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Brutal Justice in the 1900s

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. In the early 1900s, justice in Madison County often resembled an episode of “Gunsmoke.” If the locals were relatively certain an individual committed a crime worthy of their attention, swift actions were sometimes taken that colored well outside the lines of the law. Such was the case involving John Waldrip and Wash Jarvis, back in 1903. Waldrip managed to stoke the ire of Jarvis for reasons that have been lost or forgotten. Whatever the motive, the results were preserved in a notebook about Madison County…

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Remembering Elmer Haire

Story Submitted: Arnie Haire Born on a family farm in the Bellview area of Miller County, Ga., Elmer O. Haire was a hard worker as he grew up in the depression era. Upon coming to Madison in the late 1930s, Haire began working for Dunn Furniture, a store his uncle Julian Dunn owned. Haire later married Mildred Arnold, of Madison, on Dec. 22, 1940, eventually raising three sons: Arnie, Morris and Gary. According to Haires’ children, they were the best parents anyone could have. “He always wanted them to work…

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Pork was king in the 1930s

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. When we think of pork today, pork chops, bacon and ham are quick to come to mind. But, back in the 1930s, pork of all cuts was often king of the dinner table. Other than gathering around a radio in the evenings, many social gatherings in Madison County centered around helping a neighbor with the necessities of daily life. Due to the hardships brought on by the depression, money was scarce and many folks exchanged labor for the supplies they needed. Combining hard work with…

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The Agner Family

Story Submitted: Rebecca Sellars, Madison Genealogy Society Around 1861, just in time for the Civil War, Samuel and Mary Martha Tittle Agner moved into Madison county. Samuel and Mary settled six miles northeast of Madison, near present day County Road 254, and they brought all eight of their children. The Agners moved from Greenwood County, S.C. Samuel was around 40 years old, and Mary was around 35. Shortly after he arrived, Samuel served as a private in the Confederate Army, from 1862-1865; he served in Captain John Westcoat’s Company of…

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