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    Posted 2 months ago

    Watchsearc…
    (34 items)

    Here is one of my Trade Tokens about which I have found not a shred of information.
    Maybe someone here has knowledge of it, the store location or proprietor of the store.

    One side says: Morton Bend Store, WM Clemones, non-transferable
    Opposite side says: Good for 5 (cent mark) in trade

    I spent some time online looking for the store name and owner’s name but came away with nothing.

    The token is the same size as a nickel coin and is the color of brass.

    The token belonged to my dad and I found it among many odd, unusual or old coins.

    I welcome all comments!
    Thanks for having a look.

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Cool.

      Due to the ever-changing intertubes, I think I hit some pay dirt:

      *snip*

      Rome, Georgia (Floyd County), U.S.A.

      *snip*

      MORTON BEND / STORE. / NOT TRANSFERABLE / W.M. CLEMONES
      GOOD FOR / 25¢ / IN TRADE
      {GF25¢IT-S2-2}

      TC-65901
      ; ATCO 821
      ; TAMS 1259

      Family heirloom from my great grandfather William Mckennly Clemones

      Contributed by: Anc777666

      All Reports - Open & Closed
      Richard - 2013-08-29 16:40:05 CLOSED
      1952 Rome CD: William M. Clemons, Friendly Super Store, groceries, Cave Spring Road.

      1952 Rome CD Ad: W.M. Clemons, farmer, merchant, real estate, mechanical cotton pickers, RD 3 Rome GA.

      1955 Rome CD: William M. Clemons, Friendly Super Store, groceries, Cave Spring Road.

      1958 Rome CD: William M. Clemons, Friendly Super Store, groceries, Cave Spring Road.

      Morton Bend Road is in Rome GA.

      Rome News Tribune Nov. 11, 1979:

      Mr. Clemones

      William Clayton Clemones, 48, of 1405 Cave Spring Rd. died suddenly Saturday morning.
      He was born in Floyd County on April 25, 1931, the son of William McKinley Clemones and the late Mary Evelyn Loveless Clemones. He had spent his entire life in Floyd County and was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church. He was manager of Clemones Farm and Rentals.

      Clemones Cemetery: Morton Bend Rd at the cotton gin off of GA Hwy 100, Go 4 miles, cemetery is on right.

      There must have been a store related to the Clemones Farm, which William M. Clemones managed.

      Closed by Richard on August 29, 2013, 10:41 pm:
      Anc777666 - 2018-01-07 11:33:15 CLOSED
      Accedently uploaded sideways pictures. Please fix

      Closed by wwstier on January 7, 2018, 11:48 am:
      Fixed

      TokenCatalog #65901

      *snip*

      http://tokencatalog.com/token_record_forms.php?action=DisplayTokenRecord&td_id=65901&inventory_id=&attribution_id=66341
    2. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/72458947/william-mckinley-clemones
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Keramikos!! You are a wizard at coming thru with info!! And this amazes me: The town and county are within 20 miles of where I live now. I’ve never heard of Morton Bend but I know exactly where Cave Spring Road is- I’ve driven on it many times.
      My dad grew up in Rome and lived his entire life there, just as Mr Clemenes did. I’m wondering if my dad could have been a friend of Mr Clemenes since they were only 9 years apart in age.
      It’s very likely my dad would have been a customer of the Morton Bend Store, given the proximity.

      I’ve got to get out the map—find that road, maybe go for a drive, locate where the store was.

      I would give you a big hug if I could!
    4. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, You're very welcome. :-)

      Dunno where the store was, but here's the Clemones Cemetery on Morton Bend Road:

      https://goo.gl/maps/687rMN1EQMY4xUzJ8

      https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/33299/clemones-cemetery/map#view-photo=44785926
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Correction: it was the son of the store owner that my dad was close to in age. All this new info from Keramikos calls for more digging!
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      I love cemeteries like that! The iron fence and obviously lovingly maintained graves.
      I just did an extremely slow drive thru a very old cemetery yesterday, looking at the lovely monuments, and rows of un-named Civil War graves.
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Thanks for all the Loves
      Bobby725
      Keramikos
      Fortapache
      Jscotto363
      Newfld
      Brunswick
      A special thank you to Keramikos for solving the mystery!!
    8. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, You are quite welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying this. :-)

      I look forward to your own further investigations.

      In the meantime, here's the full obituary for William Clayton Clemones:

      http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/floyd/obits/clemones.txt

      And here's a link with a couple of brief Clemones obituaries, full of relative names:

      *snip*

      Harold Randol Lee Clemones
      Rome News Tribune March 27, 1979
      Submitted by Emily O'Neal

      Harold Randol Lee Clemones, 21, 1405 Cave Spring Rd. died at 6:05 p.m. Monday in a Rome hospital following injuries sustained in a fall from a truck.
      Mr. Clemones was born in Shelby County, Ala., Dec. 17, 1957, son of Martha Frances Patterson and the late James Harold Lee. He had been a resident of Floyd County most of his life and attended the Baptist Church. His father, Rev. James Harold Lee, died September 20, 1960. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Clemones, Rome, three brothers, Daniel Lee, Rome, William Carey Clemones, Rome, Anthony C. Clemones, Corpus Christi, Texas, four sisters, Mrs. Martha Morgan and Miss Mary Clemones, both of Cave Spring, Miss Diana Clemones and Miss Patricia Clemones, both of Rome; grandparents, Bill Clemones, Rome; Mrs. Mary Medlin, Birmingham and Clarence Patterson, Columbia, Ala. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home with the Revs. Joe Eaves and Wayne Wright officiating. Interment will be in the Clemones Family Cemetery.

      William Clayton Clemones
      Rome News Tribune Nov. 11, 1979
      Submitted by Emily O'Neal

      William Clayton Clemones, 48, of 1405 Cave Spring Rd. died suddenly Saturday morning. He was born in Floyd County on April 25, 1931, the son of William McKinley Clemones and the late Mary Evelyn Loveless Clemones. He had spent his entire life in Floyd County and was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church. He was manager of Clemones Farm and Rentals. Survivors include the widow, the former Martha Frances Patterson, whom he married Nov. 10, 1963, four daughters, Mrs. Martha Morgan, Rome, Mrs. Dianne Tant, Cave Spring, Mary and Patricia Clemones, Rome, three sons, Anthony Clemones, Corpus Christi, Tex., Carey Clemones, Daniel Lee, both of Rome; six sisters, Mrs. Frances Yarbrough, Mrs. Rebecca Cromer, Mrs. Opal Highfield, Mrs. Carolyn Clark, all of Rome, Mrs. Linda Blankenship, Jackson, Miss.; Mrs. Jeanie Buffington, Rome, one brother, Duane Clemones, Rome, his father, William McKinley (Bill) Clemones, Rome, four grandchildren.
      Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the chapel of Talley Brothers Funeral Home with the Revs. Joe Eaves and Wayne Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Clemones family cemetery in Morton's Bend. Active pallbearers include, Bill, Tim, Bruce Cromer, Greg Yarbrough, Rex Clemones and J. Webb.

      *snip*

      http://www.thegagenweb.com/gafloyd/obits/obitc.htm

      And here is a newspaper article about farm properties in the area that mentions a Bill Clemones:

      *snip*

      Jan 10, 2016

      *snip*

      Morton Bend Farms LLC, a partnership involving Richard Lindsey, Nick McMichen and Brent Tidwell, has purchased a total of 1,375 acres there with an eye to growing cotton.

      The partnership paid Donald and Linda Evans $5,229,000 for the two parcels.

      The Evanses had owned one of the parcels for more than 20 years and the other for eight to 10 years.

      “It was just a mess, but it was awfully pretty,” Donald Evans said.

      He purchased the property from Bill Clemones and, over the years, tore down more than a dozen dilapidated buildings, including an old cotton gin.

      *snip*

      http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/business/alabama-farmers-pay-million-for-acres-in-morton-bend-to/article_355f2420-b747-11e5-ba5f-3bc270f1c1ad.html

      It's not clear which Bill Clemones sold the property.

      William McKinley Clemones (1904-1984) actually outlived his son William Clayton Clemones (1931-1979), but there's at least one other Bill Clemones (William Carey Clemones).
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Thank you for all that info! The obituaries were touching with a father and son dying young and within months of each other—they we the son and grandson of the Mr Clemones who owned Morton Bend Store and produced the trade token.

      Regarding the sale of the land just recently to a Mr Evans—I believe my dad knew his father.
      Small world.
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 months ago
      nice job ...Keramikos
    11. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1, Thanks.

      I suspect it was mostly a question of timing, and the ever-changing, ever-growing Internet finally having the wanted information when I did my initial search.

      It looks as though the other person who documented their Morton Bend Store token online may have only done so as recently as January 2018, so if Watchsearcher had looked before then, it might well have been a fruitless endeavor.
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      I was looking earlier than that, with just a Google search. I didn’t know “tokencatalog.com” existed.
      I have 2-3 more tokens so I’ll be heading to that site soon.
    13. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, It's all good, then. :-)
    14. Broochman Broochman, 2 months ago
      You have such a beautiful flower garden. More please!!
    15. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Broochman, you brought a smile to my face with your wonderful compliment! Thank you!

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