Three sisters in black: An unsolved mystery

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, October 26, 2014 With medical satchel in hand, Dr. Herbert Simmons, the local coroner, climbed onto the porch steps. He was responding to a call received at the East Orange, N.J., headquarters only a little while before at 4:40 p.m. On the other line,…

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Elks’ Stone Tablet Odyssey – a Rutherford Mystery

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, October 25, 2014, Gregg Tucker Elks’ Stone Tablet Odyssey – a Rutherford mystery The stone tablet apparently survived a move and a demolition, but ran out of engraving space five years before the demise of the Elks. Lodge No. 1029 of the Brotherhood & Protective…

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Joseph Palmer’s Sulphur Spring was Blount’s Lick

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, October 12, 2014, Gregg Tucker The “large spring” was on land owned by Maj. Reading Blount.  Early Davidson County settlers called it “Blount’s Lick.”  Before the Civil War, the “large spring” was part of the Sulphur Spring farm owned by the former mayor of Murfreesboro.…

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Harber’s History Lesson: Patterson spied to aid Confederate Cause

Harber’s History Lesson, Daily News Journal, October 4, 2014, Susan Harber The word “spy” has an Old French etymology meaning “look out” and “watch closely.” Our story today centers on an individual who performed this role exceptionally well. Mary Kate Patterson was a beautiful, young woman with a slender frame and…

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Jersey butter led to ‘Dairying Center of the South’

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, September 28, 2014, Greg Tucker “Rutherford County—Dairying Center of the South” declared the Daily News Journal on April 9, 1944.  For nearly a decade thereafter every edition of the newspaper repeated this boast at the top of page one. The path to this distinction likely…

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Rutherford County bank routinely issued three-dollar bills

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, August 24, 2014, Greg Tucker The old expression “phony as a three-dollar bill” indicates that something is believed to bogus, counterfeit, false, odd or peculiar.  The obvious source for the phrase was familiar paper currency.  There were ones, twos, fives, tens, twenties, fifties, hundreds and…

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Remembering Rutherford: Reconstruction court filled with debtors

Remembering Rutherford, Daily News Journal, August 9, 2014, Greg Tucker Barely a year after the Appomattox surrender ended the Civil War, the former mayor of Murfreesboro (Alfred Miller) filed debt collection suits against a former Confederate officer and a dozen others. During most of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Rutherford…

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The way we were, and ready for 25 more!

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, August 3, 2014 There is not a week that goes by that I don’t hear someone who grew up here say, “What has happened to Rutherford County. I just don’t recognize it anymore. I’m really glad that I grew up here in those good…

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Legendary ‘hotspot’ – The Anderson Motel

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, July 20, 2014 It was the 1950’s and 60s – the days of the greasers, sock hops, hula hoops, Luci and Desi, “kookie,”  televisions topped with rabbit ears, and restaurants lined with multi-colored, neon designs. All of these symbolized American popular culture of the…

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