Courtesy of...
Gene Espy & The Summerville News

Gene Espy, editor of the Summerville News, allowed me to scan the following photographs for use in my Chattooga County book as well as this website. Gene was a big help in my initial search for old photographs for the book, and was also kind enough to feature the book in the Summerville News when it was published.

Although Gene did not have information on several of the following photographs, perhaps you'll recognize something and can contact me with additional caption information.

Written on the back of this photograph: "Ellen Pitts when she lived in Summerville before her marriage to Rev. Walker, father of Gov. Walker." Photograph taken by a Dansville, New York photographer.

The following four images were scanned from the Summerville News "Fruit and Industrial Edition" dated July 17, 1901.

"Mr. H.H. Arrington, founder of Arrington Drug Co., was born in Meriwether County, Ga., April 2, 1866. Started in the drug business in 1879 when only eleven years of age.... He moved to Summerville November 1, 1888 and remained here until 1897." The Arrington building, formerly Jackson Drug Store, still stands on the northwest corner of Commerce and West Washington Streets in Summerville.

The newspaper also reported that "Messrs. J.R. Jackson and J.L. McGinnis are the efficient clerks and by their courtesy make it pleasant for every customer."

The drug store stocked seeds, paints, cigars, school books, jewelry, and veterinary remedies. They also manufactured "Arrington's Diarrhoea and Dysentery Cure" as well as cough cures, southern herbs, liver pills, porous plasters, a rheumatic liniment, and "Fairy Queen Cologne."

The company was also the official agents for "the Eureka Preserving Powders, a powder that is gearanteed to preserve fruit and that is also harmless."

A.J. Lawrence, founder of Menlo.

Robert Andrew "Bob" McWhorter (1851-1934) lived near Menlo.

G.W. Agnew
G. W. Agnew

Unidentified gentleman.

Date and location unknown. From left to right (front row): Tommy Romine, unidentified, Ellis Echols, unidentified, and Jamie Gamble; (second row) Clarence Gilkerson, Charlie Romine, Oscar Reece, George Kiker, Roy Silk, Cliffie Blair, unidentified, Mae Wooten, and Mattie Lou Wooten; (third row) unidentified, Arnold Kiker, Lonnie Ellenburg, Maude Moseley (teacher), Fannie Lou Booker, Annie Blair Mahan, and Frank Gamble; (top row) unidentified, Ross Tarvin (sp?), Jim Tedder, Guye Echols, Alice Wooten, and unidentified.

Mr. Wade's boat.

What a catch!

Out for a joyride.

According to the Summerville News in their August 22, 1968 issue, "Dewey Hale of Cloudland, who brought in the above picture, said it was the first steam turbine installed in No. 3 engine room at Trion. It was probably installed shortly after the mill was purchased by Riegel in 1912."

Was this was taken outside of the courthouse?

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This photograph of Penn Place near Trion shows Mr. and Mrs. William H. Penn and daughter Ellen in their front yard in 1895.

"Alpine Glow" south of Menlo was home to the Dodd family for many years, but was originally built by Samuel Knox in 1843.

Another view of "Alpine Glow."

Alpine Presbyterian Church was founded in 1853. It was used as a field hospital by Union Soldiers during the Civil War.

"Mrs. John Webster and Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Christopher, 1917, Menlo, Fugazzi Fruit Farm."

John Webster and Dan at the Fugazzi Fruit Farm, Menlo, Georgia, 1935.

The 1949 Summerville High School football team with coaches Garland Pinholster (left) and Brook Pierce (right).

The Summerville School was constructed in 1914. (This photograph was probably taken after 1980.) It's a shame the school board sold this building instead of restoring and repurposing it.

Kelly Jordan and O.G. Morehead hold the banner for the Summerville Junior Chamber of Commerce during a late 1950s parade down Commerce Street in Summerville. Stores on the right (going right to left): Salmon Butane Company, Southern 5 & 10 Cent Store, and Packer's Shoes.

Menlo Methodist Church.

Albert G. "Pete" Dunson (top left) was head of the Summerville Manufacturing Company (AKA Summerville Cotton Mill) for several years.

little league
From the March 26, 1964 Summerville News: "Here are some of the leaders of the Summerville Little League which will open its 1964 season April 27. Shown (left to right) are: James Abney, retiring president; Grady McCalmon, player agent; Ralph Stanley, president; Harold Shavin, vice president; and Joe Stephenson, president of the Summerville Lions Club."

L.C. "Sadd" Dalton (left) was the construction superintendent at the Trion Mill for 47 years. He appears to be the center of attention in this photograph taken at the Riegeldale Tavern. Photograph circa 1960s?

The Chattooga High School Marching Band, circa 1965.

A law class taught by Jerry Westbrooks (bottom right) in 1969. Seated are, from left to right, Steve Dyer, J.C. Langston, Irene Wofford, Hazel Vaughn, Tommy Langston, and Katherine Langston. Others included (not in order) Lee Kitchens, Griffin Pledger, Dan Langston, Larry W. Bennett, Mike Carmon, William Bell, Herman F. Harrison, L.D. McCary, Harriel (?) Davis, W.M. Whaley, James Pierce, Roy J. Starkey, Fred Stewart, Hinton Logan, Alfred D. Henderson, Chuck Henderson, Howard Holbert, C.C. Brooks, and Robert Blackmon.

Thanks to Gene Espy and the Summerville News for the photographs.

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