In search of opportunity and freedom from oppression, European emigrants boarded ships, leaving behind their ancestral homes. They carved new lives from the unknown wilderness in the American South. The Speegle family settled in what would become southwest Cullman County, and the Brindley family claimed lands to the north. From the historic Streight’s Raid exploit of the Civil War to the agricultural and social development of this region of northern Alabama, these early pioneers marched into history. In 1865, Col. Johann G. Cullmann, who was disillusioned with the anarchism in his native Germany, also sought new opportunity in America, eventually settling in Alabama. After being enticed by Colonel Cullmann’s descriptive words of the area’s virgin timber and fertile soils, five German families joined him. Encouraged by what they found, optimism flourished, word spread, and Cullman County’s destiny was set. Its growth has been constant, and, today, its expansion is propelling the area to new heights of economic prominence.
About the Author
The photographs and stories within these pages depict unsung heroes and families who project optimism and growth. Authors Kay Cagle and Greg Richter are award-winning journalists with a combined career of almost 40 years.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Community Defined by Growth 9
Chapter 2 Then and Now 25
Chapter 3 Spiritual Roots Run Deep 41
Chapter 4 Agriculture Leader 57
Chapter 5 Health and Wealth 71
Chapter 6 Notables and Niches 83
Chapter 7 Arts, Entertainment, and Athletes 103
Chapter 8 Tragedy and Growth 117