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It Came from the Archives: Sawmills of the Wiregrass

August 30, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Although the Wiregrass is known for commercial-scale peanut and cotton agriculture, those were late comers to the region’s economic life. Hunting and bottom-land gardening fed the original Native American inhabitants, and white settlers merely added droving of rangy cattle and hogs to the mix.

Eventually, naval stores and small-scale logging supplemented the new inhabitants’ incomes,…

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It Came from the Archives: July 4 in World War I-era France

August 9, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

One hundred years ago, American doughboys were on the Western Front in World War I. From April 6, 1917, until the Senate passed a resolution formally ending hostilities in 1921, the U.S. was officially at war with Germany. U.S. troops, however, were only in France in significant numbers from the Spring of 1918 until Fall…

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It Came from the Archives: Country Life in Photos

June 18, 2018
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Modern hand tools’ handles are made on an industrial scale, often in small factories by machines running for hours at a time. This means they’re relatively inexpensive, readily available and easily replaceable (because the tool-making industry has created size standards).

But not long ago, when farm folks in particular had more time than cash, tool…

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