Discovering the ‘King of the Wild Frontier’

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, September 22, 2013 Sitting around the dinner table, most people have heard family lore about how they are descended from either someone special, be it royalty, a famous patriot or an infamous character. For David Vaughn, that person was Davy Crockett, the “King of the…

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Transit went from Mules to Greyhounds

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 9/8/2013 The mules were retired after only 12 months; the local bus company struggled along for a decade; but the inter-city service carried several generations and rewarded its founders. Street Rail The Murfreesboro Street Railway was incorporated in 1892 by P. P. Mason, B. L.…

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Last of Rutherford Confederates gone 70 years

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 8/11/2013 Confederate Army veteran Albert C. Everett died on Jan. 1, 1939, the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Stones River. He was one of the last five Confederate veterans living in Rutherford County. Frank Ross, Rutherford’s last Confederate veteran, died on Oct. 14, 1943,…

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Man had ‘pearl of great price’

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, May, 11, 2013 At 47, the Rev. Robert Henderson had finally forsaken all, being determined to die to all selfish elements. He had been a pastor of several churches for more than 23 years. It was 1811 and this true resignation was compelling him…

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Man had ‘pearl of great price’

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, May 11, 2013 At 47, the Rev. Robert Henderson had finally forsaken all, being determined to die to all selfish elements. He had been a pastor of several churches for more than 23 years. It was 1811 and this true resignation was compelling him…

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County rolled on Walks, Wood and Portables

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 4/7/2013 It started locally on the city sidewalks. Then it went indoors at Jakes Town on the Woodbury Pike and open air on portables. Finally, roller skating centered on West College. In the early 1700s, a Dutch ice skater attempted to make a pair of…

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Col. Hardy Murfree gave more than just his name

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 3/24/2013 Hardy Murfree (1752-1809), son of William Murfree and the former Sally Brickell, was born into North Carolina aristocracy. His father was a prominent politician and the wealthy founder of Murfree’s Landing, a prosperous Atlantic port, incorporated in 1787 as Murfreesboro, N.C. William Murfree was…

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Last week marked historic moment for Murfreesboro

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Thursday marked an important date of history for Rutherford County. It was on this day 151 years ago that the strategic city of Murfreesboro would forever be changed. As the springtime beauty of the redbuds blanketed the forests in crimson, a…

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Few Know the Courage and Suffering of Dewitt Jobe

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 3/10/2013 Dewitt Jobe and Sam Davis were Coleman Scouts for the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. They were spies for the Confederacy. Both died at the hands of the enemy while refusing to name and betray their sources. Davis is remembered as the…

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Remembering the Alamo

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Wednesday marked the 177th anniversary of the end of one of the most courageous, albeit ill-fated and hopeless standoffs in American history, when fewer than 200 brave citizens attempted to hold off a Mexican army of more than 6,000 in the…

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