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Native American History of Hall County, Georgia

Hall County located in northern Georgia. It is part of the Gainesville, GA Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Gainesville. It is named after Lyman Hall, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Gainesville was known as the Poultry Capital of the World in the 1950s through the1970s. It was here in the 1930s that Jesse Jewell pioneered the modern vertically integrated poultry industry, making chicken an inexpensive meat, affordable to most families. Until that time, chicken was a food item often reserved for Sunday dinner. In the late 1950s the Jesse Jewell Company pioneered frozen fried chicken and “TV dinners;” something that is taken for granted by 21st century North Americans. Jewell’s TV jingle, “When you buy chicken, make it a rule, real fine eating with Jesse Jewell!” dominated the new media of television in the 1950s. Since the 1970s clusters of poultry farms, poultry feed plants and chicken processing plants have been established at several locations in the southern half of the United States. The economy of the Gainesville Area has greatly expanded to the point that it is no longer solely dependent on poultry production. Hall County is bordered on the north by White County and the northeast by Habersham County. Both Dawson and Lumpkin Counties define its northwestern boundaries. Banks County is located to the east, while Jackson County is located to the southeast. Barrow County forms the southern boundary. Gwinnett County adjoins Hall on the southwest side. Forsyth County forms the western boundary, while both Dawson and Lumpkin Counties adjoin Hall on the northwest. Geology and hydrology Hall...

Biography of Dr. R. J. Pierce

DR. R. J. PIERCE. The medical man is held in the greatest esteem by savage as well as civilized people, and deservedly so, because in his hands are the issues of life and death. All honor is due to the profession of medicine, because it is composed of so noble an army of men, and among those whose skill has shed luster upon the profession is Dr. R. J. Pierce, who is known in medical circles throughout the State, and is universally recognized as a ripe scholar and a practitioner of renown. He was born in Hall County, Ga., August 23, 1837, the eldest of eight children born to Reuben H. and Sarah (Baker) Pierce, the former of whom was born in South Carolina, a son of James H. Pierce, a native of New Hampshire. The name is English. The family were among the very early settlers of New England, and the grand-father was a participant in the Revolutionary War. Reuben H. Pierce grew up in the State of his birth, and when a young man moved to Georgia, and in 1878, after his marriage, came to Arkansas and located near the home of his son, Dr. R. J. Pierce, who had come thither in 1869. The father was a soldier in the Confederate Army, serving in the Fifty-second Georgia Regiment, and was in many hard battles. He was a lifelong teacher, and obtained a wide reputation as an educator and disciplinarian, and the fine education which he obtained was the result of his own persistent efforts, for in his youth he had few advantages. He died in the...

Slave Narrative of Anderson Furr

Interviewer: Sadie B. Hornsby Person Interviewed: Anderson Furr Location: Broad Street, Athens, Georgia Anderson Furr’s address led the interviewer to a physician’s residence on Broad Street, where she was directed to a small frame house on the rear of the lot. The little three-room cottage has a separate entrance from Pulaski Street. Three stone steps lead from the street to the narrow yard which is enclosed by a low rock coping. Anderson rents only one room and the remainder of the house is occupied by Annie Sims and her husband, George, who works at the Holman Hotel. Reclining comfortably in a cane-backed chair, with his walking stick conveniently placed across his knees, Anderson was enjoying the shade of a wide spread oak tree in the tidy yard. His costume consisted of a battered old black felt hat, a dingy white shirt, dark gray pants, and scuffed black shoes. Asked if he remembered the days when the North was fighting the South for his freedom, Anderson replied: “‘Member fightin’! Why, Lady! Dey ain’t never stopped fightin’ yit. Folks has been a-fightin’ ever since I come in dis world, and dey will be fightin’ long atter I is gone. “I dis’members what was de name of de town whar I was borned, but it was in Hall County. Lydia and Earl Strickland was my Ma and Pa. All of deir chillun is daid now ‘cept me and Bob. De others was: Abe, Bill, Jim, and Sarah. Dere ain’t much to tell ’bout what us done dem days, ‘cept play and eat. Dem what was big ‘nough had to wuk. “Lordy, Miss!...

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