Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Autumn 2018




AUTUMN 2018 • VOLUME 17, NUMBER 3 | TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 Meeting Wheeler Crenshaw
A gorge, a gap, a stream and an old timer's recollections are legacies of a mountaineer.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • NORTH GEORGIA
7 Boy's Estate:  A Town Just for Boys
For more than 70 years, a residential facility near the coast has provided  a caring, constructive home for boys (and now girls) who otherwise might not have one.
BY DELEON PEACOCK • GLYNN & MCINTOSH COUNTIES
10 Vanishing Georgia:  Riding the School Bus
While waiting for the school bus in the Georgia mountains, students did some hoping, some praying, and a bit of mischief-making.
BY STAN TURNER • FANNIN COUNTY & STATEWIDE
16 Halloween Horror on Marietta's Square
Dozens were killed and injured when an explosion shattered a festive autumn evening.
BY SAMUEL L. WEHUNT • COBB COUNTY
21 One Ring, One Cow, Four Stomachs, Seven Years, Nine Miles
For one family, time and distance anda  grandma's persistence yielded that which had been lost.
BY SAMUEL L. WEHUNT • COBB COUNTY
22

A Bad Night in Georgia

An unexpected visitor turned a family's dinnertime upside down.

BY CHUCK BOWEN • GRADY COUNTY
23 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia: Bethany Presbyterian

Accused of heresy for his views, a Presbyterian minister stood trial in an ecclesiastical court in 1886.

STORY BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY, PHOTOGRAPHY BY GAIL DES JARDIN • GREENE COUNTY
29 Convergence at Neels Gap
Many communities are drawn to the place high on Blood Mountain where a busy highway intersects the legendary Appalachian Trail.
BY DR. KATHLEEN THOMPSON • UNION & WHITE COUNTIES
34

Love in Any Language

A city girl from Romania who survived the Holocaust wore a parachute-silk wedding dress displayed today at Atlanta's Breman Museum.

BY DONNA SHRUM • COBB COUNTY

 

41

It's Been a Wonderful Life

A country girl from Georgia wore a wedding dress made from the silk parachute that saved the life of her Army Air Corps fiance.

BY DONNA SHRUM • GREENE COUNTY

 

44 Up from Slave Row:  The Making of Bishop William Henry Heard
A humble beginning didn't prevent a bright young man from rising in the world of education, politics, the church and diplomacy.
BY RAY CHANDLER • ELBERT COUNTY
50 100 Hands Wanted to Build Gunboats!
Little remains of the bustling Confederate Navy shipbuilding yard once located beside the Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia.
BY JOYCE ANNE KRAMER • EARLY COUNTY
53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
55 Genuine Georgia Backroads: Lookout - A Mountain Kingdom

With a realm of interesting things to see and do, Lookout Mountain features outstanding scenic, recreational and historic sites.

BY DAVID B. JENKINS • DADE, WALKER & CHATTOOGA COUNTIES
61 Civil War Portait
James Smith Allums found many ways to serve the Confederate States, including service in the armed forces and as a distiller of alcohol for medicinal purposes.
BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY