John Orrin Arnsdorff was born Oct. 23, 1906. He was the son of Johnnie and Lillie (Edwards) Arnsdorff. He was born in Clyo and attended school there at the Greene Morgan School where he completed seven grades. He spent most of his childhood in Clyo and was a member of the Turkey Branch Methodist Church for all of his life.
The following was written by the late Freddie Helmly, who lived at the corner of Stillwell Clyo Road and Berryville Road near Haddenville. "Papa" in this document refers to Homer Helmly, Freddie's father.
Several stave mills operated in the Stillwell and Clyo area. A stave is a shaped strip of wood that forms the walls of a wooden barrel, bucket, etc.
Although this is a historical column, I believe history is made every day and another of God's human beings is in need so I ask for you to open your hearts to this story about a fine man who could use our support.
Historic Effingham Society's annual banquet has a treat in store this year. Dr. Benny Ferguson will discuss the music, musicians and bands of the Confederate States of America.
When Highway 119 was built in the late 1950s, more traffic came to Clyo. The Tuckasee King Landing and other private ramps were used by fishermen all along the river. Hartridge Reiser and wife Arleta Arden Reiser built two cabins near the new bridge that they rented to fishermen. They had some fishing boats at their landing their customers could use.
By now you should be getting the Christmas decorations down and have eaten your New Year's Day peas and greens for luck and money.
Had she survived, my grandmother Mattie Lou Campbell Hinely would have been 107 years old on New Years Day. We called her "GrandMatta," as that is what Norman Turner named her. She kept Norman and me for our parents to attend my Grandfather Exley's funeral in December 1954, and he decided that is what she should be called and the name stuck.
As we all anticipate Christmas, I think of our ancestors and how our families have grown through many generations. Of course, family and faith guide many of our rituals and gatherings during the Christmas season. Our churches have special services and celebrations during the month leading up to Christmas.
Dr. Willie Grier (Todd) was born to Annis Bertha Cartin and Thomas Cicero Grier on Jan. 10, 1909. She was known as the Matriarch of Guyton for her civic contributions.
In 1978, Dr. Willie Grier Todd, a Guyton native and retired professor of history at Georgia Southern University, started the Guyton Holiday Tour of Homes. She opened her historical home, Beulah, and greeted guests. The Victorian home was decorated as in days gone by, using actual lighted candles and period ornaments. Live greenery and fresh fruit were always staples of the decorations.
As Thanksgiving ends, a young man from the Clyo area is grateful he is a survivor. Daniel Trowell, age 16, and his parents will tell you without reservation that he is a "miracle." As he converses with his quick wit and warm smile, it is hard to fathom all this young man has endured.
It is Thanksgiving time again. This is the holiday when families gather and good food is shared at the family table. I have selected a few recipes to share today.
Sweet potatoes are planted in the summer around the 4th of July. They can be planted as vines or slips and the potatoes grow under ground.
Wingard Memorial Lutheran Church was an outgrowth of an idea that a Sunday school should be established in the town of Clyo, which was springing up along the railroad tracks that had been laid in 1891. Clyo had a depot, post office and R. B. Mallory's general store.
This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society using images from the HES book "Images of America – Effingham County."
Folks, a new annual activity will premier April 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Effingham Festival at the Living History Site will offer a great day for those in attendance. The date is that of the former Olde Effingham Days. The event will be held on Historic Effingham Society's Living History Site at the corner of North Pine and Early Streets in Springfield. The Effingham Museum in the Old Jail will be open for tours as well as their gift shop.
Effingham County produced large amounts of rice in the early days, according to the research by local historian Norman Turner. There were two types that were grown in Effingham.
Thanks to Kristin Everson for sharing photos from Sonny Zittrouer's collection.
Martha Zeigler is retiring after 15 years as curator of the Georgia Salzburger Museum at Ebenezer. The Georgia Salzburger Society presented a Resolution of Thankfulness and a reception in her honor at its last board of directors meeting.
On March 15, the Georgia Salzburger Society will hold its annual Landing Day Meeting at historic Jerusalem Lutheran Church at Ebenezer. I thought you might enjoy this article about Georgia Salzburger members who recently visited the homeland. The GSS continues to keep our Salzburger history and genealogy alive.
Recently a south Effingham County resident called the Effingham Museum and asked, "Who was Jabez Jones?" A road is named for this person is located in south Effingham connecting Georgia Highway 17 to Georgia Highway 30, not far from the South Effingham school campuses.
This week completes eight years of Echoes of Effingham in the Effingham Herald. With 52 weeks per year, that mounts up to a sizeable amount of weekly print deadlines. It has been a pleasure to bring you photos, stories told only on porches and over fences by those who share them, and items discovered and reprinted for your reading.
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