Bradley Academy has Confusing History

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 15, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Even married historians Homer and Mable Pittard could not agree.  Mable reported that Samuel Black, the first teacher, came from Gallatin, and that a Jefferson area land owner donated the land…

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KKK March Protested New Church

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 25, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society A Union general, a New York donor and the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the early years of the Catholic Church in Rutherford County. According to local church history, the…

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Mink Slide Mammals were only Human

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Where a mink has been going to and from the water, the bank will be worn smooth and bare. We call that a “mink slide.” The office of the city attorney…

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Bradley Academy dates back to 1811

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2010 Did you know Rutherford County nearly had its first school before it had a Courthouse? Did you know Rutherford County nearly had its first school before it had a Courthouse?  After several years of being established on paper, Bradley Academy opened in…

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This Lytle added fame to family name

Mike West, the Murfreesboro Post, January 10, 2010 The day before Christmas in 1902, a baby was born to Murfreesboros founding family, the Lytles.  He was the son of hard-working Robert Logan Lytle and Lillie Belle Nelson.  An ancestor, William Lytle, had donated the land for Murfreesboro in 1811, only…

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Looking Back: Bradley Academy had six buildings

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 31, 2010 Research has uncovered information about the many locations of Bradley Academy. Research by two Rutherford County Historical Society members has uncovered information about the many locations of Bradley Academy. It seems that the academy had at least six buildings and three locations…

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Dromgoole — a Rutherford Original

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 20 and 27, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society There are two short Dromgoole pieces for Christmas; there were at least two Dromgoole Societies; the Murfreesboro city hall once had a Dromgoole; and in a Nashville convent there…

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French Trading Post Became Versailles

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, December 13, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Although left off the turnpike and soon to be abandoned by postal authorities, the local folk in the 1890s were strong on community spirit and could deliver a Gay Nineties rag,…

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What Prompted Murfreesboro Mayor to head to Texas?

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 13, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor What prompted Murfreesboro Mayor Henderson Yoakum to pack up and head to Texas in 1844? “Politics” is the basic answer. But there’s more to the story. Back in the 1840s, Texas was the land of…

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