Georgia Backroads Magazine - Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles.
Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2015




AUTUMN 2015 • VOLUME 14, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 Snack Chat
Cold?  Sleet?  High winds?  Hot Dogs?
Happy Mother's Day, Honey!

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • NORTH GEORGIA
7 No Quiet Man:  The Story of George Harsh from Death Row to the Great Escape
The prisoner of war handling security for a mass escape from a German stalag once sat on Georgia's Death Row.
BY RAY CHANDLER • FULTON COUNTY
15 From Rose Bowl to Roer River:  Remembering Bostwick's Walter Ruark
The small town hero who earned his reputation as a lineman opening holes for legendary running backs would later lead men into battle.
BY HANK SEGARS • MORGAN COUNTY
18 Heads Up!  Georgia's Hoppy Beer Story
The Peach State has a lengthy and surprisingly rich brewing history.
BY MARCIA MAYO • FULTON COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Church:  Old Ruskin
A remarkable history underlies one of South Georgia's most visually striking places of worship.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDALL DAVIS • WARE COUNTY
26 Season of Ashes
Sensational allegations that a major league baseball player belonged to the Klan worked the ruin of his career.
BY DEE THOMPSON • COBB AND FULTON COUNTIES
31 Backroads to Gettysburg
An historian's interest in his northwest Georgia roots launches him on a journey of discovery that ultimately leads to Gettysburg.
BY DAVID T. DIXON • FLOYD COUNTY
33 Giving Back to the Ancestors
An antebellum plantation near Sparta reached through the centuries to draw city dwellers to hearth and home.
BY DONNA SHRUM • HANCOCK COUNTY
38 Civil War Portrait
Captain Charles Alexander Hawkins and Sergeant John Milner Hawkins served in the 38th Regmient Georgia Volunteer Infantry.
FROM THE DAVID W. VAUGHAN COLLECTION • OGLETHORPE COUNTY
39 A Sense of Place
A moonlit night, the ringing of the bell buoy, and a special girl are memories that transport the writer back to the St. Simons Island of his youth.
BY HOLLIS L. CATE • GLYNN COUNTY
41  Vanishing Georgia:  High School Days
A demanding teacher can inspire a most unlikely student to attempt a most improbable feat.
BY BEN DOSTER • STATEWIDE
48 When "Mr. Bob" Meaders brought the Telephone to Dahlonega
When innovation was called for, you could count on this hardworking highland entrepreneur.
BY ANNE DISMUKES AMERSON • LUMPKIN COUNTY
52 The Accidental Interview
A Tom Cruise movie, real estate rejuvenation and a bustling "downtown" are bringing attention to Ball Ground.
BY ANNABELLE LEE MACRI • CHEROKEE COUNTY
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  In and Around Millen
Journeys short in miles sometimes end up long in history, learning, and back roads appeal.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • JENKINS COUNTY
60 Homegrown Happiness
A young entrepreneurial couple has started life together growing and selling fresh vegetables.
BY ANABELLE LEE MACRI • FRANKLIN COUNTY