Images of Our Ancestors

The first photograph that includes a person was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838. It was a Paris street scene that included a man having his shoes shined. The reason he's visible is because he was stationary for the entire seven minutes the exposure took. The rest of the street appears deserted because the moving traffic … Continue reading Images of Our Ancestors

“Bloody Bill” Cunningham

When the American war for independence started, William Cunningham of South Carolina joined the Continental Army as part of that state's 3rd regiment. But, by 1778, Cunningham had switched sides, becoming an ardent Tory, ruthless in his dealings with those opposing the crown. During the fall of 1781, Cunningham commanded a regiment that terrorized South … Continue reading “Bloody Bill” Cunningham

“Gone With the Wind” Premier

On December 15, 1939, one of the biggest things to happen in Atlanta since the Civil War took place. The premier of the motion picture adaption of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” was held at the Lowe’s Grand Theater downtown. It was said at the time that more people lined Peachtree Street to see … Continue reading “Gone With the Wind” Premier

The Postmaster of Bill Arp

James Cicero Hunt was the brother of Ida Hunt Huckaby, my second great grandmother. He and his family settled in Douglas County sometime in the 1880s and many members of the Hunt and Huckaby families were living there by the turn of the century. James Cicero owned the Goode Hunt Store off what is now … Continue reading The Postmaster of Bill Arp