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The colorful history of Haralson County

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This page exploits old newspaper reports as they emerge from obscurity to document the colorful history of Haralson County. It will, sooner or later, include material which is funny, horrific or just plain head-shaking. For the present, we rely on free materials alone and invite financial contributions which could unlock yet more material which can then be freely republished on account of expired copyrights.

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Tallapoosa Historical Society - Online Historical Exhibits.
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GAGenWeb Project, Haralson County section

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Crawfordsville Star, [Crawfordsville, Indiana], 21 Dec 1875, page 7 [typos preserved]
under the heading:
Poor and Content is Rich, and Rich Enough.

The Newman [i.e. Newnan -ed.] (Georgia) Star says: We noticed on the street the other day a neat one-steer wagon and a neat, strong, black steer between the shafts, and a nice cotton covering over the ribs of the wagon body, and a black-jack three-pronged stick, [i.e. demonic trident -ed.] with three red apples on the prongs, erected on the front end of the wagon body as a sign. We determined to see the proprietor and he submitted to an interview as easily as a candidate for Governor, We said--Stranger, what have you got to sell? He said--I have got yaller-skin red-breasted ShockIy apples. We said: Where do you come from? He said--from the upper ee-n-d of Haralson county, on the left prong of Turkey Creek and close to Jack Mountain. [i.e. Black Jack Mountain -ed.] We said--How many apples have you got, and how do you sell them? He said--I started with twelve busheIs; I retail them at fifty cents a dozen or two dollars per bushel. I have sold seven bushels, and will close out the lot in a day or two. On inquiry we found that it would take at least ten days to make the round trip from home and back, but he would realize on his load of apples near thirty dollars, and it didn't cost a cent to make them. He had made plenty of corn and meat, and some eotton, but he hadn't even had the cotton ginned. He said it was pinned up in the field, and he was in no hurry about it. He said he would be down again before Christmas with another load of apples and some heeswax and honey and some feathers and some other little tricks. He was well-dressed in home-made jeans and was happy as a lark. We asked him when he would bring his cotton, and he said he didn't know, but if he got time to gin it and felt like it he might bring it in some time next surnrner after be had laid by his crop. He seemed to care very little about his cotton, arid if the cows had eaten it up he wouidn't have shed a tear.
The most productive gold mine in county history - known variously by the names Royal Vindicator, Holland, Hollis, Hollins, Royal Gold, Owens - is only two miles northeast of Black Jack Mountain and is marked on an 1865 road map here as Owens Mine. The same map clearly shows the left branch of Turkey Creek, on which the farmer quoted above lived. It would seem that in trekking all the way to Newnan, also shown on the map, to market his goods there, the farmer passed through three other towns, including Carrollton, where the railroad had arrived the year before his trip. Why did he choose to travel so far in the days when travel was so arduous?

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Timaru Herald, [New Zealand] Volume XXVI, Issue 1714, 27 April 1877, page 3
under the heading:
(Pall Mall Budget.)

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The Brisbane Courier [Australia] Saturday 28 April 1877, page 6

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Star, [New Zealand] Issue 2837, 7 May 1877, page 3
under the heading:
(Pall Mall Gazette, March 2 -- March 9.)

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West Coast Times, [New Zealand] Issue 2534, 15 May 1877, page 2
under the heading:
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 1877.

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Otago Witness, [New Zealand] Issue 1331, 2 June 1877, page 22
under the heading:
Temperance Notes.

The "whisky raids" in the United States still continue, and have lately led to fighting, with fatal results. The illicit distillers in the mountain regions of North and South Carolina and Georgia are, according to information received at the Internal Revenue Office, Washington, determined to resist by force of arms the attempts to break up their unlawful business. In a recent raid made in Haralson County, North Georgia, the revenue officers succeeded in capturing a great number of men and destroying numerous distilleries, with their contents. Among others captured was a Baptist minister and the County Sheriff, both accused of defrauding the Government by illicit distillation. On the 8th ultimo, a detachment of soldiers, with a revenue agent, raided Gilmer county, Georgia, arresting 15 men and destroying 12 distilleries. The party was, however, attacked at night by friends of the persons arrested, and Lieutenant Mclntyre, who commanded the troops, was killed. This, it is stated, is the first instance on record in which the civil officers of the Government in the South have been resisted in the discharge of their duty when backed up by Federal soldiers. Detachments sent out to recover Lieutenant Mclntyre's body were also attacked and three distillers were killed before the body could be recovered. When found it was robbed of watch, money, and everything of value. The great difficulty in preventing illicit distilling in the mountain districts of the South arises from the fact that it is not there considered in any way a crime to defraud the revenue laws, and "public opinion" is all in favour of the culprits.

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Deseret News, [Salt Lake City, Utah] Sep 29, 1880, page 4
under the heading:

Elder S. C. Stephens reports four baptisms in Haralson County, since the return of the Elders from Conference.

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The New York Times, [New York, New York] Wed, February 23, 1884, page 5
under the heading:

...The man was next heard of in Haralson County, Ga., where he approached the farm-house of Mr. Buchanan, coaxed away two children, and kept them tied out in the woods for several days, visiting them when it suited his pleasure. He joined in several of the searching parties for the purpose of misleading them, and finally, when he saw they were in the neighborhood of where the children were, he took an abrupt departure. By this time the county was getting stirred up...

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The New York Times, [New York, New York] Wed, November 3, 1887, page 1
under the heading:

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 2. --

Information reached the revenue agents office this morning that William A. Morgan, of Haralson County, was beaten to death with sticks by a party of moonshiners on the night of Oct. 30. The is the terrible sequel of a long story of crime in Haralson, which began last January. On the 16th of January, Revenue Agent W. T. Colquitt and a posse captured and broke up a large illicit distillery in the northwestern part of Haralson County. There they captured seven men, two of whom they turned loose, and also a mule. The mule was carried to Waco, 15 miles away, and that night it was stolen back by the moonshiners, who also burned the dwelling of Mr. Rowe, who was thought to be a guide to the revenue officers. About a month afterward, when Rowe was spending the night with a man named Cornell, the moonshiners fired into the house through the door, and several shots struck the bedstead and the cradle in which a child was lying.

About the same time there was at Tallapoosa an old man with a photograph gallery protected by a tent. The moonshiners for some reason suspected the photographer of being an informant, though he never had anything to do with the Revenue Service. Their vengeance was swift, and the artist's tent, with the instruments, was scattered to the four winds. On the 14th of last month, on a road in the same neighborhood, Revenue Agent Colquitt and Deputy Marshalls Johnson and Rowe attempted to stop a buggy loaded with whisky. As they walked around in front of it the moonshiners fired eight or ten shots at them, and finally got away.

A few days after, on the night of the 25th of October, the same party of revenue officers captured McAlpin's distillery, in the northwest of Haralson County, about three miles from the place where the big distillery was captured last January. John McAlpin was captured and his brother Alexander escaped. On Sunday night a party of men went to the house of William A. Morgan, who was suspected of having given the information on which the distillery was found, and beat him to death, in the presence of his wife, with heavy sticks, and when she begged piteously for his life they knocked her on the head with one of their clubs. The brutes probably left her insensible, thinking they had closed her mouth forever, but she recovered, and it is from her that the details of the crime went out. The facts were briefly told in an unsigned letter sent to Revenue Agent Chapman.

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Rome Tribune-Herald, [Rome, Georgia] Oct 25, 1913, page 1
under the heading:
County-Site War On In Haralson County
(Special to Tribune-Herald.)

Bremen, Ga., Oct. 24. --

The people of Bremen have started a movement to have the county-site of Haralson county moved from Buchanan to Bremen. At a public meeting of citizens a fund of $20,000 for the erection of a new court house and jail was pledged, and a free site for the county buildings offered.

Petitions are being circulated for an election on the question of moving the county seat. A commitee of Bremen citizens has charge of the movement, and is urging Bremen's advantages from a geographical and railroad standpoint.

Bitter opposition from the people of Buchanan will no doubt develop, and a war fight is expected.