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.
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything until mixed well. Chill in icebox. Serve with pumpernickle rounds or toasted bread.
If you like more curry, add sparingly to taste.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.