Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The marker and much of my research tells about the battles that took place in our little neck of the woods. Also in the genealogy room I found a very interesting yearbook. It was printed in 1954 and the year book of Fowltown School. I don't know why it wasn't Fowlstown School, but maybe it just took awhile for the new name to stick because the book said the school had been around during the early 1900s. The first page of the yearbook reads a quote from the book Life of Andrew Jackson:
" Brevet Major General Gaines attacked a party of Seminole at Fowltown, just north of Tallahassee Florida border. These Indians had declined to vacate the lands included in the Creek Cession of 1814. The administration has expected trouble with them and was prepared for it entirely aware that the Seminoles, like the Bucaneers of Amelia, might serve as a convenient pawn in the larger gamble of Florida. The War department ordered Gaines to continue his offensive against the Indians, pursuing them into Spanish territory if necessary, but to molest no Spanish military post without further instructions."
I have always loved history, but this certainly takes on new meaning. We live where Indians flourished for years, for centuries. We live where they fought to keep their land in 1817.
Anyways, back to the yearbook. The next few pages consist of the history of Fowltown School. The following is the first paragraph:
"According to authentic sources of information procured from many of the residents of Fowltown living here now, and former ones, we learn that the present Fowltown School is the consolidation of four schools. At one time the school system included the elementary and high school grades through the eleventh year."
I love that they did their research through "authentic sources," but in reality, that is how history is passed down. The four schools that they combined were:
Eleanor- a small school located near the Tallahassee Highway in the Youman's community
Littlefield- a small school south of Fowltown in the Littlefield community
Greenshade- a small school beside the old historical cemetery in the Greenshade community
These three schools combined with the old Fowltown School which was housed in an old wooden frame building across from the Methodist Church. The yearbook mentioned their school house which was completed in 1921. During the days right after construction, Miss Marietta Greene, one of the school teachers drove a wagon and brought all of the children who lived on her route to school with her, and the rest walked.
It also notes and thanks many of the trustees and contributors, including a Mr. Pat Speight, deseased by 1954, who was a "big scale shade tobacco grower and packer of the Greenshade Community.
Needless to say, I had a very interesting afternoon in the genealogy room. Although it wasn't exactly the kind of productivity I was looking for, I certainly enjoyed the discoveries.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I was somewhat aware of the different standards of quality before living in Italy. My Italian teacher explained while we were covering the "food" chapter of our book that Italians rarely use additives and preservatives. After witnessing first hand, I would say that they never use them. Their basic standard for quality of produce and meat is what we would pay triple for at Fresh Market or Earth Fare.
Here is a picture of just a side street, not an outdoor farmers market. These types of stores are more like our equivalent of a convenient store.
Italy produces a vast array of fruits and vegetables. I was completely fascinated by all the different types of produce that I had never heard of, let alone tasted. I remember when I discovered one of the main farmers markets. I walked around with my jaw dropped. The berries were ripe and about to burst. Not a single rotten or even close to rotten item was placed on display. Among many of the issues facing our society today, I have to wonder, how can a country about the entire size of Arizona produce such beautiful, high-quality produce, meat and dairy. As opposed to the entire United States, with so much fertile farm land?
It was a devastating revelation. My only thought or reason, is that Americans simply don't realize how low our standards are. It's not the farmers' fault by any means. They are just as capable as Italian farmers to produce quality crops. I guess it is our society, always pushing for more, faster.
Anyways, to turn this little rant into the topic of this post. Banks and I want to grow an organic veggie and fruit garden at the farm. We are not going to settle for this sub-par quality anymore. Plus we can't afford to pay for the quality. We love the idea of growing our own food on the land. It is going to take a lot of effort, but to us, it will be worth it. Unfortunately, with all the wedding stuff and other endless projects, we probably won't get to it until next summer, but I was doing a little research the other day and stumbled upon this great Web site http://www.organicgardening.com/ that gives you all the information needed to grow each particular vegetable.The Web site also introduced me to the idea of growing an herb garden. I think we can squeeze a little time in between wedding stuff to water a few small plants. Anyways, we will see how it goes. I don't know if a small herb garden is worth it because of the time it will take to replenish what we clip.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Bainbridge offers very little for first daters. Banks and I had lunch, followed by a very entertaining golf match. At some point during the date, Banks decided he wanted to change it from a "lunch date" to an "all-day date." So after golfing, he asked, "You don't happen to like farm animals...Do you?" Of course I said yes, seriously!? Who wouldn't like farm animals? So he asked if I would like to go see them. I jokingly replied, "Only if you have llamas." He completely floored me when he calmly responded with, "yes, I have three." Sold.
male llama who lives in the pen with Henry, the horse. Helen is a curious