Monday, August 31, 2009

"Today in Fayetteville" June 3, 1932

The Fayetteville Enterprise

June 3, 1932


Of interest to a wide circle of friends in the county was the marriage of Miss Janie Parker to Mr. Ezra Banks, The marriage occured Sunday, May 29Th. At 11:30 at the home of the brides parents, with Rev. WF Burdette performing the ceremony. Mrs. Banks is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Parker of New Hope. Mr. Banks is the son of Mr. Britton Banks of New Hope.

Regular Meeting of U.D.C. Chapter

The regular June meeting of the Fayette County Chapter UDC will be held on June 10Th at 11:00 am at Dr. Camps lake on his farm near Hopeful. This will be the last meeting of the Chapter before September, and the program committee has arranged for a picnic dinner on the occasion. Cars will be furnished for transportation of all members, and they are requested to notify some member of the committee in the event transportation is desired.


One way of putting the unemployed at productive work is to set them prospecting for gold. That is not so fantastic as it may sound. There are gold deposits in many places which easily yield enough to pay good wages to people who know how to get the gold out.

In Denver and other Colorado city schools for gold diggers have been started. Half a dozen experience placer miners are showing the unemployed how to wash the sands of the South Platte river for gold. Here inside the city limits of Denver, every Spring and Summer since gold was first discovered there in 1858, miners have been mining out 1.50 to 2.00 a day of gold per man.

Mr. AB Tinsley Passes Away

Mr. AB Tinsley died at his home near Ebenezer Church May 24Th. He was 90 years of age and had lived in Fayette County during his entire lifetime. he was one of the few remaining Confederate soldiers who saw actual service. He also served as county commissioner of this county for several terms. He married Miss Melissa Spur, who preceded him in death about two months. Mr Tinsleys sterling character was for him the love and respect of a wide circle of friends who sympathize with the family in his passing. The funeral was held at Ebenezer Church. The Rev. BP Yett. a former pastor officiating.

He is survived by one son, Mr G. Tinsley and two daughters, Mrs BJ Perry and Mrs Andrew Phillips, besides a number of Grandchildren.

Mrs Hattie E Murphy Passed Away May 24

This Community was shocked and saddened on the morning of May 24th when the announcement was made that Mrs Hattie E Murphy had passed away.This splendid womam had lived in this community for forty years. Mrs Murphy prior to her marriage to JR Murphy on Oct 18, 1892, was Miss Hattie Dean, daughter of Captain Burkett Dean and Mrs Lucy Christian Dean, Her father being one of the pioneer citizens of Clayton County. He was a gallant soldier in the War Between the States, and distinguished himself on many battlefields.

Her funeral was held at the Fayetteville Methodist Church.

Submitted by CB Glover

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tickets Now on Sale for Historic Augusta's Benefit Auction

Perfectly Aged: Antiques and Wine
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Patron tickets for Historic Augusta's 2009 Perfectly Aged: Antiques and Wine benefit auction Thursday, September 10 are now available, along with tickets for the luxury raffle.

The gala evening at Saint Paul's River Room, 605 Reynolds Street begins at 6:30 p.m. with a wine tasting, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction of antiques and fine wines. Offerings from more than 25 of Augusta's top restaurants and caterers will be paired with complimenting wines.

The live auction begins at 8 p.m. Patrons may bid on fine antiques, art, premium wines and innovative entertainment packages presented by auctioneer Bryan Simkins of Augusta.

An exciting feature of the evening is the luxury raffle. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate from Windor Jewelers, six months of fresh flowers by Garden Cottage Florist, an exquisite cameo brooch from Joel Conte of the Estate Jewelry Center and intaglio earrings from Annie Alperin Antiques & Estate Jewelry.

Admission is $100 per person. For those who are age 35 and under, admission is $50 per person. Raffle tickets are $20 each or three for $50. To purchase tickets, call Historic Augusta at (706) 724-0436. Preview auction items online at

Proceeds benefit the projects and programs of Historic Augusta, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve historically or architecturally significant buildings and neighborhoods in Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia.

Perfectly Aged: Antiques and Wine is sponsored in part by The Augusta Chronicle, WJBF NewsChannel 6, First Bank of Georgia and University Health Care System, Hull Storey Gibson, LLC and T-Mobile.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Seven Islands Artifact ID Day September 26

The public is invited to bring their artifacts to be identified and dated by members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society. Archaeologist Stephen Hammack, Historian Sam Lawson, and other members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify Indian Artifacts from all periods and historic artifacts from the earliest days of settlement.

Of special note, Georgia Paleo-Indian Recordation Project Coordinator Jerald Ledbetter and John Whatley, author of “An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools,” will be on hand to identify and record Clovis, Dalton, and other early projectile points.

There will be several collections on display, flint napping demonstrations by Dave Swetmon, and atl-atl, primitive weapons and friction fire demonstrations by Ken Ruff. Also this year we will have “PICKING ON THE PORCH,” so come out and join in the acoustic jam on the back porch.

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Indian Spring Hotel
1807 Hwy 42 South
Indian Springs, Georgia 30216

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Women Get the Vote 89 Years Ago Today

Women were meeting as early as 1848 to discuss their desire to vote. This amendment, which gave women the right to vote, took many years for the public to accept. It wasn't until after World War I that President Wilson announced his support of women voters.

The bill was proposed in June 1919 and was ratified August 20, 1920.

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially certified on August 26, 1920.

This Constitution Moment was brought to you by the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Fayetteville, GA.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Georgia Trust Partners With Georgia Theatre in Athens to Establish Rehabilitation Fund

/PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Trust recently partnered with owners of the Georgia Theatre to set up a fund dedicated to the rehabilitation of the historic theater in Athens that was destroyed by fire in late June.

The Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund is set up through The Georgia Trust, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations received by The Georgia Trust are tax-deductible and will be placed in a restricted account to be used solely for the purposes of rehabilitating the historic theater. The Trust will disperse funds to the owners of the Georgia Theatre upon receiving invoices showing actual costs of the rehabilitation. These costs will include construction costs, and architectural and engineering fees.

"The Georgia Trust is pleased to act as a fiscal agent to accept donations for the rehabilitation of the Georgia Theatre. Donations can be made to The Georgia Trust, and we will insure that the funds are spent solely for the purpose of rehabilitating this historic building in downtown Athens," said Mark C. McDoanld, President and CEO of the Trust.

"Fans and artists from all over the world have reached out offering to help us save this truly magical and historic building. Our partnership with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will make it possible for us to revive the Georgia Theatre in a manner that will ensure its storied legacy. Athens just wouldn't be the same without it," said Georgia Theatre owner Wilmot Greene.

Donations to the Georgia Theater Rehabilitation Fund can be sent to The Georgia Trust at: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia Theatre Rehabilitation Fund, Attn: Kate Ryan, 1516 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

For more information about the Georgia Theater Rehabilitation Fund, contact Kate Ryan, programs manager for the Trust, at 404-885-7817 or

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Celebrating the End of the War

The war is over!

What war? Why, the American Revolution, of course!

The Treaty of Paris, which was signed on September 3, 1783, formally ended the American Revolution between Great Britain and the American colonies. Among the points made in the Treaty of Paris was the acknowledgement of the 13 colonies to be free, sovereign and independent States.

The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to sponsor the Second Annual Marquis de Lafayette Dinner to honor the signing of the Treaty of Paris and to celebrate the birth of Marquis de Lafayette on Tuesday, 1 September 2009, at 6:30 PM at Southern Oaks, 240 North Jeff Davis Drive in Fayetteville.

Dinner will be followed by a program by Phyllis King titled "LaFayette: Hero of the New Nation." The cost is $20 per person.

For more information or to make reservations for this important event in American history, contact Susan Sloan at or 770-461-2458.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Fayette County History Book Signing Postponed Until Further Notice

The previously scheduled book signing on August 22 and 23 for the new Fayette County History Book has been delayed until further notice.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Road Less Traveled Leads to Hampton Hotels’ Latest Roadside Landmark Refurbishment

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Robert Frost is considered by many to be one of America’s most acclaimed poets. Perhaps most well-known for the poem “The Road Not Taken,” Frost’s works are especially regarded for their realistic depictions of rural life in the New England area of the United States. Today, volunteers from Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program ( honored the poet at his family’s home, the Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site in Derry, N.H. The farm is the 47th landmark to be refurbished through the Save-A-Landmark program.

More than a dozen volunteers, who gathered from local Hampton Hotels throughout New Hampshire, worked together to refurbish the site and preserve its historical significance. The work included landscaping, debris removal from interpretive trails and other general cleaning within the two-story farmhouse and throughout the adjacent barn. Additionally, Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program will donate funds for future refurbishment efforts including updated educational signage for the interpretive trails.

“The works of Robert Frost are engrained into American culture and education,” said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president of global brand marketing for Hampton Hotels. “I remember first reading his poems in school, and then sharing them with my daughter as she discovered them for the first time. Hampton Hotels’ Save-A-Landmark program is helping to ensure that the Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site continues to educate visitors about this great American poet for many more years.”

Frost and his family lived in a two-story house on the farm from 1900-1911. His time spent there inspired many of Frost’s poems throughout his career, including “Mending Wall” and “Tree at My Window.” The Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site is currently under the direction and care of the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation. The farm is also is a New Hampshire Historic Site and listed on the National Registry for historic landmarks of national significance.

The Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site is Hampton’s sixth landmark to be restored in 2009 as part of the “All-American Landmarks” campaign. This year, Hampton is devoted to restoring sites that represent what it means to be American, just like the Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site as well as others like Mayberry’s Old City Jail and the Steamboat Belle of Louisville. Each site that Save-A-Landmark will refurbish reflects the individual personalities of the states and their residents, and signifies defining moments in the country’s past.

Communities across the country showed their American spirit by casting thousands of votes to help elect the nine landmarks that will be restored this year. The public voted for their favorite “All-American Landmarks” in nine states, including New Hampshire, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Over the years, Hampton has worked to preserve 46 other historical, fun and cultural landmarks from the Carousel Gardens in New Orleans, La. to the historical National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Mass. During this time, the program has helped research landmarks in need, promoted landmark sites and their importance, facilitated tens of thousands of volunteer hours, donated several tons of supplies and worked with matching grants – all at an investment of more than $3.5 million. Uniting its hotels together in the communities they serve, Hampton employee-volunteers work hand-in-hand on the landmarks while Hampton provides the financial support to refurbish selected sites. The Save-A-Landmark program has already successfully refurbished a landmark in 37 states, continuing on with the ultimate goal to “save” a landmark from each of the 50 states by the end of 2010.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Today in Fayetteville" January 5, 1917

1917 was a new and exciting year for our "folks" in Fayette County. Let us take a look at what was of interest to them...

January 5, 1917

The holidays passed so quietly that we hardly realized it was Christmas. The new year is with us and we should try with more zeal and courage to make it a brighter and better year than the one just past.

Several kind-hearted people of the county help to brighten the lives of the old people at the county farm Christmas, by remembering them with gifts of wearing apparel and fruits, which was highly appreciated.


This part of town has undergone a considerable change. Some families moved out and others moved in. Mrs. J.S. Millsapps moved to a farm 6 miles west of town and Mr. W. H. Tidwell moved into the house formerly occupied by her. Mr. J.R. Jackson moved to a farm four miles east of Jonesboro, and Mr. Bogan Farrer has moved into our midst. We welcome good people in our town.

Miss Anna Ruth Murphy returned to school at Milledgeville last Wednesday
Marcelus Kendrick is at Mr. B. Thornton and is just recovering form a case of measles.


"A real garden", says Mr. Hastings, president of the Southeastern Fair Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, properly prepared and planted, and kept planted throughout the season, will help more to decrease store bills than anything else the farmer can do.

There are lots of what I term 'one planting' gardens. Gardens with a few struggling rows of beans, a few dozen cabbages and tomato plants, with some watermelon off in one corner, but that’s not real gardening any more than a youngsters first drawing of a cat or a dog on his slate, is fine art. Our southern folks generally don’t take the garden seriously when as a matter of fact the right kind of a garden, containing a full line of vegetables and kept busy all season, is reasonably sure of furnishing at least half the living of the family.

Submitted CB Glover

Monday, August 10, 2009

Old Fort Jackson Auction and Low Country Boil August 29

Saturday August 29, 2009 5pm at Old Fort Jackson in Savannah

Fort Jackson, named for Revolutionary War soldier and Georgia governor, James Jackson, has played a role in Georgia history for almost 200 years.

Bring the whole family to Georgia’s oldest brick fort for a silent auction featuring an awesome variety of items, savory low country boil, mouth-watering barbeque, fun games and activities for the kids!

Stick around for cannon firings and fireworks to end the celebration!

All proceeds from this event support operations, preservation, and educational programming at Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark, so come and give history a helping hand!

For more information about the Fort Auction, please contact 912.232.3945.

Free admission.

Source: Coastal Heritage Society

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Monday, August 3, 2009

UGA uncovers history: Workers find clues to university’s beginnings

Remnants of a former building and artifacts dating back more than 200 years have been uncovered beneath the foundations of New College on the University of Georgia’s North Campus, allowing a glimpse into a long-lost chapter of UGA history.

“I felt privileged to climb into the lower basement and view what may actually be the most basic beginnings of this great university,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “This appears to be a truly significant find that causes me to anticipate what our archeologists, anthropologists, and others may report based on this finding.”

Workers unearthed the finds in the midst of a $3 million renovation to update the building and restore its look to an approximation of what it looked like when it was built in 1822.

“The find was pure serendipity. The crews must have had a magic touch,” said Erv Garrison, the UGA archaeologist overseeing the findings and recent head of the anthropology department. “What they’re finding is basically intact. And it’s from the very beginning of the university. We can’t trace it back to Josiah Meigs (the president who taught the first classes at UGA) exactly, but we do know it’s at the very dawn of the New College.”

The oldest university-related find is a brick floor discovered about 7 feet beneath New College’s present-day ground level. Sandwiched between two stone walls that still bear scars from an 1830 fire that destroyed the original building, the cross-laid floor may have been part of a kitchen or other room used by the first students or faculty at UGA, said Danny Sniff, associate vice president for facilities planning.

“All these bricks were made from local clay, and you can see a definite difference between these pre-1830 bricks, which are more of a beige to terra cotta color, and the ones used in the later construction,” Sniff said. “The interesting part of this is that brick structure is under the foundations, which we know are from 1819, so this pre-dates that.”

The crew was moving earth to install an elevator for handicapped access and extend the building’s storage space when the discovery was made, Sniff said.

Among the other artifacts found are a handmade spoon, wrought iron nails, blown-glass bottles, glazed cookware and an instrument that resembles a modern fire poker. The crew also found a pottery bowl that dates from Georgia’s late prehistoric Lamar period (1350-1600 A.D.), suggesting that someone at the university found and kept the piece of Native American culture.

But the finds don’t end there.

Garrison and his students used ground-penetrating radar to pinpoint other relics beneath the building. While the images show more objects buried in the rubble, it may not be wise to uncover them just yet, he said.

“My students and I have just started to plow into what we’ve taken out of there, not only drawings, photographs and artifacts—we have a lot of radar data that we just went through. We’re perfectly willing to argue that there’s more down there,” Garrison said.

As the crews continue to renovate New College, danger of disturbing the artifacts is low, Garrison said. The radar has given workers a good idea of where artifacts are located, and if the workers find anything that may be of interest, they call Garrison, who makes it to the site most every day to study what’s been found.

“I’m on speed dial with the contractor right now. If they see anything, I’ll be over in 10 minutes with my hard hat talking with the job superintendent and Danny Sniff, and we’ll try to figure out what we’ve found now,” Garrison said. “It’s been an exciting few days.”

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