Thursday, October 28, 2010

YOU ARE THERE - October 30, 1985

During the peak years, the Million Pines Festival employed two "ambassadors" who worked only for expenses, brothers Ralph and Gene Pullen.  Originally from McRae, Gene and his wife made their retirement home in Soperton. Both were very intelligent, crafty, and hard working. Gene made the ticket gazebo used at every festival. 
Windsor's column for the week was about Ralph, who as a 27-year-old bachelor, built an ox cart and drove it all the way to the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago, causing delight at every town and crossroads during the Depression.

Ernest and Madie Arrington celebrated their 50th anniversary.

The Historical Society displayed a variety of political paraphernalia, including pencils, pads, and Herbert Warnock, himself, plus maps, copy of the Ordinance of Secession, surveyor's book of 1784 for Washington County, when it included Treutlen.

A new shipment of dresses arrived at The Mulberry Bush, just in time for the tri-school pageant.

The Lions Club enjoyed a catfish and mullet supper.

Jimmy Brantley registered the first deer in the annual deer contest, sponsored by the Sportsman's Club, but the one captured by the camera was killed by Ray Hardy: 195 pounds, 9 points.

Johnson County beat Treutlen, 16-13.

Over 700 movies were in stock at Soperton Pharmacy.

Correction: the newspaper ad that week showed that the Halloween Carnival would be at Fowler cotton gin property, not Waller, as stated the previous week.

William A. Ricks 
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