Hall Countians and other North Georgians played important parts in the removal of the Cherokee Indians westward to Oklahoma on what became called the Trail of Tears.
W.F. (Dub) Westmoreland Jr. didn't just play cowboy like many of his peers when he was a child. His grandparents, Marvin and Mary Nell Autry, had him driving cows on their Clark's Bridge Road farm in Hall County when he was 4 years old.
Really, it shouldn't have taken a court case to figure out that local, state and federal officials intended for Lake Lanier to be used as a water supply for neighboring communities.
Before the Gainesville downtown streets were paved, it was a common sight for mules and horses pulling wagons to be mired in near knee-deep mud.
Jim Davidson, who published the Cleveland, Ga., Courier, was the consummate old-time editor who tediously hand-set one at a time every letter of every word of every sentence in his four-page newspaper long hours into the night, but never on Sunday.
North Georgia over the years produced a bumper crop of entertaining and sometimes controversial newspaper editors.
When zipper inventor and manufacturer Talon Inc., announced it would locate in Cleveland in the summer of 1952, the normally reserved weekly Cleveland Courier shouted the news in 2-inch headlines.
Probably a few longtime Hall County residents have an old "chicken tag" lying around, having saved it from the 1950s and '60s or found it at a garage or yard sale somewhere.
It could have been Lyman Hall instead of Old Joe on Gainesville's downtown square. In 1901, Somebody suggested a statue of Hall, the county's namesake and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, be erected in the middle of the square.
An important piece of Hall County history relating to the founding of Gainesville in 1821 will be highlighted Saturday at Air Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
Community postmaster jobs once were considered a valuable political plum, and therefore were much lusted over.
When the Air Line railroad began construction just after the Civil War, Gainesville had fewer than 500 residents, and no houses had been built in 12 years.
As Georgia and other Southern states contemplated secession from the Union in 1860, they scheduled conventions to decide the issue.
A few days before the Civil War broke out with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor April 12, 1861, mini-civil wars erupted now and then, even in Gainesville.
Gainesville had no clue, of course, that it would be the bull's eye for a record tornado that would ravage its downtown early on a Monday morning, April 6, 1936.
There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.
Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.
When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.
Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.
You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.
A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.
A version of this column ran in March 2000.
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