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Before Lorenzo Cain… there was Archie Ware

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Before Lorenzo Cain ever became a World Series champion with the Kansas City Royals, another Madison Countian won the World Series and played in the Series three times. It is sad when you are a World Series champion, and a three-time baseball All-Star, and should be remembered along with the greats of the game, such as Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig. If Archie Virgil Ware, a left-hander, had played first base for the New York Yankees, he may not have gained…

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Madison Countians wounded, captured, and killed at Gettysburg

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that…

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Meteor explosion startles Madison County residents

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Citizens in Madison County were startled on the night of May 29, 1859 at approximately 10 o’clock by what they thought was a tremendously loud clap of thunder, but they pondered how it could be so on the night when the heavens in the sky above were crystal clear and cloudless. Later investigation, according to The Dixie Messenger newspaper of Madison, found it to be the report from the explosion of a meteor. Those who did see the “luminous body” which burst asunder described it…

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Murder in May of a minstrel and a woman

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. As the lazy month of May began to skip, instead of dragging itself, into the month of June and the summer months, the news during its final week was not all good. In fact, two murders, at opposite ends of the county, were reported in the June 1, 1905 edition of The New Enterprise. One of the murders happened at the eastern end of the county in Ellaville. An African American woman named Annie Fields was shot and killed on Sunday, May 28. Her assailant…

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