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A Look Inside: History and Reminiscences of Dougherty County Georgia

This volume can be found in the Georgia section of our American County Histories: The Southeast collection. It was produced and distributed by members of the Thronateeska Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from Albany, Georgia in 1924.


In loving memory this volume is dedicated to MRS. LOUISA BACON STROTHER, Organizing Regent of Thronateeska Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is the largest patriotic organization in the world, has for one of its many worthy objects the preservation of the records of our great country as a whole by recording the history of each county, these county histories to be deposited with the Compiler of Records of each state or published in book form, thus preserving for all time valuable information which otherwise would be lost.

Nelson Tift

Nelson Tift

The members of Thronateeska Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in compliance with this request from the national organization, have for the last five years been collecting the data contained in this volume, and now, having exhausted all known sources of information relative to the affairs of our county from the time of the red man down to the present, we beg to present the “History and Reminiscences of Dougherty County“ to our fellow citizens in the earnest hope that it may meet with their approval.

The compilation of this work has been a great and unremunerated task. It was not undertaken or pursued with the idea of gain, but purely from a patriotic desire to trace the threads of local events that have long been relegated to the chambers of the Past; to separate the tangled skeins, and to weave them into a story which shall proclaim to the world the deeds of a great people.

In a work of this kind, in spite of our most careful attention, some errors may reasonably be expected. We anticipate that the reading of these pages by many of our citizens with whom we have not been able to confer will bring to light still further information. And again, many of our good people who have shared in the upbuilding of our city and county may justly feel that they should have been included in the roll call of constructive citizens. In this we must acknowledge our shortcoming and plead only that the lack of space has prevented the mention of others than those who have been most prominently identified with the county’s progress, from the viewpoint of long residence and conspicuous service.


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Colored Schools in Louisville

Image Details: Part of the front of the Virginia Avenue Colored School, located at 3628 Virginia Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Built in 1923, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This passage appears in one of the volumes in the Kentucky County Histories section of our American County Histories Collection.

Chapter XVI: The Public Schools of Louisville

The public school system of Louisville, Kentucky, in which all of her people feel a proper pride, has been a plant of slow growth. Its germ dates back to the earliest period of the town’s existence, and its history is, to a large extent, that of the common schools of the State, varied by local conditions. It found its first visible expression in the log school-house, taught by the private pedagogue–who received a fee for tuition–passing to a stage of partial State aid, and going through all the wearisome vagaries of a formative period. After a century of experiment and trial, it took permanent shape, and the system was extended so as to embrace the whole State.

Colored Schools

The adoption of the third charter, therefore, found the school system in a sound and prosperous condition, when a still further advance was made. Steps had been taken soon after the war and the emancipation of negroes to provide for the education of that race. Prior to that time their property had been exempt from taxation for school purposes, but in 1866 an act was passed setting aside the taxes paid by negroes as a separate fund for the education of their children, and an additional poll tax of $2 for each male negro over eighteen years old for the same purpose, and authorizing the trustees of the school districts throughout the State to open separate schools for the education of the negro and mulatto children.


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Accessible Archives Adds Last Two Regions to American County Histories Database

Part VI: Central States and Part VII: Midwest
States Available Soon

Malvern, PA (January 27, 2015)Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the expansion of its American County Histories collection. The addition of the Central and Midwest regions will further the massive undertaking that began with the Mid-Atlantic states and now encompasses the New England, Southeast, Southwest and West regional collections. Included Central states are Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Midwest covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Published primarily between 1870 and 1923, county histories are a cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They provide historians and genealogists with regional overviews and general community conditions. Ancestor research often yields collateral information about neighbors, friends and associates. Additional areas include government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, fire departments, cemeteries, transportation, and local and regional geological conditions. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper on the topic.

As with all Accessible Archives databases these volumes will be carefully imaged and each article keyed and XML-tagged rather than using dirty OCR. Instead of plowing through as many as 50 separate sites with untagged images and multiple formats the user can search not just the only site with nationwide coverage in a unified manner, but is able to cross search through multiple related databases, as well.

Tom Nagy, COO of Accessible Archives, commented, “We’re very proud and, frankly, quite relieved to be nearing the end of this commitment. County histories are used on a daily basis in many libraries, but leafing through the individual volumes is a time-consuming effort. As the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories we are gratified to be able to aid users as they conduct searches across a county, a state or the entire country in a matter of minutes rather than hours, days or weeks.”

In its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC® helped expedite this project by providing technical and production assistance and product development while also arranging multiple license agreements and sourcing all content.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities LLC as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.


Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC


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Books for the Troops in World War I

The books found in our American County Histories collections are a wonderful source of information about local issues prior to the 1920s. This story — How Yakima Helped Distribute Books to Soldiers and Sailors was prepared by librarian Miss Eleanor S. Stephens for The Honor Roll 1917–1918–1919 in the Washington (State) collection.

How Yakima Helped Distribute Books to Soldiers and Sailors

As early as June, 1917, the American Library Association decided, at its annual meeting at Louisville, Kentucky, to take an active part in supplying reading matter to soldiers and sailors. In August, 1917, the Association received the official request from the Secretary of War asking that the A. L. A. undertake the work in cooperation with the Fosdick Commission. The A. L. A. then began to collect books and magazines throughout the nation with the assistance of the Public Libraries. Portland was the first distributing center for the Northwest and in the summer of 1917, some 200 books and magazines were collected by the Yakima Public Library and forwarded to Portland for distribution.

The camp library is yours - Read to win the war (1917)

The Camp Library is Yours (1917)

Although there were many gifts of fine books, the volumes donated were largely fiction. The workers realized that they needed funds with which to purchase specialized technical books, and the work had grown so that buildings for the Camp libraries and money to pay salaries of the librarians were wanted. The A. L. A. decided that it would institute a nation-wide campaign for one million dollars, which money would be used to carry on the work they planned. If every community in which there was a public library would raise five cents per capita the fund was certain to be raised in full. To this end the Library Board of the Yakima Public Library asked the following persons to serve as leaders in the local campaign: Wilbur Crocker, W. S. Bronson, F. F. W. Jackson, James Leslie, Mrs. C. E. Keeler, Miss Anna Whitney, Mrs. F. J. Mynard, W. L. Steinweg and Charles Lombard, with Robert Rundstrom as campaign manager and Eleanor Stephens as publicity manager. Through the efforts of these workers 781 people donated $900 toward the $1,500,000 that was raised October, 1917, for war library work.


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The History of Monterey and San Benito Counties

This volume, History and Biographical Record of Monterey and San Benito Counties And History of the State of California Containing Biographies of Well-known Citizens of the Past and Present, can be found in California County Histories in American County Histories: The West.

This volume stands out because it includes a wealth of information about history California itself before moving on to a detailed chronicle of Monterey and San Benito Counties including impressions of the Native Americans living in the region before and during the European settlement of the area.

Introduction (Excerpted)

Few states of the Union have a more varied, a more interesting or a more instructive history than California, and few have done so little to preserve their history. In this statement I do not contrast California with older states of the Atlantic seaboard, but draw a parallel between our state and the more recently created states of the far west, many years younger in statehood than the Golden State of the Pacific.

J.M. Guinn

J.M. Guinn

When Kansas and Nebraska were uninhabited except by buffaloes and Indians, California was a populous state pouring fifty millions of gold yearly into the world’s coffers. For more than a quarter of a century these states, from their public funds, have maintained state historical societies that have gathered and are preserving valuable historical material, while California, without a protest, has allowed literary pot hunters and speculative curio collectors to rob her of her historical treasures. When Washington, Montana and the two Dakotas were Indian hunting grounds, California was a state of a quarter million inhabitants; each of these states now has its State Historical Society supported by appropriations from its public funds.

California, of all the states west of the Mississippi river, spends nothing from its public funds to collect and preserve its history.

To a lover of California, this is humiliating; to a student of her history exasperating. While preparing this History of California I visited all the large public libraries of the state. I found in all of them a very limited collection of books on California, and an almost entire absence of manuscripts and of the rarer books of the earlier eras. Evidently the demand for works pertaining to California history is not very insistent. If it were, more of an effort would be put forth to procure them.

The lack of interest in our history is due largely to the fact that California was settled by one nation and developed by another. In the rapid development of the state by the conquering nation, the trials, struggles and privations of the first colonists who were of another nation have been ignored or forgotten. No forefathers’ day keeps their memory green, no observance celebrates the anniversary of their landing. To many of its people the history of California begins with the discovery of gold, and all before that time is regarded as of little importance.

J. M. Guinn
Los Angeles, February 1, 1910.


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