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Remembering Confederate veterans

If you have photos or historical information to share, contact Susan Exley at 912-754-6681 or email

February 14, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Exploring the Rincon school album?

Front row left to right: Ila Kessler Zeigler, Althea Poythress & Ola Mae Kessler Heidt. 2nd row: Edith Seckinger Martin & Matilda Dugger Rahn. 3rd row: Myrtice Exley Clifton, Beulah Exley Weitman & Beatrice Kessler Hinely. Photo provided by Keith Martin.

February 06, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Reflections of Echoes of Effingham

Left to right: Harry Hinely (on mule), Hugh Hinely, Jud Hinely, Frank Hinely, J. Bruce Hinely (my grandfather on the stump) and their father J. Horace Hinely (my great grandfather). They are using a purchased apparatus used to remove stumps from the ground by digging away some of the soil around the stump with shovels and attaching a cable to a winch with a long shaft which was attached to a larger stump as anchor. A mule team walked in circles eventually working the stump from the ground. This is being done in what is now a field across the ...

January 31, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Perusing Marlow High photos

This was compiled by Susan Exley from Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos or historical information to share contact her at 912-754-6681 or email

January 17, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Annual Historic Effingham Society Banquet set

Historic Effingham Society will be holding its annual banquet Feb. 3 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center Great Hall, 2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with supper served at 6 p.m.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Perusing the photo album

Numbered beginning at top left: 1. Gazzie Hinely, 2. Thomas H. Morgan, 3. Mell F. Arnsdorff, 4. Maybelle F. Crapps, 5. Leo Freyermuth, 6. Hugh Morgan, 7. Arlene F. Hinely, 8. Hattie F. Morgan, 9. Marion Freyermuth, 10. Grandfather Hodges, 11. Annie Hodges Freyermuth, 12. Matthew Morgan, 13. Jane Reiser Morgan, 14. Rose (Arlene's child), 15. Lucille (Arlene's child), 16. Spy Morgan, 17. Sam Morgan, 18. Lillian Ashmore, 19. Harold E. Freyermuth, 20. Louis J. Morgan, 21. ? Olivia

January 04, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Historic Effingham Society wishes each of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! Please pray for our soldiers that are fighting for our freedom all over the world. Keep their families in your prayers also as they sacrifice so much while their loved ones are away. We pray for America and an end to terrorism and threats from countries in turmoil. Many are still impacted by the hurricanes last year and the wildfires, so please keep these folks in your prayers, too. Thanks to God for all of his blessings in 2017.

December 27, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Sharing recipes at Christmas

Over the past 9 plus years I have shared a few recipes. I hope you will enjoy these.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Cane syrup cooking in Guyton

A few weeks ago I was invited by a classmate, Wilson Lawson and his wife Vivian Owens Lawson, to their syrup cooking. They have a beautiful home just outside of Guyton on property that was Vivian's maternal grandparents' property (Floyd and Margaret Brogdon).

December 14, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Effingham's stories of yesterday

At this busy time of year everyone is scurrying around shopping for the holidays. In sharp contrast to our variety of stores nearby with our good transportation was the local store for a particular neighborhood. In times gone by it was not so easy to get the bare necessities. What was not grown in a garden and canned or meat and poultry that was raised on the farm consisted of a few items purchased in the town's little store or commissary. Sugar, coffee, flour, shoes, clothing or cloth to make clothing along with lamps were among the items obtained ...

December 06, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Perusing the old photo album again

November 30, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Discovering an old J.B. Simmons token

A local building contractor, Dwayne Deal, shared scans of an old coin or token he found in Rincon. It was found not too far from where Simmons operated a Rincon store. What is interesting is that this is for his Springfield store. I have gathered some facts I will share about John. B. Simmons who operated Rincon and Springfield businesses.

November 22, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Revisiting the Farmers Union Store

The Farmers Union Store was moved to Laurel Street in Springfield about 1920. Mr. Elmon Bragg was the first manager. In 1936 the business was sold to operate as an independent store. It was purchased by Bragg and Rahn: Elmon Bragg, G. L. Rahn and E. K. Rahn and was known as B & R Grocery Company. Shown above left to right: Milton Bragg, Elmon C. Bragg, Mamie Hinely Morgan and M. W. Bragg. Others in photo are unknown.

November 15, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Reviewing the history of Berryville

According to Mr. Ernest W. Gnann's history (he credited information from Mell Exley and Hubert Dasher), Berryville is located around the Seaboard Railway crossing on Berryville Road which connects Stillwell Clyo Road to Georgia Highway 119 North. Passing now it is hard to believe that about a century ago this was a thriving community with much activity centered around the railroad. The freight station in Berryville was discontinued around 1935.

November 08, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Remember the Dekle House in Clyo

A month or so ago I was asked by Cathy Rahn Berryhill from Texas if I knew anything about a house that appeared in a photo on the Forgotten Georgia website that a friend had inquired about so I took a look and asked a few questions. The good news is the house is no longer forgotten. It is occupied and is surviving well.

November 01, 2017 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

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Olde Effingham Day Festival set April 21

Historic Effingham Society will hold its annual Olde Effingham Day Festival on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Celebrating the origins of ‘fat lightered’


March 14, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Exploring at the COOP store

In the early 1960s, the Effingham County COOP Store operated to serve farmers in the area. It was a farmers' cooperative for purchasing items for ...

March 07, 2018 | Submitted report | Echoes of Effingham

Farewell, Mrs. Weta Boaen

On February 13, 2018, I lost a neighbor, friend, former English teacher and ultimately a mentor. Born in Bulloch County, Luweta Lowe spent most of ...

February 28, 2018 | Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


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