George Parrish Had “Special Needs” at the Ransom School

June 8, 2021 Greg Tucker The late C. B. Arnette (1918-2010), local author and historian, and an alumnus of the Ransom School, wrote a memorial for his friend and schoolmate George Walter Parrish. The writing, reproduced here, gives some interesting insight as to the School and the building which now…

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The Osborn-Dromgoole-Harrison-Murfree House

June 10, 2021 Barry Lamb The Osborn-Dromgoole-Harrison-Murfree house, formerly located at 420 North Spring Street, on the corner of Spring and Bell Streets, was likely built for Caleb Osborn and his wife, Elizabeth Rankin Osborn, around 1853. The land on which the house was constructed was once owned by Marmon…

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Billy Ledbetter—Last Survivor of RCHS Charter Members

June 10, 2021 Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker The Rutherford County Historical Society was first organized in 1971 with thirty-three charter members. Among these first members was William C. (“Billy”) Ledbetter, Jr. Believed to be the last surviving Charter Member, Billy died on December 28, 2020. Billy was born on…

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Bloomfield Dairy

Diane Summar Davenport, Froechips, May/June 2021 Bloomfield Acres was a sprawling farmland located less than a half mile from the courthouse. Deed books show the property listed as bound to the north by Lytle Creek and Stones River, to the south by the Franklin Road, and to the east by…

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The Bank of Milton

May 19, 2021 The Bank of Milton opened in 1920 in ‘downtown’ Milton, in the upper right hand corner of Rutherford County. The bank was absorbed by the Murfreesboro Bank and Trust in 1940. The following are checks written on the Bank of Murfreesboro (courtesy of John L. Batey)

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Christiana High School Composite Pics

May 15, 2021, Volunteer Frank Caperton Wow – what a morning at the Ransom School House. One of our volunteers opened the grand old lady (Ransom School House) to find these wonderful gifts leaned against our front door!!!

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Mill Street Water Tank

It seems the old metal water tanks or our youth are disappearing. Warm summer days spent climbing atop the old tanks, perhaps with a can of paint, are disappearing. The 2,000,000 gallon water tank on Mill Street, behind McFadden School of Excellence near Cannonsburgh, was built in 1970.

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Whittler’s Club

January 23, 1949, The Basement of the Rutherford County Courthouse Whittling Club, January 23, 1949—Seated L-R: Walter W. Early, J. Moore King, Dr. T.W. Garrett, Dr. W.T. Henderson, Alvin Huddleston, Dr. C.C. Harris, Dr. Paul Lynn, Wiley Holloway, Dr. Ben Patton, J.P. Burnette.

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Cemetery School (Black), 1874-1962

CEMETERY SCHOOL BLACK 1874-1962 was on the southwest side of the old Nashville Highway and just northwest of Asbury Road. It was behind the Stones River Methodist Church. The site of the church is shown on the 1878 Beers Map. On February 9, 1874, Mrs. Eliza Burrus deeded one acre…

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Ed Morris Motor Company

Ed Morris Motor Company was a staple on the east end of downtown Murfreesboro for more than twenty years. Initially located 325 East Vine Street (across from the Old City Cemetery), it moved around the corner to 324 South Maney in 1960.

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The Year 1982 in Rutherford County

1983, Cathy Goode The following is a month-by-month compilation of news in Rutherford County, Tennessee: JANUARYThe Parker Group of Smyrna announced plans for a $14 million industrial warehouse complex. Perimeter Square will be built in Smyrna at the intersection of J. S. Young Road and Enon Springs Road (ed. J.S.…

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Sewart Air Force Base – June 1 declared Sewart Day

June 1, 1967, The Rutherford Courier For a quarter of a century, during which time the United States has fought World War II, the Korean War and now the war in southeast Asia, Sewart Air Force Base has played a dominant role in the defense of this nation. The proclamation…

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History buried too long

April 7, 2021, Tayla Courage, The Murfreesboro Post Murfreesboro resident Kenneth Sawyer is raising money to restore the neglected resting place of two Rutherford County families from the Antebellum era buried near his home. Sawyer, an independent truck driver, bought his home in Murfreesboro last August. The day of the…

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