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Deacon and Sunday School Teacher
Macedonia Baptist Church
Marion Manufacturing Company
The House That George Built
The house that George builtThe House That George BuiltReturnGeorge Franklin Rhom was born March 20, 1869, at Vein Mountain, North Carolina.The only child born to Robert Henry and Mary Ann (Banther) Rhom.His mother Mary was the seventh of thirteen children born to George J. and Mary Ann (Nanney) Banther.George married Lady Belle Parris, on July 30, 1891, and they were the parents of 9 children.Lady Belle died October 10, 1918, at age 44.George married his 2nd wife Myrtle Mae Arrowwood on July 4, 1920, and they were the parents of 3 children.The house that George builtWhen the older children gained employment in a textile mill in Rutherfordton, George moved his family and they lived there for about three years.The family then moved to East Marion where George and his children worked in a textile mill.He was employed by Marion Manufacturing Company as a carpenter.After the strike of 1929, he moved back to the farm.He built a three-room log cabin, and became a farmer again.George often sat on the front porch in his straight back chair.George inherited his parents land and became a farmer.He was also a Justice of the Peace, a precinct judge for Bracketown, and served on the school committee.He had to sign the Macedonia School teacher's certificates in order for them to be paid.He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Macedonia Baptist Church.Many times the visiting preacher stayed at his home for two weeks at a time.Visitors and family would sit on the floor of the porch.Four posts supported the porch.A wooden board was attached from the back two posts, a water bucket with a metal dipper sat there, so people could get a drink of fresh spring water.The rooms were side by side with a front porch extending the entire front of the cabin.As you entered the living room through the door from the porch, there was a black high back settee which would seat two people and a tall bookcase on the right wall.The bookcase was filled with paperback westerns, which George loved to read.One side of the living room consisted of a fireplace in the middle of the wall with windows on each side.Over the plank mantle was a picture of George and his first wife, Lady Belle.In front of each window sat a wooden straight-back chair.The back wall was covered with newspapers and contained a Raymond's calendar, which showed the Zodiac signs so they would know when to plant their crops.A picture of Robert Rhom, George's oldest son was in the middle of the wall.In front of the door next to the left wall was a full size feather bed where George slept.In the fall of 1993, Eursley, Annie (the two surviving children of George and Lady Belle) and some of their children returned to the old home place.Eursley and Annie recalled the years of their childhood and found the special places they remembered.They showed us the mounds of rocks where their father once searched for gold.They searched for the log cabin that their father George built, they crossed the creek to get to the old home place by jumping on rocks, (the bridge had disappeared long ago).Looking closely, they found some rocks from the house's foundation.Trees had grown up where the log cabin once stood ; the walnut tree was still there ; Aunt Mary's root cellar was caved in ; but, in their minds nothing had changed.George Franklin Rhom and his daughter (Mary Mahalia) lived in that three room log cabin until his death in 1953.Claude's daughter Mildred now lives in the house that was built from George's original log cabin.At the time this article was submitted, George's granddaughter Shirley, owned the property were the log cabin once stood.George Franklin RhomBorn March 20, 1869, Died December 17, 1953, at the age of 84Lady Belle (Parris) RhomBorn March 23, 1874, Died October 10, 1918, at age 44Article was submitted by George and Lady Belle's granddaughter, Jeanette (Rumfelt) Jarrett.Return