Alpharetta and The Blue Juniata

Growing up in Alpharetta, Georgia, I went to Midway Elementary which was Midway between Alpharetta and Cumming.  One of the first things I learned was how to spell my address A – L – P – H – A – R – E – T – T – A. It almost became a song and I could recite the letters easily. My earliest memories of Alpharetta was the Alpha Drugs in town and the barber shop. They threatened to cut my ears off I did not sit still. There was a Dixie Café, a drive in theater we never went to along with a few shops and stores. Back then it was Highway 19 but later changed to Highway 9 through the city. I lived in a MHP called Rolling Hill and was known before as Shadowpark NW. We played in the woods and near the large greenhouses located above the park. Grimes Auto Parts was there across the street along with a convenience store. I made the mistake once of venturing into the junkyard there. Two junkyard dogs chased me and I hid in a car. I finally managed to escape and never ventured in there again,.

Alpharetta

In Georgia Place Names: Alpharetta  supposedly came from a song The Blue Juniata named for an Indian Alfarata. The song was written by Marion Dix Sullivan in 1844 and became popular with several artists remaking the song.

The Blue Juniata” as first published

Wild roved an Indian girl,
Bright Alfarata,
Where sweep the waters
Of the blue Juniata!
Swift as an antelope
Through the forest going,
Loose were her jetty locks,
In many tresses flowing.
Gay was the mountain song
Of bright Alfarata,
Where sweep the waters
Of the blue Juniata.
“Strong and true my arrows are,
In my painted quiver,
Swift goes my light canoe
Adown the rapid river.
“Bold is my warrior good,
The love of Alfarata,
Proud waves his snowy plume
Along the Juniata.
Soft and low he speaks to me,
And then, his war-cry sounding,
Rings his voice in thunder loud,
From height to height resounding.”
So sang the Indian girl,
Bright Alfarata,
Where sweep the waters
Of the blue Juniata.
Fleeting years have borne away
The voice of Alfarata;
Still sweeps the river on—
Blue Juniata!

You may notice there is an Alfarata, Pennsylvania and also an Altoony, Pa. The early Cherokee Indians could have possibly brought these names to Georgia. Think of some of the Indian Chiefs like Kennesaw, Sawnee, Nickajack and Salagoa. and other Cherokee women like Little Wileo and Trahlyta.

It has been said that, as General Sherman’s men marched across the south they sang the lyrics of “The Blue Juniata” to keep up morale. One night while in his tent, General Sherman heard a band playing the tune from across camp. When they finished he sent a runner to tell them to play it again. A group of men nearer to him began singing the words along with the band and thus began the General’s love for the tune.”

References

http://www.kenkrakow.com/gpn/georgia_place-names.htm GEORGIA PLACE-NAMES
by Kenneth K. Krakow 3rd Edition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Juniata

http://www.juniatasports.net/genrel/2013-14_General_Releases/Alfie_Story

 

Ocee, Georgia

From Wikipedia

Ocee was a small community in Milton County, now located in Johns Creek in Fulton County, Georgia. It was centered at

It was originally called New York, then Mazeppa. The Ocee name, which was taken from the name of a Cherokee community in the area, is still in use today for a school, a park, a library and a church, among others. Ocee is now a part of the new city of Johns Creek, named after Johns Creek which flows just east of it. That city is a part of the municipalization of northern Fulton.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocee,_Georgia

As a kid, to visit my older sister in Lawrenceville we would travel the back roads through a community called Ocee. I remember passing what was then a new hospital and then after Ocee passing the American Legion with the large tank out front before we reached Duluth. Duluth itself was named by Captain Evan P Howell after a speech he heard about Duluth, Minnesota. This we will discuss in another blog post. Ocee was a large farm with a long brown wooden fence. I cant remember any buildings there. Just a lonely little sign indicated this was the community. On this page we have mentioned Mazeppa. I have not seen the are referred to as New York but interesting.

oceeAtlanta Georgian and News, Apr. 18, 1911 -- page 9Above is a couple of articles form the Digital Library of Georgia about Ocee and some of the residents. When you search for the word Ocee you of course find the word once since the search engine see the words that way. Ocee was not mentioned until later in 1911. A lot of news about Ocee was published in the Alpharetta Free Press and can be found in the Uncle Remus Regional Library  Searchable database of Morgan County, Georgia newspapers. A lot was associated with the Cross Plains Church.

milton 1899

We don’t see Ocee mentioned in maps until 1899. We also see the Mazeppa is in a  different location.

ocee

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The Alpharetta Free Press did a lot of stories of local news from the Ocee Community.

ocee2

In the book “AN OLD COOT’S ESSAYS ABOUT AN EARLIER GEORGIA AND OTHER TOPICS” Morris Carter described his life in Ocee, Georgia. he said most folks were share croppers. There was about five commercial buildings there. Two Mercantile Stores that also sold gasoline. A cotton gin, cannery and the courthouse.

There was no descriptions of these business in any gazetteer I have found. The question left in my mind is what did Ocee mean? Was it an Cherokee name since there were artifacts found in Mazeppa and archeological research in substations in the area? Was it simply someone’s initials as with other cities? I will continue searching and hopefully find more details about Ocee.

References

Atlanta, Georgian and News February 2, 1911 Page 6

Atlanta, Georgian and News April 18 , 1911 Page 9

Milton County Map 1899, http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/histcountymaps/milton1899map.htm

Georgia; comprising sketches of counties, towns, events, institutions, and persons, arranged in cyclopedic form .. by Candler, Allen Daniel, 1834-1910, [from old catalog] ed; Evans, Clement Anselm, 1833- [from old catalog] joint ed
Published 1906

AN OLD COOT’S ESSAYS ABOUT AN EARLIER GEORGIA AND OTHER TOPICS. By Eddie Rollins Page 54

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Towns of North Georgia (Hidden History)

The new book, Lost Towns of North Georgia (Hidden History) Paperback – October 17, 2016 by Lisa M. Russell is out. The book quoted information from the blog site here. I think it kind puts the page on the map. I will continue my efforts. Medical problems and life in general has slowed me down a little but I will be getting some articles going soon.

If you get an opportunity check out her new book.

 

 

Allatoona

Allatoona

Lying between the Allatoona River and Pumpkinvine creek is a village of about 150 inhabitants, 7 miles southeast of Cartersville courthouse, 36 by wagon road and 41 by rail from Atlanta and 99 from Chattanooga. The place has two churches Baptist and Methodist and good primary public schools. a forge and three grist mills are operated by power derived from the streams above named. Cotton Hay and Iron are shipped. Gold mines operated by William Tudor of Boston Massachusetts.ar in operating within a half a mile of the village. Acworth 6 Miles South East is the nearest express and Telegraph Office. Daily mail

T.C. Moore Postmaster
Holcombe E.B. justice
Kemp, Ishmael Miner
McCoy, Taylor Rev. Baptist
McDaniel E.B., Notary and ex-off justice
Memler and Zoppi (Melmer, Peter Zoppi) Mfr charcoal blooms
Miller H.H Constable
Milner William, grist mill route Cartersville
Moore Elliot, Grist Mill
Moore T.C. Grist mill
Tumlin, G. W. Constable
Wilkes S.W. Rail road agent
Wood Berry, miner

Georgia State Gazetteer …Euharlee

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1896 published by Agnew and Tierny Atlanta, Georgia by Franklin Printing and Publishing 1896. Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 339

Euharlee, Bartow County
Inland Post Office, Population 200, Telegraph and Express in Stilesboro 2 mile, money order Post Office, banking town at Cartersville 10 miles,
PM Gaines, Henry P, genl mdse – general merchandise
Lowry Daniel, Flour Mill
Taylor, T J, genl mdse – general merchandise

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-1889 published by A. E. Sholes Compiler, Volume V.1888 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 471

Euharlee, Bartow County
Beutifully situated on the Euharlee Creek, one-half mile from its junction with the Etowah River, It is 10 miles west of Cartersville, county seat, bank and telegraph office, 2 1/2 miles to Stilesboro, its depot and express office, via which it is 60 miles to Atlanta. population 200. Mail semi-weekly, T.J. Taylor post master.

Bailey, J T, Justice
Bailey, Rev Presbyterian
Calhoun, F R, Physician
Gaines, H P, General Store
Gaines & Jolley, Blacksmiths and Wagon makers
Lowery Daniel, Grist Mill
Lowery J, Blacksmith
McBride Rev, Baptist
McCarry James, harnessmaker
Padgett & Taylor, General Store

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-1889 published by A. E. Sholes Compiler, Volume IV.1886-1887 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 500

Euharlee, Bartow County

Town of 225 inabitants beutifully situated on the Euharlee creek, one half mile from its junction with the Etowah River, both yielding abundant water power. It is 10 miles west of Cartersville, county seat, bank and telegraph office, 2 1/2iles to Stilesborough, its depot and express office, wia which it is 60 miles to Atlanta. Has Baptist and Presbyterian churches, one school and a cotton gin operated by water power. About 1000 bales of cotton shipped annually. Mail semi-weekly

Austin, G A, carpenter
Austin, J W, shoemaker
Bailey, J T, justice
Bailey, __ Rev., Presbyterian
Calhoun, F R, physician
Cline, L A, carpenter
Gaines & Jolley, blacksmith and wagonmaker
Jolley W. A., postmaster and general store
Leeke, W. B. W., general store
Lowery, J. blacksmith
McBride____ Rev., Baptist
McCarry, James, harness maker
Padgett W.W. & Co., general store

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1883-1884 published by J H Estill and C H F Wetherbee , Volume III 1883 Savannah, Georgia Morning News Steam Prinitng Press 1883 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 365

Euharlee, Bartow County

Town of 225 inabitants beutifully situated on the Euharlee creek, one half mile from its junction with the Etowah River, both yielding abundant water power. It is 10 miles west of Cartersville, county seat, bank and telegraph office, 2 1/2 miles to Stilesborough, its depot and express office, via which it is 60 miles to Atlanta. Has Baptist and Presbyterian churches, one school and a cotton gin operated by water power. About 1000 bales of cotton shipped annually. Mail semi-weekly

Bailey, J T, justice
Bohannon W. B. Post Master, shoemaker and harness maker
Calhoun, F R, physician
Calhoun J.J. teacher
Cline, L A, carpenter
Gaines P., blacksmith and wagonmaker
Leeke, W. B. W., saloon and jeweler
Lowery, J. blacksmith
Newell S.W., Rev., Presbyterian
Tant____ Rev., Baptist
Padgett W.W. & Co., general store

Farmers
W.F. Alford
R.M. Arnold
Mrs. A. L. Bailey
W.H. Baker
C. G. Barger
B.M. Barney
James P. Bradley
D.P. Barndon
L. Brandon
Sue Brandon
W.J. Brandon
F.R. Calhoun
P.R. Couch
R. B. Couch
S. Couch
Mrs. J.A. Cowan
W.L. Crow
Mrs. Lous F. Dent
Christopher Dodd
J.C. Dodd
R.H. Dodd
S.E. Ferguson
Campbell V. Gemes
Branson L. Griffin
E. Harling
James R. Jolley
J.T. Jolley
Levi D. Jolley
L.D. Jones
M.D. Jones
Butler Kennedy
B.S Leak
Mrs. M.E. Leak
H.H. Milam
Madison Milam
Susan Milam
A.H. Morris
Thomas Morris
J.B. Mullinix
Mrs. A.L. Nelson
O. Owen
H. Sayre
Nathan C. Sayre
Robert Speer
Daniel Sullivan
K.S. Taylor
W.F. Thomas
G. Yarbrough
J.J. Yarbrough
S.E. Yarbrough

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1881 published by A.E. Sholes and C. F. Wetherbee, Sholes & Company publishers Augusta, Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 324-325

Euharlee, Bartow County

A small town of 160 inabitants beautifully situated on the Euharlee creek, one half mile from its junction with the Etowah River, and is calssed among the healthiest localities in the State. The water power is very fine and could be very profitiable. At present there is only one mill operated.. It is 10 miles west of Cartersville, county seat, bank and telegraph office, 2 1/2miles to Stilesborough,Cherokee R.R. the nearest shipping point, via which it is 60 1/2 miles to Atlanta. Baptist and Presbyterian churches, and one common school. Cotton the cheif export. Mail semi-weekly W.B. Bohannon,Post Master

Bailey, J T, justice
Bohannon W. B. Post Master, harness and shoemaker
Calhoun, F R, physician
Calhoun J.J. , superinendant Euharlee Flour mills
Cline, L A, carpenter
Conyers C. H. constable
Euharlee Flour Mills, J.J. Calhoun superintendent
Gaines Pendleton, blacksmith and wagonmaker
Kelley William, miller
Little E.E. druggist, justice and notary
Lowery, Joseph. blacksmith
(note: speelled Luke here) Leeke, W. B. W., grocer and saloon
Newell S.W., Rev., Presbyterian
Padgett W.W. & Co., general store
Powell W.S. & Brother, general store
Vanmeter I. N. physician

Cassville Georgia Gazetteer

The Southern Business Directory and General Commercial Advertiser. Vol. 1, Publ 1854
CASS COUNTY

Population, 15,000; Amount of taxable property, $4,000,000

Cassville – Seminary – Cassville Female College, W.A. Rogers, President. High School – Cassville Male School, S.N. Wilson, Principal.

Dry Goods Merchants – George D. Upshaw, E.M. Price, Clardy & Ayers, Samuel Levy, J.W. Hooper & Co.

Confectionery – Linn & Writer, Christian & Earp

Books – Kelley & Colvin

Merchant Mills – William Solomon, John Crawford

Insurance Agency – J.W. Burke, Agent for the Southern Mutual Insurance Company

Newspaper – The Cassville Standard, Wofford & Burke, Editors and Proprietors, is published weekly at Cassville, Georgia, at $2 a year. Advertising done on reasonable terms

Dry Goods Merchants at Cartersville – J.A. & S. Erwin, Leake & Howard, J.R. Towers & Co., Stevens & Co., Mikle & Mikle

Grocers – W.H. & G.J. Howard

Seminary – Cartersville Male and Female School, A. Spencer, Principal

Bank Agencies – Lewis Tamlin, Agent for the Georgia Railroad Bank; John J. Howard, Agent for the Hamburg Bank

Dry Goods Merchants at Adairsville – A.S. Trimble & Co., O.D. Anderson, Goldsmith & Loveless, Veach & Lawrence

Family Grocer – D.A. Crawford

Merchant Mills – J.H. Whitesides

Dry Good Merchants at Kingston – J.C. Elliott, E.D. Cheshire

Dry Good Merchants at Euharlee – J.D. Carpenter, and ___________ Green

Allatoona – Mow & Thomas, Dry Good Merchants at Allatoona

Pine Log – James D. Terrell, Dry Goods Merchant

Erowah – Mark A. Cooper, Dry Goods Merchant and Manufacturer of Iron

Stump Creek – R.S. Pool, Dry Goods Merchant; B.G. Poole, John W. Lewis, Samuel M. Earle, Iron Manufactuerers; J.W. Lewis, Proprietor of Merchant Mills

John W. Burke, Cassville, Agent for the Southern Business Directory

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1896 published by Agnew and Tierny Atlanta, Georgia by Franklin Printing and Publishing 1896. Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 293

Cassville, Bartow County
Money order P O, Population 500, telegraph Kingston 5 Miles away, Express Cass Station 2 miles away, banking town Cartersville 7 miles

Best R N, grist mill and gin
Glasgow O N, general merchandise and gin
Hawkes Julius P, general merchandise
McTier J C, general merchandise
Pittard w D, general merchandise
Smith R.B, general merchandise

Cass Station, Bartow County
On W & A R R , Epresss Population 150 Telegraph Rogersville 11/2 miles money order P O, banking town Cartersville 3 miles
Thomas and Quillian, general merchandise

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-1889 published by A. E. Sholes Compiler, Volume V.1888 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 393

Cassville Bartow County
Two Run creek, 7 miles northwest of Cartersville, court house and nearest bank, 2 miles from Cass Station, ecpress and shipping office, via which is 55 miles from Atlanta, population 150 mail daily R. B. Smith postmaster

Battle R J, physician
Glasgow O U, cotton gin
Griffin C. F., physician
Hawkes Julius P, general merchandise and justice
Headden W. & Son, wagon makers
Holmes H. H, carrage manufacturer
Pittord W. D., general store
Myers W.W. blacksmith
Smith R.B, postmaster and general store
White J. M. Rev., Methodist
Wright C. W., Rev., Baptist

Cass Station Bartow County

W & A. R. R. On Two Run Creek 5 miles northwest of Cartersville, county seat and nearest bank, 53 from Atlanta. Population 250,Southern Express, mail daily B. B. Quillian postmaster.

Best R. N. gin and flour mill
Brown William stock raiser
Gilreath and Munford, gin and flour mill 5 miles
Lewis P.R. Machinist
Marshall Mathhew Prof. school teacher
Mitchel Stephen, blacksmith
Munford Lewis S, miller
Quillian B. B. Rev., Methodist, postmaster, railroad and express agent
Quillian C.M. , grocer
Taylor R.F. Rev., Presbyterian
Thomas & Quillian, general Store
Woffords Academy

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-1889 published by A. E. Sholes Compiler, Volume IV.1886-1887 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 423

Cassville Bartow County

On Two Run creek, 7 miles northwest of Cartersville, court house and nearest bank, 2 miles from Cass Station, express and shipping office, via which is 55 miles form Atlanta. wheat, cotton, oats and hay the shipments. Baptist and Methodist churches and one academy population 150 mail daily,

Battle R J, physician
England __ Rev., Methodist
Griffin C.F. Physician
Hawks J.P., general Store and justice
Hawkins P.E. Rev.,Baptist
Headden W. & Son, wagon makers
Holmes H.H, carrage manufacturer
Jackson, T.A. general store
Myers W.W. blacksmith
Smith Robert B., postmaster and general store
Walker W.G.., principal Cassville Acedemy

Cass Station Bartow County

On Two Run Creek 5 miles northwest of Cartersville, county seat bank and telegraph office, and 53 from Atlanta. Population of village 75, Methodist church an Academy, several schools and a steam gin and grist mill. Is office of Southern Express, exports annually 400bales of cotton mail daily.

Best R. N. gin and flour mill 3 1/2 miles
Brown William Stock raiser
Carter & Co, general store
Gilreath and Munford, gin and flour mill 5 miles
Lewis P.R. Machinist
Mitchel Stephen, blacksmith
Munford Lewis S, miller
Quillian B. B. Rev., Methodist, postmaster, railroad and express agent
Quillian C.M. , grocer
Taylor R.H. Rev., Presbyterian
Woffords Academy

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1883-1884 published by J H Estill and C H F Wetherbee , Volume III 1883 Savannah, Georgia Morning News Steam Prinitng Press 1883 Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 234

Cassville Bartow County

On Two Run creek, 7 miles northwest of Cartersville, court house and nearest bank, 2 miles from Cass Station, express and shipping office, via which is 55 miles form Atlanta. wheat, cotton, oats and hay the shipments. Baptist and Methodist churches and one academy population 150 mail daily,

Battle Robert J, physician
Brown M.S. , Physician
Cassville Academy, Miss ___ Prtichett principal
Chunn W A., general Store
Dyer W. M. Rev., Baptist
Hawks J.P., general Store and justice
Headden W. & Son, wagon makers
Holmes H.H, carrage manufacturer
Myers W.W. blacksmith
Pritchett ___ Miss, Cassville Academy
Smith Robert B., postmaster and general store
Stipes M. Rev., Methodist

Farmers
Dr. R. J. Battle
R. N. Best
Dr. M. S. Brown
W. A. Chunn
C. B. Conyers
B. O. Crawford
G. R. Gibbon
G. H. Gilreath
W. Headden & Son
H. H. Holmes
J. L. Irick
J. C. McTian
W. W. Myers
B. F. Pettit
R. C. Saxon

Cass Station Bartow County

On Two Run Creek 5 miles northwest of Cartersville, county seat bank and telegraph office, and 53 from Atlanta. Population of village 75, Methodist church an Academy, several schools and a steam gin and grist mill. Is office of Southern Express, exports annually 400bales of cotton mail daily.

Best gin and flour mill 3 1/2 miles
Brown William Stock raiser
Garwood I
Garwood R.
Gilreath and Munford, gin and flour mill 5 miles
Lewis P.R. Machinist
Mitchel Stephen, blacksmith
Munford Lewis S, miller
Quillian B. B. Rev., Methodist, postmaster, railroad and express agent
Sutton W.H.
Weems F.A.
Woffords Academy

Farmers

J. Bell
W. Brown
J. W. Christian
J. J. Farrister
S. O. Jones
T. Lawson
J. McKelrey
S. Mitchell
B. F. Posey
B. B. Quillian
M. M. Rogers
F. K. Walker
J. P. Walker
M. A. Wheeler

This is from the Georgia State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1881 published by A.E. Sholes and C. F. Wetherbee, Sholes & Company publishers Augusta, Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus Atlanta Fulton County Library R 917.58 Georgia Room Floor 5 page 247

Cassville Bartow County

On Two Run creek, 7 miles northwest of Cartersville, court house and nearest bank, 2 miles from Cass Station, express and shipping office, via which is 55 miles form Atlanta, wheat, cotton, oats and hay the shipments.It has one large steam saw and grist mill,Baptist and Methodist churches and one academy, population 150 mail daily,

Barber J., shoemaker
Battle Robert J, physician
Brown M.S. , Physician
Chunn W A., general Store
Garwood Johnson,gin, saw and grist mill
Gilreath G.H, physician
Harden, W., physician
Hawks J.P., general Store and justice
Headden W. & Son, wagon makers
Holmes H.H, carrage manufacturer
Kinnebrew  J.W. physician
Myers W.W. blacksmith
Quillian B.B., railroad agent
Smith Robert B., general store
Teat W.E. shoemaker

Cass Station Bartow County

5 miles northwest of Cartersville,the county seat,53 from Atlanta and 87 from Chattanooga. Population of village 75, has three churchs Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian, Is office of Southern Express, mail daily each way. W. G. Simpson post master

Best and Weem, gin and flour mill 3 1/2 miles
Garwood Johnson,gin, saw and grist mill 2 miles
Gilreath and Munford, gin and flour mill 5 miles
Jones Toombs R., general store
Munford Lewis S, miller
Quillian B. B., railroad and express agent

Pictures of barry through the years.

Just add a few comments the picture with the ball is the earliest possibly 1970 The top right wit green sleeves and collar is age 5 in 1975, The yellow shirt would be age 6 in 1976. I skipped kindergarten by going to head start in Jonesboro. The next date was 1976 that would be the brown shirt 2nd to the left. 1977 was most certainly the suit outfit. 1978 would have been on the middle third from the left. I had a fever blister in that photo. Me and my father in the last picture middle far right was 1984 or 5 and the last at the Cass High Emblem was 1987 graduating from high school and off to Basic training at Frot Jackson South Carolina. A true learning experience.