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For much of the second half of the 19th century, Captain Isaac Henry (my great great grandfather) was a riverboat captain carrying goods and people up and down the Savannah River. Today these buildings house shops, restaurants and nightclubs but in Captain Henry’s day there were no landscaped parks or fancy hotels. It was the commercial hub for goods moving into and out of Georgia.
Not only is St. Augustine the nation’s oldest city – celebrating 450 years – we are at the top of the list of College Towns to Live in Forever according to College Ranker. In the middle of downtown St. Augustine, you’ll find Flagler College housed in the former Ponce de Leon Hotel. It’s not the only college in town. St. Johns River State College has a campus here too.
Leonard Nemoy died this week. Although he was best known for his role as Spock in the Star Trek series, I was also a fan of the Ancient Mysteries series he hosted. Here is the episode on the Quest for the Fountain of Youth that is focused on St. Augustine.
In 1975, our uncle, Thomas Barker, sent a request to the Cheatham County, Tennessee, Register for a certified copy of his discharge papers so he could receive medical treatment at a VA hospital. Although Tom, his sisters and his mother lived in Cheatham County during the war, they had returned to Georgia in the late 1950s after their mother, Lois, retired from teaching.
The transmittal letter attached to Tom’s discharge papers included this lovely tribute to Lois.
I was one of Mrs. Lois’ pupils when I was in elementary school and I still feel that I owe her a debt of gratitude. She was one of the old dedicated teachers who saw a pupil from conditions at home to response at school. I had to be out of school a good bit because of my mother’s illness. At nine, during the depression, I was taught to work and still get my school work. Mrs. Lois came by my house and brought lessons and tests and allowed me to make my grade that year. Today’s teachers couldn’t care less – if a child is absent as much as I was, failure would result, but Mrs. Lois helped me the next year to come out of it and I still feel a special love for her and her consideration and help.
With good wishes to you and the sisters who live there, I am,
(Mrs.) Betty J. Ross