Popular film stars, Dixie boosted ice cream sales

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, December 28, 2014, Gregg Tucker Popular film stars, Dixie boosted ice cream sales The Rutherford County Gas & Oil Co. announced in March 1922 that the firm was reincorporating under a new name — Consumers Supply Co. This new business entity had “in course of…

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Harber’s History Lesson: Rucker helped to establish Rutherford County

Harber’s History Lesson, Daily News Journal, November 30, 2014, Susan Harber I have always enjoyed studying Thomas Rucker (1759-1843), originally from Amherst County, Virginia, as our forefather in Rutherford County. What struck me about this man was his intelligence and keen acumen for business.  A 1797 deed indicates Rucker acquired land…

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Remember Rutherford: Christmas Creek namesake was no Santa Claus

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, December 14, 2014, Greg Tucker Andrew Jackson, Tennessee’s first congressman, uncovered evidence of “suspicious” activity in the administration of the land grants given to Revolutionary War veterans.  Further investigation led to revelations of massive land fraud implicating senior officials in Tennessee and North Carolina.  …

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Remembering Rutherford: Diary provides real story of Confederate renegade

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, November 23, 2014, Gregg Tucker A renegade Confederate terrorized Rutherford County residents, killing one, before he was mortally wounded by a victim’s neighbor. It is factually correct that Dewitt “Dee” Smith was a Rutherford native from the Mechanicsville community. He fought with the Confederate forces…

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