Murfreesboro Mayors: 36-40

July 8, 2020, A Series by Barry Lamb Overall, John Marcy was born on March 2, 1854 in the Trimble (17th) district of Rutherford County to Nathaniel Sims Overall and Dicey Crutchfield Cartwright Overall. His paternal grandparents were Robert and Mary Espey Overall, who came to Middle Tennessee before Tennessee…

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The Confederate Monument on Rutherford County’s Square

July 3, 2020, July/August Froe Chips, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Public attention has recently focused on the Confederate Soldiers Memorial monument on the historic Rutherford County Courthouse Square. In the mid-1890’s, as many Civil War veterans reached the end of the average life expectancy for their generation, there was much interest…

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Overall School (Black) School, 1920-c1936

OVERALL SCHOOL BLACK f 1. 1920’s-c 1936 was east of Lofton. It was about one and one-half miles south of State Road 96 on the east side of Craddock Road. The schoolhouse was a one-room building which was used also by the Colored Overall Methodist Church. Known teachers were Odessa…

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Northcott School, 1879-1885

NORTHCOTT SCHOOL f 1. 1879-fl. 1885 was in District 22 about three-fourths of a mile east of Brown’s Mill on the east side of the Northcott farm. The ground was probably given by the elder James Northcott. The namesJ. Northcott and S. Kerr are on the 1878 Beers Map. The…

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Thomas Bedford of Rutherford County

July 8, 2020 July/August Froe Chips, Susan Harber Thomas Bedford was a trailblazer in the creation of both Jefferson and Rutherford County. He was born 1758 in Goochland County, Virginia. Thomas later lived on Drakes Branch in Charlotte County, Virginia with his mother Mary Coleman and father Thomas Bedford, Sr, who was…

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Lascassas School (Black), ?-1945

LASCASSAS SCHOOL BLACK (1945) was held in the Sycamore Grove Missionary Baptist Church on the west side of Valley View Road and just north of the Jefferson-Milton Road. The one-room frame building was warmed by a coal heater. Water was carried from the home of Mrs. Zula Norris. Both desks…

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The old Murfreesboro Bank & Trust Building Auction

July 30, 2020, WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (MURFREESBORO) The old Mid South Bank building and the coin shop on the back both of the structure sold to Martin McGill and his wife at auction Thursday (7/30/2020) for $810,000, pending approval from the Rutherford County Commission.  The two buildings were purchased in…

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Hayes School, 1860’s-1899

HAYES SCHOOL f1. 1860’s-1899 was between Twelve Corners and Lofton and was on Rhodes Lane, now Jim Allen Road. It was on the property of Dave crouse about one mile off Cainsville Pike. A Mrs. D. Crouse is shown on the Beer’s Map of 1878. The school was a one-teacher,…

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Cainsville School, 1886-1941

CAINSVILLE SCHOOL before 1886-c 1941 was located on the west side of Cainsville Pike just over the Rutherford-Wilson County line. It was on the farm of Thomas Lillard Huddleston who gave the land for as long as there was a school. Both Wilson and Rutherford County students attended the school.…

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Other Schools in District 21

Cader Dement, Henry Kirby, and Benjamin Clayton signed a deed on October 18, 1839 to School Commissioners William D. Baird, John Stroop, Christopher Acklan, James Sanford, and James Rucker for a school. Cader Dement guaranteed for the school “free passage to and from the spring.” There is an H. Kerby…

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Shiloh School (Black), 1874-1967

SHILOH SCHOOL BLACK 1874-1967 was on the north side of Hall’s Hill Road about three and one-half miles from Murfreesboro. On July 30, 1874, Elizabeth Smith, Mary M. Harris, and Sam Harris deeded one acre of land on the Murfreesboro-Liberty Hill Pike to school commissioners. The lot was bordered by…

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Buchanan School, 3rd Grade 1951-52

This pic was shared by an anonymous longtime Society member, originally shared October 20, 2012 to his/her ancestry.com tree… Buchanan School, Rutherford County, Tennessee. FRONT ROW, left to right: Tom Arnette, Steve Lawrence, Joe Pearson, Judge Rigsby, James H. “Jimmy” Jacobs, and George Haynes. ROW TWO: Jannie Smith, Wanda Coffman, Nancy Hughes,…

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Shiloh School, c1880-1948

SHILOH SCHOOL c1880’s-1948 was about two miles east of Murfreesboro at the fork of Halls Hill Pike and Lovers Lane, now called Twin Oak Drive. Land for the school had been granted by the Overall family. The one-room frame building which faced south was on a triangular lot. The grounds…

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Jordan School, 1861-1925

JORDAN SCHOOL 1861-1925 was about three miles north of Murfreesboro on the east side of the present State Road 96. The site and M. Pitts are on the 1878 Beers Map. On January 13, 1861, Matthew Pitts deeded one-half acre and the right of way to a well of water…

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William Lytle is a Key Originator in the History of County

July 20, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Upon my visit last week to the ‘new’ Tennessee State Museum, I immediately sought the display of William Lytle’s two stunning Queen Anne Flintlock Pistols (1750s) that he carried in the American Revolution. The pistol is distinguished by the lock plate…

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Sallie Ransom’s Book By Carol White

July 14, 2020, July/August Froe Chips, Carol Robertson White, Frow Chips Editor Every now and then we have folks drop by the Rutherford County Historical Society Historic Ransom School House and share a photo or two, ephemera regarding our town, or donate us items to the Rutherford County Historical Society. I had…

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Hillcrest was Remarkable Historical Home in Murfreesboro

July 5, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily news Journal Hillcrest is a notable historical home referred to as ‘Crest’ and ‘Crestland.’ The plantation home was built most likely in the early 1830s and stood tall for Murfreesboro resident Legrand Carney, a wealthy man. The home lay between present-day North Maple…

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Readyville High School, 1880’s-1903

READYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 1880’s-1902 or 1903, sometimes called TALLEY HILL, was located at Readyville on the north side of the Woodbury Road, east of Stones River, on a rocky hill behind Tilford’s store. The school was, according to an 1894 brochure, in Rutherford County. In 1892 N. D. Overall, County…

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Many knew his voice, but he was a great dad also

June 17, Monte Hale, Jr., The Murfreesboro Post I’d like to tell you a story about the son of a coal miner, whose dad was a hard-working, grizzled and Christian man who lived by his brains and wits in rural West Virginia. He raised his son old school, which few…

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