By: Aaron B. Jackson
February 6, 2017
"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten; Either write things worthy of reading, or do things worthy of writing." — Benjamin Franklin
Most of this write-up about the early days of our Jackson family in the Mingo Community was put together from bits and pieces of information from several sources. Ancestry.com is a wonderful tool for anyone interested in researching their family history. That is where I began, and was very surprised to find that most of the heavy lifting had already been done in part by cousin T. Wayne Wrench. Most of the cousins heard many things from Aunt Margaret and Aunt Frances about the early history of our family and, thanks to Wayne, the voids and holes that exist in the oral history are being filled. A special thanks is also due to cousin Kevin James Jackson, who's technical expertise has enabled us to literally "get a picture" of what things looked like in the area 75 years ago. The source I relied upon the most for history about the store is my grandmother, Ruth Jackson Altman who, while in her 90s, can remember clearly when, "Papa moved us from The Old Place to Uncle Samp's house to run the store."