News from the Silerton Community of Chester County

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with Mary Lynn Lambert

Joie Freeman, Brenda Cooper and Sarah Chandler continue to covet your prayers.
The Silerton Fire Department fundraising buffet meal that was scheduled for April 25 has been postponed until further notice.
A big shout out to Bill Siler for his volunteer work in picking up litter along Hwy. 125 from his house to the Welcome to Silerton sign. It has been observed that someone is picking up litter on the Bethel Church Road. The work of these volunteers is very much noticed and appreciated. Let us do our part to help in keeping our town attractive.
Andy Jordan was awarded the “Yard of the Month” for all the ornamental grass he has planted for erosion control and for keeping his yard neat. It is always so nice to see well-manicured yards in our town.
During this stay-at-home time, I found another interesting article that was written by staff reporter, Rheta Johnson, in June 1985in The Jackson Sun. For those people who picked up their mail at the Silerton post office, I feel that this will bring back many memories. Ms. Johnson writes, “The beets are beginning to rumble inside the old black pressure cooker. The Frigidaire is humming allegro its familiar electric tune. Bivian Naylor’s kitchen is alive with sound and smell. Postal patrons happen by, one by one, to mail a letter or buy a money order. Mrs. Naylor’s kitchen and the Silerton Post office are one and the same. Mrs. Naylor states, ‘It works out just fine. We’re just one big family here.’ Mrs. Naylor is a polite, soft-spoken woman with canned goods stacked on her linoleum floor. For 15 years she has run the post office from what is really the most intimate of family rooms. The mail is pigeonholed against a paneled wall; an ancient scale sits nearby. At age 73, Mrs. Naylor could retire, of course. But to close her kitchen to the public probably would mean Silerton, a town of about 100 residents northeast of Bolivar, becoming just another rural route, losing its last proof of identity. ‘We lost our railroad. We did have six or seven stores and two barbershops. Now, we just have one little grocery.’ Mrs. Naylor states that is the reason she hates to retire.” As history tells, the post office was closed, and Silerton is now a Henderson rural route. The store closed. Even though there is not a lot of activity going on, Silerton’s memories last a lifetime.
I would appreciate if you would call and share some of your news and thoughts or memories so we can stay connected.