Sylvester Chambers, Master Clock Maker

Monday, September 16, 2019, Rutherford County Archive Sylvester Chambers has been a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors since (1985). Sylvester has a broad range of experience in collecting, building and repairing mechanical clocks of all makes, especially antique clocks.  He has been repairing clocks for…

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Bart Walker speaks on the history of Local Radio

Monday, May 20, 2019, Rutherford County Archive Building The Rutherford County Historical Society held its monthly meeting at 7:00 o’clock Monday (5/20/2019) night and WGNS’ Bart Walker shared the history of Murfreesboro’s first radio station. Walker noted, “WGNS rang-in the New Year of 1947, a time when there were no…

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Edmonds of Eagleville known as a master inventor

May 7, 2019, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Thomas Edison once said, “I never did perfect an invention I did not think of in terms of service to others … I find what the world needs and proceed to invent.” Today, those same words are strongly applicable to our…

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The Hartman-Alexander-Dee-Stroop Home (aka Erin-Aeol)

March/April, 2019 Froe Chips, Barry Lamb When one drives down the bustling thoroughfare know as Memorial Boulevard, it is difficult to imagine the rustic scene that once dominated the landscape where the Hartman-Alexander-Dee-Stroop home once claimed its habitation when it was first built. That edifice, formerly located at 1433 Lebanon…

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The First Five Mayors of Murfreesboro

March/April, 2019 Froe Chips, Barry Lamb 1818- Haskell, Joshua was born, according to an unverified source on April 9, 1786 in Providence, Rhode Island. He came to Davidson County, Tennessee before 1811 as he appears on a tax list there during that year. It is believed that he came to…

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In Pursuit of Life and Liberty

Parri Ordoubadian, The Daily News Journal, June 25, 1978 A couple of years ago helping a refugee adjust to this country was the latest rage. The influx of Laotian refugees into this country was one of the biggest topics of conversation. But, just like any other fad, the word ‘refugee’…

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Burrus Cemetery and a Little History

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, by Carol Robertson White There are two Burrus family cemeteries in Rutherford County. One Burrus cemetery is nestled dab smack in the middle of Cherry Lane Acres, with residential homes built all around. The cemetery is guarded by an iron fence and was restored years ago…

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For two decades, Huddlestons fed West Vine neighbors

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Before World War II, Homer Huddleston and his wife Effie lived in a rented “shotgun house” in Westvue, the working class neighborhood west of the railroad tracks in Murfreesboro. Their home was on the southwest corner of the Mill and Dosie…

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Sharing the ‘Dixie Dewdrop’ Story

Ken Beck, the Murfreesboro Post, December 26, 2018 “And now friends we present Uncle Dave Macon, the Dixie Dewdrop, with his plug hat, gold teeth, chin whiskers, gates-ajar color and that million-dollar Tennessee smile. Let her go Uncle Dave!” To his sons and grandchildren he was known as “Pap,” but…

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