house upon
the hill that Mr. Holder
had run the only store in the area. It was a general store, and
had everything in it. The train stopped here back then. There
were packing sheds
lived in Chattanooga and we heard Mr. Holder wanted to sell the
place. My husband contacted Mr. Holder and we bought the 25 acres
of land and
Wade is the former Nemie Stamper of Estil County , Kentucky.
Nemies mother, her sisters, and Nemie too, always helped
the people in the
Nemie was 17, she visited her sister, who lived in Winchester,
Kentucky; and this sisters daughter had a daughter just
about Nemies age. The two
her sisters, and the niece were attending a banquet at the courthouse,
and Vernon, the boy on the furniture truck, hunted Nemie up.
asked to walk the girls home. He asked Nemie if he could see
her Sunday afternoon, she said yes. And Sunday afternoon
Vernon came driving
I didnt see him for several days, then he came back. I realized he was serious. We married October 26, 1905, in Cincinnati , Ohio. Vernon had graduated from college in Lexington, Kentucky. His Parents James Wade and Patty Landrum Wade, were owners of a bluegrass plantation. Mr. Wade ran a livery stable and had a dairy farm. Vernons mother owned a large estate. His mother died the year before we were married. Her estate was divided between the children. Vernon sold his farm and we traveled a lot. We went all all over the United States, and we stayed in Canada six weeks.
The Vernon Wades settled for a while in Paducah County , Kentucky. Nemies father , Mr. Stamper, was killed before she was 17. He contracted and delivered it to various places. A tree fell on him one day , Killing him. Nemies mother had 13 children to care for.
Vernon and Nemie stayed in Paducah County eight years, Then they moved to be near the oil fields where Mr. Wade worked. They lived in a tent. Nemies mother Mrs. Stamper lived at Standing Rock , Kentucky.
the oil fields, the Wades returned to Paducah . They gave their
milk cow and their household things to Nemies mother. Back
in Paducah, they started out again. And their children, Sylvia
and James Vernon were born. Mr. Wade decided to run a fish camp.
Nemie learned how to knit nets.
Wade grew tired of the fish camp because he couldnt get the hands to help, So the Wades decided to try musseling, This is hunting mussels. Vernon went up to the mussel camp to learn all about the mussel business. He bought a motor boat and four flat boats with mussel brails on each. He employed four men.
Wade took each flat boat with his motor boat to the head of the mussel beds, then would turn the flat boat a loose, and the flat boat would drift down - the brails had hooks, these were let down and as the boat drifted down, the hooks drug the bottom of the river and would catch a mussel. When brails would get heavy, the men would pull them up and come into camp by using large oars. If they needed help in getting into camp, Wade would take the motor boat and get them.
wives got the pearls when they were found in the mussels. A tow
boat came for the mussel shells and took them to a button factory
We stayed here quite a while, said Nemie Wade, then we moved on again. We always lived in tents in these camps. Vernon bought a big houseboat with five rooms. It had been a showboat. It was pretty. We lived on this houseboat quite a while. Sylvia was born while we lived on it. We got tired of the river and went back to Standing Rock, where my mother was.
pleasant-faced women smiled, Vernon purchased a car and
became a salesman. He traveled around. When he was going to stop
awhile at a place, hed send for us and wed stay with
him. We went to North Carolina, where Sylvia was enrolled for
her first year of school. This was in Charleston, From here we
moved to Chattanooga. Vernon wanted to settle in a place so the
children could go to school. We lived there nine years. Both
Sylvia and James went to school there. James went with his father
on a sales trip. Her voice was saddened now, but she went
on. They were gone three months. They stopped at a lake
for James to go in the lake. Vernon didnt know the owner
had put barbed wire on the bottom of the lake. James got hurt
Nemie Wade has nursed people all of her life. She has stayed with mothers after their babies were born. While they lived in Chattanooga, she worked with the doctors. When a practical nurse was needed, Nemie would be assigned to the case. She worked out of Erlanger Hospital. While the lived in Chattanooga, Vernon Wade had a stroke. He got better but the stroke left him crippled.
We decided what I made couldnt take care of all the bills, so we decided to buy a place and move out in the country. That is why we came to Chesterfield. We lived on Route 1, Menlo.
Sylvia was in high school when they moved. Just before the Wades left Lakeview, Georgia, which is a suburb of Chattanooga, their third child was born, a son whom they named, Norman Franklin. The son attended school in Chesterfield, in Jamestown, and graduated from Gaylesville High School. Sylvia attended Menlo High School.
After the Wades came to Chesterfield, Nemie quit nursing to look after Vernon.
There used to be a post office down the road and the Government took the post office away and relocated it in Jamestown. The old building was torn down and sold. We bought it and Jesse Calvin and I ceiled the house and put a new floor down. This is Sylvias bedroom.
Even after Vernon Wade was left crippled, he continued his salesman work. He employed a man to drive the car. He traveled quite a little while, but he got so he couldnt take the grueling days, and he quit. Mr. Wade passed away in 1955.
Norman Franklin married Mary Anderson and lives on Route 2, Lyerly. Sylvia married Max Collins whom she met while attending high school in Chattanooga and church at Lakeview.
When the Vernon Wades moved to Chesterfield, Norman Franklin was five years old. The Scooter ran then. It went down to Gadsden at ten every morning and back to Chattanooga at four each afternoon. A freight went down every morning and came back at night.
People would come to the Wades and ask, Has the train gone ? Or has the Scooter passed yet?
Sylvia always wanted to ride the freight. Nemie Wade rode the Scooter once, this was to go home and see about her mother.
When Mrs. Stamper, Nemies mother, died several years ago, she was a hundred and two.
They tried to keep the Scooter operating, but people didnt ride it enough to keep it operating between Gadsden and Chattanooga.
reply to the question , did she like here, Nemie Wade said,
I always made myself like anywheres we went . I married
my husband for better or worse, and I stayed with it. Whatever
came along we shared it together. Ive been in almost all
of the states in the United States. Vernon traveled
a reflective mood, Mrs. Wade continued, We traveled eight
or ten years. Sometimes Vernon would have to go to a store and
buy me a new
Mrs. Wade loves living in her little home by the TAG Railroad track. She has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and dining room.
I cherish my grandchildren . Sandra is employed by Gulf Oil Company
in Atlanta; Jeanie is Mrs. Dennis Tucker ; Norma Lynn is in high
Stamper Wade was 88 March 12, . She is content, living in her
little home. Sometimes I think of the home we could have
built from all the
at the picturesque little home with the spring flowers in the
yard and the pretty green yard, one imagines that here lives
a woman who has
article above, written in 1976 was submitted by Leslie Martin
Stamper. The author is unknown at this time ....
(from John) .. Nemie Stamper Wade was the sister to my Great
Grandfather John Wesley Stamper, son of Richard and Emaline Horn
to Leslie Martin Stamper for submitting the article; and to John
Note: The reporter's name is Dixie C Miller. ... Golden