Pickled Apple Fueled School Rivalry

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 19, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “It was in a big, old glass jar,” says Bobby Huddleston, remembering his years from 1946 to 1949 at Murfreesboro Central High School. “And it looked like a pickled apple.” In the…

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First County ‘Poorhouse’ on Cripple Creek

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 5, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Rutherford County’s first tax-funded “welfare program” was initiated over 170 years ago on Cripple Creek. The Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation in 1826 authorizing all Tennessee counties to levy a tax…

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Famous Writers Made This Home

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 22, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society From different generations, they both knew fame.  One came to Rutherford to establish her legacy, and left only litigation.  The other came to die.  Andre Norton was a prolific…

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Bradley Academy has Confusing History

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 15, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Even married historians Homer and Mable Pittard could not agree.  Mable reported that Samuel Black, the first teacher, came from Gallatin, and that a Jefferson area land owner donated the land…

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KKK March Protested New Church

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 25, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society A Union general, a New York donor and the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the early years of the Catholic Church in Rutherford County. According to local church history, the…

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Mink Slide Mammals were only Human

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Where a mink has been going to and from the water, the bank will be worn smooth and bare. We call that a “mink slide.” The office of the city attorney…

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Dromgoole — a Rutherford Original

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 20 and 27, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society There are two short Dromgoole pieces for Christmas; there were at least two Dromgoole Societies; the Murfreesboro city hall once had a Dromgoole; and in a Nashville convent there…

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French Trading Post Became Versailles

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 13, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Although left off the turnpike and soon to be abandoned by postal authorities, the local folk in the 1890s were strong on community spirit and could deliver a Gay Nineties rag,…

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What Prompted Murfreesboro Mayor to head to Texas?

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 13, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor What prompted Murfreesboro Mayor Henderson Yoakum to pack up and head to Texas in 1844? “Politics” is the basic answer. But there’s more to the story. Back in the 1840s, Texas was the land of…

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