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Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Porch Climbing"


Porch Climbing

southern home"Ten to twelve years ago, when I was on a detective force of Cincinnati, two or three rascals hung up the town for three to four weeks in a way that annoyed us not a little. There were chaps known as porch climbers and the way the way they did business was simply slick. Porch climbing was then in its infancy. A sneak thief might be ready to take advantage of an open door or window on the upper floor up shimmering up a column to reach a balcony or using a light ladder to enter a chamber. The very first job done by a gang resulted in $600 worth of jewelry, and they hastened off to a pawnshop." Source: The Washington Gazette. July 17, 1887.   ... more ...





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Monday, September 17, 2018

Railroad Dollars Paid the Wages #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Railroad Dollars

railroad dollarDuring the 1860s the railroad printed its own dollar as a means of the payment of wages. Male railroad workers were paid between $1 and $5 per day. Immigrants were paid the lowest amount. During 1922 it was reported that the railroads did a large volume of business on a narrow traffic margin.







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Monday, September 10, 2018

A Memory is Worth a Million Pictures #georgiapioneerscom

A Memory is Worth a Million Pictures

sewingThere are memories simply too precious to forget. Too soon do little children grow up and forget the elder relatives. Yet, there remains dribbles of information we knew about our family members that is still in the conclave of our thoughts. Older citizens review these moments in the declining years, preferring the good times. I see my sisters as they were when we were playing in the yard, but somewhere in that memory lies a fleeting picture of my dear old great-grandmother asking me to thread a needle. One day I found a vaguely familiar face on an old black and white photograph and it came to me! That was her! I had traced her lineage back several hundred years, but not remember her. Now I could. What a pleasure it is to find her alas! It seems that just about everyone has a batch of unidentified photos. Now that the Internet is our photo album, we can post these precious memories for future generations. Neat! Remember Me








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Monday, September 3, 2018

The Rides of Yesterday

1923 Model T in the Atlanta Journal






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Monday, August 27, 2018

The Evacuation of Atlanta #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy #gaancestors #gawills #gamarriages

The Evacuation of Atlanta

In 1864 when General Sherman was en route to Atlanta, its citizens were panicking to leave. The general exit plan was to hide all precious commodities, such as silver and coins and this was usually done by digging holes in the garden. Some families carried precious items on the train to Kennesaw and when word came that the enemy was nearby, the train stopped and allowed people to hide their stuff. One known stop was along the Chattahoochee River near the Atlanta Water Works. Afterwards, they returned to sweep up the ashes of a burnt city and to suffer the repression of Northern politicians during Reconstruction Days. 


Evacation of Atlanta

Atlanta Terminal Station

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Both Legs Mashed Off on the Tracks! #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy #gawills #gaestates #gamarriages

Both Legs Mashed Off!

"About dark this evening, Sam Weller, the yard engineer of the Western and Atlantic railroad, ran over Dr. John S. Wilson, a real estate agent of this city, and mashed off his legs just below the knees. The accident occurred at the Whitehall street crossing, and Dr. Wilson was in the act of crossing the track when the engine struck him. Tonight his condition is regarded critical. Dr. Wilson came to Atlanta from Augusta many years ago and for some time was a member of the drug firm of Pemberton, Willson, Taylor & Co." Source: The Headlight, published Gray, Georgia, August 11, 1888.
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Old Timey Baby Carriages Around Atlanta

Baby Carriage published in Atlanta Journal in 1886






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Monday, August 13, 2018

Economy during the War #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy #gawills #gaestates #gamarriages

Economy during the War

1940 Dress StylesGentlemen wore white shirts to work during the War and when the collars and cuffs were stained or worn, they were removed, turned, and resewn to reflect a newer finish. Shoes were polished and socks regularly darned. The ladies wore wool fedora hats and matching gloves. My grandmother saved every dab of cotton in her medicine bottles to stuff pillows. Also, women were still selling hair, and I noted a large sack of reddish hair (from her girl hood) in her closet. Although it was a time of saving items and penny-pinching, proper fashions were worn at all times, and good manners were still in style. 

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