Civil War heirlooms bear Rutherford tales

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 11, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Not all Civil War “arms” were made for combat. There were a number of “musician’s swords” and at least one extraordinary “Double Barrelled Flintlock Sporting Gun.” Now Rutherford artifacts,…

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Hidden Spy System still exists in the old Post Office

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, November 27, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society The view into the ladies’ room was closed but the men’s room continued to be under surveillance.  At the time there were very few women employees but privacy concerns…

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Bragg’s Retreat (Remembering Rutherford, page 26)

Remembering Rutherford, Greg Tucker, Page 26 During a lull in the fighting during the Battle of Stones River, Union General William Rosecrans ‘resorted to a very ancient but a very effective species of strategy.  By a heavy division of campfires, and by a feigned line of battle, whose only reality…

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Ransom Paid – the Eagle Returns!

Rutherford for Real, Greg Tucker, 2011 The eagle mysteriously disappeared in late October, 1967.  It returned to its roost fifteen years later in exchange for a brown envelope. No Tennessee college football rivalry was ever more intense than the regional/conference competition between the MTSU Blue Raiders (Murfreesboro, TN) and the…

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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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