This is the fifth installment of memories presented by the host and author of Facebook's FRIENDS OF ARMUCHEE, Mac Eubanks.
MORE OF THE ARMUCHEE I KNEW 1950-1962
I have spoken of all those neighbors living within 200 or 300 yards around me in my early days (the Spradleys/Moores, Caldwells, Greshams, Holberts, Willinghams, Thomas', Rudds, Hales, Smiths, Lindseys, Plumleys) and all those points northward on US 27. And of course Armuchee School! That's half the story--sorry, you gotta endure more!
There was one more family close by in a house kind of catty-cornered (is that still a good word?) behind the Rudd's store. In my earliest days, it was occupied by the Grubb family (I remember the parents and Wayne, who was a couple of years older than me.) I think Mrs. Grubb was kin to the Holberts, Millers and Carlisles, who I talked about earlier-- and my longtime dear friend Maxine Miller Lane (who's already on record that I'm losing my mind) will maybe let us know if I am right about the Grubb family.
|Charles Holbert, Harold Holbert, Billy Eubanks, and on the sled, Mac Eubanks and Wayne Grubb|
The Grubb house stood where the Ga.140 highway runs now about a 100 yards or so from US 27. Sometime in the '52, '53, '54 era, they left and a Touchstone family moved in. I recall little of them except they had a son near my age, maybe 2 or 3 years younger. Maybe someone can also fill in the blanks on the Touchstones.
Anyway, when Ga. 140 was extended west to US 27 around 1958, this house was moved a bit farther south along US 27 to make room for the new road. This house would be added onto over time and one day Dale Headrick and his family would occupy it. It was moved again in the recent past to make room for a service station that has yet to be built. That house is now at the corner of Highway 140 and Floyd Springs road across from the Armuchee Middle School.
Through the woods and up the hill (where we played and built forts and hid out from parents in our early years), A.W. Headrick built what was very probably one of the nicest houses anyone in this area had ever seen . It is still there and still a beautiful place. He and his wife Estelle, and children Dale and Pat lived there. A. W. was a builder and is responsible for many of the homes in the Armuchee area. Their driveway ran into US 27. There were no houses on that new extension of Ga. 140 (we called it Turkey Mountain Road) to Adairsville. It ran across Turkey Mountain, Old Dalton Road and the Oostanaula River until (I think) Hildon Baker and Katheryn Baker built their house there on 140, near the Floyd Springs crossroad. Their children were Becky and Carol.
My memory gets a bit fuzzy traveling on south on US 27. I know there were houses occupied at various times by Tudors, Watkins and Sosebees. The Sosebees had a couple of kids near our age who taught a lot of us to build model airplanes--I mean we actually whittled out propellers and fitted them onto those tiny gas engines for our planes and they would really fly. They often crash-landed since we had no radio controllers in those days; you could spend days building a plane and crash it and start over in 2 minutes. The Townsells also lived along that stretch of road - I think I remember a daughter, Betty Jo.
There was a small branch that ran through near the Sosebee house which someone dammed up and created a nice small fishing lake which we all loved. Farther south on the same east side of US 27 was the Anderson home place. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, and Burl and Larry. I recall their house had two upstairs dormer windows which was unique for the time and place. Can't recall if there were rooms up there or if it they were just for show--probably rooms! The house is still there.
|Unknown, Larry Willingham, Mack Campbell, Bobby Eubanks, Larry Anderson and Mac Eubanks|
I can't recall the exact time, but the Maxey's (Jack and Muriel and sons Larry and Perry) built a house beyond the Andersons. Larry and Perry were involved in everything in school and church forever--Larry is still a Deacon at New Armuchee Church. They took after their Mom and Dad who were very active in the life of the community and the church. One happening, many of us still recall after many years, was the accident Mr. Maxey had with a chain saw. Larry's heroic quick thinking and actions saved his Daddy's life.
|Perry and Larry Maxey|
South of the Maxey place was the Quinn home (Mr. and Mrs. and daughters Shirley, Zeevie and Judy.) All of them were also active in school, community and church life and Shirley is still my dear friend today. I've now gotten south from my house about a quarter mile or so and reached what we used to call the top of the hill. You could stand in the road (27) at the end of the Quinn's driveway and see in a straight line past all I've described looking north, past my house and the Holberts, and all the north way to the big curve at the Caldwell/Gresham place. WHEN YOU'RE 6 OR 8 THAT WAS A LONG WAY!
I'll stop there for now and pick up on the west side of US 27 going south next.