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Joyce

Huntsville, AL

#1 Jan 27, 2008
Do any of you know the true story of Fullerville?

I remember back in 1970's Wsb-tv did a news story on fullerville out houses. At the time Fullerville had no sewage lines until a news story hit WSB TV and force Villa Rica to install sewage to fullerville. Way back in the 1940's Fullerville was a town of its own and Villa Rica ask Fullerville to incorp.with them and they would give them police&fire protection plus sewage. Villa Rica came though on the police and fire deal but it was late 1970 or early 1980 I understand before Villa Rica made good on its deal to install sewage. Villa Rica keep the out houses clean each month. How they clean them is strange. They hire a man to drive a wagon pulled by a mule and the wagon had two big barrels on back loaded with you know what. This waste was dumped in the Villa Rica landfill at the time. Do any of you remember the story and did you ever see the mule and wagon go through? Villa Rica don't talk about this much and they shy away when you ask them about it. There is so much histroy in Villa Rica that never will get told if walls could talk. I do think Villa Rica should save that old jail in fullerville as it still stands. Fullerville had a mayor, a cop and that old jail that Villa Rica should save.
AndyT

Huntsville, AL

#2 Feb 6, 2008
Hey, I remember those days for sure. I remenber holding my nose when my dad passed the mule and wagon traveling back to Villa Rica city dump on 101. The smell would knock you down! lol
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#3 Mar 25, 2009
Well yes we did have outhouses when i was a kid.And no it was not a secret.But it was a great place to grow up anyway.Some folks just like to focus on the negative.We had some things money just cant buy.Like the unconditional love we had one for the other.There were no snobs then,The city kids loved to come play ball with us out Fullerville,And we might have had a few arguments,You outside people best leave us along.If you didnt live there,Stop being so critical.
Happy

Carrollton, GA

#4 Mar 26, 2009
Who is not leaving you "along?"

Who is being critical?
Sherrie

Atlanta, GA

#5 Mar 27, 2009
Sandra has alot of pride in her childhood in Fullerville! The houses that are still standing are really cute and I enjoy seeing them if I happen to be in Villa Rica. Of course the houses had outhouses when they were first built. I never saw the WSB tv news story but if people were renting they wouldn't have wanted to spend money to put in a bathroom. It's really a cute little place and it is full of history and should be remembered for all of the good people that were raised there. If you happen to be in Villa Rica take a drive through Fullerville and imagine simpler times.

Since: May 09

AOL

#6 May 10, 2009
Speaking of wagons and such does anyone remember the goat man? he traveled north and south with hiswagons and his goats which he milked. His wagon was filled with old paper sacks and flour bags tha he would sleep on. He was a sight to see people traveled from atlanta just to see him and his goats. as a kis I heard about a cave past fullerville across fron the old Hershal Reid house just past the city limits sign anyone know of that? The railroad tracks that ran across Hwy 101 to the cotton mill went even further into the woods I remember walking down the tracks about two miles and they still ran further. My father said the tracks ran alll the way to the mines in Villa Rica which he worked at when he was growing up. I remember the pool over at the rec center I would take the short cut from my house on Maple St through back yards under clothes lines over fences, one time I climbed a fence and the people living there was having a Bar B Que they knew who I was and where I was going and they said would you like a hot dog me being a kid I said yes.

Lots of memories of Villa Rica, my mind is racing at all the memories that are comming back in my head.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#7 May 10, 2009
I remember the goatman,We were used to all sorts of characters both in Fullerville and in Villa Rica.But the goat man was something else.He was different than anyone we had ever seen.And he seamed to be quite happy with his life.He must have brought all his belongings with him as he traveled.And all his goats.That was more interesting than the circus coming into town.This must have been a healthy life style,Because when we last saw him,He was quite old.We allways thought we were country folks, untill we met him.It sure gave us something to talk about,And even today we are still talking about his traveling into town long ago.I have been told he had a home on the other side of dublin,Ga.He was really inteligent and would sometimes quote scripture.Mostly loved to talk about his goats.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#8 May 13, 2009
I can not beleave that I missed such a wonderfull opportunity I never did walk that track out there in Fullerville.I guess it must have went over to the sulfa mines.Was that the mine it went to Dan?I just feel like I should go and walk that track.I just thought the track was there for the mill,And I did not have a clue it went that far.I thought I covered the intire village with my exploring.But I missed that one.I also did not know about the cave,I loved caves anyway we used to go to Cave Springs and go into that cave.and then the one at Chattanoga we went into that one.They will not let you go into the cave at Cave Springs it is now sealed up.You can still picnik there though.
Cyndy Tolbert

Dallas, GA

#9 May 14, 2009
I know about the cave that used to be in the woods behind the old Reid place. My daddy and I used to ride horses all back in those woods when I was a child. We always entered the woods behind Fullerville Ballpark. Daddy said he and his friends used to go into the cave when he was much younger, but he would never let me go down into it. My cousin, Keith, and I carved our initials into a tree near that cave when we were kids. One time when I was riding horses with Daddy, we caught a cow back near the cave. It had gotten out of one of Grady Brown's pastures. We returned the cow to Mr. Brown, and Daddy helped him fix his fence. I also remember going to Fullerville Ballpark in the springtime on Sunday afternoons with my parents to fly kites. That wide open area was ideal for getting kites off the ground.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#10 May 14, 2009
I am learning so much about the Fullerville area,that I did not know.I allways thought I knew everyone and everything about Fullerville,Its awesome to find out all this.I certainly would have checked out that cave,If I had known about it.They probable sealed it up when those homes were built behind the Reid place.You were really closer to the ballpark than I was because I lived near to the cottonmill.One day I was flying my kite there in my yard,And I saw Linda in her yard,I started walking toward her house.But all those transformers and electrical wires were in the way.I tried to throw my ball of twine over the wires.I could not pitch that well.So I walked through the trail and made new trails as I went.I finally got to her house,And we flew kites together. I sure did not want to bring my kite down,It was too difficult to get my kite in the air the first time.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#11 May 27, 2009
Daddy would sometimes make homemade kites for me,And they really flew high.Most times he made them out of newspaper.It took a lot of time to make one.I was facinated that my Daddy could do this.You know how whan your a kid its hard to imagine that your parents were once kids.Sometimes he would make what he called a box kite.usually I had store bought kites though.Its strange that I remember the home made ones a lot more clearly than the storebought ones,I would watch as Daddy made them in awe,And think what a cleaver person he was,I would imagine if they had a kite when Daddy was a kid the only way to get one was to make it yourself.
Cyndy Tolbert

Dallas, GA

#12 Jun 1, 2009
Hey Sandra, I remember making homemade kites too. My Papa Jim and Daddy taught me how to make them. We would use green tree limbs, twine, newspapers, and flour and water paste to put the kites together. My grandmother always had scrapes of cloth in her quilt box to use for kite tails. Getting a homemake kite off the ground was not so easy. Papa Jim would help me fly them in his pasture or at Fullerville Ball Park. He also used to help me make homemade bows and arrows when I was a child. I loved all those old homemade toys.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#13 Jun 1, 2009
Cyndy,I had forgotten about homemade paste.I used to make that a lot, for all kinds of different projects.And I had forgotten that we put long colorfull tales on those kites.They were allmost impossible to get off the ground,And my house was setting kinda down a big hill.The wind had to be just right to get those kites up.Even the store bought ones were tough to get up in the air.You had to wait for just the right wind.I used to ask Daddy to get me the longest and strongest cord he could find,Once you got those kites up there you sure did't want to bring it down for a while.That big hill was a great place to learn to ride my bike.My parents would take me to the top of the hill and just let go.That was a wonderfull sence of freedom.I loved my bike,Because it gave me some transportation,I remember puting my purse on the handlebars, and heading to Fullerville Baptist for Sunday school.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#14 Jun 2, 2009
Grandpa Dan made homemade sling shots,After he moved to Old Town because he wanted to scare the birds away from his garden.I was facinated at how he could make things.One Christmas he made a complete set of furniture for my dolls.He made them of wood and each piece, was very detailed,I think he did this the first year he retired.Grandpa adjusted very well to retirement,And he kept his schedule, Still getting up at his usual time.In the summer months,He would go straght to his garden,He would come in about the time Grandma Odessa and I would get up,And cook our breakfast.He made really good eggs.I loved them so much.And I miss them so much.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#15 Jun 3, 2009
I can close my eyes, and remember back to the day long ago.WE are all sitting in Fullerville church Grandpa in the amen corner.All dresed up in his dark suit,I look over to the right side of the church and see Aunt Agnes,And she is dozing off,I am on the middle isle and I can not nudge her to wake her up.Also midway back I see Aunt Jewell and Uncle Bill sitting there Quietly.And over on the left section I can look over to see Helen Butler.Miss Willie Mae Harper also over on that side.And there is Morene Meeks looking pretty.All those sweet faces.Edmond Sauls steps up to lead us in a song,He has a smooth strong voice especially made for singing.Oh wouldn't it be nice to be there during that time in my life.I have a tear in my eye just thinking about that wonderfull place and time in my life.Oh what sweet memories,How they linger.
RHONDA FROM GEORGIA

Calhoun, GA

#16 Jun 5, 2009
does anyone know Roger Mullins from Villa Rica?
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#17 Jun 17, 2009
I was such a spoiled and happy child living in my sheltered world.I was thinking today about all of those precous ones out in Fullerville during the time I was growing up.The war had just ended,And everyone had gone through the great depression,Maybe they were not feeling as joyfull and happy as I was, during that time.My Mothers father was a poor sharecropper,And Mother and her sibling worked the fields all day every day,Except when they were in school.Grandma Beulah cooked for all of them,And they went into the house only to eat.When Mother moved into town and went to work in the mill,She allready knew how to streetch a dollar,So we did o.k.at my house,There was only the 3 of us.I am sure that the big families must have struggled to make ends meet.We did not have a lot of belongings,And I beleave that made life simple. We had all we ever needed,Plus we looked after each other,And most of all WE had love.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#18 Jul 1, 2009
My Aunt Louese told me a cute story about Mother and Uncle R.L.,Grandpa Felton was not happy with some of the planting,There were some places where nothing was coming up where the cotton was planted.Lots of gaps there.One day these three children were in the field and Grandpa came upon them,Mother and Uncle R.L. were fighting,And they were using the new grown cottom as a weapon,Throwing the cotton at each other as they argued.They all got a whopping.Grandpa found out that day why the cottom had missing spaces.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#19 Jul 1, 2009
Well a few days later Grandpa took all three children along with a bag of cotton seed and told the kids to replant that cotton.So he left them there in the field,And went home.Aunt Louese told me Mother and Uncle R.L. had a little money and they decided to go to the store and buy cigarettes,So Instead of planting that cotton they goofed off all day.Aunt Louese kept telling her siblings they were going to get into trouble.Grandpa came and picked the children up.and took them home,And waited expectantly to see some cotton come up.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#20 Jul 1, 2009
Grandpa saw that the cotton was not coming up,And he questioned Mother and her siblings as to why that cotton was not coming up.My aunt Louese said she wanted to tell on them,But because she dipped snuff she could not tell,Because her snuff dipping would have been told also, if she told on the other two.Eventually Grandpa took the children and another bag of cotton back to the field.And it got finally planted.

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