Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Look at the wagon wheel I’ve pictured above. Notice the hub in the middle. Let’s say the hub of the wheel is our starting point – or a topic I felt needed a bit of research this week.
Notice radiating from the wheel’s hub is several spokes – all heading off in various directions.
The wheel is a great visual regarding my history research. I just never know where my focus or hub of research will take me, but one thing is certain…..my research usually develops several spokes carrying me off in several different directions all at once, and then I get to decide how to put it all together.
|McElreath House on Cambellton close to the Broad Street intersection.|
I finally put the picture on my personal Facebook page and hoped someone would be able to tell me something about it. The picture really intrigued me because the house appeared to be sitting in the middle of our downtown area. While I mentioned it might be Broad Street I was quickly corrected by a very knowledgeable friend who told me the only houses that would have been on Broad Street would have been east of today’s Hartley, Rowe and Fowler law firm and west of the buildings next to the courthouse. Houses would have been on the side streets and along Church and Strickland Streets.
Finally, I located the source of the picture much like I locate many other things– while I’m busy looking for something else. It wasn't the original source, but it was a picture of the house.
The picture was in Fannie Mae Davis’ book From Indian Trail to Interstate 20. The caption for the picture said, “The McElreath House – [around 1900 used for] board and room. Later George McLarty home.”
The house was most certainly a boarding house and might
have been known as the McElreath house in later years, but according to local
genealogist Elaine Steere, the 1880 census indicates the house belonged to John
Morris, and two important citizens of Douglasville reported living there in
1880. S.A. or Samuel McElreath and Robert Alexander Massey both reported living
in the Morris “hotel”.
The store was located where the Precedence building is located today at the corner of Campbellton and Broad. The building is one of the oldest brick buildings in the commercial district, and I commend Greg Peeples and Allen Bearden for making the location a viable part of our downtown business district.
Samuel N. Dorsett was later brought in as a partner with Price and McElreath. Samuel McElreath was also involved with Mr. Dorsett in another business venture….that of the Weekly Star newspaper.
Samuel McElreath died in 1886 still a relatively young man of 35. I am making the assumption the home in the picture above was his since it was located directly behind his business, but I have not researched the property for a direct line of ownership to him.
Within the year Sara had a new husband and father for her son, Glen. Yes, you guessed it – she married Judge Massey and later had a daughter named Louise. The couple settled on Price Street in what Fannie Mae Davis described as a three room cottage….. and another spoke for my research wheel is born.
Judge Massey was also Mayor of Douglasville from 1880-1881 and was a county court judge from 1884-1886.
|Smith Motors on Campbellton near the Broad Street intersection....1950s. Source: Bob Smith|
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I’d been there many a night with either myself or just a couple of others, and it was pretty creepy. The office section had a long dark hallway with about 40 rooms to the end, so shining a flashlight down to the end was almost nerve racking. And yes, just because the City of Douglasville wouldn’t cowboy up years ago and recognize it as a historical building, it didn’t mean the building didn’t have historical value to us. I feel lucky enough that we had something like that so close to us…and so did many others my age. I just wish I had taken more pictures. I never really thought that it would be totally gone one day.
We love and admire people in our lives. We love and admire various things. Those people...those things...all have deep rooted meaning for us in so many various ways. Yet, we are so busy loving and admiring that when the time comes to exchange those people and those things for memories...it can be a very defining moment.
The old mill burning to the ground is one such moment for the City of Douglasville and for the citizens of Douglas County as a whole.
Now comes the job of gathering the memories...and learning from the mistake of taking things for granted.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
|Map of Campbell County, Georgia....1830|
|The Latham Home....Campbellton, Georgia|
It’s known as the Latham Home and per this webpage it was built in the 1830s. You might remember it…I know I do. You could see it from Charlie’s Market . Built in the 1830s it faced Old Campbellton Fairburn Road which crossed the Chattahoochee via the ferry. Around 1958 the old road was closed and a new road was cut behind the home going to the new Chattahoochee Bridge (that we cross today).
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Douglasville City Council made a proclamation on April 16th declaring April 2012 to be Alcohol Awareness Month. In the same session, Mayor Pro Tem Larry G. Yockey introduced for consideration three alcohol-related issues, three weeks before the review on these matters were to be released from the Public Safety Committee. “