The First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., will present its January book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church's fellowship hall.
The First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., will present its January book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall.
The review will be presented by Jeanne Cheek, a longtime Pine Bluff resident. For the review, she has chosen a biography entitled “Bessie Moore”, written by George and Mildred Fersh, longtime friends of Moore.
Bessie Grace Boehm Moore was a 2 1/2-pound premature daughter born on the outskirts of rural Owensboro, Ky., on Aug. 2, 1902, to 17-year-old Bessie Calloway and 36-year-old farmer, Edgar Boehm in a simple wood frame home. The mother named her daughter “Grace” and died a few hours later. A struggle began to save the life of the tiny infant. Edgar Boehm traveled by horse and buggy with his daughter to seek help of Aunt Lillie, a sister-in-law, about 40 miles away. He stopped along the way to milk the cows of friendly farmers in exchange for shelter and warm milk for Bessie Grace. Within six months and with Aunt Lillie’s loving care, she weighed 6 pounds and had shaken hands with life — a life that continued in the state of Arkansas and was shared throughout the United States and the world. She was appointed a member of the United States President’s National Commission on Libraries and Information Services by Lyndon Johnson and was the only person to serve without interruption. Her influence in American library legislation lasted for over 30 years without parallel among nonprofessionals.
Moore’s inspiring story is gathered and told in this wonderful book, “Bessie Moore” — known both as an achiever and a very unique person whose Arkansas roots ran ever so deep.
Cheek returns upon request to review this dynamic lady’s life story. Cheek taught school and served as psychologist for the diagnostic clinic at Jenkins Children’s Center in Pine Bluff and for 17 campuses in public school before retiring. She continues to be actively involved in the Pine Bluff community, where she is a member of Grace Episcopal Church and has sung in the choir for 37 years. She is a member and past president of the Pine Bluff Musical Coterie and a member of the Pine Bluff Art League, serving two terms as vice president. She has had a long association with the Arts and Science Center, performing in some 10 productions and producing costumes for four years. She serves on the board of the Notables, the auxiliary to the Pine Bluff Symphony, and is a member of the 20th Century Literary Club. She is the librarian at Trinity Village, where she serves on the board and is a resident there.
Following the book review, door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. Everyone is invited to attend.