Archive for December, 2011

December 23, 2011

Feature Friday: Serenading, December 1897

Christmas customs vary from place to place. One custom practiced in Rabun County up through at least my father’s generation was serenading. No singing here. Instead, groups of young people would go around to their neighbors on Christmas Eve and play practical jokes.

In the 16 December 1897 issue (Vol. 2, No. 20) of The Tallulah Falls Spray, the Wolf Creek correspondent cautions his fellow readers.

Christmas is coming. You may look[?] out—the serenaders will be around till you can’t rest; the Christmas bells will ring. Look careful; they will be here before you know it.

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Quotation excerpted from my upcoming volume Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899, expected to be released in 2012.

December 16, 2011

Feature Friday: Christmas Novelties, 1897

One hundred and fourteen years ago today, Taylor & Sweet, merchants whose store was then located in Tallulah Falls, published the following advertisement in The Tallulah Falls Spray (16 December 1897 issue, Vol. 2, No. 20).


We have bought a complete stock of Christmas novelties, comprising a nice line of Chinese and Japanese dolls, toys, Christmas cards, etc., which we will sell at a sacrifice. We have a few dozen taffeta and serge silk umbrellas for 50 cents each worth two dollars. Also a line of overcoats for $2.25 and $2.50 worth three times that amount. Buy before they are gone. Taylor & Sweet.

I wonder how many boys and girls found Taylor & Sweet goodies in their stocking that Christmas?

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Quotation excerpted from my upcoming volume Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899, expected to be released in 2012.

December 15, 2011

Legislative Alert: Georgia Archives Scheduled to Close to Public

In the upcoming January 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly, legislators must cut 2% from the state budget. One of the cuts will be to the Georgia Department of Archives and History, which will be forced to close to the public. While the Archives has continued (and will continue) to service government officials and agencies, previous budgetary cuts reduced the hours open to the public from five to two days per week. Further cuts could not only reduce the Archives’ ability to carry out its mandate (to protect and preserve important government documents across many agencies), but will also completely obfuscate these documents from public review, a necessary check on government by its citizens.

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December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Felix Bruce Gleason, Crew Member on the Little Lulu

Felix Bruce Gleason, crew member on the Little Lulu. The date written below his name on the picture reads “19-Aug-22-1944.”

December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Walter Weaver, Crew Member on the Little Lulu

Walter Weaver, crew member on the Little Lulu.