Stone’s River: ‘History Channel’ before television

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, March 6, 2011 By Dan Whittle Want to trace the history of your community?  Follow the channel! Middle Tennessee historian Toby Francis recently floated Friends of Long Hunter State Park (nature park preservation group) back in time, tracing the impact of the “Stone’s…

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Yankee Captain Found Opportunity Here

As published by the Daily news Journal, Sunday, February 20, 2011 By Greg Tucker, gregorytucker@bellsouth.net This Yankee came south to quell the rebellion.  Seriously wounded at Stones River, he  recuperated in a local home.  After the war he  returned to Rutherford to make it his home.  He also made a…

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New book details WWII maneuvers in Rutherford County

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, February 13, 2011 By Ken Beck, KBTAG@AOL.com During World War II in the U.S.A., life on the home front meant ration books, victory gardens and scrap drives, but there was a lot more going on around Murfreesboro. In Rutherford and other nearby counties…

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Genteel lifestyle depended on ‘Duskies’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society There was a vast social distance between the wealthy Rutherford County upper class of the 1900s and the slave descendants of the period,  but the practical relationships were close and often…

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Memoirs Portray Rutherford Lifestyles in the 1900’s

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, January 23, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Elizabeth Ophelia Howse (Mrs. G. S. Ridley Jr., 1896-1984), at the urging of her children, wrote and published her memoirs in 1960.  Despite  complaints from a few, her writings give us…

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Macon’s Traveled Divergent Paths

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, January 9, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The legendary David Harrison Macon (1870-1952), a Rutherford County icon known far and wide as Uncle Dave Macon, was the first “full-blown star” of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry. He also fathered…

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War on Mind During Christmas

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 26, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The local power companies reminded customers that outdoor Christmas lighting was prohibited, a service flag with 300 stars hung in the Central High School (CHS) auditorium, and housewives were being urged…

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True Grit Remake Touches Home in Lascassas

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 19, 2010 By Ken Beck, Special to the Post The bed that John Marion Pickard Jr. was born in still remains in the corner of the room from where he first saw the light of day on June 25, 1913.  His home…

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Strict Women’s College Entertained Local Community

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, November 28, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The sweater ban and window prohibitions were eventually eased, but car rides and movies still involved chaperones, and any contact with the State Teachers College required “special permission.” For nearly four…

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