Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Summer 2015




SUMMER 2015 • VOLUME 14, NUMBER 2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 The Storyteller
When the storytelling began, nothing could divert the audience from the matter "at hand."

BY DANIEL M. ROPER • FLOYD COUNTY
5 The Rare Gold of Templeton Reid
An enterprising Georgian who privately minted gold faced allegations of fraud and unlawful conduct.
BY MICHAEL E. MAFFETT M.D. • BALDWIN COUNTY
7 Good Bed, Bedgood!  Memories of Working Tybee's Fresh Air Home
Who was having more fun at this beachside home for disadvantaged children, the youngsters or the counselors?
BY MARCIA MAYO • CHATHAM COUNTY
9 Vanishing Georgia:  The Lumbermen
Georgia's timberlands and timber industry played a significant role in a young man's "yondering days."
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • STATEWIDE
16 A Stardust Melody in Bluffton
During the Roaring Twenties, a dance club in southwest Georgia drew patrons near and far.
BY DR. ELIZABETH (BETSY) HOOLE MCARTHUR • CLAY COUNTY
19 Happy
An orphaned young woman's love of insects inspired a rewarding life of service.
BY BONNE DAVIS CELLA • TIFT COUNTY
23 Song of the Plowman's Dream
One of America's last novelists to grow up plowing behind a mule reflects on the poetry of Byron Herbert Reece, a word-worker who shared a similar agricultural upbringing.
BY TERRY KAY • UNION COUNTY
28 Walking the Fields of Hughly
The Bryon Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center preserves the setting that shaped the life and words of Georgia's mountain poet.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • UNION COUNTY
33 Historic Rural Church:  Barnett Methodist
A clergyman takes action to prevent a long-neglected church from slipping into oblivion.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT FARRAR • WARREN COUNTY
36  A Return to Warm Springs, FDR's Southern Shangri-La
After admiring Franklin D. Roosevelt for more than seventy years, a southerner revisits the magical place that so delighted the president.
BY JACK ZORN • MERIWETHER COUNTY
39 The Rest of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Story
A one-of-a-kind submersible vessel used to mine gold has been recovered, restored, and placed on display.
BY ANNE DISMUKES AMERSON • LUMPKIN COUNTY
43 More Like Devils than Human Beings:  A Scotch-Irish Clan in Cobb's Brigade
When Blue and Gray locked in combat in Fredricksburg, many soldiers on both sides hailed from the Emerald Isle.
BY SAM THOMAS • HABERSHAM, STEPHENS & WHITE COUNTIES
48 Alas! Alas! How Sad!
Rumors of Hidden wealth led to the brutal slaying of a Clinch County couple in 1889.
BY RAYMOND AKRIDGE • CLINCH COUNTY
51 Georgia Backroads on My Mind
A writer reflects on the places she's visited and the people she's met on assignment.
BY ANABELLE LEE MACRI • COBB COUNTY
56 Genuine Georgia Backroads:  Highway 301
In the years following World War II, an east Georgia highway briefly served as one of the main arteries carrying tourists to and from Florida.
BY LYNNE TAYLOR • SOUTHEAST GEORGIA