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Fun day turns deadly in Madison streets

Mickey Starling reporter3@greenepublishing.com On Thursday, Nov. 18, in 1909, the citizens of Madison had just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon being entertained by the John Robinson Circus, which was in town. As Range Avenue bustled with travelers making their way home, shots rang out in front of the law office of Council Black Ashley. Ashley was a prominent citizen who was responsible for building the Ashley Building, which is still a central figure in downtown Madison. Ashley’s office was located in the vicinity of where Norris Cafe is currently. Ashley was…

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Harris tells of the end of WWII

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. There are many of things Morgan “Sonny” Harris could flip to in his scrapbook when asked about World War II and his ties to the transition between war and peace. But two small photos of foreign administrators have stayed with him for years and are always a talking point when discussing the history of the infamous war. Harris has held onto photos of Mamoru Shigemitsu, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Prime Minister General Hideki Tojo for years. These delicate photos show details of who…

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Beggs’ hearse was first of its kind in Florida

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. In the early years of the twentieth century, Madison County was not known for being a place full of modern innovation. Our dirt roads looked more like mud puddles after a good rain and an ideal parking space was the hitching post nearest the water trough for the horses to drink from. T.J. Beggs, Sr. began to change all of that in 1919, when he purchased the first motorized hearse ever to touch the streets in the state of Florida. S.A. Kyle Funeral Home had…

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Remembering the Brooks brothers

Story submitted: Norman Bush World War II came and the Brooks family, surrounded by young men, were one of the first to see their boys go off to war. To see their young men be put in harms way was not taken lightly by Ma and Pa Brooks, but as patriotic Americans, they watched them leave to foreign places of unknown origins. The Brooks family, like others in the community, were farmers and their livelihood depended on their success to provide for their family. There was Charlie, who was the…

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