Harber’s History: Absalom Scales House continues as heirloom

Susan Harber, the Daily News Journal, November 13, 2016 The name Absalom is translated from a Hebrew origin meaning “father of peace.” Absalom Scales of Eagleville personified peaceful living and is one of my favorite early pioneers, who courageously established a real home in present-day Rutherford County that is still…

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Katherine Walkup was Vigorous Historian

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, October 29, 2016 Nina Katherine Haynes Walkup was an extraordinary historian and my friend in Smyrna.  She always had a smile and kind word for me.  Just weeks before her passing, Katherine contacted me inquiring on any new historical information I had on record…

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Mary Overall, Confederate Spy in Rutherford County

Susan Harber, ‘Smyrna Tennessee History (Facebook)’ October 16, 2016 Mary Jackson Overall (1844-1929) was a Rebel spy on a high level in Middle Tennessee.  As a sleuth for the Confederate Army, she had close ties to Rutherford County scouts throughout the war; and she maintained a strong presence in Smyrna.…

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The Hastings Family of Rutherford County

Submitted by William Hastings, Cantonment, Florida, TN, September 13, 2016 My grandparents, William Clinton Hastings and Lillian Elizabeth Norris were married in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 3, 1908.  Will, as he was called had a sister Maggie who was seven years older than he and he had a twin brother,…

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Harber’s History: Pickard achieved great heights in film

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 13, 2016 Lights!  Camera!  Action!  Today’s story centers on glamour, sophistication and the lure of Hollywood.  Lascassas was home to one of the greatest character actors to grace the big screen.  This performer was cast by his original name, John Pickard, and attained…

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Smyrna native Jess Neely was legendary Hall of Fame coach

Susan Harber, Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 31, 2016 Jess Claiborne Neely, a Smyrna sports legend, was born January 4, 1898, to William and Mary Gooch Neely.  Jess was the grandson of John Gooch, a farmer and breeder of thoroughbred horses at Goochland. John was well-known and highly respected as…

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