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Plundering the photo album

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos or historical information to share, contact (912) 754-6681 or email hesheraldexley@aol.com

October 11, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Exploring history of Goshen Church

It may surprise you to know that the current Goshen United Methodist Church was once Goshen Lutheran Church.

October 04, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering Dr. Charles T. Brown

Dr. Charles T. Brown was a native of Gillsville, Georgia, in Banks and Hall counties and the son of a Baptist Minister. He graduated from Cumming High School in Forsyth County, Georgia and completed his pre-med education at Emory University. He received his M. D. Magna cum laude from Emory in July of 1929. Dr. Brown completed a one year internship as a Lieutenant Junior grade in Norfolk Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and a surgerical residency at McLeod Infirmary in Florence, South Carolina. He came to Guyton in 1931 after his surgical residency.

September 27, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Exploring the old Bethel Community

September 20, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


History of Effingham County American Legion Post 209

The American Legion is a patriotic organization of Veterans of World Wars I and II, Korea and the Vietnam Wars. (This was written in 1976) Its main purposes are advancing aims and interests of veterans and continuing friendships formed while they were in service and seeing that disabled veterans receive the care and help that they need.

September 06, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Echoes of Effingham: Looking at cotton in Georgia

It is a beautiful sight to see lush green fields of cotton in bloom on the farm today. The photograph does not show the rosy pink and white blooms in black and white as it does in color. Sufficient rain so far is in favor of the farmer this year despite some late planting times due to heavy spring rains. When the colony of Georgia was established as a British Colony in 1733, cotton seed was brought to Savannah and planted in the Trustees Garden. Cotton became an integral part of Georgia's history post American Revolution 1775 to 1783 ...

September 04, 2017 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Martin Luther and the Reformation led the Salzburgers to Georgia

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The Theses were his beliefs that differed from the Catholic Church and many others in the area agreed with him. A movement of rebellion grew in the evangelical communities in Rome. From 1517 to 1731 war, true religious differences and politics drove the Protestant Salzburgers to seek a place to live where they could have religious freedom. The 1731 Edict of Expulsion forced 20,000,000 Salzburgers from their homeland.

August 30, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Echoes of Effingham: Remembering William Washington Metzger

William Washington Metzger was born April 25, 1831, on a farm near the small village of Clyo, which lies a short distance from the Savannah River. His life was a happy life, being reared in a family having a great sense of humor.

May 24, 2017 | By Susan Exley Historic Effingham Society | Echoes of Effingham


Echoes of Effingham: Remembering the 1940 hurricane

As we sat around during Hurricane Matthew and thanked the Lord that we had no building damage, just a lot of trees and limbs down, my 85 year old father Arthur Exley told stories of his childhood.

October 20, 2016 | By SUSAN EXLEY Historic Effingham Society | Echoes of Effingham


Some advice on making pear relish

This is the time of year on the old farms in Effingham County when pears get ripe. Almost all the farms had a few pear trees. Although it was hard work, women put up pears to use later in the year. Canned pears were great for pear salad, dumplings or pies. Pear pickle, preserves, jelly or jam were old time staples. While the pears were in season they made delicious deep dish pan pies (a thick pie in homemade pastry crust). My grandmother added pears to cornbread when they were almost ripe. Fruited cornbread was a way to use to ...

September 26, 2016 | By SUSAN EXLEY Historic Effingham Society | Echoes of Effingham


Discovering Fall's beauty

Just before fall leaves turn into their bright hues, there is a native perennial shrub that is mostly found on the edges of our wooded lands. The green leafy bush can grow to three to five feet tall and wide. Under cultivation in a garden setting it may grow to 9 feet. In spring to summer it has green leaves and tiny blooms flower in very small clusters along the stalks. As fall approaches the leaves turn much lighter green and along each plant stalk groups of tiny berries ripen from green to a bright fuchsia purple color. Green berry ...

September 26, 2016 | By SUSAN EXLEY Historic Effingham Society | Echoes of Effingham


Perusing old Family Albums

William Oliver Boaen Family in 1907

September 26, 2016 | By SUSAN EXLEY Historic Effingham Society | Echoes of Effingham


Saying goodbye to an old friend

On Aug. 5, Effingham Herald Editor Patrick Donahue will be moving on to accept an editorship in Thomasville. Effingham County's loss will be Thomasville's gain.

August 03, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering the Fetzer family’s ‘cousin’

The Fetzer family story continues this week. Last week's information was previously published by Mary Dasher Douglass. Today's information was shared with her family by Ida Evelina Dasher Rush, who was a descendant of George Washington Fetzer's daughter Evelina Salome Fetzer Dasher, who married Zeno James Dasher.

July 27, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering George Washington Fetzer

George Washington Fetzer, a sixth-generation descendant of Johann Ulrich Fetzer, was born in Ebenezer on Dec. 29, 1844. He was the son of Richard Israel and Salome Kieffer Fetzer, both of whom were Salzburgers.

July 20, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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Cane syrup cooking in Guyton

A few weeks ago I was invited by a classmate, Wilson Lawson and his wife Vivian Owens Lawson, to their syrup cooking. They have a ...

December 14, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Effingham's stories of yesterday

At this busy time of year everyone is scurrying around shopping for the holidays. In sharp contrast to our variety of stores nearby with our ...

December 06, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Perusing the old photo album again

November 30, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Discovering an old J.B. Simmons token

A local building contractor, Dwayne Deal, shared scans of an old coin or token he found in Rincon. It was found not too far from ...

November 22, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Revisiting the Farmers Union Store

The Farmers Union Store was moved to Laurel Street in Springfield about 1920. Mr. Elmon Bragg was the first manager. In 1936 the business was ...

November 15, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Reviewing the history of Berryville

According to Mr. Ernest W. Gnann's history (he credited information from Mell Exley and Hubert Dasher), Berryville is located around the Seaboard Railway crossing ...

November 08, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remember the Dekle House in Clyo

A month or so ago I was asked by Cathy Rahn Berryhill from Texas if I knew anything about a house that appeared in a ...

November 01, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering Indigo School

cated near what is known as Indigo Swamp near Berryville which was between Stillwell and Clyo. The Reiser children walked on a path across Marshall ...

October 25, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Making cane syrup

Fall in years gone by in Effingham County meant the sugar cane was ready and cane syrup could be made. There are only a handful ...

October 18, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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