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TABLE of CONTENTS 12 INTRODUCTION 16 COMPASS AT HERITAGE PARK 18 WILLIAM MCINTOSH BY CAROLYN CARY 20 WE CALLED HIM BULLY BY JOHN LYNCH 22 MCCOOK’S RAID BY JOHN LYNCH 30 NOW AND THEN 42 IRREPRESSIBLE IMAGINATION: REMEMBERING NELLIE MAE ROWE 50 A LONG JOURNEY DONE BY JIM MINTER 52 ENVISIONING FAYETTE’S FUTURE 54 LINSEED AND SOIL: A PORTRAIT OF STEPHEN STINCHCOMB 60 STORYTELLERS GROW UP ON SOUTHERN PORCHES BY ROBERT BURCH 64 THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE FIRE & RESTORATION 70 TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ADMISSION BY CHRISTINA A. BARBER 74 CHIEF OF THE CHIEFS 80 EXCELSIOR BY FERROL SAMS 82 THE BROOKS BANK BUILDING: STORE OF MEMORIES BY DAN LANGFORD 86 RECENT HISTORY: PRESERVING PEACHTREE CITY’S BRIEF BUT FASCINATING PAST 87 TYRONE SPRINGS FORWARD WITH CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 90 THE BAD MAN OF FAYETTE BY BRUCE JORDAN 98 LACROSSE THRIVES IN FAYETTE COUNTY 100 D.A. SAYS FAYETTE’S LOW CRIME RATE IS NO ACCIDENT 102 NO RHYME OR REASON TO PEACHTREE CITY STREET NAMES 103 USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS 108 THERE WAS A TIME BY VARNEY GRAVES 11 0 LOCAL WILDLIFE
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from the editor his year's Welcome to Fayette magazine features writing from people who live here and know the county well. Fayette County has changed tremendously over time, from a small farming community to the thriving Atlanta suburb it is today. We mined the photograph collection at the Fayette County Historical Society, grabbing shots that go as far back as the early Twentieth century. Our graphic artist, Christopher Fairchild, has recreated some of those shots, beautifully juxtaposing old and new to show how far Fayette has come. The magazine includes pieces from well known local writers like Jim Minter, Ferrol Sams, and Robert Burch. Minter's exceptional obituary of Ty Cobb stands out as one of his best pieces from a long career at the Atlanta Journal. Sams, better known to most people around here as Sambo, wrote a great piece in 1994 with his reflections on modern medicine. It's even more interesting to read the Doctor's take twenty years later. Burch, an accomplished author of children's books, writes about how his gift for storytelling originated on Southern porches. Local historians Carolyn Cary and John Lynch are featured here as well. Cary's piece tells the remarkable history of Chief William McIntosh, a Creek Indian who played an integral role in the early history of the county. Lynch recounts the campaign of McCook's raid through Fayetteville, part of General Sherman's March to the Sea during the Civil War. Lynch also wrote a touching piece remembering his grandfather, the man they called "Bully." The tale of Andrew McCullough, known as "The Bad Man of Fayette," is told in a reprinting from Bruce Jordan's fascinating book "Death Unexpected: The Violent Deaths of Fayette" which recounts "23 True Stories of Death, Intrigue, and the Darker Side of a Rural Georgia County's History." Long time Brooks Mayor Dan Langford's story about the Bank of Brooks conjures scenes from the small town going back to the turn of the Twentieth Century. We also have a feature on Bunky Colvin, head coach of the McIntosh boy's soccer team, who has led his incredible squad on a dominant 45-game winning streak, including two consecutive state championships. District Attorney Scott Ballard, whose family goes back generations in the county, is profiled as he contemplates his desire to continue to be of service to the community. A profile of Steven Stinchcomb offers a look at the truly unique personality behind Turnipseed Farms. Another artist with Fayette roots is Nellie Mae Rowe. We've reprinted a feature I wrote about her for the Fayette County News, this time accompanied with more examples of her fanciful artwork. Other tid-bits round out what is hopefully an interesting look at the county that offers a flavor of the people who have lived here and helped to shape it. â€”Josh Akeman
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In 1995, working with Carolyn Cary and others in the Fayette historical community, Fayette County High School Graduate SCOTT JORDAN designed the “history compass” that serves as the centerpiece of Heritage Park in Fayetteville, a brick, marble, and stone tribute of some of the key points of Faytette’s past. Jordan recieved his degree in architecture from Georgia Tech. 16
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by carolyn cary
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CAROLYN CARY has been the Official County Historian since 1981.This is a reprinting of her piece about Chief McIntosh which appeared in "The History of Fayette County," which she edited.
bout 1775, there was a child born in Wetumpka, Georgia, who was to change history and pave the way for what is now Fayette County. He was William McIntosh, Jr., the son of William McIntosh, a full blooded Scotsman, and Senoya He-ne-ha, of the Wind Clan, Creek Indian Nation. His father saw that he received a good education, and he was also well accepted by his Mother's people.The Wind Clan held a place of prominence and were the political and civic leaders. In 1800, William was the Principal Chief of Coweta Town, now Columbus, Georgia.The chiefs have always been elected, and therefore serving is an honor. A number of Creeks in the early 1800's, however, made no attempt to deal peaceably with the white man. Known as "Red Sticks", they were adverse to the ceding of any Indian lands for any reason. A Creek,William Weatherford, (Red Eagle) led a raid on Fort Mims, some 35 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on August 30, 1813. Of the 553 men, women and children inside, nearly all were slaughtered. The "White Sticks" or friendly Creek Indians were as incensed as were whites, and among them, notably, was Andrew Jackson. He left his home, Hermitage, in Nashville,Tennessee, and began to round up volunteers to put a stop to the Hostiles' acts of intrusion. Chief McIntosh also gathered a group of Creek volunteers and they joined Andrew Jackson in the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend on March 28, 1814. The Hostiles had gathered on the 15 acre tract that juts out in the Tallapoosa River in south Alabama, preparing for battle. The battle was a short one, but the end result would come back to Chief McIntosh years later. One of the Red Sticks that took part at Horse Shoe Bend, was Menawa, an arch enemy of McIntosh. Menawa was severely wounded, having been hit with seven bullets and left for dead. He crawled away and it would be several months before he would be recovered enough to be on his feet again. But the wounds of hatred for McIntosh would be 20 years in healing. Menawa could not understand the White Sticks and their quest for peaceful coexistence. In a letter to General Pinckney dated 28th March, 1814, Andrew Jackson wrote: ... "Major McIntosh who is of Coweta and who joined my army with part of his tribe, greatly distinguished himself. When I get an hour's leisure, I will send you a more detailed account." Chief McIntosh fought with Jackson in other battles in and around Florida in the next several years, and earned the rank of "General" in the United States Army. In January of 1821, he is the Principal Chief of the Lower Creeks.The Federal Government and the State of Georgia had requested the ceding of those lands that were to become Fayette, Henry, Houston, Dooly and Monroe Counties. Calling together the various town chiefs at Indian Springs, (now in Butts County) he counseled them to take the money offered for these lands, as they were being taken from them slowly, anyway. The Upper Creeks inhabited Alabama and were of the Red Stick faction. They did not care to sign the treaty, but finally did so with the admonition that no more land in Georgia was to be sold. Thus, Fayette County was created. In 1825, the same offer was made for the rest of the Creek lands in Georgia. Again, a meeting at Indian Springs. But this time the Red Sticks would not sign. Menawa and the Hostiles had signed a treaty at Pole Cat Springs (Alabama) the year be-
fore, avowing death to those who would sign away any more land. Among the last words uttered by the Chief to his people in their hours of decision were: "The white man is growing in the State of Georgia, he wants our lands, he will buy them now, but by and by he will take them and the little band of our people will be left to wander without homes, poor, despised and beaten like dogs; we will go to our new homes (ed. Oklahoma) and learn like the white man to till the earth, grow cattle and depend on these for food and life. Let us learn to make books as the white man does and we shall grow again into a Great Nation." As principal chief, he had the authority to sign for all the Nation. Even as he did so, he encouraged the other tribal chiefs to sign also, so that the signing would be a unified action. The Upper Creeks did not sign and returned to their homes, vowing to keep their promise of annihilating those who did. Thus was created Lee,Troup, Heard, Muscogee and Carroll Counties. The scene had been set, and even though Chief McIntosh did not really believe his own people would take his life, he prepared his oldest son, Chilly, for that eventuality. Chilly, (age 29) being more fair than most Indians, was told to dress as a woman and to take the youngest son, Daniel (age 2 1/2) out of a back window and escape to safety. At 3 a.m. the morning of April 30, 1825, true to their word, Menawa and approximately 150 to 170 of his Red Stick followers set fire to the Chief's home at Whitesburg, on the Chattahoochee River at the Carroll-Coweta County boundary. A white Indian agent, John Crowell, had been instrumental in keeping them stirred upâ€”duping them into believing McIntosh would take the Nation's money and disappear with it. His wives, Peggy and Susannah, pled for his life but to no avail.The intense heat of the fire brought the Chief down from the second floor of his home and out the front door, to be met with a hail of bullets. Wanting their beloved husband to die with honor, they implored Menawa to finish his deed, and he plunged a knife into the heart of McIntosh. They killed all livestock, burned to the ground all buildings and fled into many directions. Chilly and Daniel made their way to the home of their father's friend, Brig. General Alexander Ware, Line Creek, Fayette County. He had a large plantation where Peachtree City is now. The wives also made their way here, where they stayed for several months, beseeching assistance from the Governor of Georgia, George M. Troup. Troup was also the first cousin of their slain husband, his mother being Margaret McIntosh Troup, sister of William's father. Governor Troup made a half-hearted attempt to give aid, but it was sparse. Chilly led two expeditions West, on the Creek Trail of Tears. The last remaining Creeks were gone from Georgia by the late 1820's. While the perpetrators were never apprehended, in 1835, Menawa made this statement: "Here are the hands that are stained with the blood of McIntosh, and I am now ready to stain them again in the blood of his enemies, and those who made me the dupe of their foul designs.When I done the deed I thought I was right, but I am sorry." A fitting remorse for the man who knew the best of two worlds, tried to do his best for both of them, and lost his life by being misunderstood by those whom he loved.
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JOHN LYNCH is a former manager of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum, Official Historian for the City of Fayetteville, a past president of the Fayette County Historical Society, and a member of several other historical and heritage organizations. Excerpts from this article appear in his latest book, Scarlett's Neighbors, Some very real Ancestors from the Legendary Land of GoneWith the Wind. His first book, The DormanMarshbourne Letters, was published in 1995. For information on how to purchase either book, call 770-719-7665.
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by john lynch
y grandfather, Wesley Parker Dorman was born in Fayette County, Georgia in 1887 at the family home on what is now Banks Road. We called him "Bully", a term of endearment, the source of which I am not aware of. He was always glad to see us, his grandchildren, and was always nice to us. I remember many good times I had with him, such as sitting on his lap on the front porch and being tickled by him with his "stubble" of a beard against my face, etc. He didn't talk much, but I remember when he did it was in an old time Southern drawl and that he sounded somewhat like Herman Talmadge. He was a farmer pretty much all of his life except for occasional employment with the Redwines at their saw mill and lumber yard in Fayetteville (as a young man and after retirement from farming). I was told that he would stack lumber for the mill and if he hurt himself, such as dropping a board on his thumb, he would never go to the doctor but would keep right on working. Dr. F.A. Sams ("Sambo") told me that he remembers one particular incident in the 1950s when my grandfather would not let him give him a pain shot before he underwent some surgery in the hospital. He was in his 60s at the time. He had married my grandmother (Johnie May Dickson) in 1919. I have since learned that they were 2nd cousins and childhood sweethearts. No surprise there as this happened a lot more than one thinks, especially in the South. Just read Gone With the Wind. They made their home near his parents on Banks Road northeast of Fayetteville. All of their children, including my mother, were born there. The old home place is still there—now a part of Bank's Vineyard. In fact he had sold the place to Raymond Banks in the mid-50s with a handshake and a twenty dollar bill as a down payment. That is why the road bears its present name.
When I was growing up, my grandparents lived in town just around the corner from us on Georgia Highway 54 or Lanier Avenue as it is now known. We grandchildren had a well worn path from our house on Railroad Street to theirs through the woods. Their place, although in town, was much like a small farm, with animals, gardens, and barns. The house was full of antiques as were the barns. I remember seeing my grandfather milk cows, and my grandmother churning the milk to make butter. I still have the churn. When my brothers and I were little boys he would let us ride in his one-horse wagon whenever he would borrow a mule or horse to pull it. Sometimes he would let us ride the mule—bareback. I remember riding to town with him one day in the wagon. He gave me two pennies that day—one for me and one for my brother, who stayed back at the house with Grandma. I thought more of that penny than I would have a ten dollar bill from a stranger. Most of the time he walked to town by himself. They never owned a car as far as I know. "Bully" was in the army in World War I—a real "doughboy." This one fact I remembered most about him when I was young. I took special notice of a framed document that was propped up on the mantle in my grandparents’ house. It was a letter from "King George" of England congratulating and thanking him on his service in the Great War. At the time I did not realize that it was a "form" type letter sent to all of the servicemen after the war. There were other reminders also —his old helmet with a "cross" on the front, gas mask in the barn, and the old document at the "Post House" in Fayetteville that had, in handwritten script (by Mrs. Cumi Guice) all of the names of WWI and WWII servicemen from Fayette County on the wall. I always looked at the document with pride every time I went in the place. I found out that while he was in service, his transport ship was hit and sunk by a German torpedo in the English Channel. He was one of the ones rescued, only after a terrific and lengthy struggle in the icy waters of the channel. Ever since the incident, he suffered from bouts of coughing and aches in his chest. But I never heard him talk about it or ever complain about having gone through the ordeal. He was not a big man, but tough as nails. I always thought that he walked on water, and I would have done anything for him. My grandfather was said to have been "real tight" with his money. I had always heard that he was the richest man in Fayetteville (next to Willie Eason), obviously a joke referring to his frugality. I was told that when he was inducted into the service and ordered overseas, his father gave him a $100 bill. His cousin Joe Jackson also got one from his father. When they came home Cousin Joe's was gone, but Parker still had his—the original bill. Will Eason used to kid me about my grandfather's regimen of walking all the way across town—passing other stores to buy bread at Alford's because it was a penny cheaper. I thought Willie was a little envious that he had not thought of doing it himself. I know that Bully was a bit of a tightwad, but who from that generation wasn't? I do know that in the 1950s he forked over a small fortune of $500 that he didn't need to spend to a lawyer in Jonesboro for legal fees in a custody case involving my cousins. He didn't have to do that, but he did. When he was in his 70s, Bully's health began to decline. He came over to our house one night and dictated his will to my mother. I can still see him sitting in the recliner. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but I only knew that he was sick and had to go to the hospital.Then a few weeks later he was sent home —basically to die—but I still did not know the diagnosis. I remember the sadness of seeing him lying in bed and now realize how helpless he must have felt when we came over to see him. When he got worse, my mother spent more time than usual over there, but it still did not dawn on me the inevitable outcome that would result from his illness. One cold day in January, 1961, our father came in and told my older brother to run down to Mr. Ed's (Ed Thornton—Bully's first cousin) and tell him that "Mr. Dorman had passed away." That day was a very sad day for me. I remember all of the visits at Grandma's house by family and friends and the ensuing funeral. My great aunt (his sister-in-law) had died just a few weeks earlier in December of 1960, and the memory of that was still fresh in my mind. I never got used to going to my grandparents' house and Bully not being there. In April, 2007, I was honored by having received a "Cross of Military Service" awarded to Parker Dorman posthumously at a Confederate Memorial Day service in Jonesboro. The local UDC presented it to me along with a certificate and instructions as to its display. I purchased a replica WWI "Victory" medal to go with it, because I saw on his discharge papers that he had been awarded one at the end of his service in 1919.The original was probably lost years ago. Anyway, the pieces are framed and are priceless. Just a reminder of a man I once knew.
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ost native Fayette Countian's think of the role of Fayette County in the War Between the States as being very minimal, that is that there were no battles or anything else of importance to take place here. The "oldtimers" left us with a story that explained how the courthouse was saved: "In April, 1864 a detachment of Sherman's Cavalry came through Fayetteville with the specific purpose of burning the courthouse. A Yankee-hating lawyer of the town diverted their attention by displaying a large Confederate flag in his window. The Yanks took time out to taunt this man, arrested him, put him on a mule, and prepared to take him to Jonesboro. In the meantime, Ross's Texas Cavalry, as well as some men of the town, caught up with the Yankees and put them to run, saving the lawyer." The lawyer is said to have been Colonel M.M. Tidwell and he is credited with having saved the courthouse from Sherman's torch. Although this story was the most popular to be told, a great deal more activity took place in Fayette County than the story reflects. Many family letters, diaries, war tales, and reminiscences have been placed aside, forgotten, or lost, leaving us with a minimum amount of knowledge about one of the most crucial periods of our heritage. But now, through the wonders of research, some of this material has been found, enabling us to find out what happened here during the war.
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n the late summer of 1864, Atlanta was being besieged by General Sherman and his 100,000 strong Union Army. The Battle of Peachtree Creek on the north, Battle of Ezra Church to the west, and the Battle of Atlanta on the east side had all been unsuccessful attempts by Sherman forces to break through the heavily defended Confederate lines. Sherman then came up with a new tactic. He would send his cavalry to the south side of Atlanta to cut the railroads and cut off any supplies to the Confederate defenders in Atlanta. This would force either a surrender or a departure of Confederates from the city. On the night of July 28, 1864, a cavalry raid was initiated that would have a direct effect on Fayette County.The Union Cavalry (about 2200 strong) under General Edward M. McCook crossed the Chattahoochee River near Campbellton and proceeded to Palmetto where they arrived early the 29th.They not only destroyed two miles of track on the Atlanta and West Point Railroad, but also burned the depot, tore down telegraph lines, and laid waste to over 100 bales of cotton and other provisions waiting to be shipped by rail. The citizens were terrified as there were absolutely no Confederates in the area to ward off the attack. The night fires could be seen as far away as Newnan. After the vandalism of Palmetto, the cavalry column continued on the roads that ran through Fayette County toward Fayetteville. This placed the direct route through the area that is now known as Tyrone. At the time, the community was known as Hopewell due to the location of Hopewell Academy (built in the 1850's, now the site of the present Tyrone City Hall). A look at the military atlas of 1864 reveals the names of some of the people who lived in the areaâ€”Beardon, Hopgood, DeVaughn, Head, Watson, Turner, Miles, Carter, Farr, Bailey,Youngblood, Swanson, Lloyd, Denham, Phillips, McIlvaine, Davis, Griffin, just to name a few. These folks would feel the impact of the raid. A few stories were handed down by descendants and were recorded in the "History of Fayette County" published in 1977. Mrs. Claude McEachern remembered a family tale: Some of the "Yankee" raiders came into contact with the John Rush family, who lived on Tyrone-Palmetto Road. They were all around the place and a few came into the small log home and lit their pipes in the fireplace. Mrs. Mattie McElwaney remembered hearing her parents tell of hiding food under the doorsteps. Mr. Joe Thomas told me that his grandmother came into contact with the raiders at the family home just off of Fayetteville-Tyrone Road (Linden Road) and that they were from a Kentucky Unit. (McCook's rear guard was made up of the 4th Kentucky Regiment). The vandals were persuaded to leave only when the Masonic sign was given. As McCook and his men were on the road from the Tyrone area toward Fayetteville they encountered an unexpected bonus during the raid. The column came upon a large group of Confederate wagons parked for the night on various side roads that ran off of the main road. The wagons were part of a wagon train sent south from Atlanta by the Confederate Quartermasters Corps for safekeeping. They were loaded with officersâ€™ baggage, equipment, supplies, etc. The Union horse soldiers did not have time to inspect all of the wagons for trophies, so they burned them all (over 500) and sabered all of the mules (over 1000 in all) so as not to alarm any Rebel scouts in the area. Almost all of the train masters were captured. Captain Andrew Jackson McBride of the 10th Georgia, who was also captured in Fayetteville, remarked that there were "more dead mules in the borders of Fayette County the night of July 29, 1864 than were ever seen within the same space anywhere." It has been recorded in a compendium of Civil War battles that a "skirmish" was fought at Smith's Crossroads on July 29, 1864. Smith's Crossroads is at the intersection of Flat Creek Trail and Tyrone Road, on the direct route from Palmetto to Fayetteville. This action was most assuredly connected with McCook's raid through the area. McCook's cavalry continued its destructive course on into Fayetteville that night burning and looting as it went. When it arrived in Fayetteville, the raiders went into private homes and basically took whatever they wanted and vandalized the things that they couldn't take with them. The courthouse, although not burned, was looted and several chests of Confederate money were taken and distributed along the roads as a joke. A great amount of provisions and supplies were also destroyed at Fayetteville, and several more "prisoners" were taken from their beds. These were actually convalescing Confederate soldiers that included Captain McBride, who had been wounded in Virginia, and was sent here for safe recuperation. Over 200 were "captured."
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everal more wagons were burned and more mules slaughtered as the column left Fayetteville and headed toward Lovejoy. At Lovejoy the bluecoated vandals tore up a couple miles more of track on the Macon and Western Railroad. The Confederate cavalry under General Joe Wheeler (over 2000 strong) quickly moved to the Lovejoy area to put an end to McCook's destruction.There was a sharp battle just east of the railroad as Wheeler caught up with McCook's rear guard. Heavy fighting and skirmishing took place all along McCook's retreat route that basically cut through the heart of Fayette County. So, some of the same areas that were affected on the previous night's foray were in the path of the chase on July 30th. Â McCook split his forces to throw off his escape. The present roads of Hilo, McBride, Goza and even as far south as Rising Starr Road are believed to have been used by the fleeing Yankees. There have been a few relics of the "running cavalry fight" found in these areas. One column came by the Tandy King home on present Highway 92 and were greeted by a Confederate squad camped nearby. It has been said that a bullet lodged into the front wall of the home near the front door. This column then retreated down the Old Greenville Road toward safer territory. The Confederate cavalry converged upon Fayette County, the scene of a sprawling cavalry engagement, from all directions. One group under General Lawrence Ross came down from the Fairburn area along Sandy Creek Road as it is known today. One member recorded in his diary that the column ate apples that they found along the roadside (theYates apple orchard was in this area). All of the Confederate units corresponded with Wheeler in their pursuit of McCook that night, and their reports can be found in the "Official Records". A major thrust of the battle took place near where the Ebenezer Church is now located. It was here that one of Wheeler's detachments caught up with McCook's rear guard. The families in the area (Adams,Williford, Mitchell, Griggs, Collier, etc.) all left reminiscences of the fight. Several of the soldiers from both sides were wounded and killed. Three years after the war, eighteen Union soldiers from this action were dug up and reinterred in the National Cemetery at Marietta. They were all members of the 4th Kentucky (Union) Regiment. Shakerag Hill in Peachtree City is said to be the resting place of at least three participants in this battle. This battle was a spread out affair. Relics from the fighting have been found as far south as Redwine Road and Highway 74 and as far north as Dogwood Trail and Tyrone Road.The battle on Fayette County's soil ended at Line Creek where handto-hand fighting took place at the 30 foot high bridge over the creek. More fighting took place below Newnan, as far south as what is now Moreland.The decisive battle of the chase took place south of Newnan near Brown's Mill, a local landmark. Here the Confederates completely overwhelmed McCook's forces. Wheeler, the victor, called McCook's venture "the most stupendous cavalry operation of the war." McCook himself escaped capture, but he lost many of his men, and even more than that, he lost the confidence of General Sherman. McCook's Raid had a far-reaching effect on Fayette County. It was probably described best by Captain McBride, a witness, who put it this way: "... the battles raged so fiercely all day and night from Bear Creek and Lovejoy on the east, clear across the county, to the bloody grounds of Shake Rag (Peachtree City) and Rear Over (Tyrone) on the west." Â Fayetteville had been in the midst of McCook's destruction and would continue to be a prominent point of movement while Confederates sparred with theYankees in our area. Stoneman's cavalry passed through the town in September. Also that month, several units of Confederate forces passed through town in their march from Lovejoy to Palmetto. Several regiments of infantry and cavalry camped in Fayetteville during that movement. Fayetteville is mentioned several times in the "Official Records". It should also be stressed that Tyrone was also the host town of the "Old Soldiers Reunion", which took place for many years after the war.The event was organized as a way of congregating to "do honor to our ancestors". Confederate veterans from all over the state would gather here every year (3rd Friday in July) for the reunion.The event attracted several well-known speakers over the years and lasted until 1962, well after all of the veterans were gone. It was held where the city hall sits today, adjacent to the town cemetery.
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e heard that the Yankees were coming that day so our soldiers remained in Fayetteville for protection of the home and etc. They were lying around on the grass waiting when Slater Hess said she heard them (the Yanks) crossing the long plank bridge two miles away on their way to Fayetteville. As they came nearer my sister went out yellingYankees!Yankees! She said to them, "Gentlemen what's the news?" They said, "Just Sherman's raid coming in." Then she asked them for protection, and they placed on the porch a southern man, a Texan, they had captured somewhere and brought with them. Our soldiers saw that they were greatly out numbered by the federal raid, and knew they would be overpowered so there was no fighting done that day. But theYankees did get my brother's watch which was hanging over the mantle and took several horses and mules from the stables. When we first heard the Yankees were coming my sister hid many things she considered valuable. Among them was a beautiful pair of silver candlesticks. Years later a granddaughter inherited the candlesticks and she later married a northern man so her beautiful candlesticks fell into the hands of a Yankee after all. â€”Mrs. Roxa C. Blalock Fayetteville
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he weather was awfully hot, and I remember seeing the wounded men sitting around the small trees, fanning themselves trying to keep cool. One big man (don't remember name) was shot through the top of his head and killed instantly. A wounded man, just before he died, asked me to write to his sweetheart at the North and tell her that he was killed in battle. I did as he asked me to but don't remember the man's name or address he gave me. There were some amusing incidents mixed with the bad. Early in the morning before daylight when the fight began,W.H. Griggs ran through the back of his house down into the woods to hide, and W.V. Mitchell ran after him. Mr. Griggs thought it was a Yankee trying to catch him. â€”Mr. J.W. Adams Fayetteville
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NOW and THEN...
You can still find segments of what used to be the Fayette County High School basketball court in what has become a storage facility at the county school bus barn. These old photos from the '50s show both the boys and girls teams playing games in the old gym.
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t goes without saying, but Fayette County has changed over the years. We searched through the photo library at the Fayette County Historical Society to find shots that caught our eye and then we recreated them. Some of the old pictures go back to the early twentieth century, when much of the county was farmland. Several shots taken from the Courthouse clock tower on the square in Fayetteville were recreated, showing a downtown with more paving and fewer horses. Some of the spots we photographed, on the other hand, look pretty similar to what they did then.
new photos by Christopher Fairchild
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The Hollingsworth House was originally built in 1906 by Waymon Boozer Hollingsworth. It was moved by the city in 1998 and has been renovated, looking a bit different than it used to as you can tell from the photos. It serves as a privately owned event hall now. photo courtesy of Sam Burch
The Historic Train Depot in Fayetteville has been moved from its original location and been well maintained by the city of Fayetteville. Today it serves as a rental facility for small events.
Redwine Mercantile used to sit on the corner of Highway 85 and 54. The buildings look a lot different today, but the same spot is now occupied by Mopp Hair Day Spa.
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This shot shows the old Fayetteville City Hall, back when the water tower was still being constructed.
Today, the water tower is long since finished, but the building is vacant.
This is a view north from the Courthouse Square, before the roads were paved. It does look kind of nice without all the traffic.
This photo on the square in Fayetteville shows a gas station and what used to be a little movie theater up on the second floor. The movie poster outside the building shows the theater was playing "The Woman Under Cover," with actress Fritzi Brunette. The film came out in 1919, suggesting the photo is from around that time.
Today, the same building is occupied by the Ballard Law Office.
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This is one of several shots that were apparently taken in 1902 from the tower atop the courthouse, before there was a clock in it. This shot facing west shows the intersection of Highway 85 and 54.
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aa a Here is a view to the south from atop the courthouse.
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The old Carnes Mercantile Co. building in Kenwood is pretty run down these days, though the side of the building still bears a faded Coca-Cola mural that stirs some nostalgia.
Kenwood used to be one of the communities in north Fayette County. Kenwood Rd. remains today. We recreated a few shots from Kenwood, including this view down the street to the the old Coca-Cola sign along the side of Carnes Mercantile.
These shots show how Main Street in Brooks has changed since the first was taken in the early 1940's.
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The Ackert Train Depot is still nicely preserved by the Minter family, looking much the same as it did back in 1940. The depot was called Ackert at the time, as opposed to Inman, so as to avoid confusion with another station already bearing the Inman name.
This scene from Inman shows a little bit of the old-time fashion.
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Bennett's Mill is still one of the prettiest sights in the county. It looks similar today, though now the mill has been replaced with a restaurant, Frank's at the Old Mill.
Lee's Mill, on the county, is water feature. building is no however.
the north end of still a beautiful The old mill longer there,
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Dr. Tom Busey used to operate this hospital, which looks pretty quaint alongside Piedmont Fayette Hospital. We got CEO Michael Burnett to take a similar shot outside Piedmont, which shows the difference in scope, and bear in mind you can only see a portion of the facility. Piedmont Fayette was opened in 1995 under CEO Darrell Cutts.
These shots of an old store in Woolsey show a building that looks much the same, if a little more worn. They also show the advances in truck design over the years.
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Winged Dog on Expressway, 1981
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by josh akeman
he farm lands of Fayetteville were fertile grounds for the great imagination and striking colors that Nellie Mae Rowe put to paper. Aptly born on July 4, 1900, Nellie was gifted with a freedom of creativity that is common in children, but often wanes in adults. Rowe sustained that fountain of imagination and, in fact, would only truly pour herself into her art after her second husband died in 1948. Fayetteville retains some "rural character" today, but not in anyway that an earlier twentieth century Fayettevillian would recognize. Then, it was pretty much all farms, and Rowe's father Sam Williams was one of many poor farmers trying to get by. Williams was born a slave, but following emancipation he came to rent a farm while also working on the side as a blacksmith and basket weaver. Williams and Luella Swanson had 10 children, and Nellie Mae was the ninth. She was talented from an early age, drawing and making dolls, two things she would continue to do her whole life. Of course, she couldn't always be playing. Life on a farm meant she and her siblings had to help with cultivating the cotton, sweet potatoes, corn, and beans that the family relied on. Rowe and her family attended Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is still around today. Founded in 1854, it is the oldest African American Church in the county. Today it is led by Reverend Edward Johnson, who also serves as a Fayetteville city councilman, the first African-American to do so.
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owe would marry Ben Wheat in 1916 and the couple lived together in Fayette County for 14 years before moving to Vinings seeking greener pastures. After her husband's death in 1936, she came to know a fellow widower, Henry "Buddy" Rowe, and married him. She and Buddy would purchase a home on the main street in Vinings where they would both live out their days. That home would also become the greatest of all canvases for Rowe. She turned it into an art project that, like her crayon and pencil drawings, was strikingly colorful and fantastical. Again evoking her childlike verve for life, Rowe called it her “playhouse” and proceeded to decorate accordingly. Her lawn, filled with baubles and trinkets, drawings and homemade dolls, and various sculptures and whatnots, would slow drivers and, later, attract visitors whom she warmly welcomed. She believed any discarded knick knack could be a piece of something beautiful. "When other people have things that they don't want, they throw them away, but not me; I'm going to make something," Rowe was quoted as saying later in her life, "I've been that way ever since I was a child. I would take nothing and make something of it." Rowe found Buddy after losing her first husband, but in 1948 she was again left searching when Buddy passed away. In a sense, she was back to having nothing, and, of course, she took that and made something of it. She was an artist born, but she truly devoted herself to her art after Buddy's death.
Something That Ain’t Been Born Yet, 1978
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Black Fish, 1981
Nellie on Airplane, 1979
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Bad Girl, 1981
Atlantaâ€™s Missing Children, 1981
er work evoked her own life experiences, but was also born of an irrepressibly imaginative mind. She entitled one piece depicting a strange creature "Something That Ain't Been Born Yet." Rowe began to have her art shown in the last decade of her life. In 1976, she would meet Judith Alexander, an art dealer and promoter, who immediately saw her talent and would become an advocate for her work. Exhibitions of Rowe's work would go on to be shown in Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Washington D.C. and elsewhere. Rowe was diagnosed with cancer in 1981 and would die October 18, 1982. She is buried at her childhood church here in Fayetteville. It may be best to allow an art aficionado to sum up the work and impact of an artist. In â€œThe Art of Nellie Mae: Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do," Gerard C. Wertkin, Director of the Museum of American Folk Art, said this: "Nellie Mae Rowe has the rare capacity to draw others into a special world of her own creation. This is not to imply that she turned her back on the real world, or that the environment in which she lived and worked was imaginary or illusory. The home that she inhabited was real, after all, and her work was grounded in the here and now, but she brought a magical quality to everything that she did. Those who were lucky enough to call upon her during her lifetime received a warm welcome to a place that was full of surprise and wonder. But to confront her drawings, sculptures, and assemblages today, when she no longer is there to open the door, is no less an invitation to Nellie's playhouse."
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DR. CHARLENE DR. MATTHEW EMMANUEL M. RALSTEN, III
DR. MARLO CARTER
DR. WILLIAM T. COOK
DR. TANYA BECKFORD
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JIM MINTER had a long career in the newspaper business as a sportswriter and eventually as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.This is a reprinting of his obituary of Ty Cobb, written in July,1961, for the Atlanta Journal.
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A LONG JOURNEY DONE
-- Royston, Ga., July 20, 1961
the small white chapel on the hill in t was a hot after noon when they came to mountains beyond brushed across Cornelia, where soft breezes from the blue ows. Thunderheads gathered behind the apple trees and through the open wind er storm and then surrendered again the hills, briefly making their threat of a summ on the hill in Cornelia, and they began before the fire of a July sun. Stillness fell their farewell to Tyrus Raymond Cobb. Royston and from down the street, They came from Detroit and California, from greatest baseball player who ever lived. those who were close and devoted to the er were there, men of his own breed Mickey Cochrane, Ray Schalk, and Nap Ruck noons. And friends made in later years and time who knew him on other hot after er. as the flame flickered and this day drew near along the sidewalk and old men in ered gath s aree dung Outside, small boys in reflected the presence of immortality. overalls stood under the trees and their faces little chapel and floated softly through The gentle strains of "Rock of Ages" filled the s and more in these firm clay hills. The the windows as they have for a hundred year funeral, for as you and I and all the rest preacher said he wasn't preaching Ty Cobb's say, as a close friend and minister, that will do, Ty Cobb preached his own. He did faced his Maker squarely, as good men in those last months and days Ty Cobb had do. past the husky policemen standing And then, the last jour ney. Down the hill silent salute. Past service stations and straight with hats held over their hear ts in ed to watch, brushed briefly by history. stores where patrons and proprietors paus re mountain folk stopped their work in Out of the hills and into the valleys, whe their own farewell. Old women in cloth cotton fields to lean on hoe handles and say land little changed from the time Cobb bonnets, and old men in straw hats toiled on left it many years ago. and then past Cobb Memorial HosThrough Carnesville and on toward Royston, and the steps, and remembered their pital where patients and nurses lined windows to his hear t. The procession went into debt to the man who held this place so close once stood the house Cobb lived in beRoyston, and past the service station where Detroit, and to immortality. fore baseball called him to Augusta, and to
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he last time our community came together to actively plan for the future of the county was the Fayette ’93 initiative, paving the way for the addition of the community hospital we now know as Piedmont Fayette. Fast forward more than 20 years. The decision to take up a new strategic visioning initiative came as the result of a strategic leadership visit to Williamson County,Tennessee, organized to learn best practices benefitting that county. It was the consensus of the community and business leaders who participated in that trip that Fayette County would benefit from a county-wide vision plan to build upon the county’s already high quality of life, excellent education system and high potential for economic development. In 2013, a core group of business and community leaders formed a planning committee to research resources for and coordination of a formal visioning process. With public approval and financial support from community and business stakeholders, the committee launched a seven month formal visioning initiative, guided by a consulting firm with considerable expertise in the process. The first phase of the vision process started in December, 2013 and consisted of compilation of a Competitive Assessment report giving a picture of where Fayette County is today. The assessment synthesized quantitative county data with considerable citizen input received from tours of the county, one-on-one interviews, focus groups and an online community survey. Eight storylines, or competitive issues, were identified as impacting Fayette County’s citizens, place and future prosperity. During the second phase of the process, a diverse steering committee thoughtfully considered and focused on the information presented in the Competitive Assessment. To ensure creation of a plan reflecting the desires of the community, the public was consistently updated on progress and was encouraged to share their ideas and opinions about ideas for Fayette County—big and small. In June 2014, the committee adopted a vision statement and plan that outlined specific goals, objectives and tactics for creating a Fayette County that, while preserving its unique character, continues to sharpen its economic edge and elevate its highly desirable quality of life. The plan identifies four major interrelated focus areas, education, economy, community and place, to lay the framework for the corresponding implementation plan to make Fayette County an unrivaled place to live and work. With the vision planning process completed and an implementation plan identified, the real work begins. Citizen leaders from across Fayette County are encouraged to engage in the process in order to be part of implementing the plan. Though the plan provides clear direction to meet these goals, it also allows for the plan to evolve as opportunities and resources change. The future is ours. Further information about the visioning process, the list of steering committee members, the Competitive Assessment report andVision Plan documents can be found at www.FayetteVision.org. To join the mailing list or to request a visioning speaker for any group or organization, email info@FayetteVision.org.
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A Portrait of Stephen Stinchcomb by josh akeman photos by christopher fairchild
urnipseed Farms is a striking little oasis of color tucked behind the trees near Speedy Pig in Fayetteville. What used to be a much larger tract of family farm land is now 10 acres, around which the roads and shopping centers of Fayetteville have slowly grown out of the soil of what was once almost entirely farm land.You'll find Steven Stinchcomb there, as he has been most of his life.The nursery has been scaled down in activity over a decade or more. "It was," he says of how big a draw his nursery had been, "I've gotten smaller every year for the last ten or fifteen years, mainly because of my age. As you get older it gets harder." He hardly seems like an old man or one that has slowed down. Tall and broad shouldered, Steven has a brightness to his eyes and his manner, a peculiar energy that's comforting and engaging. He grew up farming with his grandfather, his family going back generations on both sides in Fayette County. "The Stinchcombs have been in this county for at least five generations, and now the younger ones would make it six or seven," Steven says, and the same goes on his mother's side. She was a Turnipseed, as was his grandfather who mostly raised him. "My daddy died when I was 8 years old and my grandaddy pretty much raised me, I was here most of the time with him," Steven gestures around toward the garden, and the pond which the geese are calling home for the summer. "So I helped him when I was little and I farmed... and then I changed it to flowers in the 70s, and I've been growing flowers ever since." A born farmer, his real gift is for art. He puts the work ethic earned in the fields toward painting daily. Asked how long it takes to complete one of his landscapes or portraits, he pauses a bit and gives an easy, bemused smile. "The easiest answer is to say all my life," he laughs," cause, uh, it's a result of my life," he lands on that truth matter-of-factly. "But actual time, I don't try to keep up with it." His landscapes are drawn from photographs he's taken. Now he's working on a picture taken at St. Simon's, a beach view out on the ocean. "I try to paint what's comfortable," he says, trying to define his muse. "I hope that comes across, as self explanatory, because I certainly can't explain it. But, if it makes you feel good," he nods. The landscapes certainly do make you feel good, many of them depicting countryside, horses, cows, and dogs. His portraits, on the other hand, are striking and vivid. He's had to work at the portraits, going to Atlanta every Thursday for the last 15 years to study with a skilled teacher. "I study portrait painting, but the landscape painting I learned myself. Trial and error, mostly."
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STORYTELLERS Grow Up on Southern Porches
by robert burch
udora Welty is quoted as having said we in the South are inclined to write because we have porches on which we sit and hear and tell stories by the hour. Other people have given other reasons that Southerners write, but I like Miss Welty's theory because I grew up on porches. The house was often too hot in the summer to be really comfortable anywhere else till later in the evening, so the family gathered on the front porch after supper. Children, when they tired of catching lightning bugs or scrapping with each other, sat on the steps and listened to the grownups. At our house we heard stories from two porches -- ours and the one across the road, where an elderly lawyer lived who was also our representative in the state legislature. The reason we heard stories from his porch was that he was partially deaf and spoke as if everyone else were. He and his son-in-law, also a lawyer and also interested in politics, talked on their porch in the cool of the evening, and we didn't really pay much attention to what they were saying -- except when we'd hear the old man preface a remark with, "Now, confidentially. . . ." Then we listened very carefully. The son-in-law lived there until last year, when he died at almost 90, and until a few years ago I lived in our old home place across the road. But for years -- thanks to, or because of, air-conditioning -- neither of us sat on our front porches. Joan Aiken, daughter of Georgia born poet, Conrad Aiken, grew up in England and as a child pictured her father's homeland from reading stories about it. She said that, consequently, "America was a place where people sat rocking on the porch," which confused her; an English porch is little more than a roof over the front door. Porches on houses being built in Georgia today would not confuse anyone. There are some real porches on modern homes, of course, and a few even have rocking chairs on them. But seldom does anyone rock in them. And children, if invited to gather with the elders of the family there, probably would be alarmed. Children today have rooms. Few of us growing up in the rural South during the 1930s had rooms of our own. We had a bed in a bedroom somewhere in the house -- a place to sleep or change clothes. There were more interesting places to be otherwise.
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xcept in the coldest weather, much of my growing up was done on the back porch. There was usually some activity there, and frequently it had to do with food. With 10 in the family and the Depression at its most depressing, home-grown produce was to be prepared for the next meal or preserved for a leaner season. There seemed always something on the porch that had to be churned, shelled, strung or peeled. Boys had outdoor chores, tooâ€”milking, tending pigs and chickens, hauling stove wood, helping in the gardenâ€”but we also helped with the projects on the porch. Children who were too young to handle a paring knife could always tote out peelings or shucks. But it wasn't all work. We froze ice cream on the back porch. And cut watermelons. We read on the porch, played rook, checkers and rummy on it. We studied on it, perhaps not hard enough, and pursued individual interests. I practiced Scout knots on it and tried, but never quite got the hang of, playing a harmonica on it. Best of all, in really hot weather, we ate lunch and supper there. (To me, a meal on a porch is still the next-best thing to a picnic.) Whether on the back porch (the daytime "busy" place) or the front porch after supper, we visited with each other and any friends or relatives who came along. Often the adults did reminisce and tell stories, and children, even if we were practicing Scout knots, could listen.Without trying, we absorbed a bit of family history and began to form some notion of who we were and where we came from. Houses today have dens and family rooms, but if families gather in them it's apt to be to watch television. When the children are grown, if they should think back on their childhood and moments of being together with their near and dear, it could be that the only family stories they'll remember will be the ones they heard on "Dynasty." My generation, in spite of the economic hardships of the times, may have been fortunate after all. We not only had porches, we sat on them.
ROBERT BURCH was an accomplished author of children's books, having been recognized with numerous awards including the honor of being named 1971 Georgia Author of the Year.
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photos courtesy of the Fayette Historical Society
n 1982, a couple of men charged with burglary decided they would be able to dodge their day in court by burning up the records of their crime. The plan didn't exactly go off without a hitch. They managed to set fire to the third floor judges chambers in the old Fayette Courthouse, but were quickly caught and slapped with new charges. The fire was contained, but the historic building had been damaged, particularly the iconic clock tower. Fortunately, the community rallied and gathered the necessary funds and volunteer hands to fix the damage and restore the tower with a brand new clock. These photos document the efforts that the Fayette County Historical Society led to restore this local landmark.
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had the pleasure of speaking with the museum's keeper, Mr. Lynch, on one particularly dark and stormy morning. Mr. Lynch is a self-proclaimed skeptic, but happily told me about some of the strange things -- as he put it -- happening at the house.The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife house has a very intriguing past which only adds to the curiosity about the haunting. The house was built in 1855 and owned by Doctor John Stiles Holliday, a prominent physician of his time in the Fayetteville area. His nephew, John Henry Holliday -- the infamous 'Doc' Holliday of the Wild West -- dearly loved his uncle and the family. Consequently, the house became endeared to the young Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday is believed to be one of two ghosts who frequently appear at the house.
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FOR TH E PRI CE OF ADM ISS ION The Haunting of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House & Museum
by christina a. barber photos by christopher fairchild
One night, in the late 1990s, a police officer on routine patrol in the area, spotted someone in the right upstairs window of the house. The home was vacant and locked up tight at the time. The officer reported seeing a man wearing a duster staring at him. Of course, when a further investigation allowed entrance into the home, no one was there. Mr. Lynch told me on two occasions he heard very loud crashing sounds. He said, "It sounded like a large mirror fell of the wall. It was that loud." When he went to seek out the source of the noise, he said he found nothing. Everything was in its proper place and nothing was broken. He said that there are occasional noises and thumps, as well as items on shelves being relocated. He said that, one time, a replica cannon was pushed all the way to the very end of the shelf and was almost about to fall off. Mr. Lynch also told me that the lights will turn on or off at bizarre times. He'll arrive in the morning to find the lights on when he knew he'd shut them off the night before. He said, "There's no doubt there's strange acoustics in the house." He continued, "I'll hear someone coming up the back door landing. When I open the door, no one is there." He said that the sound somehow traveled throughout the house and he knows someone had to be on those steps, yet no one ever was. Doors also open and close on their own at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House.The front door opens and no one is there. The attic door has an eerie habit of closing very slowly, but only when someone is standing in the hallway and watching.
Trapped on Halloween
One time, Mr. Lynch said, they had a very special Halloween event. A ghost storyteller came and hosted the event in the attic. At one time the attic held Doctor Holliday's medical skeleton, so it was naturally the perfect creepy place to host the event. When the storyteller was done, she went to exit the room. The attic door was locked.They couldn't get the door unlocked; it was stuck. Mr. Lynch and staff had to remove the door in order to rescue the trapped storyteller. He said, "It never did that before. It was really strange."
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A Murder... and a Ghost
I asked Mr. Lynch about his guess as to the identity of the ghostly spirit. He believes it is John â€œMannyâ€? Dorsey, who died in the house. Reports say he was murdered. Mr. Lynch's cousin took a photo of the house which revealed a shocking discovery. In the lower left hand window of the house was a man looking out. The man in that photo, taken in 1990, resembles another photo of Manny Dorsey which hangs as part of an historic display in the museum and was taken nearly one hundred years earlier. Mr. Lynch said the spirits are friendly and do not mean any harm. He also said he's not afraid, but does think these occurrences are very strange.
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The Holliday Dorsey Fife house has had several professional ghost groups investigate. Mr. Lynch said that every one has found something indicating possible paranormal activity. One group had two equipment malfunctionsâ€”both relating to non-working equipment which had been checked just prior to entering the house. Another group reported that a voice recorder flew off of an investigator's belt during the investigation. And yet another group captured an EVP of a whispering sound which sounded like, "Get out." There were several reports from a recent ghost investigation showing orbs. One photo showed an orb directly in front of Doc Holliday's picture which sits above the fireplace mantle. West Georgia paranormal, Joey Ward, shared his group's experience during an investigation. He said, "We'd set up our equipment, then went with the curator to a nearby graveyard. When we reviewed the tape later, we heard audible voices and what sounded like someone walking up or down the stairs." He also told me that they were certain no one was in the building, as they'd all left, locking the building and turning on the security system. Additionally, there were some pictures with orbs. This is reprinting of a chapter from Christina A. Barber's "Spirits of Georgia's Southern Crescent."
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he globe's focus was just on Brazil for the World Cup, but Fayette County continues to beam with pride over a team that shines bright in not just the state, but nationwide. Peachtree City is home to Bunky Colvin's McIntosh boys soccer team, the reigning top squad in the nation. Almost as long as McIntosh had been a fixture among the state's best soccer programs, Bunky Colvin has been a key part of the push. Colvin has been the head coach of the boys team since 2001, and was an assistant for five years before that. Hailing from a county long lauded as a hotbed for soccer, McIntosh has taken their excellence to a whole other level the past two seasons. The Chiefs are in the midst of a 45 game winning streak. They've now won two consecutive state championships and five overall. They're racking up statewide (consecutive Gatorade Georgia Players of theYear) and national (reigning national high school head coach and assistant coaches of the year) accolades. The icing on the cake for McIntosh comes from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America who has ranked the Chiefs as the best high school team in the country for the second consecutive year. McIntosh had been close before, with a pair of number two finishes, but this was new and special ground. "I didn't know if we'd ever finish number one with the teams that have finished ahead of us," says coach Bunky Colvin. "Last year, I thought we had a pretty good shot and it fell just right for us."
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ChiefChiefs of the
Coach Bunky Colvin and the McIntosh boys soccer team aren't just the best in Georgia, they're the best in the nation.
hey earned their spot at the top. "Georgia is actually a very tough state soccer wise. If you can go undefeated in Georgia, it's pretty huge," says Colvin. McIntosh has done it two years running now. Their dominance on the pitch has been almost incomprehensible. Over that span, McIntosh has outscored their opponents by what looks like a made up margin. "Over two years we've scored 271 goals with just nine against," Colvin notes. "That's ridiculous. That shouldn't happen." As great a coach as Bunky Colvin is, and he is great as evidenced by the national high school coach of the year honor from the NSCAA, he's the first to talk about what a team effort it is to achieve great things. It starts with a group of coaches that Colvin calls "the best staff I've ever seen for a high school team." Drake Dale and Adam Lewis mold the JV team. Mike Navarre starts the players off on the ninth grade team. Colvin is quick to credit them helping shape the next generation of great Chiefs. John Briglevich focuses on the back end, while also helping lead the successful girls team as a key assistant. "He's a great goalkeeper coach. He's just a coach in general," Colvin says. "I'll say you just focus on the backs and the keeper in a game. Man, he relishes it. That nine goals against is as big a deal to him as it is to anybody." Colvin's right hand man is Brian Messer, who has coached with him since 2001, in a partnership he calls "invaluable." Messer, himself a McIntosh grad, was recognized for his work when the NSCAA named him the national assistant high school coach of the year after last season. "He does so many things that people don't even realize," says Colvin. "It's a huge award. You only pick one out of the 30,000 that are members. It's remarkable." Great coaches have come together with great players to form something truly special. Colvin beams talking about a group that took responsibility for their own preparation. Arriving for the first practice of the 2012 season, Colvin found the seniors already leading the team through sprints.
by christopher dunn "As a coach, a lot of times you try to motivate, but I haven't had to push this group very much," Colvin says. "They were tired of getting to the final and losing. They had made a commitment to do every little thing possible. It's been awesome." In the lead up to the World Cup, a lot was made of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to leave star Landon Donovan off of Team USA. It's a decision Colvin appreciates in part because of the makeup of his own team. "We've had a great group of players these two years, but we've had great players for years. I could name for you 20 players that are as good or better than the players we had, but there's something to be said for having the right players," says Colvin. "It's more important to have the right players than necessarily the best players. We have players that are probably better than people recognize because there are so many good players. Top to bottom, I think that's the difference." There's also an attention to detail that sets the Chiefs apart. "A lot of people ask why are we successful. I think it's a hundred little things that add up. The most important things are not ones that people think about." Colvin pointed to a particular play in the team's 8-1 win in the championship game over Houston County as a prime example. Daichi Uki lofted a pass 40 yards in the air that was so perfectly placed that Adam Sheikali never broke stride in heading it for a goal. "That goal is a goal you expect to see on Saturdays watching the Premier League. So many things go into that that people don't realize," he says. "The quality of that ball is phenomenal. Adam doesn't try to do anything other than place it in the corner of the net." The players buy into the system. It's not about individual glory. He points out that Uki wants to play a 45-yard-ball to Adam. He doesn't feel the need to be on the attack. And Adam, who is this year's Gatorade Player of the Year for the state, he says is the most generous player on the team. "The biggest thing that's important is they challenge themselves everyday," he says. "A senior can't come to practice and say I'm going to slack off because a sophomore wants their spot. It creates a really good environment."
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olvin is also appreciative of the quality of play throughout the county and how much it contributes to the game. Fayette and the rest of the region play at such a high level that it leaves any team battle tested by the time they reach the playoffs. And with the McIntosh-Starr's Mill rivalry, it takes it to another level. "You always play different against your rivals than you do against anybody else and you know you always get your rival's best game," says Colvin. "McIntoshStarr's Mill is always huge. You get a preview of what it feels like to play in the state championship game with the crowd's energy and the pressure. In some cases, short of a championship, it's the highlight of the year." Even in the midst of rivalries, Colvin and coaches that he holds in high regard like Mike Hanie of Starr's Mill and Whitewater's John Bernard, a former player under Colvin, and Shane Pulliam, the previous coach at Whitewater, have come together as part of a push to make the games about more than just soccer along with the girls' teams. The McIntosh-Starr's Mill matchup has become the Battle for the Troops, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.The game versus Whitewater raises funds for cancer research. They include a special ceremony between games where players from the boys and girls walk the field in honor of someone they love who has either won or lost their battle with cancer. It's about learning there's more to life than just sports. "One of the things that Adam Sheikali said to me this year was 'Coach, this is about a lot more than soccer,'" remembers Colvin. "We think our job (as coaches) is beyond just coaching. We want these guys to grow up to be good dads, good husbands, good people." Soccer has built the players into a family. Manager Oliver Adlam is a cherished member of the program, who the team has taken in as a brother. Adlam, himself a cancer survivor, lost his mother to cancer back in 2011.The team dedicated that season to his family and he's been one of them ever since. He often addresses the team in huddles after the game and he's one of the team's biggest fundraisers. Colvin also shared the story of a former player whose father passed during the season. He was greeted upon his return with open arms, and a player proclaiming "you may have lost your dad, but you've got 20 guys here that will have your back for the rest of your life." Colvin adds, "those are the things that matter." Colvin learned early on that McIntosh's soccer could be a family. Colvin grew up in McDonough, but was familiar with the school. He had gotten to know the late Jeff Ford, the longtime coach who helped shape the Chiefs soccer program, years prior through running. Colvin couldn't make it to all of the races in the circuit, so Ford offered to drive him along with his own family. Fast forward several years, after Colvin played soccer at Andrew College and LaGrange College. "At my last game in college, Jeff showed up and said 'I want you to come coach with me," remembers Colvin.
Though it would be a couple years before he could join the staff, Colvin would join Ford and find his calling. He worked as a law clerk before realizing where he needed to be. "I went to my boss, the judge, and said I'm not going to do this. I've found what God wants me to do." Colvin would take so much from both Ford and his coach at Andrew College, the legendary Ray Wells. "If you say Ray Wells in the soccer community, everybody knows who that is," Colvin says of the nine time championship coach. "It was Ray starting out (when I was there). That is one of the best experiences I've had. A lot of what we do at McIntosh comes out of things I learned from him too." Ford, of course, left a lasting imprint on Colvin. "Jeff is one of those guys where he would invest in people and I was one of those people. He had a huge impact on me," he says. "He not only got me into coaching, he had such an impact on my life. I saw why coaching is important. I wanted to be able to do those kinds of things as well." And for those wondering where the name Bunky came from, it's a childhood nickname. When he was born and still tiny, his mom dubbed him Bunky for reasons she doesn't exactly remember and it stuck.Young Bunky didn't like his birth name of Samuel at the time so he insisted on the nickname. To this day, he says very few people know his birth name. In fact, one of his children is named Samuel and very few know he's actually a junior. Bunky knows that, while the Chief boys are on top, they're far from the only ones. Outside of the other county soccer teams that continue to excel, there's another squad in the same school that he lauds. The Lady Chiefs soccer team also won the title this year, their third in four seasons, over Starr's Mill. It's the third time in McIntosh history that the teams swept the soccer titles. "For the girls, the region is so consistently tough. To get through that mix and win it says a lot about how good (coach Marcia Clark) is. It says a lot about the girls and how tough they are," Colvin praises. "The semifinal and final were two of the hardest, toughest games I've ever seen a group of girls play. They wanted it that much." McIntosh is a school where the athletes are always in each other's corner. Look no further than the end of the girls championship where the boys rushed onto the field to join the girls team. "They truly want success for each other." And that goes throughout the halls at a school where success has become the norm. "Our principal, Lisa Fine, does a good job of setting a very high standard and that starts academically," he says. "I'm a big believer that if you're disciplined in all parts of your life, that carries over." Not only has the McIntosh program matched the standard set for the school, the Chiefs have excelled and set a new standard for excellence...nationwide.
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n my childhood people died all over Fayette County of pneumonia, tuberculosis, lockjaw, and typhoid fever. Some of them died of a malady called acute indigestion.The cemeteries bear weighty witness to the children who were lost to whooping cough, diphtheria, and dysentery. There were no antibiotics. The doctors fanned out on house calls using poultices, stupes, calomel, and, always laxatives.The crisis in pneumonia occurred in ten days, giving ample opportunity for the prayers of the faithful. If no mountains were moved it mattered not; prayer was a necessity of life and the mustard seed was often in the poultice. The Will of God was strong in our land and malpractice suits were unknown.The old doctors were giants. They had no miracle drugs to give out but they came to the house and they stayed and they gave of themselves; some miracles are so quietly bestowed that they are taken for granted.Two dollars would get a house call five miles over a muddy road, three dollars if it was dark. I remember one doctor with a wire chicken coop on his running board to accommodate farmers who were short on cash but didn't want to be beholden; it beat cleaning chicken mess out of his Tmodel. Immunizations were the first manifestations of progress. I remember fighting for breath and thinking I would surely die of choking before Dr. Wallis and Dr. Lester together came to our house and gave me one of the first antitoxin treatments in the country. Dr. Wallis said I had membraneous croup; Dr. Lester said it was diphtheria. They were riding in Dr. Lester's car; so I called it diphtheria. Both of them said it was a miracle I lived. Soon the research men and pharmaceutical houses gave us typhoid vaccine. There was no such thing as "informed consent" and parental permission was assumed. In the absence of the Public Health Department, school children were lined up and marched to the County Physician to be immunized against typhoid. The County School Superintendent could whip most men in the county and outsmart the others. I never heard anything but gratitude from parents about this step nor anything but grumbling from the children. About the time some of the roads were paved, the old doctors began dying out. Then came antibiotics, which would have made their lives easier and their world more joyous, and they were nearly all gone. When my wife and I came to Fayette County as physicians, there was only one of the old ones left. We were modern physicians.We had DPT, sulfa, penicillin, and the V-8 engine. We delivered babies at home in Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, Coweta, south Fulton, Henry, and Meriwether Counties.When Highway 92 North was torn up for paving and the mud was two feet deep, we caught a ride on a logging truck to Hopeful for me to help my wife do a lumbar puncture on a child with encephalitis. We recognized myocardial infarction instead of acute indigestion and had an EKG machine to prove the diagnosis, but all we could do to treat it was give morphine and oxygen and prescribe four weeks of bed rest. Our hearses were our ambulances. You could tell the difference by the speed at which they were traveling. Harry Redwine, Pope Dickson, R.J. Dorsey, and later C.J. Mowell would help us any hour of the night. They were unsung heroes. As I look backwards, time is telescoped. Soon we had the pap smear, third generation antibiotics, CPR, open heart surgery, TPA, joint replacements, C-T scans, paved roads, subdivisions, the EMS, helicopters, and two sons who joined us in practice. Now Helen and I are involved in a multispecialty group practice, with the first immediate care area, x-ray facility, and state-certified laboratory the county has ever known.We are humbled by this opportunity to expand medical care and at the same time proud to be part of it. She said to me a year ago that if we had done nothing in our years in this county except play a small role in getting Paul Merlis and Rob Higgins here as Emergency Room physicians, we have rendered our county a service. We hope that Fayette County will soon have a hospital. It will not be the first one; in fact it will be the third one. This one will be modern and state-of-theart, however, and will attract even more skilled physicians to this most marvelous of all communities. Looking back and looking ahead makes me dizzy. It also makes me grateful. I guess I finally comprehended our degree of progress when I overheard a patient at my receptionist's window a few weeks ago, "I'd like to see Dr. Cole's uncle." I have lived through a time of miracles in medicine; the miracles are still unfolding. I love it. Now let Thy servant depart in peace. (written in 1994)
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DR. FERROL SAMS, JR. was an accomplished novelist who was selected for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2007. Better known as "Sambo," he and his wife were respected physicians in Fayette County, and this piece reflects his views of modern medicine at the time he wrote it in 1994.
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Brooks Bank Building:
Store of Memories
photos courtesy of Dan Langford
by dan langford
rooks, Georgia was an up-and-coming town at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and what does every up-and-coming town need if not its own banking institution? In 1907, Brooks got its wish: The Bank of Brooks, with a whopping $25,000 in capitalization and a brand-new brick edifice slap-dab in the middle of the town’s main street, with three big arched openings across the façade. The bricks came from Chestlehurst, a manufacturing village on the Fayette-Coweta line near Senoia, a mostly male settlement said to have been so lawless that murder was commonplace and usually went unpunished. The ground-breaking announcement in the Fayetteville News edition of June 7, 1907 reported that the bank would “be as burglar-proof as science can make it. But what most inspires confidence in a bank is the personnel of its incorporators and stockholders, and in this respect the Brooks Bank is most fortunate… When harvest comes Brooks will be prepared to handle cotton and other products of the farm and will enter into keen rivalry with neighboring towns.” Somewhere along the way heavy iron bars were installed over all the building’s windows, which would remain in place until the late 1980s. These no doubt augmented the building’s safety from burglars, but their hulking presence led later generations of boy-children to be able easily to envision Jesse James or Baby Face Nelson, mask over face, backing out the front doors of the building with guns in both hands, a sack of loot affixed to his belt. So far as is known, though, the bank never got burgled, and the incorporators and stockholders did nothing to shake anyone’s confidence. Nevertheless, the bank only lasted for eighteen short years. It was closed and placed into liquidation in December 1925, a victim of the Boll Weevil Depression, which swept into the agricultural South from Mexico about 1920, leaving ruin in its winged wake. A Brooks Bank depositor is said to have suffered a fatal heart attack in his home upon hearing of the bank’s demise. A more intrepid depositor is said to have learned of a run on the institution, whereupon he stormed into the bank with his pistol, pointed it at a teller and said they’d both be in hell for breakfast if he didn’t get his money back pronto. Sufficient funds were apparently located with alacrity and violence was averted. The bank’s last president, Mr. K. B. Banks, is said to have buried his own cash in fruit jars in his potato patch after its failure, which earned him the nickname “Tater” Banks, a sobriquet which endured till his death fifteen or so years later. The building stood vacant for a decade after the bank’s failure, the Boll Weevil Depression having been followed in 1929 by the Great One, which negatively impacted everyone in America. Called a “warehouse” during that period of dormancy, the old bank building and the other “warehouses” (read “vacant and deteriorating structures”) in downtown Brooks in all probability housed very few wares. A general store operated by Isham Haisten existed there for a time in the late 1930s, but had trickled out of business by the beginning of World War II. Enter in January 1942 one Hubert Langford, a North Georgian who had married Brooks native Kathryn Crawford in 1929. He purchased the building from Mrs. Arter Mask Leach for a $50.00 check and a $275.00 mortgage at six percent interest, executed by hand on school tablet paper. He opened a general merchandise store there – “A Good Store in a Grand Community” was its motto – which he operated until his death in 1987. Messy as an overly-comfortable den, Langford’s Store inspired the proprietor’s meticulous, school-principal wife to shake her head over the years and proclaim that it looked like either The Wreck of the Hesperus or the wrath of God.
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he bars on the front of the building continued to inspire young boys at play. One hot, dusty day before the town’s main street was paved in 1951, a gaggle of boys was playing cowboys and Indians in the mostly empty, dusty street. An Indian “shot” a cowboy, a young boy named Tony, who clutched his heart convincingly, staggered backwards into the open front doors of Langford’s Store and collapsed in dramatic death agony in front of the checkout counter. Hubert Langford, not missing a beat, picked up the phone, held down the hook, twisted the crank, and pretended to have the operator ring Haisten’s Funeral Home in Griffin. “Warren Haisten?” he spoke into the phone, “this is Hubert Langford over in Brooks…fine, thank you; hope y’all are, too…listen, Warren, a fine young cowboy named Tony has been shot dead in the front door of my store and is lying here in front of my checkout counter. Can you send the hearse over here to get the body?” As Langford began his “conversation,” witnesses say young Tony opened one eye, then another, then climbed up out of the oiled concrete floor and waved his hands in front of the merchant on the phone, frantically whispering, “I ain’t really dead, Mr. Langford! I ain’t really dead!” Change came to Brooks, as change is wont to do, but stepping into Langford’s Store up until it closed in 1987 was somewhat akin to a time machine trip back to a simpler day. There were only two shopping carts in the store—both once presumably silver in color—but stained by time to nearly black. The cash register was a dusty five-foot monstrosity of oak and bronze that had to be opened with a crank handle. The ancient Standard Oil gas pumps out front were incapable of registering a price of more than 99.9¢ per gallon, so when gas prices topped the dollar mark in the early 1980s, one had to double the price shown on the pump to be accurate. Rows of ragged account books lined up behind the checkout counter bore witness to the extension of credit without interest to anyone who asked, and hardly anyone was ever cut off. Try that at the local Kroger or Ingles or Publix. Before street numbers and road names were implemented in this part of the county in the mid-1980s, delivery folk often had a terrible time finding customers. They’d stop at Langford’s to ask direction of the aged proprietor. “Well, head down to the fork in the road and go left. Then take the second dirt road on your right and they’ll be in the white house on the left with green blinds, just past the old rusty tractor that broke down by the side of the road in 1947 and was never moved. But listen here, they’ve gone to see Callie Ree’s sister in Spanish Fort this week and are going on down to Apalachicola after that. Why don’t you just leave the package here? I’ll see they get it when they return home.” It was service with a smile; home of the coldest bottled “Co-Colas” on earth (pulled dripping from the depths of the earliest electric drink box in captivity); a place where anybody could come in and give an IOU and be trusted to return and pay the debt. It was a shame it had to close, but people get old and they die, and Hubert Langford did both, closing his store for the last time the Saturday night before his Monday morning admittance to Emory Hospital in October 1987. He never made it back to Brooks alive, and his widow sold the building soon afterward. Having been substantially remodeled in years since, the historic edifice presently stands empty, available for lease. But look into the triple-arched front windows today (the bars are long-gone), let your imagination soar, and you might just see the shadow of panicked depositors from the mid-1920s—or fake-shot cowboys from the late 1940s giving a death gasp on the heavily-oiled concrete floor—or folks from any decade sitting on the bench by the checkout counter knocking back a cold “Co-Cola” with a sleeve of peanuts in it—or an old man on a walker who’s been minding shop there for forty-five years and has no intention of giving up on the place, and who won’t until his next-to-last evening in Brooks. If only walls and panes of blown glass could talk!
DAN LANGFORD is a seventh generation Fayette County native, and has served as Mayor of Brooks for almost five years.
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RECENT HISTORY: PRESERVING PEACHTREE CITY’S BRIEF BUT FASCINATING PAST
by pat cooper
eachtree City may be just a youthful 54-years-old always with an eye toward the future, but a team of involved citizens has also been looking to celebrate the past. In 2009, Peachtree City celebrated the 50th anniversary of its incorporation as a municipality and that’s when the idea of creating a history timeline dawned. It would look forward and back, circle around the fountain in the City Hall plaza. This was the location of the city’s first municipal building and is viewed as the heart of the community. The timeline will be the arm that wraps around the city’s history, forging the roots that will help the city grow and add to its already rich history. One of the first buildings in the city, originally in the space now occupied with the new buildings and the fountain, was a strip of offices that was home to city hall, the police station, a welcome center, a bank, and the developer’s office. That building was demolished in 1990 to make way for the current City Hall building.The timeline committee staked a marker noting the center of the building that is visible from Founders Corner. That’s what the timeline is all about, placing bronzed plaques that highlight important events in city history. Each mayor will be honored with an eight-byeight inch bronze plaque.There will be ten-by-sixteen inch plaques that will identify some Peachtree City firsts – the first house, the first bank, the first church, civic group, school, business and the first Fourth of July parade, which has become such an event the city is nearly in gridlock as spectators find a seat to watch the parade, enjoy events like water battles and concerts before the spectacular fireworks show blazing a trail over Lake Peachtree.
The timeline was started with two beautifully detailed sculptures – the bronze bust of two of the city’s founding fathers, Joel Cowan and Floy Farr, who were the visionaries who in 1959 established a city that has become home to nearly 40,000 and often finds itself on “best of ” lists. The busts are set into a low rock wall which, according to the Timeline Committee, “displays the events leading to the founding of Peachtree City, including information of Chief McIntosh, land history and descriptions of the first settlements in the region—Aberdeen and Clover—information about early property owners, railroads, mills, and farms and the dates of the land acquisition and founding of Peachtree City in 1959.” Anyone curious to learn more city history can head to the Peachtree City Library and the Joel Cowan History Room where they can peruse the already rich history of the city, through newspapers, photos and other records. Planners are hoping that residents will help with the project by donating additional resources like newspaper and magazine articles, interviews with long time residents, photos of the city and genealogical records. With the timeline already under way and the Founders Corner already in place, the work continues. Funding is still needed to bring this massive project to fruition. Anyone wishing to participate can make donations to the Peachtree City History Time Line project, City of Peachtree City, 151 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City, GA 30214. Checks can be made payable to the city with “history timeline” in the memo portion of the check. It is hoped that the timeline will continue for another 100 years, wrapping around the rest of the plaza to connect again at Founders Corner.
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TYRONE SPRINGS FORWARD WITH CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
by danny harrison
yrone town officials say they’ve been hearing a lot in recent months that newcomers were promised by real estate agents that all the neighborhoods in Tyrone will eventually be connected to each other and to the business districts by sidewalks and golf cart paths. Some of those residents have waited several years and have still not seen their neighborhoods connected. What those real estate agents may not have known is that, though previous town leaders did set interconnectivity goals, it was always contingent on available and appropriate funding, much of which dried up as the economy turned down around 2007 and 2008. Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial, who had just been elected as a town councilman around that time, remembers the council having to make tough decisions to help the town ride out the rough economic times they rightly predicted were ahead of them. “We acknowledged the fact that revenue was potentially going down,” Dial said. “We started saving. “We started foregoing some improvement projects,” he continued. “We tried to save money.” The good news now is that some of those proposed projects are seeing the light of day again. “Now we can see things picking up,” Dial said.
In June, the Tyrone Town Council not only approved a new “Capital Improvement Plan”, which includes plans to install new multi-use recreational paths, but it also approved a 2014-15 fiscal year budget that purposes $200,000 a year toward realizing those path dreams. The five-year plan, in fact, estimates that $200,000 will be spent in each of those years moving forward. That could mean a lot of paths leading to and from lots of places, but the plan is still in early days. “We’re in the process of determining where new paths will be going,” Dial said. “You have to purchase rights of way, for example, and that’s a laborious and lengthy process.” However, Dial has publicly expressed his desire to see new paths built as soon as is feasible. “The good news is we now have $200,000 planned for each year of the next five years,” Dial said. Ever the conservative realist, Dial is quick to remind folks as well that these plans are always contingent on Tyrone’s town budget staying on track. “This [Capital Improvement Plan] is not a binding document,” Dial said. “Just because something is in there does not necessarily mean it will be done.” That sobering fact doesn’t seem to faze exuberant townsfolk, though, who were practically high-fiving each other when the town council approved the measures.
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THE BAD MAN OF FAYETTE by bruce jordan
photo courtesy of the Fayette County Historical Society
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he year was 1932. The Great Depression gripped America. There were limited ways to make a living in the rural farming communities of Woolsey and Inman. President Herbert Hoover was struggling with the largest economic crisis the nation had ever known. The Governor of Georgia was Richard B. Russell Jr. The Sheriff of Fayette County was B.W. Adams. The population of Fayette County had dropped to 8,665, the lowest population in the history of the county, as almost a third of its citizens left for a better life elsewhere. Times were hard as banks failed, and farmers who had struggled to save what little they could, lost what little they had. There were eight communities listed on maps of Fayette County at the time: Helmer, Kenwood, Tyrone, Aberdeen, Shakerag, Clover, Brooks, Woolsey, and Inman. Woolsey and Inman were communities with close ties and separated by only a few miles of dirt roadway. The railroad ran through both towns, but usually only stopped in Woolsey snagging the mail off a pole as it passed through Inman without ever slowing down. The train would stop in Inman if there was a shipment to deliver, but not until the town changed the name on their depot to Ackert. Until that time, shipments intended for Inman kept winding up at Inman RailroadYards in Atlanta.The Fayette Community continued to call it Inman, but their depot and deliveries were marked Ackert to ensure proper delivery of their shipments. Not everyone struggled during the depression. William B. Baker was a retired businessman, who served for years as President of Atlantic Ice and Coal. In 1930, he retired to devote himself to his 900 acre peach and apple orchard in Woolsey. He continued to serve on the Board of Directors of the company he ran for so long. The Atlanta Journal referred to Mr. Baker at that time as "one of the best known businessmen in Georgia." Mr. Baker had spent his early years on a farm in Pike County and, upon his retirement, William Baker was a farmer againâ€”on a grand scale. He turned what had been his summer home into an innovative, state-of-the-art commercial orchard. It drew patrons from around the state in search of superior fruit. In 1932, The Atlanta Journal described Mr. Baker's venture into farming in the following way:
to have come to the store one day after stories had flurried around about him that he had been shot at by someone he had earlier been in a dispute with. It was said that the "ball" barely nipped his rear taking off a small piece of the top of it. Someone was said to have commented to Alvin, "They liked to got ya, didn't they." To which Alvin was said to have replied, "Yeah, but they liked to missed me too!" On June 19, 1931, a front page article in the Fayetteville Enterprise offered more evidence of Alvin McCullough's character.The article makes light of the fact that Alvin vandalized a County Police automobile while the two County Policemen destroyed an illegal still they had located. The initial reporting of the incident failed to mention that one of the lawmen Alvin was harassing was his own brother, Ward McCullough. The incident was reported as follows:
Although Mr. Baker had not been a long time citizen in Woolsey, he had become one of its most prominent. On a tragic day in September of 1932, one of the good men of Fayette was about to encounter one very bad man of Fayette. Andrew McCullough had been released from prison less than two years earlier after serving eighteen years for manslaughter. He had been convicted of killing a black man named Walter Reeves during a skin game in Spalding County. It was not long after his release from prison, February 4, 1931, that he was arrested again. Sheriff B.W. Adams arrested Andrew and his son Alvin for assault with intent to murder. Both made bond on the charges and were released. At the time of their release, they were required to sign the Fayette County Jail Bond Record book. Neither could write enough to sign their name and both simply marked an "x" on the signature line. Sheriff Adams wrote "his mark" by each "x." The McCulloughs were not tried for this crime in the March 1931 court term because of the financial situation stemming from the nation-wide depression. Only jail cases were tried this term of court. Judge William H. Searcy used that term of the Grand Jury to quell rumors that the County had fallen into bankruptcy. Had the McCulloughs been tried for this crime in the March court term, they probably would have been convicted, sent to the chain gang and not remained free to kill. Alvin McCullough, unfortunately, was very much like his father. As it was said in that day, the apple hadn't fallen too far from the tree. There was a story about Alvin that floated around the stores of Woolsey. There were several small country stores in Woolsey near the post office. These stores were the only place people had to go, other than church, to meet and talk. People would often meet there to exchange stories. Alvin McCullough was said
The story behind the story was one of Andrew and Mettie McCullough's good sons trying to remain within the law with a respectable job and one bad son terrorizing him for it. On the same front page of the June 19, 1931, paper an article announced the opening of Bakersfield Farms Peach Packing plant. The article called the farm the showplace of Fayette County. In September of 1932, Andrew was living somewhere in Woolsey. Alvin was living not too far south in the next county of Spalding in the town of Griffin. On September 25th, the father and son met at the county line where Clayton meets Fayette, known at the time as Cut Bank Bridge, just south of Pearl Knott Bend on the Flint River. They spent the day on the banks of that river drinking and fishing. After a day of drinking, the two set up a toll bridge at the county line, charging anyone that wanted to cross the bridge 50 cents for passage. At some point during the afternoon just before dark, the two decided to go to the tenant house up the road to settle a score with a farm worker at Bakersfield Farms. Newspaper accounts describe the visit as a retaliation for one of the farm workers having testified against Andrew McCullough in his previous criminal trial. An Atlanta Journal account of that evening reported there was a "Negro family residing in the house." It was the first tenant house east on Lovejoy-Hampton Road from Olde Woolsey Road and one of the tenant houses closest to the main residence. The house was the home of Joe Redding and his family.
He acquired large tracts of valuable farm land near Woolsey, and began operation of a 1,000 acre farm, on which he put into effect business methods which largely were responsible for his success in industry in Atlanta.The farm has 25,000 peach trees, a large number of fine apple trees, and in addition, he began the raising of pigs and poultry on a large scale. One of the features of theWoolsey farm was a huge refrigerating unit, with a capacity of more than two [railroad] carloads.
A brilliant flanking movement, executed with masterly tactical skill on the part of opposing forces, rendered the county police force temporarily hors de combatWednesday afternoon. Our valiant and energetic Chief of County Police, James A.Vollenwider, and his second in command,Ward McCullough, located a still on the Snead place nearWoolsey. It was an idle still, it is true, and the nefarious purpose for which it was designed was not being pursued, but a still it was, nevertheless, and hence duty demanded that it be demolished. The officers left their car in an advantageous position, swooped down upon the entrenchment of demon rum, temporarily, at least, left unguarded, and proceeded to 'mop up'.While thus engaged in the work of demolition, they were startled by explosions in their rear, which indicated a terrific engagement. Hastening in that direction, they found no trace of the enemy, but evidence of a very recent hostile visitation. Someone had nearly punctured each tire of the car, for good measure had drilled a bullet hole through the non-shatterable windshield. A council of war was called, and ChiefVollenweider despatched [sic] to Fayetteville for heavier armament, automobile supplies and reinforcements. Returning with help, repairs were speedily made to the disabled vehicle, and everything made ready for the return march. About this time, a rather gruff voice commanded the police force to desist, and leave that vehicle right where she stood.The voice was backed up by rather formidable looking weapons, and another council of war was called. The unanimous judgment of the council, promptly and perhaps wisely arrived at, was that discretion appeared to be the better part of valor. Our forces beat an orderly but emphatic retreat, falling back upon the county seat. Returning early Thursday morning with further reinforcements, they found the automobile where it had been left, and it was brought in to town.The offender who captured the county's car was Alvin McCullough.Whether he was actuated by animosity toward the county policemen, or a desire to play a practical joke on them is not known. At any rate he surrendered to Deputy Sheriff M.G. Sams Thursday morning, and was released on bond.
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oe Redding was the brother of one of the men Andrew mcCullough was charged with shooting in Spalding County in 1911. Joe had testified at the trial of Andrew McCullough. McCullough was convicted of manslaughter for shooting and fatally wounding Walter Reeves with a shotgun and seriously wounding Joe's brother Melvin after an argument in front of a tenant house on the plantation of W.J. Bridges. On September 25, 1932,William B. Baker was apparently entertaining Sunday evening company which included his son, prominent Atlanta physician,W. Pope Baker. According to newspaper reports the following day Mr. Baker and Dr. Baker were "attracted to a negro tenant's house by a disturbance which McCullough and his son were creating." The book The Winecoff Fire described the disturbance at the tenant house, quoting longtime Woolsey resident Welden Stubbs, "The McCulloughs had all the Negroes out there hollering and dancing, shooting at their feet." Stubbs told the authors of that book that he heard the shots that day from his home in Woosley. TheWinecoff Fire was a book written by Sam Hey and Allen B. Goodwin, reporting the circumstance of the 1946 deadly Atlanta hotel fire that killed 119 people. The book chronicled some of the McCullough family's more notorious members in one of its chapters. When Mr. Baker and his son Dr. Baker arrived at the tenant house, they were fired upon by Andrew McCullough. Mr. Baker was struck in the abdomen and foot. Dr. Baker received a grazing wound to the head. Dr. Baker got up and made it back to the car. Mr. Baker had already drug himself into the automobile. As Dr. Baker drove the vehicle away, Andrew fired his pistol at them again striking the back of the car. Dr. Baker rushed his father back to the Baker main residence and called an ambulance from Jonesboro, Georgia. Dr. Baker also called the Sheriff in Fayetteville. Sheriff Adams gathered a posse and headed to Woolsey. The Depression Era of the 1930s rural Fayette County was a world away from the City of Atlanta. The amount of space dedicated to the shooting by the Atlanta press the following day was indicative of how well thought of William B. Baker and Dr. W. Pope Baker were in the Atlanta community. The story was the top headline of the September 26, 1932 Atlanta Journal. The article began with, "Shot down by a desperado whom he and his son were attempting to evict from his farm,William B. Baker, former president of the Atlantic Ice and Coal Company and past president of the Georgia Manufacturers Association, died en route to an Atlanta hospital Sunday night." The article goes on to say that the Sheriff of Fayette County, B.W. Adams, led a posse "searching the countryside for Andrew McCullough." The Atlanta press called McCullough the "65 year old bad man of Fayette County." It was a label that would stick to Andrew McCullough for decades to come in discussions around Fayette of the murder of William Baker. Andrew McCullough's age appeared to have been reported in error in the first press reports. Jail records and McCullough's Death Certificate listed McCullough's age as fifty-eight. McCullough was not easily captured that night. Having just served the majority of a twenty year sentence for manslaughter, drunk or not, Andrew McCullough would run hard that night. Alvin apparently was not so motivated. The newspaper reported, "Alvin McCullough, son of the slayer of Mr. Baker, was arrested for a few hours later near the scene of the shooting, which took place on the big peach and apple farm of the Atlanta man. " The Sheriff's posse spotted Andrew McCullough running on a dirt road towards Griffin. He fired on the posse with his pistol and escaped in the dark. Meanwhile,William B. Baker had been pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital, and a city grieved. Destiny had tragically intersected one of Fayette's most notable citizens with one of its most notorious. Andrew McCullough was captured the next day hiding out at Alvin's house in Griffin.The Fayette County jail record entry documenting Andrew McCullough's arrest was dated September 26, 1932.The handwritten entries portrayed Andrew McCullogh as a "58 year old American male, 5'11", with fair complexion, light colored hair and eyes and weighing 170 lbs." The handwriting in the jail book was believed to be that of Sheriff B.W. Adams. The Sheriff's Jail record was an amazing testament to the times of rural lawmen among the dirt roads of 1932 Fayette County. The pages of the jail book, stained with clay and dirt, finger and palm prints, documented arrests for offenses such as stealing chickens, insane, crazy, mentally unsound, and adultery. It also contained the more serious charges of assault with intent to murder and all too often,
in those days, murder. The dirt stained pages were characteristic of the dust covered lawmen who recorded, in their own hand, their entries. The press reported that, "feeling was said to run high in Fayette" regarding the murder of Mr. Baker. As a result of this, both McCullough brothers were moved to the Fulton Tower Jail in Atlanta for safe keeping. It was the harvest season in Fayette County as evidenced by the September 9, 1932 entry in the Clerk of Court record by Judge William H. Searcy Jr. which read: With a view of assisting the farmers to gather their crops without interference by the present session of Court, and by agreement of the members of the Bar and Officers of the Court it is now ordered, that this term of Court be adjourned to be held the third and fourth week in October, next, to wit, Civil Court to be held the week beginning October 17th and Criminal Court the week beginning October 24th.
The September, 1932 term of Court had been postponed so the farmers could gather their crops. Court was postponed just long enough to allow prosecutors to bring Andrew and Alvin McCullough to justice within a month of the murder of William B. Baker. Had court taken place in the fall of 1832, when normally scheduled, the McCullough's trials would have been delayed at least six months till the spring. In an ironic twist of fate, harvest season had delayed court just long enough to bring swift justice for the family of one of Fayette's most prominent farmers. The prosecutors in the McCullough trials were some of the best legal talent in the circuit. Solicitor-General Emmett Owen was assisted by Ferrol A. Sams and J.W. Culpepper. Attorney Reuben A. Garland and Frank Bowers defended Andrew and Alvin McCullough and, as they were being rushed to trial, pleaded with the courts for a change of venue.The minutes from the Superior Court docket contain a motion from the defense attorneys stating: Petitioner shows to the Court that the minds of the general public of Fayette County, Georgia are inflamed and excited, and that the public opinion of said county is prejudiced against the accused, and that said accused cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial in said county on account of the inflamed and prejudiced minds of the general public is against the accused. The minutes continued:
...that on account of the bias and prejudice of the jurors, most of whom have openly stated that if he sits on the jury that he will hang the accused that a motion for change of venue should be granted.
The motion for change of venue was denied by Judge Searcy and appealed by the defense. The State of Georgia Court of Apeals quickly denied the appeal on October 25, 1932, and on October 26, 1932 Alvin McCullough was placed on trial first in Fayette County Superior Court. Accounts of the trial in the Atlanta press ran alongside of accounts of the Lindberg kidnapping case. Defense attorneys were stunned that the state had severed the trials of the father and son and tried the son, Alvin, first. Defense attorneys reportedly argued that they had not prepared for the younger McCullough's trial first, but had prepared for the father's trial. Judge Searcy denied the defense objections and ordered the trial to proceed. Dr.W. Pope Baker testified first. Dr. Baker testified that before leaving the Baker plantation home, William B. Baker had told Dr. Baker, "Some men are trying to kill one of my Negroes and I want you to go with me." One of Mr. Baker's black tenants, Joe Redding, had sent word to Mr. Baker by one of his children that "some white folks were causing trouble." Dr. Baker testified that before leaving his home, his father had placed a revolver in his coat pocket. Dr. Baker testified that when they pulled up to the tenant house, Mr. William Baker got out of the car just a few feet from the younger Alvin McCullough. Andrew was standing several feet further away. Dr. baker testified that Alvin said to his father, "There's old man Baker, shoot him."
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â€œThe pages of the jail book, stained with clay and dirt, finger and palm prints...were characteristic of the dust covered lawmen who recorded, in their own hand, their entries.â€?
BRUCE JORDAN had a long career at the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and was head of the Criminal Investigations Division. This is a reprinting of a chapter from his book "Death Unexpected:TheViolent Deaths of Fayette."
photo courtesy of the Fayette County Historical Society
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The Baker House inWoolsey
photo courtesy of the Fayette County Historical Society
ndrew McCullough then shot Mr. William Baker in the abdomen and then again in the foot. Dr. Baker testified that he ran to his father's aid and pulled his father's gun from R. Baker's coat pocket. Dr. Baker testified that he pointed the gun at Andrew McCullough and pulled the trigger but the gun "snapped" and did not fire. Dr. Baker testified he ran towards a tree and Andrew McCullough fired striking Dr. Baker a grazing but painful wound to the head which knocked Dr. Baker to the ground. Dr. Baker said after he was shot, "As I was on the ground, Alvin McCullough approached and, seizing the revolver I had taken from my father's pocket, pressed it against my neck and said, 'I'll kill you'. He did not shoot however." Dr. Baker testified that he got up off the ground and "made my way to the automobile and found my father had pulled himself into the machine. As I drove away a number of shots were fired at us, three bullets striking the automobile. I took my father home and called an ambulance from Jonesboro, but he died on the way to Atlanta." Alvin McCullough later testified that he never ordered his father to fire, but Dr. Baker's testimony was reinforced by that of Joe Redding. Joe Redding, who had been the original target of Andrew McCullough's revenge that Septermber afternoon, testified against Alvin. The Following day Redding would testify against Andrew McCullough just as he had done twenty years earlier in Spalding County. Columbus Walker also testified against the McCulloughs. Walker was a third white man that had been with the McCulloughs when they initially assaulted the Redding tenant house. At trial, he testified against the McCulloughs and supported Dr. Baker's testimony. During closing argument, Solicitor-General Emmett Owen reportedly told the jury, "Alvin McCullough has forfeited every right to further life.This red-headed murderer flung all law to the winds. He commanded his father to shoot." Attorneys Reuben Garland and Frank Bowers made their arguments for the defense. The jury, after two hours of deliberation found Alvin guilty of murder but recommended mercy, thus, saving Alvin from the electric chair. Andrew McCullough was put on trial the very next day, which was little more than a month after the shooting. The final decision was made by only 11 jurors as one juror, T.B. Amerson, became ill at lunch and was excused. The state and defense agreed to allow the remaining 11 to decide Andrew's fate.They did not recommend mercy for Andrew and his guilty verdict meant he was automatically sentenced to the electric chair. The Train Depot in Inman
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ndrew McCullough and his wife Mettie McCullough had eight children, six sons and two daughters. Three of the McCullough's six sons reportedly ran afoul of the law. At the age of seventeen, Andrew's son Raymond was accused of killing his mother, Mettie McCullough. Raymond reportedly claimed at the time that the shooting was an accident, but the family did not believe him. At the time of the shooting, Raymond wound up in possession of $150.00 which Mettie had ben holding for her older son Alvin. Raymond was reportedly never charged in the shooting. Another apparent case of the apple falling not far from the tree. Of the six sons born to Andrew McCullough, Roy was the third to encounter trouble with the law and his encounters were frequent. Roy McCullough was Andrew McCullough's youngest son and the reason the McCulloughs were discussed in TheWinecoff Fire. According to The Winecoff Fire, Roy McCullough was only one-year-old when Andrew was sent to prison for the 1911 manslaughter of Walter Reeves in Spalding County. Roy grew up to a life of crime of his own while his father spent Roy's early years in prison. The Winecoff Fire theorized that the deadly fire at the Winecoff motel may have been started by Roy McCullough. The book quotes a former convict and associate of Roy's painting a portrait of another bad man.This associate said that Roy had set the fire after the two of them had robbed a gambling game in the Winecoff Hotel the night of the fire. The associate also said that during the robbery, Roy spotted someone in the game that had once "ratted" on Roy in prison.The book also quoted other sources who place Roy McCullough at the Winecoff and alleged his involvement in robbing gamblers. It also detailed another fire that Roy set while in prison to kill another inmate that had "ratted." If these stories were true it would mean that Andrew's deadly passion for revenge had also been passed on to his youngest son, Roy. Another bad apple falling not far from the tree. Actually this time may have been more of a case of the tree falling close to the apple. Roy McCullough was serving time at the Milledgeville State Prison when his father was brought there for execution. After Governor Eugene Talmadge denied Andrew McCullough's final appeal, twenty-two-year-old Roy McCullough was allowed a short visit with his father before he was executed. It was the first time the two had seen each other in twenty-one years. It was a short conversation. Andrew McCullough was executed in the electric chair on August 25, 1933. He was the first person to be executed for a murder in Fayette County since 1908 when Jim Bennett was hanged for the murder of Buddie McEachern near the Courthouse Square. Alvin McCullough escaped from the Spalding County Jail while serving his life sentence and was never recaptured. Roy McCullough died in prison at the age of fifty-one, while serving a life sentence for a murder he committed while in prison. Many of Andrew and Mettie McCullough's children led respectable law abiding lives and many of their descendants are well respected members of Fayette County today. Bakersfield Farms is now an upper-middle-class subdivision in Woolsey. (originally published in 1997)
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ften times when we think of the most popular sports for youths, we think of the typical soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. But Fayette County lacrosse is actively being added to that list. Over the past several years, Fayette County has witnessed the rapid growth and rapid success of the sport. Lacrosse is now one of the most commonly played sports in the county for all ages, both male and female. But how did it get to this point? Flashback to 10 years ago, in the fall of 2004, and none of our local high schools had a lacrosse program. Tracie Flemming, the McIntosh principal at the time, took a leap of faith and approved a lacrosse program after a big push from parents and county commissioner and former University of Georgia lacrosse player, Steve Brown. “When the program first started, it was 100% funded by parents and it was extremely difficult to find a faculty member who even knew anything about lacrosse”, says Brown. Thankfully, several parents had lacrosse experience and were able to step in as coaches to teach the students a new sport. Since then, McIntosh has added a girls program, and both Starr’s Mill and Whitewater High Schools have added boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs.The county has seen tremendous success in the sport since then. In the 2013-2014 season, both McIntosh and Starr’s Mill made it to the GHSA A-AAAAA state championship playoffs. On the boys’ side, McIntosh represented Fayette County in the playoffs. Fayette County’s success does not stop with our local high schools, however.The Fayette Lacrosse Club, home of the Outlaws and Brothers of War have witnessed a tremendous growth since the club was founded in 2009. In the most recent season, the middle school team, The Outlaws, brought a state championship title home to Fayette County. Fayette Lacrosse Club coach, Scott Price says “The programs are becoming stronger as time goes on because the boys have been starting so much younger and developing their skills at a younger age.” By the time many lacrosse players reach the high school level, they have now been playing for more than five years, which is unique to our county and yet another reason for a growth in success rate. Price coaches at the high school level, but coaches a range of abilities on his team. “We have some players that are looking to compete in college, some that are looking to make their high school varsity team, and others who are here just to play for their love of the sport,” says Price. When asked why he thinks that the sport is growing exponentially in our area, Price says, “So many elements of lacrosse translate to other sports. It is easy for lacrosse athletes to pick up on the sport and use it in their other sports.” Price could not have hit the nail harder on the head. And Brown could not agree more, by adding “The sport uses the same plays and skills as others. For example, just like basketball, lacrosse plays high post and low post.” Lacrosse players have speed, agility, and coordination, which makes the sport such a huge draw. Athletes are looking to build the skills that lacrosse uses through and through, which has really made all the difference in the growth of the sport. There is no denying that lacrosse has grown rapidly over the past several years in the county. We continue our expansion with the most recent addition of a lacrosse program to Fayette County High School, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. This is merely the start of an era of Fayette County domination in the sport. Lacrosse has successfully added its name to the most successful and common sports in the county, and it will only continue to do so in the coming years.
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LACROSSE T HRIVES
F AYETTE C OUNTY By Nicole Chrzanowski
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istrict Attorney Scott Ballard has a lot to say about why Fayette County still has one of the lowest crime rates in the Metro Atlanta area, and he is quick to insist his office is only one of several ingredients in the successful formula. Speaking in June to Fayette County Chamber of Commerce members, Ballard perhaps surprisingly said courtroom jurors are one of the most important factors in keeping the community safe. He said Fayette County has a large majority of residents who still believe in the rule of law, and he said juries in Fayette County tend to hold people more accountable to the law than do juries in other neighboring counties. Fayette’s reputation for being tough on crime is so strong, says Ballard, that criminals have been known to drive out of their way to avoid crossing into Fayette County, lest this be where they are apprehended and prosecuted. Ballard also gives a great deal of credit to Fayette’s law enforcement, judges and to his own staff for working hard to maintain a tough response to crime. “A DA is just one person,” said Ballard. “By himself, he won’t make much of a splash. But, with an excellent staff like the one I have prayerfully assembled, the DA is a major link in the chain that is necessary to protect a community. “The other links are law enforcement, jurors, and judges,” Ballard continued. “If one breaks, the rest are ineffective. “I believe the DA can set the tone for the other
links in the chain if he communicates regularly with them and they become a team.” Ballard hasn’t always been a prosecutor, but he has always, as an adult, anyway, been an attorney, just like his father Charles and his son, David, both of whom are based in an office on the Old Courthouse Square in Fayetteville. Ballard worked in that same office with his father for 20 years before being elected D.A. in 2004. Now Ballard is based in the relatively new Fayette County Justice Center, though as district attorney he represents the entire Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike counties. While Ballard’s main office is in Fayette, he also has smaller staffed offices in each of the other three counties as well. In recent years, Ballard and his team established an annual law enforcement appreciation banquet, and Ballard regularly publishes newspaper columns bragging on the good work being done in law enforcement in the community. His 2011 book You Should See the Other Guy is a compilation of many of those columns. He says he hopes to publish a sequel later this year. Ballard’s appreciation for law officers is not at all new, however. Ballard’s grandfather, William J. Ballard, was Fayette County Sheriff in the 1940s, and Ballard’s father Charles spent several of his childhood years living in the county jail. Back in those days, the sheriff and his family lived in the jail building, and Ballard says his grandmother was responsible for cooking for the inmates. “Daddy was raised in the jail,” said Ballard. “The reason he wanted to be a lawyer was because he in-
teracted with the lawyers when they would come see the prisoners, so that’s what he wanted to do. “It was Mayberry-like,” Ballard said. Ballard also said his grandfather never had to draw his weapon back in those days. Seventy-something years later, and Ballard is now doing his part to keep the community safer. Back in the 1940s, many of the local inmates had been locked up for their part in the area’s vibrant moonshine industry. Nowadays, Ballard says most of his defendants’ crimes have something to do with illegal drugs, whether it is distribution or whether it is stealing or hurting others in order to obtain drugs. Ballard is quick to note that the majority of people prosecuted by his office are not Fayette residents, but rather they are people from neighboring counties who get caught here. Now more than halfway through his third fouryear term as district attorney, Ballard says he is thinking hard and praying about whether to seek reelection. He says it is “a real joy” to serve the community in his current capacity, but he is open to other service opportunities. “I want to serve as many people as I can in the best way that I can,” Ballard said. “And right now that’s what this feels like. “But right now, somebody needs to be a victim of a crime before I’m of much use to them,” he continued. “It might be nice someday to serve a broader group of people. “We’ll see," Ballard said. "If there was an opportunity where I thought I could serve people better and serve more people, I’d be willing.”
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ne of the unique qualities Peachtree City boasts is the village concept studded with names one doesn’t run across in other places. “There aren’t main streets or elm or anything like that,” says Jerry Peterson. Peterson should know. He was responsible for most of those names. As Peachtree City Development Corps’s vice president of land planning from 1977, heading the department that designed subdivisions and laid out those designs, plats. Peterson said that in keeping with the Scottish theme established with the first village-Aberdeen- he concentrated on finding Scottish names not only for the upcoming villages – Glenloch, Braelinn, Kedron and Wilksmoor- but subdivisions and streets. “All the major villages are Scottish names, like Aberdeen and Glenloch, which is kind of made up. It’s two words. And Braelinn was another made up word. Brae is rolling hills and linn is a pond. It seemed right for that area. Kedron was one of the old original settlements along the railroad tracks. It was Aberdeen, Kedron and Clover. “Wilksmoor came about because of the location of the Wilksgrove Church located there and moor, being another Scottish term. I just put those two together.” Naming the subdivisions was easier than naming streets. “That’s where it got a little harder. Everybody’s got a couple of hundred names, but after that it got a bit difficult, not naming them after wives and children and pets.” The search for the unique had Peterson plying through endless lists, books, and maps.” To Peterson the idea was to get creative and not fall back on the old standbys, but admittedly, some of the streets are named after original property owners of the city, like Huddleston,Walt Banks, Swanson. “Then we used up all of the old property owners. We were trying to make them unique and yet give the impression of history. Which was hard when you think he was working for a brand new city. “We had stacks of reference. Scottish books and maps and detailed ordinances, just to dig up some Scottish names. Of course, some names were just made up, we took liberties with spelling and more.” The initial street names in Aberdeen weren’t appealing or unique but as the city expanded a little more originality came into view. City founder Joel Cowan named two streets – Hippocket and Pebblestump- and the stone rolled quickly to acquire names that were unique and unusual. Some were just wrapped around the topography of a certain subdivision. There must have been some hope for what they wanted to located in certain areas, as Wisdom Road was the site of the city’s first elementary school and Dividend Drive became home to the city’s industrial park. Shakerag Hill goes back to a time before Peachtree City was an idea in Cowan’s head. There are some names that can be attributed to the horse farm that had thrived in the area of Glenloch Village, such as Palomino Path and Saltlick Trace in the Fetlock Meadows subdivision. Some names were “just made up” said Peterson, like Braelinn. Many city names were related to the topography of the land- hills, golf courses, creeks, and cemeteries. “I’d be reading something and I’d just make a note. I’ve got files inches thick. McIntosh has been used a lot.” Now, with Peterson retired from the name game, it’s going to be up to the city’s new generation to keep that legacy of the unique and creative going. photos by Christopher Fairchild
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THERE WAS A TIME by varney graves There was a time -- Do you remember when -There were no paved roads in Fayette County, Georgia? You sat down to milk a cow and she lashed you across the face with a tail full of cockleburs? Then you know what pain is. Women wore high buttoned shoes and "rats" in their hair? Men wore derby hats and pretty silk shirts? Ford Coupes had a rumble seat? Great-grandmothers smoked a cob pipe and some elderly women dipped snuff? Men chewed Brown Mule tobacco or smoked Bull Durham, and rolled their own? Many families owned a surrey? It took two good mules to pull a bale of cotton on a wagon through the muddy ruts around the court-house "On the Square"? Women and girls had long hair and the first who "bobbed her hair" was considered very modern (Fast)? The only fuel was wood or coal? You saw your first automobile or airplane? People broke their arms cranking a Model T Ford? You had a flat and you patched your own inner tube? Everybody said two-bits, four-bits and six-bits? The only drinking water came from a spring or was drawn from a well with a bucket and rope on a pulley? We had wooden water buckets and gourd dippers? We had a wash stand with a round hole cut to fit the wash pan or bowl and the water was poured out on the ground? The children sat on each side of the dining table on benches with the mother at one end and the father at the other? People had chills and fever every summer and we kept quinine in capsules that you filled yourself? The eight-day clock that father wound every Sunday morning and it struck on the hour and the half hour? You would watch the Black-Smith put iron shoes on a horse by taking the foot between his legs and nail the shoe on? You got the Black-Smith to let you pump his forge? Fans were made out of turkey feathers or palmetto leaves? Yard brooms were made out of willow bushes and house brooms from "Broom Sage"? Rags were burned in the bedroom to chase mosquitoes out but they soon came back? Men shaves every Sunday morning with a straight razor that was kept sharp with a razor strap, which was used at other times to whip the children?
This is a reprinting of a column written in 1979 by VARNEY GRAVES, former mayor of Fayetteville. Graves used to write a regular column in the Fayette County News called "On the Square:Vignettes of History." True to the title, many of the columns explored different aspects of history going back thousands of years. Some recounted parts of Fayette County history about some of the prominent families that helped form it.This particular column was his poetic homage to the old days. Mayor Graves's picture got into Life Magazine in 1957 when he joined a delegation of other U.S. mayors from cities named for the Revolutionary War icon General Marquis de Lafayette. The photograph proves Varney had himself a real good time in France. 109
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