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Ringgold County's Oral Legend & Memories Project

Do you have a Ringgold County family story, memory, reminiscence, tall tale, or legend to share? Please, do tell! Be it a ghost story from your childhood, a tall whooper of a tale Grandpa love to tell . . . again, and again and again . . . we would love to hear from you and share with others. If you have a photograph to go along with that story or memory, please include it if you can. We love photographs, too.

To contribute to Ringgold County's "Tales from the Front Porch" Collection, contact Sharon R. Becker at srbecker@windstream.net. Please include the word "Ringgold County's Front Porch Project" in the subject line. Thank you.

A Life Less Than Ordinary (Or, things we used to do every day)

  • Baby Barn Swallows, by Jerri Stewart, Ellston

  • Emeline (BAILEY) BEADLE's Diary,
        contribution by Deloris (Gravett) and Ramon L. Bear, November of 2009

  • Carrie Alice (STEVENS) JONES' Diary
        contribution by Deloris (Gravett) and Ramon L. Bear, November of 2009

  • Depression Era Wacky Cake
        Surnames: BELVILLE, GOLLIDAY

  • Driving Hogs to Afton, by Charles Bennett

  • Threshing Machines, by Mrs. B. M. LESAN, 1937

  • Threshing With Steam As I Remember It
        contribution by Michael Cooley, April of 2010

  • Great-Grandma's Shoes, contribution by Jack W. Davis, May of 2009

  • A Little Bit About Outhouses, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

  • Life in Knowlton, by A. H. BONEBRAKE, 1971

  • Farmers' Institute of Redding, by Mrs. Barton ABARR

  • Reminiscence of the Early Days in Liberty Township, by Stewart L. Thompson, 1914
        contribution by Gene Dolson

  • Ringgold County Wave by Connie Newton

  • Tingley Memories, from Tingley Centennial Book, 1983

  • Ringing Hogs, The CALDWELL Method, contribution by Robert Maley, May of 2011

    Childhood Memories - Oh, To Be A Child Again!

  • Country School, by Clara Mae Bird
        with footnotes about schoolyard games

  • The Blizzard of 1959, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

  • Life of Minnie May CALFEE, 1942-43
        contribution by Gene Dolson

  • Grandpa Henderson and The Chickens
        contribution by Margaret Henderson Ebersold, July of 2009

  • Grape Nehi Pop, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009

  • Snipe Hunting, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

  • Remembering Grandma and Grandpa [Clarence and Hazel (LUCAS)] STEPHENS

  • Turkey Recipes (by 3rd Graders), by H. Alan Smith

  • Valentine's Day 1958, Mrs. DENTLER, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012

  • Visiting Grandparents Becomes More Fun, written by Chris Baker
        contribution by Ken Baker, May of 2009

  • Visiting Great-Grandparents, contribution by Jack W. Davis, May of 2009

    History - As We Remember It

  • Blizzard of 1936, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2011

  • Early History of Ringgold County, by Clara E. (HAGANS) HARVEY, 1904

  • Harlow LANDPHAIR'S Diary, '49er Traveling from Illinois to California Gold Fields
        from Ringgold Roots, April & July, 1980

  • George W. LESAN'S Pioneer Life, by Mrs. B. M. LESAN, 1937

  • Claude D. MOORE, Jr., World War II Veteran,
        contribution by Deloris (Gravett) and Ramon L. Bear, November of 2009

  • Four-County Justice, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009

  • Death of a President, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

  • The National Holocaust Museum, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009

  • The JAMES Gang, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

  • When Life Was Not Politically Correct, Clippings from newspaper archives
        an ongoing project as we find 'em

  • Prairie Fires, by Mrs. B. M. LESAN, 1937

  • Sesquicentennial Beards, by H. Alan SMITH

    People - And Other Characters

  • Aunt Ruth, by H. Alan SMITH

  • Edna (TENNANT) ANDERSON, on her 100th Birthday
        from the archives of The Mount Ayr Record-News, January 31, 1991

  • A Notable Gathering, Asa BAILEY home, Diagonal, 1911
        contribution by Bryan K. Bailey, May of 2011

  • Amanda Elvina (DULY) BEAR, contribution by Joy Johnson, October of 2009

  • The BEAR Family, A Discussion with Doris MAGGARD
        contribution by the Bear Family

  • The CABARET Family, by Mrs. B. M. LESAN, 1937

  • Emeline (LUCAS) CORNWALL
        includes William & Margaret Ann (CARSON) LUCAS and Elihue CORNWALL

  • George A. SLENTZ and the Lady Crook, by Mrs. B. M. LESAN, 1937

  • A Family History, by Cleo Irene (ADAMS) FOUSER
        contribution by Bill Adams

  • Memories of a Daughter, John Allen & Abigal Mae (PETTIS) GRAVETT
        contribution by Deloris Mae (Gravett) Bear, October of 2009

  • William Ellis "Billy" McDowell
        contribution by Michael Cooley, April of 2010

  • Rev. William McFARLAND, courtesy of Ringgold County Historical Society

  • Anna (RAINS) NORRIS, 100th Birthday, 1964

  • Memories of Glasier and Louisa (SAMS) PRENTIS, contribution by Julie Watts, August of 2009

  • Julia Belle (BAIRD) SPENCER, contribution by Delbert Spencer, April of 2009

  • Reflections on Caring, by Norma J. STRINGHAM, RN

  • "To My Better Looking Valle-ntine", by H. Alan Smith

  • History of the TALLEY Family, by B. F. TALLEY, 1937

  • Harold WAGGONER Goes A-Sparkin',  by Gerald Waggoner, September of 2014

    Milestones

  • "Editor Emertius", by H. Alan SMITH

    Pets - A Life Without a Beloved Pet Is A Sad One Indeed!

  • Elmore, (a.k.a. Morris the cat) by Britt Fell, March of 2012

  • A Goose Tale, by Rose James, 2006

  • Nina ALLYN's Fox Terrier, Luther, contribution by Robert Malley, May of 2011

  • Roxanne's Story, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009

  • Post Card From Roxanne, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2009

  • Roxanne, Is That You?, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2010

  • Guelda BARKER'S Robin

  • Robins Visit the SMITHS, by Alan Smith, July of 2011

    Places - Although Long Gone, Still Fresh In Our Memories

  • Memories of Shannon City, contribution by Darrell Eckardt, August of 2009

  • Road Trip, includes Caledonia, Redding, Delphos, Mount Ayr & Kellerton
        contribution by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

  • Road Trip, August of 2009
          Leg 1: Westerville and Grand River, Decatur County
          Leg 2: Ellston, Ringgold County
          Leg 3: Tingley, Ringgold County
          Leg 4: Shannon City, Union County
          Leg 5: Highway 169 to Mount Ayr, Ringgold County
          Leg 6: Mount Ayr to Kellerton
             contribution by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009

  • 2nd August Road Trip, includes Benton, Diagonal, Kellerton, Lesanville, country school sites,
        and Mount Ayr, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009

  • Another Road Trip, Clarke and Decatur Counties, August of 2009
           Part I: Hopeville, Clarke County & Northwestern Decatur County
           Part II: Grand River, Young Cemetery, Decatur County
           Part III: Elk Chapel, East Elk School, and Leon, Decatur County
           Part IV: High Point, Leon, New Salem Baptist Church, Garden Grove, Weldon, Decatur County
             contribution by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009

  • September Road Trip, Decatur and Wayne Counties
        Part I: Pioneer School, Nine Eagles, & Pleasanton, Decatur Co.
        Part II: Davis City & Union Church; Leon Depot & Round Barn, Decatur Co.
        Part III: LeRoy, Decatur Co.
        Part IV: Humeston Depot, Wayne Co. & Osceola Depot, Clarke Co.
             contribution by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2009

  • Road Trip to Muscatine, April-May, 2010; contribution by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

  • 4-County Tree, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009

    School Days - Of Chalkboards, Readers, and Recess

  • Kellerton School House, contribution by Jack W. Davis, May of 2009

  • Letters Written by Gladys (TENNANT) PRENTIS About Her Life to Her Children and Grandchildren
        contribution by Julie Watts, August of 2009

    Our Towns - And We All Knew Our Town Was the Best!!

  • The MOSBARGER'S Washing Machine, Kellerton, contribution by Jack W. Davis, May of 2009

    Things - What Is That Thing? and Boy, Are We Glad We Don't Use It Anymore!

  • Remedies, Cures, and Advertising, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2009

    And Other Things - Seriously, What IS That Thing?

  • Fender Skirts, contribution by Mrs. Andy (Joyce) JOHNSTON, June of 2009

  • Pop Bottle Cuke

    Rambling Thoughts

  • Advertising Art, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2009

  • Advice From an Old Farmer, contribution by anonymous

  • Hands-on Genealogy Research, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009

  • Genealogy Rules, contribution by Sherry Hatfield, June of 2009

  • Musings, contribution by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

  • "Ore From Mining My Column Idea File", by H. Alan Smith

  • The Story Tellers. . .We Are The Chosen
        or Why I Am So Fascinated ("Obsessed") With Genealogy
        contribution by Sherry Hatfield, August of 2009

  • Video Grandparenting, by H. Alan SMITH

    Some people will travel thousands of miles to attend a family reunion
    to see people they left home to get away from.


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