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.
William Jennings Bryan went down in history as one of the country's greatest orators. He is best known for his part in the Scopes trial, which debated the teaching of evolution.
John Preston didn't know it at the time, but when his mother, Robbie, gathered his Cub Scout den together in the basement of their Ridgewood Avenue home in Gainesville, it was the start of a lifetime in Scouting for him.
When the influenza pandemic roared into North Georgia in the fall of 1918, schools closed and some activities shut down for a few weeks.
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.
Federal "bailouts" of financial institutions, carmakers or others generate considerable heat across the country, but especially in the South.
Tom Bell was a man of action who served as 9th District U.S. Representative from 1905 to 1931.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congressional races in the 9th District aren't what they used to be. They traditionally were quite contested, and some could get nasty.
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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