Author: Jean Butterworth

Jean Champion Butterworth is originally from Tuscaloosa County, graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, Druid City Hospital School of Nursing and The University of Alabama. She is a retired nurse. Working 27 years at The Children’s Hospital as Department Director, Specialty Clinics. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and Eastern Europe. You can contact Jean at [email protected] See additional stories by Jean Butterworth on She also now has a Kindle Ebook Chinaberries and Other Memories of Alabama
Days Gone By - stories from the past

Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa was built at the beginning of the Civil War

"The Alabama Insane Hospital was established by the legislature on February 6, 1952.  Built in Tuscaloosa, it received its first patient in 1861, with…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Remember those cold days in Alabama with no central heat and Vicks Vapo rub [see vintage film] was the remedy for a cold?

"On January 30, 1966,  Alabama experienced its coldest ever recorded temperature of -27°F at New Market in Madison County. The average low temperature during…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

Imagine sharing your telephone with eight families? That is how it used to be before when phones were first in homes

Eight Party Line Back Then When I was in high school we had one rotary black dial telephone that was an eight party line. …

Days Gone By - stories from the past

The first Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Birmingham area was located where English Village in Mountain Brook exists today

TUBERCULOSIS SANITARIUMS ARE NO MORE! by JEAN BUTTERWORTH It was announced in the Birmingham News that as of June 1, 2011 that the Public…

Days Gone By - stories from the past

SUNDAY SOLILOQUY: Nature was the only kind of refrigeration or curing device we had – Wilcox County, Alabama

AND THEY CALLED IT INDEPENDENT PART IV By Marvin Malley Champion submitted by Jean Champion Butterworth This community had an open range. Everybody turning…