Georgia history, scenic attractions and Southern lifestyles

Spring 2022




SPRING 2022 • VOLUME 21, NUMBER 1| TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Along the Backroads: The Soloist
Backpacking alone in the rain, with memories of days gone by, may not trigger feelings of loneliness.
BY DANIEL M. ROPER • APPALACHIAN TRAIL
6 Vanishing Georgia: The Photography of Marion Post Wolcott
She preferred taking pictures of landscapes rather than of people, but her best work embraced both.
BY CHUCK LYONS • GREENE & MACON COUNTIES & STATEWIDE
13 George Perry's Big Catch
With a tornado bearing down, a family to feed, and time running out, a fisherman set a world record that still stands nine decades later.
BY JIM PAULK • TELFAIR & GLYNN COUNTIES
17 The Dirt on Geophagy (Eating Clay)
You can find kaolin for sale online and in some Middle Georgia convenience stores, ostensibly as a novelty but still to be ingested by some.
BY BRUCE HARSHBARGER • WASHINGTON & BALDWIN COUNTIES
19 With Roots in Habersham
A Roaring Twenties entertainer, it turns out, was born in Georgia.
BY EVELYN DAVIS HARMON • HABERSHAM COUNTY, NEW YORK, LONDON
23 Ohoopee Evensong

Living beside a coastal plain river means colorful sunsets, gleaming sandbars, abundant wildlife, and tranquility.

BY H. PARKER BLOUNT • TATTNALL COUNTY
27 Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:  High Bluff Primitive Baptist
Known for her bawdy and belligerant ways, Queen of the Okefenokee Lydia Stone carefully selected her final resting place.
BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • BRANTLEY COUNTY
32 Memories on Canvas
Humble sharecropping roots inspired self-taught artist Charles Adkerson.
BY JEFF O'BRYANT • CHEROKEE COUNTY
34

Randall Brothers - The Success Story of Three Determined Men

Hard work, attention to detail, and superior products have helped an Atlanta business to thrive for 150 years.

BY CLAYTON H. RAMSEY • FULTON COUNTY

39

Reluctant Rebel, Reluctant Radical

U.S. Attorney General Amos Akerman opposed secession from the Union, served the Confederacy, and vigorously defended the rights of freedmen.

BY RAY CHANDLER • ELBERT & BARTOW COUNTIES 

43

There's Gonna Be Trouble

Convicted of the murder of  Clellian Chalker, sentenced to death by electrocution, and freed on appeal, John Harris asserted the defense of double jeopardy.

BY LEWIS SMITH • GLASCOCK COUNTY

48

The Lake Inside

Even a well-built shelter cannot ward of the rain that falls from within.

BY WILLIAM C. NOBLE • DOOLEY COUNTY

50

My Brother's Sentimental Journey

Four young and adventurous Georgia's "In the Mood" to see American in 1940 kept time to everything from "Swingtime in the Rockies" to "St. Louis Blues."

BY MICHAEL H. MCDOUGALD • BULLOCH COUNTY & AMERICA

53 Soul of a Southerner
A southerner fondly writes her memories of growing up and living in the South.
BY MARY ANN ANDERSON • GEORGIA
56

Genuine Georgia Backroads:  From Fried Green Tomatoes to a Downtown "Fox Hunt"

With 200 years of history, there's so much to see and do in Forsyth and Monroe County.

BY CHERYL RODEWIG • MONROE COUNTY

60

Southern Sun.  Sky-Blue Water

The mysteriously named Blue Springs Branch forms near the crest of Horn Mountain and empties into the Oostanaula River, seemingly without any blue springs along its length.

BY DAN ROPER • GORDON COUNTY
61

Civil War Portrait

2nd Lieutenant George W. Wood of the 60th Regiment Georgia Infantry was mortally wounded at Gettysburg.

BY DAVID W. VAUGHAN • MERIWETHER COUNTY