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Johnny Vardeman: Tales of beans, tomatoes, cornpones and a road’s name

Questions about local history often come across this desk, and, though no expert, this column attempts to answer them from time to time.

July 01, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: A war story, and one about a poultry giant

In the late John Jacobs' book, "The Longer You Live, Remembrances of John Wesley Jacobs Jr.," he recounts an episode he experienced as a young Army lieutenant during the last year of World War II in Germany.

May 28, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Longstreet Bridge’s name was unofficial until recently

And all this time you thought the first bridge over the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on U.S. 129 north of Gainesville was always named Longstreet Bridge.

May 21, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Quillians played important roles across Georgia

So, is Sally Quillian Yates one of the Hall County Quillians Corner Quillians?

May 14, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ferry operators of early 1900s viewed bridges as competitors

Just as multilane highways today are replacing narrow two-laners, and just as rutted dirt roads were replaced by paved roads, bridges over wide streams were replacing ferries in the early 1900s. J.M. Nunn of Gainesville built two bridges over the Broad River in Elbert County, but hardly before they were completed, he lost them.

May 07, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Thanks go to those who help preserve our area’s history

There are too many people to name who have contributed to the preservation of history in Hall County.

April 30, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant's army at bay until Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived at Petersburg, Va., during the Civil War?

April 23, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: New Gainesville city hall was over estimate, yet was a bargain in 1900

When Gainesville Mayor J.B. Gaston was leaving office in January 1900, he boasted the city was spending no more than $9,600 on the new city hall, which was in a block just south of the downtown square.

April 16, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Curious news nuggets from region’s papers of past

Some nuggets mined from mountain newspapers from the past:

April 09, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages, seemingly soaking up the latest news, watching some outrageous video or communicating via voice or social media.

April 02, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Storm victims’ cemetery marker in need of repair

More than 200 people died in the April 6, 1936, tornado that blew through the heart of Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Check yourself on local history, area landmarks

Some miscellaneous historical trivia to test your knowledge of Northeast Georgia: (Answers below.)

March 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Transportation plan in 1970s had hits, misses

Transportation problems are a symptom of galloping growth, which comes in spurts according to the health of the economy.

March 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Levines left lasting legacy as craftsmen

The record needs to be set straighter on who built the famed lectern first used by President Franklin Roosevelt, who dedicated a new courthouse and city hall in Gainesville after the 1936 tornado practically blew away the downtown and government buildings.

March 05, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: FDR’s lectern to join Gainesville High’s birthday bash

Prominently on display today at Gainesville High School's 125th anniversary celebration will be the lectern especially built for President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he visited Gainesville after the 1936 tornado. It will be on display at the school's Pam Ware Performing Arts Center.

February 26, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Johnny Vardeman: ‘Just Mr. Jones’ to local teen girl happened to be golfing legend

Bobby Jones was the great Georgia golfer who won 33 tournaments, including 13 majors and the "Grand Slam" of his era.

July 21, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: School years were aligned with calendar in early 1900s

As a new school year begins in a few weeks - much too soon, many students, teachers and parents say - look back to the early 1900s ...

July 16, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: You ask, we answer — solving some mysteries of local history

Readers now and then have questions about local history. Here are a few of some that have popped up over the years:

July 09, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: When the first load of lumber came in from Helen in 1913

When the first train carload of lumber passed through Gainesville on its way to market from Byrd-Matthews Lumber Co. in Helen, it was a significant ...

June 25, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ridge Road was named for a Cherokee Indian chief

Many assume Ridge Road was so named because it generally follows a ridge from Old Cornelia Highway to Queen City Parkway in Gainesville. One story ...

June 18, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Asbestos mine was pricey property back in 1899

While gold mining continued at a fairly brisk pace into the early 1900s, another type of mine provided a bonanza of a different sort in ...

June 11, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some historic happenings back in 1980

Doesn't seem all that long ago, but in 1980 Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were locked in a presidential race while Iran held more ...

June 04, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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