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Rhona Summerford pens new history book

Published 12:03pm Thursday, December 26, 2013

Anything you ever wanted to know about Falkville you can find in “The Falkville Collection,” a 475-page paperback book recently published by retired schoolteacher Rhona Summerford.

The book was researched and written by the author over several months, utilizing her own collection of old photographs, historic documents, family stories, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Some of its content came from the town’s Founder’s Day book, which she co-wrote, as well as contributions from descendents of early settlers. Many of the photos are in publication for the first time.

The book was printed by Enquirer Printing Co. and released Dec. 5. It is available at several locations including Enquirer Printing Co., Falkville Library, Jim Norman Antiques and Sweet Pea’s Antiques. The List price is $30 per copy.

“Falkville didn’t have a book devoted to its history,” Summerford noted. “That’s why I decided to write one. I wanted future generations to have access to a written account of the town’s past.

Summerford said the process of doing research, conducting interviews and collecting material for the book was a tedious and time-consuming process. “I was blessed to have the encouragement and support of so many people in the community,” she stated. “That’s what kept me motivated and enabled me to keep plodding ahead.

“ I owe a special debt of gratitude to Ruth Parker whose collections over many years contributed greatly to the book and to my daughter-in-law, Marsha Summerford, who helped write the book’s 47-page index.”

Summerford devoted many of the book’s pages to the contributions of the town’s railroad and its early settlers, including their homes, churches, schools and businesses. She also covered stories from the surrounding communities of Basham Gap, Cedar Creek, Cedar Plains, Gandy’s Cove, Lacon, Massey, Piney Grove and Roundtop.

“Working on the book was good therapy for me,” Summerford pointed out. “I’m pleased with the finished product and I’m so thankful for the good response it’s getting from my friends and neighbors.”

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