Another Day, Another Family Story

This time it’s Max’s grandmother in the news, referred to in the piece as Mrs. O. Max Gardner.

Five years before there was a public library in Shelby, a group of women started a reading group that met daily on the court square.

According to an account written by the late Mrs. O. Max Gardner, the group was organized by her sister, Madge Webb Riley. Mrs. Gardner’s history was based on old papers, letters, records and newspaper clippings that belonged to Riley…