Remembering Rutherford County

Remembering Rutherford County

by Gregory Tucker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596299498
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,262,681
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Greg Tucker returned to his family's home county after retiring from an international litigation practice with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He now raises beef cattle and writes a weekly column about the people, places and events that make his home county unique. Greg and his wife, Minh-Triet, live in Donnells Chapel, a rural Rutherford County community.

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgement 9

I Early Settlement and the Civil War

Early Water Source, Sand Spring, Now a City Drain 11

Town Creek Once Navigated for "Bragging Rights" 14

Private Investors Fueled County Infrastructure Growth 16

Peas and Sweet Potatoes Marked Surrender Anniversary 19

The Courthouse Sycamore 21

Two Pilot Knobs 24

Cellar Excavation Led to Cemetery Dilemma 26

Yankee Engravers Left Names on Stones River Rock 28

Did a Yankee Sympathizer Promote Sam Davis Legend? 31

Founder's Death and Lynch Mob Closed Local University 34

Many Roles for North Maple Street Property 37

II The Great Depression

Pond Digging for a Dollar a Day 39

Weather Pilots and Barnstormers 41

Camp Mullywatt Once Served Rutherford Boy Scouts 45

Depression-Era Folklorists Featured Rutherford Snakes 48

Scout Hut Break-In Was a Surprise for Scoutmaster 52

A Depression Odyssey

One-Lunger Cadillac Offered Depression-Era Relief 55

Halls Hill One-Lunger Went Coast to Coast 58

One-Lunger Starred in Hollywood Comedy 62

Heading East, Cadillac Met Bedbugs, Gypsies, Henry Ford 65

Old Cadillac Finally Got Halls Homecoming 68

III World War II

Tragic End to Local Mining 73

Homeland Prepared for Air Raids 75

"Too Old, Too Young, Exempt or Deferred" 78

Mounted Cattle Drive a Rare, Dusty Wartime Experience 80

New Car Dealers Sacrificed in Wartime Production 83

War Blunted Revenge of the Locker Room Rats 85

Pilot Skill Avoided Monkey Wrench Disaster 87

Culpepper Winner Became Tireless Walnut Huller 90

IV People

Kadosh Funeral for James Daniel Richardson 95

"Commodities Baby" Born to Determined "Hill Woman" 98

Homeless Home Boy Housed Under Pool Hall 101

Underwater Recovery Pioneer

SCUBA Recovery at Murfree Spring 104

Haunting Search Was Final Recovery 107

Retired Dairy Farmer Older than Local Johnson Grass 110

"Biscuit Tea" Miracle Saved Life of Rutherford Child 112

Rockvale's Doc: Schools, Sports, Shoes and Service 115

Great Big Fellow Liked Kids, Not Doctors 121

Green Money Was Good if it Looked Good 123

Gambling Collateral Became Smyrna Landmark 126

Painter's Career Came to Shocking End in Rutherford 130

Rutherford Roots in Modern Romance Novel 133

V Traditions and Life

November Was Hog-Killing Time in Rutherford County 139

Popular Christmas Carol Originated in Local Milk Barn 142

"Whittle Club" Permitted Only Shavings and Talk 146

Camping on Stones River Was a 1920s Family Vacation 148

Dead Car, Small Crowd Highlighted MacArthur Visit 155

Stories Told by Fences: Feuds, Psych Care and Personalities 158

Romantic Rutherford Runaways Remembered 163

Gum's Catalogue House Still Standing on Rutherford Farm 167

Unique Buick Brought Auto History to Discovery Center 171

Century-Long Effort Required for Full Voting Rights 174

VI Crime, Scams and Fights

Ghouls Once Profiteered in Rutherford County 179

Grave Robbers Arrested, Bodies Recovered 181

"Black Gold" Hoax Sets Up Farm Swap 184

County Clerk Prosecuted Schoolhouse Brawlers 186

About the Author 191

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