Lytle Land Donation a Problem for New Town

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 18, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Capt. William Lytle did not have good title to the 60 acres of raw land he deeded to the Town Commissioners in July 1812.  Indeed, about one third of the original…

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Murfree rarely thinks of hometown’s namesake

Ralph Vaughn, The Murfreesboro Post, September 4, 2011 Matt Murfree, a prominent business and community leader, never gave much thought about his famous name while growing up in a town that honors the legacy of his great-great-great grandfather. Murfree, 66, said his life was almost like any other youngster because…

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Condemned Man left message for Others

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 21, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 1936, Woodrow Medlock, an aspiring Baptist preacher driving an Austin, picked up a 26-year-old hitchhiker in Westvue, the Rutherford neighborhood “across the tracks” from central Murfreesboro.  The young passenger wanted…

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At long last rest in peace

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, August 14, 2011 Almost a hundred miles from his home and nearly 149 years after his death, the remains of a Jackson County Confederate soldier, who died during the first day’s fighting at the Battle of Stones River, will finally receive the respectful recognition…

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Hanging was an ‘Outrageous Spectacle’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society They thronged to the island event in 1880 to see an execution … and perhaps a resurrection. For several years beginning in 1878, Rutherford County homes and businesses were victimized by…

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First Documented Execution was in 1813

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 24, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 19th Century Tennessee, the imposition of punishment, including capital punishment, was the responsibility of county authorities.   Common law required the death penalty for first degree murder, and permitted the same…

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College President Outgunned ‘Assassinators’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 10, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The attempted “assassination” was a near miss with the intended victim taking out two of his antagonists. As it did for most businesses and institutions of that time, the Depression severely…

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Teachers Strike, County Court Overwhelmed

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Professionals entrusted with meeting the needs of children do not resort to labor union tactics, strikes and picket lines – except as a last resort.  Then they win! In summer of…

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Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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