One of Hall County's most colorful characters was H.W.J. Ham, a journalist and lawyer who became nationally famous as an orator.
Scientists and assorted tinkerers were just beginning to dabble in radio about the turn of the 20th century. It would be a couple of decades before entrepreneurs and listeners would realize its potential as a mass medium.
It is no accident Pendergrass in Jackson County is about halfway between Athens and Gainesville.
For more than six decades, "Mark Trail" has been a fixture in newspaper funnies. It was birthed by a Gainesville man, continued by another Gainesvillian, and a third Gainesville artist has dipped his pen in it recently.
In the 1950s and perhaps later, a favorite pastime for some high school and college students was to explore what they called "Ghost Town" in Lumpkin County.
The Nalley name continues on 10 Atlanta area car dealerships, but the Nalley family no longer is involved directly in them. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a multibillion-dollar business, acquired most of the Nalley car enterprises in 1997, with Jim Nalley remaining as a partner and chief executive officer. His and wife Rene's three sons, Clay (C.V. Nalley IV), Street and Slater, continued working for Asbury.
When Jim Nalley was growing up in Gainesville in the 1950s, his main hang-out was his father's Chevrolet dealership on South Main Street.
A visitor to Gainesville in 1908 wrote about what he liked about the city.
Six Gainesville friends were together on a Caribbean cruise in May 1996. When the ship returned to port, three stayed for another day to tour Miami.
Even when it was tiny with mostly volunteer staff, the chamber of commerce for Gainesville and Hall County was aggressive in promoting the area.
Educators sometimes are frustrated that parents don't get more involved in their children's education. But their problems today hardly compare to the late 1800s when children were expected to pull their weight on the family farm.
For Lula being no bigger than it is, the east Hall County town has supplied its country with more than its share of military heroes.
If you lived in Hall County or nearby in the 1950s, more than likely you had a meal at the Mayflower Café.
Communication from overseas to back home was painstakingly slow during World War I, and it mostly consisted of letters from soldiers to their parents, other relatives or friends.
Plenty of veterans of World War II remain and even more people who remember the war.
In his book, "Mule and Wagon to Automobile," Prof. Thomas H. Rasmussen of Gainesville explores how a Gainesville of 472 people in 1870 grew into a sprawling metropolitan area of 180,000 today.
It was a grand occasion that mid-November day in 1928 near Flowery Branch when the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a boulder marking where Gen. Andrew Jackson spent the night at Young's Tavern.
Not everybody got into the Roaring '20s, defined as a loose time of rebellion among some segments of the population, defying tradition and exploring a modern age after World War I and before the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression.
In the days leading up to Nov. 22, 1963, the Hall County community was preoccupied with the usual issues and autumn activities.
As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.
Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.
When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.
School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.
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