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Johnny Vardeman: Reform crusade shut down most stores Sundays

A great reform movement swept Hall County in the early 1900s.

November 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Professor Leon had testy walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1886

Many remember Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1970. It was spectacular and drew thousands of onlookers.

November 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Documentary relates history of TF Railroad

It is unfortunate Rudy Ellis and Dess Oliver died before seeing the Tallulah Falls Railroad documentary video they were a significant part of.

November 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Moonshiners often were able to outwit law enforcement

When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also used their imagination to outfox local sheriffs and revenue officers.

November 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


‘Auto craze,’ Model T Ford paved way for better roads

While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century to create an increasing demand for better roads. Wagon and buggy riders had long sought improved roads.

October 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


When cars first plodded along area roadways

Horses and buggies, mules and wagons remained the primary mode of transportation in North Georgia into the early 1900s.

October 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Some believed Hall County had potential for gold rush

The Lumpkin County gold rush in the 1800s is well known, and mining continued on a small scale even in more modern times.

October 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Reunion draws former students from Clermont

When former students of Clermont schools come to their reunion in the old gymnasium today, they might not be able to ring their school bell, but they can look it over as they exchange memories with each other.

October 04, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


School football in North Ga. can be traced to early 1900s

While Col. Ed Kenyon was officially Gainesville High School's first football coach, starting in 1910, the sport in Gainesville goes back further, even to 1905.

September 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Meaders keeps turning family potter’s wheel

Whelchel Meaders will be among the potters participating in the "Pottery Comes to Town" event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the White County Courthouse parking lot in Cleveland.

September 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Mysterious white horse rider searched for pot of gold in North Ga.

During the 1920s, a woman in fancy riding clothes regularly could be seen on a white horse in a sparsely populated area of Banks County near Alto.

September 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gillsville’s principal got thanks after a spanking

As Gillsville School principal, Ralph White had plenty of opportunities to spank unruly students. After he had applied a hickory switch to him, one student said, "Thank you, Mr. White," as he was going out the door.

September 06, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Old buildings hold memories for long-timers

A couple of downtown Gainesville landmarks that hold special memories for a lot of people are undergoing yet another series of renovations.

August 30, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren't just recent controversies in Georgia's history.

August 23, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lynchings were a common crime in early 20th century

Much is being made of the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank/Mary Phagan case this month.

August 16, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville’s Jack of all sports was a pure natural

If a ball had anything to do with it, Jack Roberts was naturally great at it.

May 01, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: 100 years later, politics remain as divisive and bizarre as ever

Elections 100 years ago, on state, local and national levels, are not so dissimilar from this year's.

April 24, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some places, bits of history are missing off today’s maps

Old maps reveal a lot about the history of an area, changes that have come about, places that no longer are obvious.

April 17, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Public housing and the legacy of a preacher

Some Gainesville homes were still without electricity and used kerosene for both heating and lighting in the late 1940s when the idea for a public ...

April 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Try this quiz: What do you recollect about street changes?

Time for another history trivia quiz about Northeast Georgia. Answers at end of column.

April 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall boosters took to road to tell story before WWI

Hall County was feeling its oats just before World War I. It had landed two large textile mills, other small industries were thriving, a few ...

March 27, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Horse Guards militia group was horseless in early years

The Candler Horse Guards was a Hall County militia group that despite its name went without its own horses for a while.

March 20, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Local lawyer Perry liked to take on the powerful

H.H. Perry, the colorful, constantly controversial Gainesville lawyer in the early 1900s, who never met a political race he didn't like, also had ...

March 12, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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