Miss (Eliza) Ransom, 70, dies last night

The Daily News Journal, September 20, 1935 (Ed. note:  Miss Eliza Ransom and sister Belle Ransom operated the Ransom School at 717 North Academy Street, Murfreesboro, for more than 40 years.  Today, the RCHS is honored to care and use the old Ransom School House as our headquarters). Funeral Tomorrow…

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Late pediatrician credited for child passenger safety

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, October 4, 2018 The widow of Dr. Robert Sanders, a Castle Heights Military Academy graduate who was known as “Doctor Seat Belt,” dedicated a historical marker in his memory last Monday to commemorate the doctor’s role in advocating for legislation that created the state’s – and…

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Illustrators of Civil War preserved chapter in time

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, September 24, 2018 My daughter Katherine is a terrific artist, and I have always been fascinated with the illustrative sketch artists of the Civil War.  These creative individuals supplied a visual account of a battle by depicting the soldiers fighting, suffering, celebrating and most…

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Murfreesboro’s First Astronaut, Dr. Rhea Seddon

Susan Harber, September 13, 2018 Margaret Rhea Seddon of Murfreesboro made history as one of first six female astronauts to enter the NASA program.  Having the ‘right stuff,’ she was a pioneer in space exploration and is both a maverick and exemplar in our county today. Rhea was born on…

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Memories of Mabel Pittard shared

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 26, 2018 When I began utilizing archives for detailed historical data, the same name continued to surface in an unending manner.  I was fascinated by a single woman, who had spent decades of countless hours of scrupulous research on the origins of our…

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The Murfreesboro Boosters, 1929

Bill Jakes, Local Historian, August 14, 2018 They were local businessmen who traveled from area town to town “boosting’ Murfreesboro. In earlier times ( 20s, 30s, 40s, etc,), Murfreesboro had stores that were not found in smaller towns all over the area. We had fine department stores ( Goldstein’s, The…

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Milton churches serve as historic landmarks

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, July 30, 2018 Two historical Rutherford County churches, Stones River Presbyterian and Wards Grove Baptist, are landmarks we cherish today. These congregations exemplified great zeal and fortitude to establish roots and thrive within their community. Even though they were established 100 years apart, their…

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