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THE WEDDINGS OF THE CENTURY by scottbthompsonsr
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
 They weren't exactly  the weddings of the century, no one or two weddings are except to the couples themselves.  But, when Dena Baum married Emanuel Dreyer and her sister, Blanche Alexandria Baum, took the hand of Junius Schiff in marriage, they were the largest weddings ever held in Laurens Cou...
ALEXANDER STEPHENS by scottbthompsonsr
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
The Littlest Giant   For forty years in the middle of the 19th Century in Georgia, Alexander Hamilton Stephens towered over most of his political colleagues in the Empire State of the South.  Weighing between ninety and a hundred pounds, the frequently frail, regularly  sickly, five-foot, seven-i...
GEN. DAVID BLACKSHEAR by scottbthompsonsr
Mar 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
The War Years   On this day in 1764 in the British colony of North Carolina was born a general.  Although he was widely heralded as an Indian fighter and brigade commander of the War of 1812, General David Blackshear of Laurens County rarely led his men into battle.  Blackshear had seen war all t...
HRK5_Stanley.Harris.McCall.jpg HAL M. STANLEY by scottbthompsonsr
Jan 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
A Champion of Journalism, A Leader of Men Hal Stanley was born with newsprint on his hands, serving people in his heart, and printer's ink flowing through his veins. From a little boy to a fully grown man, Stanley lived and breathed the business of publishing newspapers. After reaching the pinnac...
RANDOM MISCELLANEA by scottbthompsonsr
Jan 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
MAN'S BEST FRIEND? On the night of June 5, 1900, one of the legendary and more amusing events in the history of Dublin City Government occurred. Just as Alderman J.D. Smith took his seat in the old wooden city council building during the reading of the minutes, the agenda suddenly shifted. A dog,...
Jan 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The Beginning of a Tradition   People began going to college in East Central Georgia one hundred and twenty years ago today. And, they are still going to colleges in places like Dublin, Swainsboro, Eastman, Sandersville, Mt. Vernon/Ailey, and Cochran, where the first college in the area opened it...
7ON6_bud.barron.1.jpg BUD BARRON by scottbthompsonsr
Jan 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The Pilot's Pilot Bud Barron loved to fly in the skies. He flew toward the heavens for more than fifty years. When he saw his first plane at a Macon fair when he was a child, Bud knew that someday he wanted to fly. The Dublin pilot flew his plane for nearly forty thousand hours over the fields of...
47U1_johnny.payne.3.jpg JOHNNY PAYNE by scottbthompsonsr
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
JOHNNY PAYNE  Walking Point in Vietnam      Many of you know John L. "Johnny" Payne. He has been a fixture in the religious, military, civic, scouting,  business, and athletic activities  of Laurens County for most of his life. Those years he wasn't living here and contributing to our community, ...
IT HAPPENED IN ELEVEN by scottbthompsonsr
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
IT HAPPENED IN ELEVEN  Not all news stories make the headlines of long-lasting importance.  On the other hand, some seemingly inconsequential stories do have an impact on the way will live, a century later.   Others had no long term significance, but at the time, they  were interesting, curious, ...
EYEWITNESS TO INFAMY by scottbthompsonsr
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
EYEWITNESS TO INFAMY  Pancakes were all that Marjorie Wilson could think about as she drifted in and out of her Sunday morning dreams.  It was  just another normal sunny day, or so Marjorie thought.   When she could practically smell pancakes, Marjorie rubbed the sleep out of her eyes, got out be...
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