Harry T. Morgan, ninth child of George Washington Morgan and Mary Alice Boyd Morgan, was born on January 17, 1922 at his family’s farm in Rhea County. When Harry was only ten years old, his father, a farmer and Deputy Sheriff, passed away and Harry’s mother sold areas of the family farm as c…

It is always fun for me to see how a week’s column will take shape and come together. This week is no exception. First of all Billie Doty brings back from Virginia a wonderful old Mincemeat recipe, remembering that a couple of weeks ago someone was asking about Gwen Potter’s recipe. I would …

Since we are preparing to celebrate Veteran’s Day, it is appropriate to read a letter written by a veteran of the War Between the States. This letter is one hundred and fifty-five years old, and was written by William Perry Darwin to his wife, Adelia Gillespie Darwin in 1864. William Perry a…

With Veterans’ Day coming up really soon, I want to share a story with you today about one of our “hometown boys” as a tribute to all our veterans who are certainly deserving of our respect and honor.

Many people have heard the riddle, “What is black and white and read all over?” The answer is the newspaper, and Rhea County has had some type of newspaper since its beginning. I happened to find a number of articles from the 1933 Dayton Herald in some of the Bettye Broyles files, and though…

Earlier this week someone mentioned Dump Cake to me , so I looked one up and decided to pass it along as it is such a good and quick, no-fuss dessert. If you have another one that you like, I would love to see it and pass it on to readers as well. I suppose that put me to thinking about othe…

If you have ever traveled to the western part of the state of Tennessee, you may have seen fields white with the growth of cotton, or even watched the harvesting of the plant. Even though we do not see cotton grown in Rhea County today, it was an important crop before and during the War Betw…

If your idea of pumpkin is limited to Halloween Jack-o’-Lanterns and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, then this column today will broaden your scope because it is all about pumpkins. There is so much you can do with a pumpkin, and I am told it is one of the healthiest things you can eat. Wheneve…

H. A. Crawford wrote the following in one of his newspaper articles, “The rough, unpretentious old house at Gum Spring has long since ceased to occupy the small space on which it stood. It answered a good purpose in its day. It was used in wartimes by Col. Cline, of German extraction, and hi…

When I started to put today’s column together, I just went through the file and pulled some things that I thought sounded good, and since several of them made me think of fall, all the better! I have it on good authority that Zelma Grun is one of the best cooks there is out there, so I was h…

I became interested in finding out about Gum Spring some time ago, when I came across a note to Bettye Broyles from Virginia Knight Nelson. The late Mrs. Nelson had sent information about one of her relatives, along with a sentence naming Gum Spring Church and School. As I began to research …

What began as a wedding party has now grown into one of the major festival celebrations in the world! What is it? Why, Oktoberfest, of course! What better time to bring a taste of Munich and Bavaria to your table!

Since all families are interconnected with many genealogical lines, finding and learning about ancestors can get very complicated and puzzling. Perhaps the best way to untangle the past is to find all the information you can about each person, and then put the family members together. Someti…

Growing up in Morgantown my friends and I had many neighbors, mentors, and role models. Our street was anchored on the north end by the Schrimpsires, the Byerleys, Carol and Velma Henderson, and Reverend and Mrs. J.L. Gates and on the south end of our street “Uncle” Roy and “Aunt” Hazel Morg…

The world of “yesterday” did not have a convenience store on every corner, nor a super grocery store, or even a fast food restaurant! Today, most people take these places for granted and only shop for the present, whereas our ancestors had to obtain supplies to last until their next trip to …

As friendships often do, my friendship with Shirley and Roy Milligan began in the most unlikely of ways. Roy grew up in Morgantown, and some of you that have been around a while like me will remember the old Milligan homeplace over on what we used to call “The Branch.” And ever since that fi…

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This week I want to remember my late cousin, Guy Denton, as I am writing some family history. During the Washington Bicentennial, Guy wrote an article pertaining to his great-great grandfather, Richard Green Waterhouse. In the narrative, Guy stated that Richard G. Waterhouse moved to Rhea Co…

Hello Readers! I know that many of you out there know Brad Harris, but what you may not know is what a wonderful cook he is! Over time Brad has shared some great recipes with me, and I figured it was high time I shared more of them with you. You are in for a real treat today as Brad has shar…

The month of September is beginning, and all of us are wondering where the year has gone! We see the stores with Halloween and Christmas wares on their shelves, and yet the weather is still hot, and the fall season a few weeks away. Even though schools in this area begin during the first wee…

I don’t think I’ve met a tamale I didn’t like. And I especially like those made in the style of the Mississippi Delta. I had never made tamales myself until a couple weeks ago, and they turned out pretty good. So, I was delighted to come across today’s recipe for Tamale Balls which are a pop…

When I moved here from Michigan many moons ago, I quickly learned I was the odd man out. I will admit, I didn’t try very hard to fit in my first few days of school. I was resentful and hurt, I missed my friends, and I couldn’t believe I was being forced to start my life (all 11 years of it) …

There could not be a complete record of Rhea Springs without the inclusion of Colonel John R. Neal, Congressman from the Third District of Tennessee. According to the History of Rhea County, Reminiscences of Amanda Neal Wheelock and Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, there is much information…

If I were going to pick one thing out of this column today and make it, I might have a hard time picking because I rounded up some of my favorites today to share with you and I hope you will find something today that you want to try. I often think that food memories are some of the best ones…

William Gibbs Allen (October 21, 1836---November 28, 1924), the son of Valentine Allen III and Ann Frazier Allen, was born in Jackson County, Alabama, but moved to the Washington (Rhea County) area during 1843. He was elected Trustee of Rhea County in August of 1859; in December of that same…

A fine old cook once told me that if you cook anything at all with love it will taste good. And I believe that. Love is the secret ingredient that makes it all special and worthwhile, and while we may sometimes grumble about having to do this or that, just think what our lives would be like …

While looking for information relating to Rhea County, I came across some hand-written notes which are significant to the history of Spring City. These statements were written by a Historical Society member who is no longer living, but who cared enough about history to preserve the informati…

There are lots of fun recipes for you today, but first I want to follow-up on the “praline” recipe I had in the column last week. A buddy of mine at school made it and brought me a sampling, and I can tell you that they were delicious! In case you missed the recipe last week and want to give…

It seems that summer has just really begun, and the start of school is upon us! Teacher In-service began July 29, and the first full day for students is Monday, August 5. Naturally, the weather is hot as a firecracker, and the humidity high, but life goes on. A number of years ago, students …

Last weekend a lady I know asked me if I could try to get Joyce Fitzgerald’s Chicken Pie recipe. She had recently had it and loved it. I made a quick call to Mrs. Fitzgerald and she was only too happy to share it with me so I could pass it on to you. It sounds easy and delicious, so what cou…

In times past people wrote letters to their kinfolk and friends. This method of communication was used because people lived great distances from each other, and there was no other way to transmit information unless you visited. When visits were made, people usually stayed several days or wee…

Hello everybody! Today’s column is really in two parts. First of all I am going to introduce you to “Miss Shirley,” and then I am going to round out the column with some more good summertime favorites! I hope you will enjoy the column today, and I hope I’ll hear from you soon!

If it is July in Dayton, that means hot weather, anxiety and anticipation about the fast-approaching new school year and time for the Scopes Festival. I am delighted to see the festival back in full swing this year along with the great play.! I have always felt Dayton could and should do mor…

Our history holds many tragic events, but perhaps one of the saddest is being put to death for a crime one did not commit. A story about one of these occurrences was recorded in the WPA book on Rhea County tombstones, published in 1938. According to WPA records, the Hughes Cemetery is locate…

You’ve read this here before, but it is a happy day for me when I get one of those old favorite recipes that everyone in the family loves, and this week Jeanette Booth Hill blessed me with one from her mother, Mary Booth. I was so happy to get it, and I know you’ll love having it, too! These…

“I’m gonna buy a Paper Doll that I can call my own”

We are going to take a little trip to the Deep South today, all the way to Louisiana and New Orleans! Everybody who has ever been comes back with wonderful food memories, unless they happen to be those people who think they have to eat a hamburger everywhere they go. I always feel sorry for …

The Fourth of July celebrations of today are somewhat different from those in the early days after this date was declared a federal holiday. However, no matter how it is celebrated, the Fourth of July is a day to fly our flag and remember our Declaration of Independence. From a diary entry d…

Greetings! Today as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we are going to make potato salad! While everyone probably has a potato salad preference, I thought I would get you to thinking about some variations on an all-time favorite. Potato salad is sometimes one of those things that …

This past weekend was spent at my Darwin family reunion, where cousins from all over the United States met to learn more about our family history. We looked over family lineage charts and old Bible records, heard ancestral stories, and saw items from past generations. It’s always great to se…

Sweet music to my ears are the words, “Here is an old recipe for you!” Occasionally it has been a whole file of them. But this time it was a whole compilation of vintage recipes carefully collected from literally around the world.

We find that it was not uncommon for our ancestors to have large families many years ago due to many reasons. The lifestyle was very different in the early days of settling Rhea and other counties; farming was the primary occupation of the time, mainly to feed one’s family and for selling cr…

This is Father’s Day weekend. I remember my own father, Earl David Daugherty Sr., as a good, honest, hard-working man who probably best showed his love to us by providing for us the best he could, always making sure that we had a safe home and food on the table. Some of my best memories of h…

Old newspaper articles are always interesting to read, and the following crime information came from The Dayton Star dated October 5 and 12 of 1911. These two items were copied from those newspapers without any of the original paper showing. This was done by Bettye Broyles, our former County…

Today we are sharing more of the recipes from the Strawberry Festival’s Bake Off. Why don’t you start right now looking for something that YOU want to make for next year’s contest! You just might be a winner! And while you are at it, look through your recipe boxes and find something to send me!

Some of you have been reading this column for ages, and there’s a very good chance that you don’t fully know what “Life on the EDGE” really means. The EDGE is the education department of the The Care Center, Rhea County’s local pregnancy help medical clinic. While The Care Center provides pr…

Lately the Rhea County Courthouse has been in the forefront of our local news because it has needed some tender loving care called “restoration.” A building which is used every day by many people has to be given proper attention in order for it to continue in “good health” on the National Re…