QUESTIONS SEEKING ANSWERS
This section asks museum visitors questions about Murray County's past. If you can answer any of the posted questions, or if you want to ask relevant questions of your own, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, no questions about ancestors or genealogy.
1. As large as Murray County was in the 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, etc., where were the stagecoach stops? Typically stagecoaches stopped every 20 miles or so. Various historical documents mention regular service from Spring Place to Athens, Tennessee to the north, and Augusta, Georgia to the southeast. The only two stagecoach stops the museum has been able to confirm were at Spring Place and Pleasant Valley (present-day Eton). Anyone know of others within what was Murray County at that time?
2. Were the Cherokee removal forts the only forts built within Murray County? (Forget Fort Mountain (smile).)
3. What became of the skeleton from the third floor of the Spring Place Courthouse? It was there as late as 1950. Does anyone know where it is today?
4. What became of the bricks with pig prints from the Murray County Memorial Hospital? According to Murray County Heritage, page 463, J. Frank Hall, who died in 1948, wanted two hand-made bricks, molded by his grandfather Harris, used in the new hospital building. The bricks, molded in 1840, bore the footprints of a sow and her pigs, that just happened to walk across the bricks while they were drying in the sun. The bricks reportedly were visible to hospital visitors. Does anyone know what became of these unusual pieces of Murray County history?
5. What became of the tiny Spring Place Post Office building used in the 1940s and 1950s?
6. Where, when, and by whom was the first cotton gin operated in Murray County?
7. Where and when was the first filling station operated in Murray County?
8. When did the last steamboats come from Rome to Murray County?
9. Does anyone have a copy of the first telephone directory for Chatsworth? It probably was only a single sheet of paper as most business ads of the time show telephone numbers of either one or two digits. Advertisements in the early 1940s reveal that the telephone number to reach Fincher Drug Store was 1 (one). To call Hufstetler's Market, call number 2.
10. Does anyone have a train schedule for service from Chatsworth for any of the early years? The museum would like to obtain a clear copy to put on display. Any old ticket stubs? Train advertisements? Actually the museum would welcome copies of any and all such items.
11. One of the first lists being posted in this section of the museum is Cotton Gins. The museum would like to have copies of clear photographs of any of the Murray gins to post.
12. Grist mills were once an important part of Murray life. The museum would like to have copies of clear photographs of any of the Murray County grist mills to post. Drawings or paintings also would be welcome.
13. Does anyone have photographs of any of the Ferries that once served Murray County? The museum would like to post them.
14. A listing of early hotels in Murray County appears in this section. Does anyone have photographs of any of the hotels other than those in Chatsworth? Museum would like to exhibit copies of clear photos.
15. The museum would like to create a list of Murray County men who volunteered to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. Military records of that time show only the location of enlistment, not where the individuals were from. This makes it nearly impossible to create a reliable list from official military records. Although many captured Confederate soldiers, during the final days of the war, swore allegiance to the Union to avoid near-certain death in their prison camps, the museum is not interested in those names. We seek only those who chose from the start to serve in the Union Army.
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