The Mofield House

The Mofield house is presently owned by Brad and Lynda Simmons who have done extensive remodeling and renovation to the home since they purchased it.


Everyone who lived in and around Livingston during the 1920's through the 1960's have always known this home as the Mofield House. The property on which the Mofield House sits once belonged to Alfred Lafayette Windle and wife Mary (Armstrong) Windle, grandparents of Jerry Windle. According to information provided by Jerry Windle, the original house was a large,
white framed house, and was later bricked by his grandfather, Alfred Lafayette Windle.

A. J. Mofield and wife Martha Judith (Goolsby) Mofield, their two sons and three daughters, lived in the home for many years. Many who grew up in Livingston had Miss Bess Mofield, one of the daughters of the Mofields, as their third grade teacher. She taught at Livingston Elementary school for many years.

At the back of the Mofield house, a small, one roomed white frame house still stands that was once lived in by the cook for the Mofield family whose first name was Della. Della's daughter, Toots, lived in that dwelling with her for a short time. Both Della and her daughter were black. Marshall Peek, also black, worked as a handy man for the Mofields as well. In the earlier days, there was also a smoke house where meat was hung after hogs had been killed. Another building in the yard was called the wash house. Inside of the wash house was a huge iron kettle with a place to build a fire underneath that was used for doing laundry. Clothes were played in the boiling water and then washed by using a wooden scrub board.

A.J. Mofield was well known businessman in Livingston and the surrounding area. He owned a produce company, a business that dealt with the buying and selling of poultry, which served as a source of cash income for many families throughout Overton County and the neighboring counties as well. Livingston was once the largest poultry shipping industry in the state of
Tennessee. Chickens raised by many local farmers were sold to Mofield, and from there, shipped by train all over the United States. Feed and fertilizer could be bought there as well. The Mofield building was located on Railroad Street directly in front of the railroad tracks that made loading and unloading of poultry, feed, fertilizer and other supplies easily accessible. Eggs were also bought and sold. Cracked eggs were sold to customers for half price. During the late 1920's and early 1930's, it was nothing unusual to see large numbers of horse or mule drawn wagons loaded with chicken coops lined up waiting to be unloaded at Mofield Produce. That line sometimes reached nearly as far as the courthouse.


Although no one seems to know for sure, it is believed that this could be the original Mofield home.  The Mofield family members are in the cars shown in the photograph.


In 1994, James Lewis and wife Margie Lewis, along with Margie’s sister, Gay Nolfo, bought the Mofield house. They did extensive renovation work on the house that included installing a staircase that was originally in the home of Miss Margaret Miller and the construction of a stone fireplace. Additional exterior work was done that included the massive concrete columns on the front of the house and the building of a waterfall and fish pond in the yard. For a period of time, Margie and Gay operated a bed and breakfast in the home. Many ladies in this area also enjoyed the vintage fashion shows held there from time to time.

The present owners, Brad and Lynda Simmons, have also done extensive renovation and improvements to the home. Just a portion of the work includes two murals painted by local artist Libby Allen, daughter of Shelby Reid and the late Morris Reid. One of the murals was done in the dining room and depicts a peaceful landscape scene. In the bedroom of Brad and Lynda’s son, a pirate theme was painted. The Simmons have future plans for additional work that includes improving the yard and landscape.

Judy Howard Jouett, daughter of James A. (Jim) Howard and wife Pauline Mofield Howard, grew up in the Mofield house shares some of her memories: A.J. Mofield was born in Smith County in 1870. Martha Judith (Mattie) Goolsby Mofield was born in Jackson County in 1867. They moved to Livingston from Algood in 1906 when railroad service came to Livingston.
They were the parents of five children: Carl who married Margaret (Rowland); Harry who married Katherine (Stancliff); Mayme who married Clarence Arnold; Bess (who never married); and Pauline who married James (Jim) A. Howard. They purchased property from Mrs. Mary Windle. The street was named "Mofield Street." In 1906 Mr. Mofield operated the Morgan
Produce Co. Later he operated a wholesale grocery business which was the only outlet in that part of the State from which the farmer's products could be shipped to New York.The Mofield family was active in the Church of Christ. At one time the children and their families lived within a two block radius of the Mofield home. Mr. Mofield later operated a small grocery across the street from his home until his death at age 83. Mrs. Mofield passed away in 1952.

Growing up in Livingston in the 40's was quite different than today. We didn't have organized sports or other outside activities. Tuesday night was "nickel night" at the theater. Then we had the Sat. afternoon movie. My daddy would ask me the name of the movie. I would most always say that I didn't know! It really didn't matter. There were more than a dozen children living in the two blocks of Windle Street to Mofield St. including some on the side streets. Those children I remember were Ruth Ann Eubank; Tom, Bill, Joe, Jane, and Jack Davis; Elaine, Joanna, Carolyn and L.G. Puckett, III; Barbara Sue Benson; Sarah Mae and Lena Kate Tucker; Diane, Michael,
and Rita Stephens; Ross and Linda Averitt; William Meredith and John Lee Nevans; and James Ray Speck, Shirley Ann Speck, and Susan Speck. We played kick the can, Tarzan and Jane and other outside games. Elaine Phillips and I played paper dolls and stick dolls on the wall of the side porch of the Mofield house.

Even though we were living in the city, we had a barn, pigs, a cow, chickens, etc. I remember asking my Granddaddy to let me hold a piglet. He tried to  discourage me, but I insisted. He handed it to me, it squealed, I got rid of it in a hurry!

When Granddaddy opened his store across the street, I filled in for my mother when she went home for lunch. If someone wanted cheese or bologna, I would have to get her as I couldn't "slice" it.

Some Sat. evenings, Elaine Puckett and I would cook bacon or bologna on a stick over a small fire at the back of the store with my mother "overseeing" us. We also caught tadpoles in the "branch" that ran beside the store.

Granddaddy sold "on credit." As a little girl, Carolyn Puckett would come to buy canned soup. We knew how many cans she wanted by how many times she said "soupie."

The Puckett's were the first to have television. I would pretend to go to bed, and "slip off" to their house.

Rebecca Officer lived up the street. She had lots of comic books. We, for some reason, decided one day to take comic books and green apples and get on the roof of their garage. Everything was fine until time to get down. I was afraid! Rebecca's father, Judge Officer, had to help me get down. That was the last time for us to do that.

Looking back, it was truly a different time; but a good time.