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Bartlett couple’s love of homeless children endures

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Following is the first of a two-part article. Mrs. H.W. Cooper copied the following description from Mrs. Mamie Rock’s scrapbook in 1958: “Time: Evening 6th instance 1871. “At the residence of the bride’s father, […]

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Only a rare 1800s woman could stay independent

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. American women in the 1800s had no legal existence of their own and were dependent on men. For the most part, they could not enter into contracts, inherit property or money and had no […]

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Raleigh’s cool, clear water drew visitors

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the second section of a two-part article looking at the roots of Raleigh, Tenn.; see the first section of the two-part article here. One of the major reasons the first settlers decided […]

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Raleigh blossomed as Shelby County seat

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the first section of a two-part article in this series; see the second section here. In 1796 Tennessee became the 16th state in the U.S., but the western area had not been […]

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Old recipes reflect a different kind of cooking

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Recipes today have very precise measurements, baking times and ways of serving them. One hundred and fifty years ago, when Bartlett was founded, it was quite different. Most women learned to cook from their mothers […]

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The Blackwell family and friends’ memory quilt

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. A hexagonal quilt was found on the third floor of the historic Blackwell House, located at 3071 Sycamore View Road, after Walt and Becky Brown purchased the property in 1983. The home was built […]

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German immigrant establishes Bartlett family legacy

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Frederick (Fred) Ludwig Warner was born Feb. 14, 1835, in Stuttgart, Germany, and as a young man he immigrated to the U.S. and made his way to Memphis. He worked as a merchant and […]

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We remember: Bartlett honors fallen military veterans

Veterans, their families, city leaders, active military personnel and other citizens gathered for the annual ceremony at Veterans Park in Bartlett Monday to mark Memorial Day. It is the only holiday solely dedicated to those who gave their lives in American military service. We honor and remember those who did not come home. (Editor’s note: […]

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Bartlett’s embattled charter abolished multiple times

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. In its early days, Bartlett had several saloons or grog shops. Late in January 1885 several of the town matrons convened to state their intense dislike of the whiskey trade and expressed a desire […]

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Church grew from ‘Bush Harbor’ with community pride

Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. The Educational Annex The church’s Educational Annex was formerly the Bartlett Elementary School, which opened in 1910 for grades 1-6 with two classrooms and a chapel. During 1914-1916, another classroom was added. In 1924 […]

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Katherin Estes Nesbit: Small woman, big friendly heart

Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Katherine Nesbit was a little woman with a big heart. A petite lady, she stood barely 4 feet 10 inches tall, her hair knotted on top of her head as was the style at […]

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Glendale: Greek Revival mansion built by Pulliams

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. One of Bartlett’s elegant mansions of the past was born in 1841, when native Virginian Elijah Pulliam began amassing his local land holdings and erecting a suitable place to raise a large family. His […]

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