Blast from the past

by | August 31, 2017 3:47 pm

Check out this “blast from the past,” courtesy of Barbara Jones. This clipping was passed down by her late grandmother mentioned in the article, Pinkie Durden. The article is believed to have been printed in an 1890 edition of either of Emanuel County’s two most prominent newspapers at the time, The Swainsboro Herald or The Pine Forest. (The Blade as we know it today wasn’t born until 1903.) To be 127 years old, the artifact as presented August 28 was in near-pristine condition. The late Mrs. Durden was a one-room teacher for many years. She was a native of Swainsboro, as is her granddaughter. Do you have any of your own “blasts from the past?” If so, contact us at 478-237-9971!

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  1. Comment by Bob Griner

    August 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Pinkie Mae was born July 23, 1889 and her given name was Cordia Lessie her mother was Indiana “India” Sherrod one of the descendants of my Great,Great,Great Grandfather James Sherrod of Jefferson County, GA

  2. Comment by Art Chance

    September 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    No, she was the granddaughter of Joseph Sherrod and Sarah Jane Crump Sherrod. Joseph was a teacher and farmer who had a place off the old Savannah Rd. in Emanuel Cty. just South of Midville, or Station 9 on the Central Railway as it was known in those days. Her mother, India, my grandmother, was a girl of eight when Sherman’s troops showed up in the yard, a few months after her mother and the children learned that Joseph had been killed in Mahone’s counterattack at The Crater in July ’64.

    India married John Dallas Durden and Cordia Lessie (Pinkie) was one of their children and my grandmother. She was a force of nature.


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