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Author: Bill Babb

Wartime Memories

Residents share their memories of Augusta-area pow camps   My longtime friend, Joseph Moore Lee III, and I observed our pre-teenage years on Heath Street of Augusta’s Hill Section between Central Avenue and Wrightsboro Road. Those years date from 1940, when my family moved from Atlanta to Augusta, through the 1950s. Joe was already there, having been born in the city. Each of us had entered the world in 1935. Even then, Joe was a budding historian who was to bloom into the real thing in adulthood, while I was a collector of everything under the sun. Both of...

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To the Water Born

Photo courtesy of George Bowen   Brothers Michael Bowen, 17, and Nathan “Nate” Bowen, 15, had been avid baseball players for years until a fateful day about four years ago. They had grown tired of the game for various reasons and had begun looking around for a new pastime in which both could participate. The Augusta Sailing Club had been active on Thurmond Lake, aka Clarks Hill, since 1953. Among its activities was an annual summer sailing camp open to the public. Its 2015 camp announcement caught the brothers’ eyes, so the pair from Washington, Georgia, decided to give...

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Golfing Great Bobby Jones, All-Around Outdoor Sportsman

When golfing legend Bobby Jones wasn’t “shooting” eagles and birdies, he liked to fish for largemouth bass in Clarks Hill Lake on the Georgia-South Carolina border. Jones was not only one of the finest golfers in the world, he was an all-around sportsman who liked to hunt wild turkeys and bobwhite quail. The sportsman side of Jones, who in 1930 completed the first and only golf Grand Slam by winning the U.S. and British amateurs and the U.S. and British opens, has taken a back seat until now. Photos of Jones and his good friend, Major League Baseball’s Ty...

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Fighting Joe Wheeler

Short in Stature, Giant in Battle On the corner of Aumond Road at its intersection with Walton Way is a huge, immovable boulder. Thousands of vehicles pass by it daily, but few drivers or passengers give it more than a glance.                                            A curious passerby pulled his car onto Aumond Road’s shoulder several yards away and made his way to the boulder. There is an inscription carved on its face and a shorter message could be found on the...

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Ferry Tales

Only road signs remain of a once-thriving industry along the Savannah River and some of its tributaries. The landings for Chamberlain’s Ferry in Lincoln and McCormick counties are beneath Clarks Hill Lake. Remains of the Furey’s Ferry landings are still extant on private properties in Columbia and McCormick counties, and the same holds true for Sand Bar Ferry in Richmond and Aiken counties. During the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, if you wanted to travel from Georgia into South Carolina, and vice versa, your options were limited. You could go on horseback, perhaps ride in a personal buggy...

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