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Posted on October 4, 2018 at 12:05 PM by Jamesan Stuckey
It was this day 100 years ago. Many Thomaston folks went about their normal routine of opening their weekly newspaper, only to receive a profound shock.
Months before it had been reported that local man, John Thad Ellington, only 22 years of age, had been killed on the battlefields of France. He was said to be the first Upson boy to die in combat. From the Thomaston Times, August 16, 1918: “John Thad Ellington was killed in battle on July 28, in the desperate fighting of the Soissons-Rheims drive in which American troops played such a glorious part. He was a member of the 151 Machine Gun Battalion, Company A, which suffered such severe casualties in the recent battle, and which made such a magnificent record in that fighting.”
No doubt, the community mourned the loss of John Thad Ellington. Only, when October 4th rolled around, Thomaston found out that Ellington was in fact, still alive. He had been captured and was held in a German prison camp at Bayreuth.
In a letter written to his mother dated March 13, 1919, Ellington revealed that he was recovering in a New York Hospital. Though the Great War had ended, it still took a while for soldiers to return home. Ellington tells his mom that he lost his foot, but was so lucky to be alive.
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Thomaston Times, October 4th, 1918
Posted on September 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM by Jamesan Stuckey
Remember that time a star from the Grand Ole Opry came to Thomaston? Well, you may not since it happened in the early 1940’s, but your parents/grandparents might! (See photos for citation)
Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys came here once in 1940 and again in 1942. With songs like “Wabash Cannonball” and “Great Speckled Bird” Acuff landed a spot in the Opry in 1938. Over the years he became one of its biggest promoters. In the 1940’s he helped form Acuff-Rose Music along with Fred Rose. By 1946 they had signed Hank Williams to their company.
While in his 80’s, Acuff still performed daily at Opryland. During his lifetime, Acuff created a monumental legacy. His songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton John, and more.
Thomaston Times, March 07, 1940
Posted on September 6, 2018 at 9:13 AM by Jamesan Stuckey