Free-For-All Friday 2/16/18

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  1. Can anyone recommend a part time nanny? I know there are options online and via apps but I’d prefer personal recommendations! Thank you in advance.

      1. I don’t use Next Door (although I should) so that link shows its “in another neighborhood” so I can’t see it.

  2. Good Morning Decatur Metro World!
    May I recommend a new book, David Allison’s “Attacked On All Sides, The Civil War Battle Of Decatur” (available at Amazon, around $27). Dan at Decaturish turned me on to this(a little Sixties lingo to put you at ease. I’m Sixties-ish) If you, like myself, wanted to know more detailed, first hand accounts about Decatur in the 1860s, you will enjoy descriptions like, “The town is situated on high rolling ground, well shaded and has 1,000 inhabitants.” (From a member of 72nd Indiana Regiment, page 9. Many additional first hand accounts including that the courthouse faced East at the time of the battle. First I read of this). I am looking forward to reading more over the weekend.

    1. Chris, have you ever traced the ‘Atlanta Road’ from the old DeKalb Courthouse to Dekalb Ave which dated from before War Between States? The angled intersection with the railroad is dangerous and outdated by today’s standards. Must not have been too bad back in the early 19 century.

      1. Thanks Stevie D. It took me a while to visualize that intersection but yes, it’s an odd angle. This is the area around the old Citgo station correct? Just guessing that it may have something to do with the original terrain of the area. The railroad bed to the east of this intersection was raised quite alot to keep the grade level. The Citgo crossing is relatively flat North to South. Maybe that’s why the the angle is so unusual by today’s standards. The next time I stop by the History Center, I’ll ask chief archivist Mr. Fred Mobley (DHS Class of 73 and Senior Class President!) about it. If anyone knows, it will be Fred.
        Writing for the “Times Of DeKalb” in 2002, Lisa Dewberry wrote, “On April 26th, 1865, the Civil War was officially over, but DeKalb County, unlike Atlanta, would feel the effects of that tragedy on the land, which remained mostly rural, until the 1960s.” There are few people living in the City of Decatur (and DeKalb) today that were around prior to the 1960s. David Allison’s book would be a great introduction to what many once considered the defining moment in Decatur’s history (There are more monuments to the Battle of Decatur than any other event). Check it out!

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