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Mr. and Mrs. William H. Harrell of Terry, Miss., had nine children. The four oldest sons were Redus born in 1917, Jack born in 1919, Charles born in 1923, and James born in 1925. In the late 1930s, in the middle of the Great Depression and as the possibility of the United States entering Wor…

Spanish Influenza spread around the world in the fall of 1918, including Chamblee’s World War I encampment, Camp Gordon. World War I training camps established around the U. S., which held thousands of men in close quarters were hit particularly hard. On September 29, 1918 The Atlanta Consti…

Dunwoody Preservation Trust makes it its mission to preserve the history and heritage of Dunwoody and to share this history with the community. Apple Cider Days events of October provide opportunities to learn history, as well as opportunities to share and preserve your own history.

Fred Donaldson remembers that after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he and other young men gathered at Nash’s Store in Dunwoody to talk about what had happened. In June of 1942 at the age of 16, he enlisted and began a journey that would take him across the United States and across the world.

Fred Donaldson was born at home in September of 1925, in the same home where his six siblings were born, where his father and his siblings were born, and in the house that his grandfather William J. Donaldson built for he and wife Martha (Millie) Adams Donaldson. It is the house that is now …

In 1884, the Roswell Railroad was making a round trip from Chamblee through Dunwoody to Roswell twice a day and a subdivision was planned near the Dunwoody Depot along the railroad tracks. The rows of houses on either side of Chamblee Dunwoody Road never happened, but the railroad was the fo…

Men between the ages of 21 and 31 across the United States registered at their local draft board on June 5, 1917 and those who turned 21 after the first draft registered on June 5, 1918. Mabry Lunceford, a farmer from Camp Hill, Ala., turned 21 Dec. 8, 1917.

This week’s Past Tense focuses on two Camp Gordon soldiers, whose descendants have shared their photographs and history with me, Julius Lombardi of New York City and Edward Mauney of Blairsville, Georgia. The next Past Tense will tell the stories of George Shevenock, who came to Camp Gordon …

May 5 was a beautiful, warm Saturday and perfect for the opening day of Dunwoody Farmer’s Market at Brook Run. Visiting the market reminded me that this area was once a farm community and some of those farmers sold their produce along the side of the road, while others found ways to deliver …

In November of 2017, I wrote about the history of Providence Place, the old stone church at the corner of Glenridge Drive and Mount Vernon Highway. The First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs across the road has purchased the church, which was their home before the present building was built. …

A home on West Peachtree Street and a summer cottage off Spalding Drive may sound strange today, but it was not unusual in the 1920s and 1930s. The historic house at 8059 Kenstone Court was just such a cottage and is ready for a new family to make it their home.

In March of 1918, a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration performance took place at Camp Gordon in Chamblee. The show was available to soldiers of the World War I encampment for free. An annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration was already a tradition in Atlanta, put on by the women of Sacred Heart Cath…

At the intersection of Mount Vernon Highway and Glenridge Drive, there is a lovely, old stone church. Today the sign out front reads “Providence Place”, which is a project of the First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, located across the road. The story of Providence is interwoven with First …

Imagine being awoken each morning at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of a dairy truck horn, honking as it heads off to deliver milk. That was the experience of Jane Anderson Autry and her family, growing up at the corner of Mount Vernon and Tilly Mill roads.

In September of 2007, I wrote about Preston Born, who was the last home milk delivery person in the Atlanta area. A Crier reader informed me that Born has recently discontinued delivery service to homes.

In the last “Past Tense,” I shared Ken Anderson’s memory of looking through the Sears Christmas catalog and how that spurred my own memories of doing the same. I discovered it depends on when and where you grew up as to whether the Sears Christmas Wish catalog was your source of toy selection.

Carolyn Anderson Parker, Jane Anderson Autry and Ken Anderson all grew up in Dunwoody in the area where Mount Vernon Road and Tilly Mill Road come together. The family and their grandparents lived on the south side of Mount Vernon Road, while their uncle’s family lived across the road, durin…

For the first time, three Dunwoody non-profit organizations and the city of Dunwoody have joined together to produce an event for the community-Legends and Lore. On November 10-12, Legends and Lore will take place at Dunwoody Nature Center. Stage Door Players, Dunwoody Preservation Trust, an…

By the Fall of 1917, soldiers were getting settled into their new life at Camp Gordon, a World War I encampment located where DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is today. They had left their families and friends and come to live and train at this camp, which just a few months earlier didn’t exist.

The Dixie Wing unit of the Commemorative Air Force will host Atlanta Warbird Weekend at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport October 6, 7, and 8. This year, Atlanta Warbird Weekend celebrates seventy-five years since the Tuskegee Airmen’s class graduation. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black U. S. …

From about 1948 until the early 1960s, Dunwoody, Doraville, Norcross and Duluth had baseball teams and the people who lived in each of these areas enjoyed all that comes with a baseball team: the entertainment of watching the game, visiting with neighbors, enjoying the outdoors, and perhaps …

Bill Lowery was a disc jockey who went on to work in the music industry as a manager, producer and publisher. He became known as “Mr. Atlanta Music.” You might be surprised to know that in the late 1950s he operated his record business, National Recording Corporation, in the old Brookhaven S…

Along Mount Vernon Road, just across from where it meets Vernon Lake Drive, sits the historic William Warnock Cottage. The Warnock family is related to many other pioneer Dunwoody families, including the Spruills, Wares, Eidsons, Adamses and Nashes.

Young men between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to register for military service with the establishment of the Selective Service Act of May 1917. Those who enlisted from our communities were often married and some had children. Notice how the names below are familiar, as they are still…

Good Neighbor Day, DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s annual open house, takes place this year on June 10. An exciting addition to this year’s event is an exhibit to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Camp Gordon, a World War I encampment that was built on today’s airport property and extended …

The oldest home in Dunwoody is hidden away and yet in plain view at 5661 Glenrich Drive, off Roberts Drive. The historic past of the 1840 home may not be obvious, except perhaps for the stone chimney and the Dunwoody Preservation Trust historic marker in the front yard.

The events that led to the construction of a World War I training camp in the small town of Chamblee began 100 years ago. It was January of 1917 when General Leonard Wood, Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army, came to Atlanta to look for a location for an army cantonment. The property requiremen…

The events that led to the construction of a World War I training camp in the small town of Chamblee began 100 years ago. The search for a location began in January of 1917 when General Leonard Wood, Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army said he was coming to Atlanta to look for a location for a …

A lovely church is tucked in a corner of the Lynwood community of Brookhaven, where Cates Avenue makes a sharp turn. The church has been in existence now for 94 years. Lynwood community and Little Zion Church have seen many changes as there are fewer older homes and new homes continue to be …

Several Cheek family descendants gathered at the Cheek/Spruill Farmhouse last month to share stories of the family and the old home place. Barbara Cheek Martin was there with the group and is the child of John Cheek, born 1905, grandchild of William Joberry Cheek, born 1877, and great grandc…

In researching the families that have lived at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, Dunwoody Preservation Trust has history about the Donaldson, Bannister, Smith and Chesnut families. However, there are two families that fall in between Bannister and Smith that we have not known much about. That is…

Soon after the city of Chamblee became part of a national program called Main Street, a group of people came together to form the Chamblee History Project. Main Street was begun by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage cities to preserve their business districts and give …

There are new signs in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven, that are part of the “Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail.” The trail has been mapped out and markers are being placed to identify the path of General Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign in 1864. The signs read “Georgia Civil War Heritage Tra…

At the Dec. 12 Dunwoody City Council meeting, a proclamation was presented to honor life-long resident Ken Anderson. Denis Shortal recognized Ken for his “selfless service to the ministry of Dunwoody Baptist Church, his contributions to our community, and the inspiration he has provided to h…

The colorful signs and displays of Biggar Antiques are hard to miss as you drive down Peachtree Road along Chamblee’s antique row. The building was once the home of Prospect Methodist Church, built in 1885. The original 1827 church was a log building that sat on property just behind this bui…

The search for old photographs of Brookhaven has led to some fascinating discoveries as Rebecca Chase Williams and I prepare for our upcoming book, “Images of America: Brookhaven.”

In the first half of the twentieth century, there was a one room school house that sat in the triangle formed by Dunwoody Club Drive and Spalding Drive. It was Ebenezer School, with the same name as the church next door.

All Aboard! Take a trip back in time, climb on the engine “Old Buck” and ride the Roswell Railroad as the Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents historian Clarke Otten. He will share the story of the Roswell Railroad on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. at the circa 1870 Donaldson Bannister Home. This is the…

On June 14 I sat down to interview James Magbee, a meeting arranged by his daughter Clare Weaver. Clare and I are volunteers with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. She had told me about her 87-year-old father, who was born in Atlanta, moved to Peachtree Dunwoody Road in 1941 and had a great d…

When Mr. and Mrs. Z. W. Jones moved to Brookhaven in 1922, they purchased lots that had been developed before World War I on University Drive, today’s Standard Drive. The development was known as Fernwood Estates. There was no school nearby for their two girls, Marguerite Giddens Jones (Love…

Before Atlanta had all the highways that connect it to surrounding communities today, it was not unusual for people who lived in the city to have a summer home in places like Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs.

DeKalb County, Georgia was formed in 1822 primarily from Henry County, but some of Fayette and Gwinnett counties as well. The county was named for Revolutionary War hero Baron Johan DeKalb, and so were DeKalb counties in Alabama, Missouri, Indiana and Tennessee.

This article is dedicated to the nurses, physician’s assistants, doctors, and technicians of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital, second floor, Critical Care Unit. Their unfaltering care, compassion and kindness for my mom for three weeks in March will remain with not only me, but all of my family.