Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2015




SPRING 2015 • VOLUME 14, NUMBER 1 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Rotten from the Beginning
Legendary trial lawyer Bobby Lee Cook recalls one of his most surprising cases.

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • COBB COUNTY
7 Vanishing Georgia:  Crime and Punishment
Prosecutors often refer to their cases by the names of the perpetrators; crime lab scientists often refer to theirs by the names of the victims.
BY JAY JARVIS • ELBERT COUNTY AND STATEWIDE
14 A Lousy Time to be Born
Hard times may instill integrity and a strong work ethic in those who persevere.
BY GRADY GILLIS AS TOLD TO BRYAN POWELL• WHEELER COUNTY
17 March 20, 1875:  A Day of Darkness and Death in Georgia
Inspiring awe and fear, a powerful storm seemed filled with fire, invoking notions of an apocalypse.
BY DONNA SHRUM • HANCOCK COUNTY
21 From Fasola to Do Re Mi in Southern Song
A.J. Showalter helped shape southern gospel music from his home in Georgia.
BY CLIFFORD H. BREWTON • WHITFIELD COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Church:  Van Wert Methodist
A northwest Georgia church has witnessed a great deal of history during the march of time.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT MACINNIS • POLK COUNTY
25 The Mysteries of the Trustees' Garden
A major renovation project gives historians and archaeologists an opportunity to re-examine an important location by the Savannah River.
BY JAMES BYOUS • CHATHAM COUNTY
29 The Drum Returns Home
Nearly half a century later, a Confederate veteran recovered the drum he lost on a Virginia battlefield in 1864.
BY WILLIAM RAWLINGS • WASHINGTON COUNTY
34  Mrs. Pope-Forester's Country Museum
While exploring South Georgia's "side roads," the lucky traveler might stumble upon this most surprising and delightful place.
BY CHUCK BOWEN • GRADY COUNTY
37 Embracing Tradition and Change Together
A Kennesaw couple demonstrates that love, loyalty, and laughter are what life together is all about.
BY ANNABELLE LEE MACRI • COBB COUNTY
39 He was Ours and We Lost Him
Side by side, high school chums made the journey from the halls of Glynn Academy to the shores of Iwo Jima.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • GLYNN COUNTY
44 The Rise and Fall of the Witham Banking Empire
An enterprising and principled financier created a chain of southern banks that could survive nearly any crisis.
BY CAROLE E. SCOTT • STATEWIDE
47 She did so Regardless of the Consequences
During the Civil War, a pioneering widow stood her ground and refused to yield views unpopular with many of her neighbors.
BY VIRGINIA BOLTON • GORDON COUNTY
49 Bloodhounds on the Trail of the Mad Fox
When an outlaw guns down the first Georgia state patrolman to fall in the line of duty, a desperate manhunt ensues.
BY GLENN MITCHELL • CATOOSA AND BIBB COUNTIES
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Ogeechee River Empire Part III
There was a time when a good ford across a river gave a community an important economic advantage.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • EFFINGHAM AND SCREVEN COUNTIES