Archive for February 13, 2014

Restoration of the Taylor House Underway   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Taylor House, February 12, 2014

Image Source = Jimmy Holbrook, 1180 AM, Summerville, Georgia, via the Save the Taylor House Facebook Page

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I extend my deep gratitude to everybody involved in the continuing effort to salvage this great old house.  Special thanks go to William Benefield, the new owner of the structure, and all who have contributed physical labor to the effort, which is in its early stage.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

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For Continuing Updates:

https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheTaylorHouse

https://www.facebook.com/congressstreet

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When Baby Goes to Slumbertown   Leave a comment

Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen

Above:  The Title Page of Songs From a Parsonage Kitchen

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother wrote this for her firstborn son, Randolph Winburn Barrett (1905-?).

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

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When Baby goes to Slumbertown,

He takes the Dreamland ferry,

With smile and coo, and laughter too,

And dimples sweet and merry.

Chorus:

O bye, O bye, O baby boy,

O bye, O baby dear,

O close your eyes, my bonny lad,

For Slumbertown is near.

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The captain is his mother dear,

The boat, her rocking chair,

Away they go with naught to fear,

In weather foul or fair.

Chorus

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When near the port of Slumbertown

His eyelids heavy grow,

For none may enter Slumbertown,

With open eyes, you know.

Chorus

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Slower and slower rocks the boat,

O’er the water still and deep,

And anchors soon at Slumbertown,

For the Baby’s fast asleep.

Chorus

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

PALMETTO, GEORGIA

1905

Good Roads, Chattooga County, Georgia, 1915   Leave a comment

AC, September 29, 1915, page 3

Above:  A Clip from The Atlanta Constitution, September 29, 1915, Page 3

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Clip Obtained Via newspapers.com

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I live in a world quite different from that of my great-grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Sr. (1860-1936).  If one seeks evidence of that fact germane to the news report above, I offer the following image, scanned from Ralph S. Tarr and Frank M. McMurry, World Geographies–Second Book (New York, New York:  The Macmillan Company, 1920), Georgia Supplement page 19:

Good Road in Tift County

I imagine that the “good roads” in Chattooga County were similar to those in Tift County.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

Lullaby   Leave a comment

Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen

Above:  The Title Page of Songs From a Parsonage Kitchen

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Written for Randolph, & Long Used to Put Him to Sleep

Hush-a-bye, my baby,

Close your eyes in sleep.

Mother watches near thee–

Sleep, my baby, sleep.

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Hush-a-bye, my baby,

Softly, sweetly sleep

While the white-robed angels

Loving vigils keep.

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Over thee, my darling,

Snowy wings they spread;

Though unseen they’re ever

Round they cradle-bed.

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Best of all our Father

Sleepless watch doth keep;

Day and night he guards thee;

Sleep, my baby, sleep.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

PALMETTO, GEORGIA

1905

The Big Melt   Leave a comment

Snowy Day February 13, 2014 XVII

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

One day after the great snowfall

yet before the night’s refreeze,

snow and ice melt–sometimes fall

from downtown roofs and eaves.

Snowy Day February 13, 2014 XVIII

Authorities say to remain at home–

not to drive unless necessary–

advice I plan to follow–not roam–

while enjoying my homemade tea.

Snowy Day February 13, 2014 XIX

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

Snowy Day February 13, 2014 XX

Snowy Day January 13, 2014 XXI

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Heralds of Queen Spring   Leave a comment

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Above:  Tulips and Daffodils, Circa 1913

Photographer = Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fbj/item/2007685956/)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother’s original title for this poem was “Daffodils.”

As for me, I anticipate the arrival of Spring, especially given the fact I have just experienced my second Winter storm in two weeks.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Although North Wind still blustered,

And Jack Frost’s elfin sprites

Lift their fairy footprints

Everywhere o’nights,

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On looking through my casement

One bright though chilly dawn,

I saw heralds of Queen Spring

Marshaled on the lawn.

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Their sharp green spears more glittering

With jewels diamond-bright,

Scattered by the Frost King’s elves

In their madcap flight.

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With golden trumpets lifted

The fairy notes rang clear,–

“Begone, Begone! oh, Jack Frost,

Spring is almost here!”

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

TIGNALL, GEORGIA

1920-1922

Athens, Georgia, February 13, 2014 (III)   Leave a comment

Snowy Day January 13, 2014 IX

Images Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Snowy Day January 13, 2014 XIII

Snowy Day January 13, 2014 XVI

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