Tipton County History Exhibits
This beautiful turn of the century advertising postcard featuring the Episcopal Church in Mason, Tenn., was published by C. L. Taylor, a Druggist in Mason, Tenn. The back of the card is postmarked 26 July 1911 from Batesville, Miss., and it is addressed to Mrs. W. M. Bates, 108 St. Paul, Ave., Memphis, Tenn.
The short note written on the back of the postcard reads, "Dear Aunt Lena: arrived home alright and found all well. I enjoyed being with you all very much and we want you to come to see us whenever you can. How are Barbara, Uncle Will and Mrs. Spang? Fine I hope. Give them our love, write when you have time and come whenever you can. Lovingly, Julienne"
Research shows that Mrs. W. M. Bates was Mrs. Lena Louisa Bates (12 Aug 1878-17 Jan 1969), the wife of “Uncle Will” William McKendree Bates (18 May 1870 – 14 Dec 1943) of Batesville, Mississippi. Barbara (8 Oct 1909 – 11 Feb 1994) was the couple’s young daughter and Mrs. Spang was Lena’s widowed mother, Barbara Spang (10 Oct 1859 – 14 Feb 1942) and whom they lived with.
Julienne was the daughter of Will’s older sister Viola, who married James Maxey. Julienne Maxey (29 Feb 1892 – 27 Oct 1970), was 19 years old and preparing to marry Nathan Alexander Carter (20 Oct 1885 – 21 Feb 1958) when she came to visit her Uncle Will and Aunt Lena in Memphis. The couple married shortly after her return home on 12 Oct 1911. They went on to have two children, Maxey and Nathan A. Carter, Jr., and were married for 47 years at the time of Nathan’s passing.