Archive for July, 2009

… more quiet goings ons in communal history:


Read Full Post »

They just keep showing up (Marietta Journal May 1911)


Read Full Post »

A Robinson Dang It

Nobody had stills in Vinings.  Nobody made corn liquor, or ran it. That is, until they got caught….  The “W F” Robinson in the following was (ahem… the judge), and the “Sap” Williams was a mis-name, being “Uncle Sol” Williams – you know, the one who lived with his mule in the front room.

Seems Robinson and Young skated past the system, but Sol (later found), was sentenced to a year on a chain-gang…. and the liquor? ummmm


Read Full Post »

Vinings History Trivia

I keep finding more small, but interesting, trivial nuances about old history – which as I do, will pass on in their rarity… This from April 1896:


Read Full Post »

Hold Hands and Hum…

You’ve likely seen (many times), the TV ad running on “spend your vacation in Atlanta,”sorta unspecific as to what you’re supposed to be doing or how you’re “saving” money, what…? Games of miss-the-pothole, or first-one-to-spot-a-clean-restaurant-eats. Why go there, when you can beat the vacation blues by watch-a-train-go-by, or spend-an-evening-at-Chucky Cheese right here.


Read Full Post »

Cobb Kinda Xmas

from “Vanishing Georgia – Cobb County” (early 50’s).  What every kid needed, a wish list for various calibers of ammunition…good grief.

xmas guns

Read Full Post »

Another old photo from the “Vanishing Georgia” archives, with the heading “1890 survey crew near Vinings” – complete with dogs.  The guy holding a white flag, makes it look like a diamond on his hat…

1890 survey crew vinings

Read Full Post »

July 5th, 1864

This morning a nearly deserted Vinings, Georgia fell.  CSA defense forces were seen fleeing across the Chattahoochee to Fulton County under a whithering on slaught of Union forces in blue coming from two directions – south along the W & A railroad, and across on the Vinings Road from Atlanta Road.

In hasty departure, a train bearing large amounts of ammunition in support of General Johnston’s main CSA army, was fired up overnight and removed south towards Atlanta only hours before the first of several thousand Union troops began to cautiously arrive at dawn. The telegraph operator at Vinings Station was captured at his desk in the railroad depot, and brief sporadic rifle fire being  heard towards the river, as a pontoon boat being used by retreating Greys has been found cut loose in the river.

It is reported that the majority of Johnston’s position has entrenched itself near Bolton, and the forces now coming into Vinings are probing a flanking move to the east.  General Sherman is reported to be in the vicinity of Smyrna, where troops celebrated the 4th of July yesterday, and expected to follow Generals Thomas and Howard & company soon.

Local citizentry began hastily leaving their homes and farms yesterday as rumors of the Union advance began circulating.  Only a few have remained, including most of the Black community, and the likes of Robinson, Simpson, Beasley, and Moore families. Richard Robinson, living behind the mountain, is already reporting intrusion “Everything is mixed up.  It is so bewildering to everyone. Corn is being taken in the field, and I believe Union officers are sanctioning the taking of property because they are not attempting to stop it.”  S.R. Beasley has reported “seeing Union troops taking wheat and rye from fields, and an oxen belonging to R. Robinson being removed.”

There is also an unconfirmed report of a citizen found by Union forces on top of the mountain, hung in an advanced stage of decomposition with all his papers upon  him.

This is all we know at this time….

(reports from the Records of the Rebellion, personal diary notes of Captain Culpepper (US), and transcription of R. Robinson and S. Beasley in questions to Southern Claims Commission in 1877 via A.B. Stokes)

Read Full Post »

Entering Marietta

From the Georgia Archives “Vanishing Georgia,”  …as Atlanta Road enters the lofty premises of Marietta, Georgia from the south in the 1930’s. 

Atl Rd into Marit

Read Full Post »