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Descendants visit Blandford

The Blandford Railroad Crossing, Blandford Road, the community of Blandford, the historic Blandford Depot, Blandford Elementary School, and the old Blandford post office all have something in common in addition to being located in Effingham County. Their name comes from the chief engineer of the Brinson Railway, Major R. A. Blandford (Richard Abner Blandford, 1845-1916) who engineered the construction of the railroad from Savannah to Springfield in 1906-07.

June 30, 2015 | By James B. Sickel | Echoes of Effingham


Bethesda United Methodist marks 100 years

On Sunday May 17, the Bethesda United Methodist Church congregation celebrated 100 years of worship. Following the 11 a.m. worship service, lunch was served to about 175 members and guests in attendance. In the afternoon lemonade from a wooden barrel was served and enjoyed with pound cake and homemade ice cream.

June 23, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering the Stillwell Depot

The railroad came to Stillwell in the 1890s. Although Historic Effingham Society has known of a depot in Stillwell, these are the first photographs of the depots in Stillwell that we have found.

June 16, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Col. Blackburn inspired many at ECHS

The 10th Annual George Morgan Blackburn Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 16 at Black Creek Golf Club. The event is held in memory of Lt. Col. George Morgan Blackburn who passed away Dec. 31, 2005.

June 09, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Enjoying the beauty of home

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her 754-6681 or email her at: hesheraldexley@aol.com.

June 02, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


More photos from the album

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her at 754-6681 or email her at: hesheraldexley@aol.com.

May 26, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Marlow ladies from the photo album

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her at 754-6681 or email her at: hesheraldexley@aol.com.

May 19, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Plundering through old photographs again

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at: hesheraldexley@aol.com.

May 12, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Perusing the old photo album again

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her at 754-6681 or email her at hesheraldexley@aol.com

May 05, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Celebrating 136 years of Sunday school convention

At the first Sunday school convention in 1879, Rev. Repphard gave a copy of the accompanying illustration of the Lord's Prayer to each Sunday school teacher present. A similar small card was presented to each student. The original was given to Mrs. Mary Zettler Dasher, grandmother of Mary Dasher Douglass. It now hangs in the Salzburger Museum at Ebenezer.

April 28, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


UDC chapter to celebrate 55 years

There was a Salzburger Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Effingham County prior to the current Hussars Chapter that will celebrate its 55th anniversary on Confederate Memorial Day.

April 21, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering the Effingham Academy class of 1946

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.

April 14, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Perusing the Herald archives from 1974

Effingham Academy in 1974 was a private school on Highway 119 south that now houses the library, health department and recreation department.

April 07, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Olde Effingham Day set for April 11

Historic Effingham Society is continuing to host Olde Effingham Day this year on April 11. The festival will be held at Effingham Museum and Living History Site at the corner of Early and Pine streets in Springfield from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Plenty of parking is available at the courthouse nearby.

March 31, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Claiming kin in the South

When people moved into Effingham County 50-plus years ago, they would tell you that you better not talk about anyone because practically everyone around was related. This is still true to a great degree among the native Effingham families.

March 24, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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Exploring the Gnann and Wilson lineage

John Sylvester Gnann (b. 1860 d. 1936) married in 1886 Ella Gertrude Weitman (b.1868 d. 1945).

August 25, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


The Birds in early Springfield

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Exley at 754-6681 or email ...

August 19, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Finding a biography of James Bird

At the beginning of the War Between the States, Captain Bird was anxious to enlist in the Army of the CSA. However, his brother Edward ...

August 11, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Finding the Bird family roots

The Bird family came to America as Dutch (Palatine) immigrants. The first settler was Andreas Bort, Sr. (c. 1650-1723). After settling in the New York ...

August 04, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


With increasing frequency over the past 10 years or so, parents have asked me various questions abou

Early timber harvesting was done with mules and timber carts after the trees were taken down with axes and crosscut saws.

July 28, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Hot weather at Campmeetings

I am sure those at Campmeeting are glad for some cooling rain on Sunday afternoon. Back in 1906, Methodist Camp Meeting was held in October ...

July 22, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Reviewing a Herald correspondent

For many years each community had a correspondent who sent weekly news to the Springfield Herald. Bethesda's news came from Mrs. Alma Zipperer for ...

July 14, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


225 years of Camp Meeting

For 225 years, the Effingham County United Methodists have held an annual camp meeting. This is the fourth site where the week of services has ...

July 07, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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