Mattie Belle Cantrell honored at Bluffton Town Hall

843-757-3855April 19, 2013 

We have a wall at Bluffton Town Hall that is devoted to residents of Bluffton who have contributed in some wonderful way to the fabric of our town.

Last week, we celebrated Mattie Belle Cantrell. Mattie Belle and her husband established the Bluffton Telephone Company.

That endeavor was met with great joy in our little town. Blufftonians could now find out all the news and gossip in the mile square by just picking up the telephone.

Imagine what it must have seemed like. This was a time when there were only about 300 or so full-time residents. The ministers at the churches in Old Town came to deliver their sermons Sunday morning, then they were off to other pulpits. Planters Merchantile was the only grocer in town. Those, some might opine, were the days.

Mattie Belle's family was here for the ceremony. Mayor Lisa Sulka read a bit of the telephone company's history. Jan and John Cantrell came from Asheville. Grandson Wade came down from Columbia with his two adorable girls. Granddaughter Lainie Crose and her husband, Richard, who live across from Town Hall, brought their two chicks. Old friends Patsy and Frank Hodge and Lannette Stair also were in attendance. Annelore Harrell, who is on the committee with me, was there looking ravishing in her chapeau. For a moment, it seemed like the old days.

If you have time, stop by Town Hall and take a peek at the Wall of Honor. There is now a picture of Mattie Belle hanging there, along with some other wonderful folks.

  • Kate Hughes and I visited with Margaret and John Kinzer last week. We had a lovely time and enjoyed seeing the two so much. John is recuperating nicely, I am happy to say, and will soon be back to his old self.

  • We had drinks with friends recently at Captain Woody's. Hard to believe it was so cold five days ago. By the way, there is a real Captain Woody. He is a retired shrimper and former owner of his namesake restaurant. He lives with his wife on a creek near Beaufort, where he grows all sorts of vegetables and eats fresh fish daily. Nice to know there is a real person behind the name.

  • If you or your children want a pet but have allergies, maybe there is a solution. What about a fish? They make great pets and are rather easy to take care of -- there is nothing to take for a walk or clean up after. Just a thought.

  • Lynn King is on her way back to Bluffton after a three-week sojourn to Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta and the Marberger Antique Fair in Texas. Both of these events are huge, but the Marberger Fair draws buyers and vendors from all over the world. Lynn specializes in french antiques and has been on many buying trips to France, Belgium and Italy. She has a legion of fans at both spots who eagerly await her arrival. I can't wait to hear about her travels.

  • The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn on Hilton Head is a juried fine art and craft festival. Bluffton's own Natalie Hefter has corralled a fine group this year and promises there is something for everyone. The market will be held April 27 and 28. There is a $6 parking fee.

  • Details: Coastal Discovery Museum, 843-689-6767


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    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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