"A PLACE I WILL ALLWAYS CALL HOME"
In the northern
section of McNairy County lies a small town, Finger, Tennessee. The Plunk Family settled in this area about 1825. Finger was
named in 1895. It lies near the tracks of The Mobile and Ohio Railroad built in 1857. Several stories have been told about
how Finger got its name. My father, Frank Plunk, told, "A one boxcar train called The "Little Doodlebug" or
"Dinkie" carried passenger and the US Mail between Jackson,Tennessee and Corinth, Mississippi. Mail was being delivered
with different names: Possom Trot, Anderson's Store, McIntyre's Crossing, Brown Crossing, Mt. Carmel, Huggins Creek. The Train
Conductor told William P. Massey, the person receiving the mail, "The Community had to name this town, because the mail
was getting mixed up with all the different names". William P. Massey was thumping his finger on the boxcar trying to
come up with a name. The Conductor said, "Why don't we call it Finger?"
Finger and southern Chester
County are well known for its open pit cooked whole hog bar-b-que. In the late 1800's George Dickey with the help of his friends
and relatives hosted the first Finger Bar-B-Que and Picnic. It was an annual event, held the first Saturday in August,
and has been going on for 120 years. Friends and relatives from hundreds of miles away come together to reunite and recollect
on past memories.
2009 the annual Finger Bar-B-Que
and Picnic was moved to October.
FINGER TENNESSEE SCHOOL 1911