New book details WWII maneuvers in TN, RuCo

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, February 13, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the first in a two part series on Middle Tennessee’s role in training soldiers for World War II. During World War II in the U.S.A., life on the homefront meant ration books, victory gardens and…

Continue reading

‘Boro celebrates 200 years

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, February 12, 2011 When the Tennessee Legislature agreed on Oct. 17, 1811 to establish Rutherford County’s seat near where Lytle and Town creeks meet, few dreamed it would become the metropolis it has become. Yet change it did, becoming known as Murfreesborough the next…

Continue reading

Genteel lifestyle depended on ‘Duskies’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society There was a vast social distance between the wealthy Rutherford County upper class of the 1900s and the slave descendants of the period,  but the practical relationships were close and often…

Continue reading

New book documents MTMC’s rise in ‘Boro

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, January 30, 2011 Throughout Murfreesboro’s growth as a community, few things have stayed the same. One of the constants, however, has been the Middle Tennessee Medical Center and its commitment to serving the needs of Murfreesboro. This commitment is what…

Continue reading

Scales Elementary 5th Graders Give Oaklands Museum $866.69

January 26, 2011, WGNS Radio The Oaklands Historic House Museum educational programs received a generous donation from 150 fifth grader students at Scales Elementary School. The school’s “Step Up and Serve” fundraiser donated 10 per cent of the classes’ money to Oaklands.  That translates into $866.69 for such popular educational…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Moving County Seat Quieted Village

Ann Betts, The Nashville Tennessean, June 20, 1984 Old Jefferson – The summer quiet of this rural community was broken only by two youngsters bicycling by the church.  Old gaunt cedars shade the antebellum homes from the dust of the road, where newer homes stand.   But according to a…

Continue reading

Pickled Apple Fueled School Rivalry

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 19, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “It was in a big, old glass jar,” says Bobby Huddleston, remembering his years from 1946 to 1949 at Murfreesboro Central High School. “And it looked like a pickled apple.” In the…

Continue reading

First County ‘Poorhouse’ on Cripple Creek

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 5, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Rutherford County’s first tax-funded “welfare program” was initiated over 170 years ago on Cripple Creek. The Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation in 1826 authorizing all Tennessee counties to levy a tax…

Continue reading