By Leah Schmalz
When Dr. Steve Bain, a professor at Texas A&M, began researching his family lineage, he never imagined it would take him to Mint Hill. The link extends back to Bain’s great-great-great grandfather, who was John Bain’s uncle.
Bain received a gracious welcome last Thursday at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where some of his ancestors are buried. Mayor Ted Biggers presented him with several mementos from the town, including several pins and an ornament of the town hall. “We were quite excited when we heard we had a namesake from the Bain family coming,” said Biggers. ““This is about…meeting the community and connecting so when people come here they don’t have to have the last name Bain to feel welcome.”
Former mayors Troy Pollard, Buzz Hamilton and Bobby Long were present, as well as Commissioners Tina Ross, Lloyd Austin and Richard Newton and Mayor pro tem Carl Ellington.
“This is a wonderful community and I want to thank you for letting me be part of it,” said Bain.
As part of his visit to Mint Hill to see where his ancestors lived, Bain also spoke at the Historic Bain School Dinner and Silent Auction at Pine Lake Country Club. The topic of his talk was what it means to live a legacy right now, rather than only leaving one later. The purpose of the event was to raise money for the restoration of the old Bain School as a community center.