I’m most grateful

I am most grateful for a number of things – my children and grandchildren, of course, my 51 years in Fayetteville, the brains God gave me to have participated in county events during all that time, and certainly, my pretty good health. Not only am I fortunate to come from good stock that has not […]

More about Chief Dode

The second high school in Fayete County is McIntosh High School, opening in 1982 with just freshmen and sophomores. Good idea. I was appointed as the official county historian in 1981 and it certainly did not include naming new schools. I felt very strongly that they should be named for old schools that had been […]

Chief Dode McIntosh

I wrote last week that the name McIntosh came into existence in Georgia in the mid 1700s when three brothers arrived from Scotland. They settled just south of Savannah. One of them, William, married a Creek Indian princess, of the Wind Clan, and they had a son, William Jr. However, a few years later his […]

The McIntosh family

In talking about the McIntosh’s of Georgia and more specifically, Fayette County, we are talking about members of the Creek Indian Nation. The Creek Indians arrived in Georgia as far back as 10,000 years ago but until 1,000 years ago they finally stopped roving and began to become agrarian and stay put in one place. […]

This and that

I’m sure there’s a special name for people like me, but I have to have a clock in every room in the house. Yes, I always have a watch on, but looking at a big clock on the wall is more satisfactory. And for the nosey folks, no, I don’t have one in the bathroom. […]

A grand wedding

I was privileged Saturday night to attend a wedding that was more like a gala. The father of the bride, Rick, and my son David, went to high school together and were each other’s best man at their respective weddings. My daughter and I attended Rick’s wedding 35 years ago. Now I was going to […]

What a Night!

I attended the Fayette Chamber banquet this past Saturday night and it turned out to be an evening I will never forget. Fifty years ago I worked with the Jaycees here and local interested business men to form a chamber of commerce. Those first few years were thin on funds, places to meet and trying […]

Loss of friends

I do not mind growing older nor the fact that sometimes I cannot think of the name of one of my children. I do mind, however, the loss of longtime friends as they grow older also. One friend lost last June was Joe Stinchcomb. He was born and raised in Fayette County and also raised […]


I pretty much have never made New Year’s Resolutions, enough situations throughout the year will require my attention without worrying about saying I would or would not do something and regret otherwise. I am amazed, though, at the people that I have always felt who have been around forever, only to find out I’m older […]

More about ‘Gone With the Wind’

Fayette County has a lot to do with “Gone With The Wind,” not so much the movie but with the book.   At the time Margaret Mitchell’s great-grandfather, Philip Fitzgerald, came to the United States from Ireland in the 1835, the property he settled on was Fayette County. The house sat about four miles southeast […]