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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Confederate soldier/shoemaker given U.S. citizenship

November 14, 2010, Greg Tucker, The Daily News Journal Although technically a ‘rebel’ and ‘enemy combatant’ while his application for U.S. citizenship was pending, Frederick Henry Crass eventually achieved the citizenship and prosperity that America promised immigrants fleeing European poverty and political turmoil in the 19th century. Crass was born…

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Warfare changed forever in Hoovers Gap

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford for Real’, published 2010  (‘Rutherford for Real‘ may be purchased for only $20 by contacting frank@frankcaperton.com) By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society A significant moment in the history of warfare and weaponry occurred very quickly in Hoovers Gap, the southeastern tip of Rutherford County, in…

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Lebetter’s Manufactory armed Rutherford Rifles

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford for Real’, published 2010  (‘Rutherford for Real‘ may be purchased for only $20 by contacting frank@frankcaperton.com) By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society When hostilities began between the Union and Confederate forces in 1861, Tennessee funded the opening of several ‘county armories’ to manufacture ordnance for…

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Picnic sets Murfreesboro Bicentennial Date

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford for Real’, published 2010  (‘Rutherford for Real‘ may be purchased for only $20 by contacting frank@frankcaperton.com) By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In the midst of the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial observance (2011-15), the Rutherford County seat (Murfreesboro) will celebrate its bicentennial — but on…

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