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Remembering Mama

On Jan. 30, 2016, my mother, Ellen Hinely Exley, passed away peacefully at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro after many years of declining health. It was my privilege to be her daily caretaker, along with my father, for her last six months. She was a wife of over 63 years, Mama to my brother David and I, "Grandmama" to Brett, member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and every good thing that a wonderful loving generous talented mother could be.

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


Olde Effingham Day coming Saturday

Come join Historic Effingham Society at Effingham Museum and Living History Site on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for our 10th annual Olde Effingham Day Festival. There will be live entertainment, activities for children, live demonstrations of old time crafts tools and chores, Confederate re-enactor drills with cannon fire, antique cars, and food and craft vendors.

April 13, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering James Edwards

James Exley Edwards was born Oct. 9, 1925 to parents Marshall Irvin and Helen (Honey) Exley Edwards. He was the second child joining a sister Charlotte. Later a sister Victoria and brother Leroy would join the family.

January 05, 2016 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham


Pondering a new year

The 2015 year is pretty much behind us now. We are looking forward to a new year - 2016. Each of us may pledge a New Year's resolution and see how long we keep it. It is a time to contemplate the past and try to do better in the future.

December 29, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Exploring history of decorative Christmas greens

Mistletoe was said to have been used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They honored the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter.

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


Reviewing Varnie Wilson’s book

Local businessman and insurance salesman Varnie Wilson decided to write a book so that he could tell the story of how he lived as a child to all his children. On his 80th Birthday his family had it bound and printed as a paperback book in a limited private edition and gave copies to him. He was kind enough to share a copy with Historic Effingham Society and from this I will share some excerpts directly from the book.

December 15, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Plundering in the late 1940s 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.

December 08, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Discovering Janie’s journal

My paternal grandmother's sister was Sarah Jane Reisser was a school teacher who married Hallman Berry. She was born and reared by her parents Virgil Herbert and Ella V. Gnann Reisser on Highway 119 toward Clyo near Springfield. The home place is now known as the Reisser-Zoller Farm.

December 01, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving of course began with the Pilgrims in 1621 somewhere between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11. They wanted to give thanks and invited the Indians. About 90 Indians were in attendance at the first Thanksgiving.

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


Discovering more about barber Mock and Mema Carrie

Last week I told the story of barber Lamar Mock, who groomed many of Effingham's people in his barber shop. Inspired by his brother-in-law, Audley Bazemore (not Mock as stated last week), he served the people well.

November 18, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering barber Lamar Mock

Screven County native Lamar Mock came to Effingham County with his wife, the former Carrie Bazemore. They wound up purchasing property after they had been here for awhile from the Lancaster estate and tended a small farm and garden including cows that Carrie milked daily. Mock Road near Springfield, where they lived was named for the Mocks. They reared three children: Catherine, Linda Gail and Cornell.

November 10, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Recalling soil conservation in 1957

The Ogeechee River Soil Conservation District annual report in 1957 had a section on Effingham County. At that time, 414 landowners representing 95,972 acres were cooperators with the Ogeechee River District Soil Conservation District.

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


Remembering Royal’s Grocery

The now abandoned building on Highway 17 in Egypt known as Royal's Grocery ceased operations years ago. The building was owned by Mr. Frank Roundtree as early as 1911.

October 27, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Recalling the sights and smells of fall

The chill is in the air and the first frost is around the corner. It is time for a fire in the fireplace in the evenings. The air is crisp and cool against your face in the breeze.

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


Remembering the sheriffs of Effingham

1852-63 John Dasher

October 13, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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Remembering Leonorian Neidlinger

Leonorian Neidlinger was born to Frances Melissa Shearouse Neidlinger in Effingham County, on April 4, 1865. His father, Edwin Samuel Shadrack Neidlinger, died in the ...

June 22, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering Clyo’s Metzger brothers

My paternal grandmother Annie Mae Reiser Exley's Aunt Mary Felisher "Aunt Lish" (born in 1846) married Benjamin Metzger who lived in the edge of ...

June 15, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Above from left to right are Hospice Savannah’s Tonya Hillis, Firefighter Mike Whittle, Fire Chief C

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have information to share or photos contact her at754-6681or email her at hesheraldexley ...

June 08, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Tung Oil tree, an oddity in the area

The Asian native Tung Oil tree came into America during World War I and in the 1920s was cultivated on plantations from Florida to Texas.

June 01, 2016 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham


Perusing old school pictures

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

May 25, 2016 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham


Blooming catalpa trees

Nearly every old farm had some "catawba" trees as they were mostly known. The catalpa trees were good shade trees which produced rot resistant twisting ...

May 18, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Finding more memories of Springfield

This is the continuation of a letter to the editor from last week from Mr. Danny "Buddy" Moore:

May 11, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Memories of Springfield

Daniel E. "Buddy" Moore's family shared this letter to the editor of the Springfield Herald after he died in February 1967 titled "Happy Memories":

May 04, 2016 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham


Remembering the Sunday School Convention in the 1880s

As we prepare for the 137th annual Sunday School Convention, we are thrilled to have uncovered some pictures never shared dating to the convention prior ...

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


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