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Deadly flu outbreak in 1918 closed much of Gainesville

When the influenza pandemic roared into North Georgia in the fall of 1918, schools closed and some activities shut down for a few weeks.

May 10, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Free bridge travel once was a luxury

As the automobile began to show up more around the turn of the 20th century, the demand for more roads and bridges increased. They sometimes became embroiled in controversy.

May 03, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall, South begged for a ‘bale-out’ before World War I

Federal "bailouts" of financial institutions, carmakers or others generate considerable heat across the country, but especially in the South.

April 26, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Congressman helped find his father's killer

Tom Bell was a man of action who served as 9th District U.S. Representative from 1905 to 1931.

April 19, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


And you say politics today can get nasty

We think partisan politics is worse than ever, but it's pretty tame compared to some periods of the country's history.

One incident involving a Hall Countian not long after the Civil War is an example of how things sometimes could get out of hand between political party supporters.

April 12, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Indian raid in 1859 nearly killed Hall native

Green Russell, who with his brothers caused a gold rush in what is now Colorado and who shares credit for the founding of Denver, was a colorful, adventurous character out of the hills of Lumpkin and Dawson counties.

April 05, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Leather wasn’t only product of Bona Allen tannery

Buford has a long history of sports excellence; witness the recent girls high school state basketball championship or the almost routine state championship football teams.

March 29, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bona Allen leather works long gone, but name persists

The Bona Allen leather enterprises have been long gone from Buford, but the Bona Allen name lives and forever will be identified with the Gwinnett and Hall counties town of Buford.

March 22, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


First Lady’s funeral train stopped here 95 years ago

When President Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, died in June 1914, the train carrying her body stopped in Gainesville. Mrs. Wilson had spent considerable time in Gainesville, along with her husband. Two of her children were born in Gainesville.

March 15, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Recounting a lively race for Congress back in 1914

Congressional races in the 9th District aren't what they used to be. They traditionally were quite contested, and some could get nasty.

March 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Similar street names hinder fast response

With so many duplicate or similar street and road names in Hall County, it's a wonder emergency responders ever get to the right location.

March 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pilot Jared is still on a 'hell of a ride' in memoirs

During World War II, early in his flying career, Ed Jared worked for a private company teaching potential Army Air Corps pilots to fly.

February 22, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


NASA exec has no plans to retire yet

Growing up in southwest Gainesville in the 1940s and '50s, getting up early and milking the family cow before school, Jack Richards never imagined he'd be deeply involved in the nation's space program.

February 15, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How Madame Chiang Kai-chek landed at Piedmont College

One hundred years ago, Soong Mei-ling, who became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, enrolled in Piedmont College in Demorest.

February 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Plaque honors local veterans of Spanish War

Gainesville has numerous monuments around honoring presidents, local war veterans, Confederate soldiers and other figures in the county's history.

February 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville's downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before "Old Joe," the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul's, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

May 17, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1920 contents of high school cornerstone unveil history

In the fall of 1920, Hall County students were studying in 21 schools.

May 10, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville was a brick center in early 1900s

In the early 1900s, Gainesville already was becoming known as a poultry center, but it would be another half century before it could boast about being the "World's Broiler Capital."

May 03, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family finally tells its story of ’36 Gainesville tornado

Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here's a family's remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville's 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.

April 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville residents fought to keep square in 1901

"Old Joe," the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square, almost wasn't to be for a couple of reasons.

April 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Anniversary of a different deadly 1936 tornado

Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.

April 05, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

March 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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