Members of century-old Low Mosley Baptist in Rutledge have a church family, literally
Members of Georgia Trust join local volunteers
to preserve historic Madison house
by dianne lively yost
photos provided by the georgia trust
Members of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation came together this Sunday with volunteers from the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Morgan County Landmarks Society and Morgan County Historic Preservation Commission to participate in a clean-up day at a Madison home located at 399 West Jefferson Street that was purchased by the Georgia Trust to save it from demolition. The Georgia Trust has the property for sale by a suitable buyer for $35,000.
Georgia Trust President and Chief Executive Officer Mark McDonald joined 15 volunteers from the City of Madison and Morgan County to pick up garbage on the property, to clean up the interior of the home and remove plaster. “The Madison-Morgan County Conservancy, Morgan County Landmarks and the Historic Preservation Commission all sent out notices seeking volunteers for the day,” said City of Madison Planning Director Monica H. Callahan.
Kate Ryan, programs manager for the Georgia Trust, also attended the clean-up day. “Our work focused on clearing vegetation and debris, removing some rotting wood, securing windows and doors and cleaning the interior of the house as well as its yard,” Ryan said.
According to McDonald, “Our workday in Madison was a tremendous success thanks to our hardworking volunteers, many of whom were from Madison. We greatly appreciate all of their help as well as the support of the city who assisted with trash and debris removal. With the volunteer’s work and the work of a local contractor, this historic house will be much more marketable and brings us closer to our goal of finding a responsible preservation-minded buyer.”
As they prepare to celebrate their first Thanksgiving as U.S. citizens, the Smith family has a lot to be thankful for. Nine years after they escaped Zimbabwe and immigrated to Buckhead, David, Lilly, Jaclynn and Duncan, were sworn in on Friday, October 22, 2010.
The swearing-in ceremony was the culmination of a long journey. The Smith family had to first work under a H1B visa, which is completely employment-based. It allows the applicant to work and have his/her family in the U.S., but prohibits any of the other family members from working.
The second step was for each family member to apply for a green card. The date of its approval marked the official beginning of the Smiths’ residency. After five years of holding green cards, the family was able to apply for citizenship. Once their applications were approved, they were each examined on their understanding of American civics and history.
“Attaining citizenship completes a journey and gives a sense of permanence, a sense of belonging, and a sense of patriotism,” said David Smith.
Though there were measures of uncertain timing and extreme costs associated with the process, the Smiths only had to apply once for citizenship. They are grateful and honored for the opportunity to represent the United States as citizens.
By Kathryn McBroom | Photos by Angelina Bellebuono
Like the train tracks that cut through Fairplay Street, Mattie Lee Williams Bailey is an immovable figure in Rutledge. Upon turning 100 on August 29, the city issued a proclamation in honor of the lifelong Rutledge resident.
The brainchild of Union Springs Baptist Church’s Pastor Robert Terrell Jr., the proclamation declares August 29, 2010 to be Mattie Lee Williams Bailey Day in Rutledge.
Born to the late Lola and George Williams, Mattie married Robert Bailey, with whom she would share eight children and “a heap of grandchildren” until his death in 1995.
Hanging on a wall in her living room, Mattie’s proclamation rattles off the names of her eight children, Dolores, Elizabeth, Mattie, Katie, Carl, Eugene, Robert, and Lewis (the latter two being deceased.)
As was common with many of their Rutledge neighbors back then, Mattie stayed home to take care of the children, while Robert worked as a farm hand at many local farms.
In the little yellow house on the outskirts of the city limits, time has all but stopped. It is the house where Mattie, along with her daughter and caretaker Dolores, has resided for most of her adult life.
As Mattie and her daughter sit in the kitchen of their Fairplay Street residence, it’s the small portrait of Barack Obama hanging on the wall that hints at the changes that have taken place in Bailey’s 100 years.
“She never thought we’d see an African American president in our lifetime,” recollects Dolores. “She said she was glad he got to be president.”
With Dick Hodgetts
The University of Georgia graduated two young people and turned them out into the economy in 1975. George Launius had a degree in Pharmacy, and Nancy was trained to be an elementary school teacher. They have come a long way transforming themselves and their business over the past 30 years. Their vision has changed and shaped the business that we know in Madison as Thrifty Mac Drugs. George began his pharmaceutical career in Commerce working for a Thrifty Mac store. The owners expanded into Madison and sent their eager young employee to manage the new business. The potential of the operation convinced George Launius that he wanted to own his own business and he bought out the owners. Thrifty Mac Drug was located where Laughing Moon is now operating.
George had a vision for his business. He wanted clients to enjoy coming into his store. He was convinced that if he offered quick personal service he could grow his business. He and Nancy shared a belief that if they carefully selected employees and had well motivated staff it would translate into satisfied customers. In addition, the business of filling prescriptions is a serious one, so the objective of having an enjoyable business for customers; and the obligation to fill the prescribed medication correctly is a very serious endeavor.