About Ron Rollins

Ron Rollins is the retired Fire Chief of the Whitesville, Ga Volunteer Fire Dept. Ron loves a good story and he can remember them too. The history of Harris County and surrounding areas is tucked away in the memories of our fathers and mothers and their fathers and mothers. You can find our history in old newspaper articles and some in books. Ron thinks we need to keep passing these stories down so he’s doing his part. But for Ron and people like him our root folk history would be lost.

USA Republic Obituary

April 1, 2013 Ron Rollins 0

Scary Obituary of Our Republic In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy [continue reading]

The Gathering part 1

January 6, 2013 Ron Rollins 0

After dinner is over, each father and son received instructions to go out on the porch together and bring back one fire log from the stack next to the oyster cooler, and place it in the large hearth of the fire place in the family room. [continue reading]

The Gathering part 2

January 6, 2013 Ron Rollins 0

The morning begins with a wake up call, breakfast and preparing for the morning hunt. Then the awaited moment arrives; it’s time to draw for stands for the morning hunt. Father and son approach the [continue reading]

If and When Honey

December 15, 2012 Ron Rollins 0

On Hwy 219 in the heart of old Whitesville , there is the old grist mill, and in the yard of the house next to the mill there is a sign with a bee hive on it and it says IF and When Honey. Bee keeping was a craft J.T Cox got into. It was just one of the many crafts he mastered in his 60 or so years in Whitesville. [continue reading]

Sacred Harp

December 14, 2012 Ron Rollins 0

Ben edited a weekly newspaper in Hamilton, Ga. In the music section of the paper, where” fasola ” songs were printed, he placed 13 of his songs. After 13 weeks of printing songs, they became so popular that the songs from the 13 issues of the newspaper were clipped out and pinned together to make the first ” The Sacred Harp “. [continue reading]

Goat Man part 1

December 14, 2012 Ron Rollins 0

His name was Charles McCartney born in 1900 on the farm of his parents near Van Buran Township, Keokuk County, Iowa; the son of Albert and Louise E. Russell McCartney. His nickname was Ches. [continue reading]

Goat Man Is A Coming (part 2)

December 14, 2012 Ron Rollins 0

” Everyone is my friend, they visit me wherever I am; I don’t have to use a mortgaged car, burn credit card gas, or travel on borrowed time to visit you for a few minutes, and then to rush at unsafe speeds to make it in time for dinner or an appointment that someone else will break anyhow”. [continue reading]

Snipe Hunt Harris County Style

December 12, 2012 Ron Rollins 1

9 pm arrives, the boys are loaded on the golf cart with their gear: flash light, duct tape, club stick, croaker sack, and the most important tool the owl call. I now take the two teenagers to the field and sit them in the middle of the twenty acre field. Their instructions on how to hunt Snipe are: sit quietly, don’t wander around, stay put. Call every once in a while with the owl call; when you here the Snipe calling call some more with the owl call, they will leave the woods and come to you. [continue reading]

Graveyard Vandalized

December 12, 2012 Ron Rollins 0

It’s the Hutcherson Family Cemetery off Monument Road out of Whitesville, Ga. Well now this shrine left for a loving, caring family to it’s dead love ones has been 75% destroyed by vandals! [continue reading]

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