Historic Effingham Society will host its annual banquet on Feb. 7. Our president, Norma Jean Morgan, has invited the chief of the Savannah River Euchee Indians tribal nation to be our guest speaker. He is an engineer who worked as a federal contractor. The chief is also an educator of colonial and Indian history.
Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy Ivey Williamson has renal disease, is on home dialysis and is in need of a kidney transplant. He has been on the waiting list at Emory in Atlanta since January 2014.
The following was found in papers of the late Willie Kieffer Tebeau - an obituary from a newspaper dated Guyton, Effingham County, Dec. 8, 1899 (It is of note all the ads on the back are of Guyton so this appears to be a Guyton newspaper; the Springfield Herald was not yet in print):
In times gone by, farmers did not have a public weather service or local media to let them know what to expect weather-wise. Annual publications called almanacs were published by several companies and farmers relied on these booklets for long-term forecasts and schedules of the phases of the moon. The Old Farmers' Almanac and Greer's Almanac are two that come to mind. Superstition and firm belief by many held that crops were best planted in certain phases of the moon.
A major addition to Farm Bureau came in 1959 with the founding of the Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Company. Two years later, Blue Cross/Blue Shield hospital-medical coverage was made available to members. In 1964, farm record management services were offered and the marketing association was formed to assist farmers with the buying and selling of agricultural products.
Each year I share a recipe or two at Christmas. This year I have been exploring recipes for Christmas fruit cookies. The one I made is pictured here. This was what I baked Monday based on a recipe shared by Lona Webb from her niece Rene Conner.
The state headquarters for the Georgia Farm Bureau organization was originally in Cartersville, then moved to Pelham in Mitchell County in July 1941. As additional county chapters were added, a decision was made to move to a more central location. In 1944, Georgia Farm Bureau's home office moved to Macon.
As our Christmas approaches and the year 2014 ends, I know we will all be enjoying lots of good food and fellowship. Without farmers none of our tables would be graced with the food we all plan to consume. In a different kind of Christmas story, I am going to tell you about the history of the Farm Bureau in Effingham County. We have two chapters, Springfield and Marlow. Each chapter has officers. There are elected county officers as well and the organization operates with an elected board of directors.
On Friday, a historical marker will be dedicated in a program to begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. The marker shown in the illustration will commemorate a short-lived Confederate convalescent camp that operated there from July 1862 through January 1863.
Do you remember piney woods rooters? If so, you are probably elderly. This was the name given to feral hogs many years ago. They were called this because they rooted around the base of trees in search of nourishment.
While the Mars Theatre offered movies in Springfield, a new experience in entertainment opened in Effingham in 1952. The Sky-Vu Drive-In Theatre offered a movie on the big outdoor screen shown only at night just south of Springfield. It was owned and operated by Pat Ingram and Rufus Wilson. The only thing left of the theatre is one building that sits back from the road just north of St. Boniface Catholic Church on Highway 21 South. This building likely housed the projection room.
After eight-and-a-half years, sometimes it is hard to write a full story each week. Thank you for allowing me this week to share some interesting tidbits I have found in old issues of the Springfield Herald.
Recently I received a poster advertisement for Agrico Fertilizer, a fertilizer for potatoes. Three local men were featured in the ad from 1937.
The Springfield Herald printed the following story on Dec. 20, 1917:
This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.
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.
Echoes of Effingham is compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.
Effingham 4-H member Mallory Morgan competed in January at District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle, and placed second in the history category. This earned her a spot to compete at State Congress in July in Atlanta.
On Saturday, Miss Nellie Arnsdorff celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends gathering in the Effingham Care Center, where she now lives. She enjoyed chocolate cake and ice cream and spending time with her relatives and church members.
Springfield Lions Club was organized in 1945. It was a grand civics club serving our county for 50 years until 1995 when it disbanded. One of their primary projects was to supply eye glasses to the needy in the community. They contributed to the well-being of our citizens and those who protect our freedom.
This week makes nine years that the Echoes column has been published. That sure has included a lot of deadlines! To celebrate, I am going to share a few trivia questions. You will find the answers below.
The home of Mrs. Cynthia Brogdon was the site for Christmas open house for Historic Effingham Society in 1999.
In colonial times, this county was referred to as St. Matthews Parish, of which Ebenezer was the center. Following the Revolutionary War, the Legislature named Effingham County as one of the original eight counties of Georgia, created by the 1777 Constitution.
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