Bob & Alf

Gen. James P. Taylor's Home Scene of Snake-Killing in 1900

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Today's column conveys another Taylor Family account to my fervent yesteryear readers. It took place in Aug. 1900 at the delightful home of General James P. Taylor, near the community of Clarkson, TN. Not being familiar with that location, I learned that it was a community in Washington County that eventually became defunct.

Alf Taylor Was Lover of Foxhounds, Expert Fox Horn Blower

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The late Ralph McGill (1898-1969) is one of my favorite newspaper writers of yesteryear because of his history focus on the South. The Vanderbilt graduate was winner of the "Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing" while working for the Atlanta Constitution, authoring several books, including one humorously titled, "The Fleas Come With the Dog."

Alf Taylor's Famous Speech, “Up Salt River,” Received Rave Reviews

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Johnny and Patsy Starnes own an attention-grabbing brochure titled “Up Salt Creek.” The four pages deal with a prominent lecture that was frequently delivered by then Ex-Governor Alf Taylor at various locations throughout the state of Tennessee. The date is not specified but is known to have occurred between the time he left office in 1923 and his death in 1931.

Pages of Scrapbook Found in 1938 Recalls 1888 Taylor Brothers Race

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The discovery of an old scrapbook of newspaper clippings is always an exciting find and often contributes to an enhanced understanding of history. Such was the case in late October 1938 when Mrs. Kate Keys of 407 Highland Avenue found two pages from a scrapbook dating back to 1888, just 10 days before the national elections. The specifics of the find were not specified.