Congressman Gordon secures funding for Stones River

The Murfreesboro Post, December 16, 2009 Congressman Bart Gordon announced today he was able to secure funding for Stones River National Battlefield to improve the historic site and make it more accessible to visitors. Stones River National Battlefield received $1.5 million, which will be used to improve the entrance on…

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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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William Haines Lytle met his match at Chickamauga

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, December 6, 2009 Gen. William Haines Lytle was a warrior-poet with a major reputation in the heyday of poetry. His first known poem was written when he was 14. His best known poem, “Antony and Cleopatra” was published in the Yale Book of American Verse…

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Historic Sanders Farm Saved by Trust

From The Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 6, 2009 The Land Trust for Tennessee announced that landowner Patricia ‘Pat’ Sanders has conserved 331 acres of farmland through a permanent conservation agreement with the statewide nonprofit land conservation organization. The farm, located on Armstrong Valley Road, is a Tennessee Century Farm and…

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The President is coming to … old Murfreesborough

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, November 29, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor The President’s coming … the President’s coming to little Murfreesboro. No, not President Obama. We are talking somewhat ancient history and about the president of an entirely different nation, the ill-fated Confederate States of America.…

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Caponizing Not Always that Successful…

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, November 22, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society The surgical procedure was part of the curriculum. The mortality rate evidenced the limited experience and skill of the “surgeons.” In the rural Christiana community in the mid-1930s, just…

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Does the Name Murfrees Spring Ring a Bell?

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, November 15, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor Does the name “Murfree Spring” ring a bell? Perhaps it does when you apply it to “Discovery Center at Murfree Spring?” More than 110,000 youngsters and families explore that popular children’s museum each year, but…

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‘Brosie’ went beyond the call

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, November 8, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society   “There is no more familiar figure in Murfreesboro than Ambrose Crass,” observed Herndon McCain, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 1944. “His patriotism is an example to…

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Hero of Revolutionary War Settled in Rutherford County

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, November 8, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor One early Rutherford County resident was a hero at the battle of King’s Mountain during the American Revolution. Joseph Dickson served as a major at King’s Mountain with a group of men from Lincoln County,…

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Remembering Rutherford: Harsh country with rugged folk!?

Greg Tucker, The Daily News Journal, November 8, 2009 “A man living back in the cedars (in Rutherford County) … has got to scratch and sweat mightily if he wants to starve decent,” according to “Tennessee: A Guide to the State”, a 1939 publication of the Federal Writers’ Project. As…

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The dear price of war

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, November 8, 2009 Since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003, 108 soldiers from Tennessee have fallen on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Eleven of the fallen heroes had ties to Murfreesboro, Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee State…

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“Fighting Forties” Battled on and off the Field

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, November 1, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society It was the most dramatic fall from competitive dominance in the history of Southern Interscholastic Athletic Conference football. The 1940 season was to be the “comeback year.” In 1935,…

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Civil War Signage Program

From the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce: Hundreds of adventures await visitors on the multi-state Civil War Trails program which now includes Tennessee and more specifically, Rutherford County.  Nine signs were installed in the county in October and a tenth will be located at the new Chamber of Commerce building.…

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Headless Horseman haunts Stones River Battlefield

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, October 18, 2009 Does the ghost of a headless horseman still haunt Stones River Battlefield? Yes, if you believe anonymous witnesses to the sight and postings on the Internet. The rider in question is said to be the ghost of Lt. Col. Julius P. Garesche,…

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Rutherford County Hosted “Three Wicked Witches”

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 25, 2009 This is Part Three of Three Part One, Part Two By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Two sisters, Virginia Wardlaw and Mary Wardlaw Snead, raised in a prominent and wealthy southern family, earned wide respect…

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Diamonds Revived Murder Mystery

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 18, 2009 This is Part Two of Three Part One, Part Three By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Two distinguished educators — sisters Virginia Wardlaw and Mary W. Snead — brought Soule Female College to national prominence by…

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Sinister Soule Sisters Leave Lock Box

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 This is Part One of Three Part Two, Part Three By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Were the valuables found in the First National Bank of Murfreesboro lock box in 1930 related to the bathtub…

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