During a month when we celebrate African-American history, many in Shelby County can look back at through their families and see the impact made by a former slave from Simpsonville – a story only a relative few even have heard.
Elijah P. Marrs left his indentured life of the 1840s on Clark Station Road and fought his way to the classrooms not only as a student but as a teacher and an administrator who brought knowledge to those long denied the basic process of learning – and in the process created a legacy that too often goes unnoticed.
After 56 Valentine’s Days together, Fred and Geneva Ruble are still sweethearts.
When they wed on July 23, 1955, they embarked on a love story that has never waned. “Freddie” and “Neva” (their nicknames for each other) have really lived up to their marriage vows, especially the part about “in sickness and in health,” said their daughter, Renee Ruble.
“In more than 50 years of marriage, they have never been apart for more than three or four days,” she said.
Already a hero and about to receive a national award for saving a child’s life last year, a preschool teacher in Shelbyville has done it again.
Just before television cameras rolled Tuesday to record American Red Cross officials presenting Amy Wells with its Lifesaving Certificate of Merit Award, her boss at Jacob’s Ladder, Maria Jacobs, just happened to mention another heroic effort by Wells on Jan. 18, when another teacher was frantic to help a struggling toddler.