19th installment of “Emanuel’s Children” up now

by | October 31, 2016 10:03 am

Swainsboro native Ron Seckinger is publishing true stories about his grandmother’s generation at http://ronseckinger.com. “Emanuel’s Children: Stories of a Southern Family” follows the lives of eight siblings born in Emanuel County between 1888 and 1913. The eight were Jessie Stroud Fields, Jewel Stroud Hooks, Emmit Stroud, Denver Stroud, Marjorie Stroud Scott, Kermit Stroud, Alice Stroud Mitchell, and Maude Stroud Moreno. The combined stories also constitute a history of Swainsboro and Emanuel County during the first half of the 20th century.

After his wife, Jewel’s death, Fred Hooks remarried and took his family to Chicago, where he entered ministerial studies at Moody Bible Institute. He worked in the Institute’s barbershop, and one of his regular customers was the notorious gangster Dion O’Banion, assassinated by Sicilian rivals in 1924. For the full story, read “Chicago,” the 19th chapter of “Emanuel’s Children: Stories of a Southern Family.”

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