Gold Bar for Centenarian

Gold Bar for Centenarian

Copied from the Confederate Veteran Magazine Vol 35, p.115, 1927
by Carol P. Martoccia Brown Library, Washington, NC


Gold Bar for Centenarian
May I be privileged to bring loving greetings to the State Presidents and to all local associations in the Confederated Southern Memorial Association to our beloved and distinguished President General and to all of her staff officers. Greetings and best wishes for the entire work, a new year of lively interest, fine and lasting achieving. North Carolina is loyal and true to the Confederate cause, and we are keeping her traditional memories green. On Sunday, December 19, 1926, it was my high privilege and pleasure to ride more than two hundred miles to bestow the Bar of Honor on Mrs Julia Anne Pridgen, of Currie, NC. She celebrated her one hundred and third birghday anniversary on November 3, 1926. Her eldest son, MM Pridgen, served throughout the war period in Brice's company, under General Whiting; a younger son served at a tender age the latter part of the war in railroad construction work; her husband served the period of the war in constructive foundry work; she gave of her personal best work for the soldiers, three of them her own, in rearing and providing for her twelve children and serving her neighbors as general helper, adviser, and in administering medical service when and where physicians were unobtainable. Mrs Pridgen is typical of the brave, indomitable, ingenius, enduring, sacrificing women of teh period of the sixties. She is finely preserved, few gray hairs showing in her raven locks, faculties clear, interested in home, loved ones, and affairs; a fine dinner being prepared for all guests assembled, she quickly leaves off conversing and repairs to the rear to "hurry up dinner." Her daughters, Misses Marietta and Julia, living with theri mother, were supervising. Her son and youngest child, Mr. Rufus D. Pridgen, the faithful head of the household, was master of ceremonies. His mother in his hands is tenderly cared for. After dinner we repaired to the rear yard, he entertaining us for a brief while by feeding wild birds of the semi-tropical, Southern, moss-laden forests near by, filling his hands with pecan nuts, the birds, in turn, suddenly lighting on his hand and, in every instance swiftly taking away the largest nut piece.

We held a brief, pretty, and impressive service, another son, Mr. D.L. Pridgen, designated by the State President, decorated his venerated, venerable mother with the Bar of Honor bestowed by Mrs Jesse Jackson Yates, of Asheville, North Carolina State President, in behalf of the Confederated Southern Memorial Association and the President General, Mrs. Arthur McDermot Wilson, of Atlanta Ga.

Cordially and fraternally,
Mrs J.J. Yates,
North Carolina State President, CSMA


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