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Sep 16

Update from the Upson Historical Society -September 16, 2020

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 11:26 AM by Jamesan Gramme

Message from the Upson Historical Society:


Due to the continuing impact of Covid-19, the Upson Historical Society will not hold their normally scheduled programs for the duration of 2020. Programs are anticipated to resume at the start of 2021, however please stay tuned for any updates! We apologize for any inconvenience.


Sep 15

Efauemathlaw Reserve

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 1:02 PM by Jamesan Gramme

Did you know Upson once had a dedicated Native American reserve?
In the southwest corner of the county, this one square mile area was set aside for Creek Chief, Efauemathlaw, known locally as Jim Boy. See map for exact location (labeled as Chemollie Reserve.
In October 1941, the local John Houston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed the following marker on Hwy 19 S. at Gordon Rd. Age and deterioration lead to the marker’s current home in the Thomaston-Upson Archives. Marker text below!
Efauemathlaw Reserve
Seven miles west on Flint River is the site of the reserve set aside by the Indian Springs Treaty of 1821 for Efauemathlaw, also known as Tustennuggee Emathla and Jim Boy. This Creek Chief had served under William McIntosh in the First Seminole War 1817-1819 and later commanded under General Jessup a band of warriors in the Indian War of 1836. The one square mile reserve reverted to the State by the Indian Springs Treaty of 1825 and was redistributed in 1836. It is now known as the Hightower Place. 2020-09-10- Efauemathlaw Reserve - 1941-10 Efauemathlaw Reserve Marker placed by the John Houston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. October, 1941. Indian Marker Dedication photo Daughters of the American Revolution, National Historical Magazine. April, 1942. Upson map _ Indian Reserve Partial map of Upson county showing reserve location. Labeled as Chemollie Reserve.
Aug 18

19th Amendment Ratified

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 4:02 PM by Jamesan Gramme

On this day, 100 years ago, the 19th amendment of the Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
Thanks to a single vote, Tennessee became the 36th state to pass the amendment which ensured the 2/3 majority of states needed for ratification of the Constitution.
The battle for women’s right to vote began over 60 years prior with the Convention at Seneca Falls (NY), organized by Suffrage pioneers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Although the convention brought much attention to the women’s movement, their enfranchisement waned considerably over the years. Decades later, just before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration was held in 1913, Alice Paul of the National American Woman Suffrage Association decided to plan something drastic. Over 8,000 women marched from New York to Washington D.C. in order to arrive when crowds assembled to see the inauguration. Unfortunately, many of the protestors were tripped, shoved, and assaulted. Ultimately, those actions amplified their effort to bring national attention for women’s suffrage.
Although initially lukewarm to the idea, it is said that President Wilson eventually rallied for women’s rights after their pivotal role in WWI. By September 30, 1918, he made the following declaration before Congress: “We have made partners of women in this war…Shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of privilege, and right?”
Where do Upson women fit in this timeframe? It was, in fact, the women of Thomaston who organized Upson’s first Red Cross Chapter in 1917, which provided invaluable service to the war effort. Also, 1917 news coverage in the Thomaston Times mentions the John Houstoun Chapter of DAR as contributors to work of the National League for Women’s Service.
The first local election in which Thomaston women were allowed to vote was for three new City Alderman, held on December 13, 1920. Although this was a monumental moment in City history, obstacles still existed for equal voting rights for years to come. 1917-06-22-TTimes-Redcrossformed02 Thomaston Times, June 22, 1917. 1917-07-27-TTimes-Womenspartinwar Thomaston Times, July 27, 1917. 1920-11-19-TTimes-AttnSuffragettes Thomaston Times, November 19, 1920.