Murfreesborough Foremothers

Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter Sally Brickell married  Col. Hardy  Murfree in 1780,  birthed 10, raised 7 children.  Six of the Hardy Murfree children inherited property in or around what became ”Murfreesborough’ Fanny Noailles Murfree, born 1783, married David Dickinson 1799, inherited 1,000 acres north of Murfreesborough which became her home “Grantlands”. Mary Moore Murfree, born 1786, married Isaac Hilliard…

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8,000 Bales of Cotton Produced in the County

October 1, 1939, The Daily News Journal According to a survey conducted last week, an average of approximately 8,000 bales of cotton are grown annually in Rutherford County. Four large gins in Murfreesboro produce an average of 1,500 bales each, while two concerns at Smyrna and Walter Hill report annual…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Annual Awards Banquet, Carriage Lane Reception House, Saturday, November 9, 2019 Each year the president of the RCHS is tasked with selecting only five volunteers for recognition.  I use the word ‘tasked’ because choosing ONLY five volunteers is a tough, tough task. Reservations and payment required by 10/31/2019!  (no payments…

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Monday, October 21, 7:00PM

Monday, October 21, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Gib Backlund, well-known, much respected chief ranger (retired) from the Stones River National Battlefield, will be discussing the history of the Stones River National Battlefield and National Parks.

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Jefferson School Reunion

October 19, 2019, by Frank Caperton, from the Davenport Barn, Smyrna, Tennessee WOW – what a turnout for the Jefferson School Reunion held at the ‘Davenport Barn, on Rock Springs Road, Smyrna, TN. The last class to attend Jefferson School was 1966, as the Percy Priest Reservoir project took its…

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Grandfather was a Special Man in Rutherford County

October 14, 2019, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Jerry Glendon Johns of Old Jefferson was a wonderful grandfather. He was born at Fall Creek to Benjamin Franklin Johns, a handsome and prominent Smyrna businessman, and Helen Smith (1874-1967) of North Carolina. Benjamin was on the Board of Directors for…

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Through a Child’s Eyes, 1988

October 23, 1988, The Daily News Journal This week, Daily News Journal photographer Harrison McClary visited David Youree Elementary School in Smyrna and talked with fourth-graders. We would like to thank Principal Don Odom, teacher Mrs. Hicks and her students.

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Original Church of Christ Congregations Stand Tall Today

September/October 2019, Froe Chips , by Susan Harber The Church of Christ in Rutherford County has a primitive genesis that is engaging to study. Two churches that caught my eye immersed in the authentic chronicles of an olden chapter of time include Christiana and Mars Hill Church of Christ. To…

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The Jordan-Ewing-Nelson-McElroy home

September/October 2019, Froe Chips Researched and written by Barry Lamb It is a common occurrence during times of war that a wounded soldier feels a special bond for a nurse who is taking care of them. The intense anxieties of battle and one’s own welfare while in the army, coupled…

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City Cafe: A Historic Meat & Three

October 3, 2019, Blaine Little, The Murfreesboro Pulse Even if for those new to Murfreesboro, it’s hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t discover the City Cafe. The century-old diner, a historic landmark just off the Square, is a local staple. The food is good, but so is the company. There are…

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Rockvale Alum Still Going Strong at 94-Years-Old

October 2, 2019, The Rutherford Source, Keith Ryan Cartwright The Hayes family has been in Rockvale for more than a century. Frank Hayes is a purple heart recipient, served in World War II under Gen. George S. Patton and is the oldest known Rockvale graduate still alive. Friday, Sept 13,…

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The Egles Family of Donut Country

August 9, 1987, The Daily News Journal , Sherry Billingsly “The water isn’t as clear as it used to be” Living in Murfreesboro makes Rick Egles feel kinda like a fish on dry land. After all, Egles worked 13 years as an officer for the Florida Marine Patrol before moving…

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The History of the City Cafe

From www.citycafemboro.com: City Cafe was opened on February 10, 1900 by Henry & Dorsey Cantrell. It was originally located at 11 south side public square. Did you know? It is the oldest restaurant in Tennessee that is still in operation and, is known all over Rutherford County as the best…

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Murfreesboro Man Gets ‘Key To The City’

September 19, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) When the Murfreesboro City Council met on Thursday (9/19/2019) night, Mayor Shane McFarland awarded a local resident the key to the city, honoring him for over 30 years of volunteer service. Mayor McFarland noted, “John Verge loves Murfreesboro and its people. He has been ringing…

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Sylvester Chambers, Master Clock Maker

Monday, September 16, 2019, Rutherford County Archive Sylvester Chambers has been a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors since (1985). Sylvester has a broad range of experience in collecting, building and repairing mechanical clocks of all makes, especially antique clocks.  He has been repairing clocks for…

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