Monday, October 21, 2013

Martha White

Martha White Lindsey
  I will always remember Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs singing their jingle "you bake better biscuits, cakes, and pies, with Martha White Self-Rising Flour" after the announcer introduced them by saying "and this portion of the Grand Ole Opry is brought to you by Martha White". The real Martha White was Martha White Lindsey, who was three when her father Richard Lindsey Sr. opened the Royal Flour Mill of Nashville in 1899. He named his finest flour for her. When new owners acquired the company in 1941 they changed the name to Martha White. Martha White grew up in Nashville and attended Warner Elementary School and Hume Fogg High School. In 1923, Martha married Dr. George M. Russell, an orthodontist. The couple had three children and lived in Nashville until 1931, when they moved to Memphis. Martha White Lindsey Russell died there in 1949.

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