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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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Farm Work

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. Bill Hutto is a Madison County native and grew up in Greenville, Fla. In his memoir titled “Country Living,” he describes in detail times gone by, his old family farm place and the fond, and sometimes sad, memories of his boyhood. The following is an excerpt from the first volume of “Country Living,” titled “Farm Work.” Bill Hutto, born in 1938, is the eldest son of Alcus and Belle Hutto. His siblings include Marjorie, Norman, Darrow and Sammy Hutto—all familiar names in Madison County. Hutto…

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The Farm

Savannah Reams: Greene Publishing, Inc. Bill Hutto is a Madison County native and grew up in Greenville, Fla. In his memoir titled “Country Living,” he describes in detail times gone by, his old family farm place and the fond, and sometimes sad, memories of his boyhood. The following is an excerpt from the first volume of “Country Living,” titled “The Farm.” Bill Hutto, born c. 1938, is the eldest son of Alcus and Belle Hutto. His siblings include Marjorie, Norman, Darrow and Sammy Hutto—all familiar names in Madison County. Hutto…

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