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I played with the little Indians here. They were my only playmates for years.

One of the most venerable of Georgia pioneers was Col John W. Gray, who lived for seventy nine years at Adairsville, before that town, halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, was founded. His father settled there in 1833, at which time the Indians were so numerous and the whites so scarce that the lad’s playmates were […]

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All kinds of tricking in those times, you know it

“They brought their produce into town on wagons and they brought hallows to trade horses and all that kind of stuff and vegetables like string beans, tomatoes, corn, watermelons and all that stuff. Bring down and set it right down there on that shelf on the trading ground. And they would sell and people would […]

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A day’s trip in former years may now be made in 2 hours

Men of advanced age are apt to think of the Good Old Days only in retrospect, but as a matter of fact, there is no comparison between the conveniences of life now, and those we enjoyed in 1860. [Back then] the Tennessee River afforded the only means of ingress and egress for a large section […]

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Lived alone, suffered alone, died alone

July 22 will mark the 93rd anniversary of Nick Grindstaff’s demise. His gravestone reads: “Lived alone, suffered alone, died alone,” but in the 1870’s he was one of Johnson County, TN’s most colorful residents. Grindstaff was born on December 26, 1851. By the time he was three years old both his mother, Mary Heaton Grindstaff, and […]

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Worm Fiddlers are Making Good in Valley Area

The Florence [AL] Times Daily Jul 23, 1937 Hartselle, July 27— Get out your “Stradivarius” and come to the Tennessee Valley and join the worm fiddlers. A new industry has sprung up in the Joe Wheeler Lake area where numerous followers of Izaak Walton spend their time fishing in the fisherman’s paradise created by the […]

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