Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary was the youngest of three daughters born to Kelton L. and Mary Belle Gentry Pepper. She was born on July 6, 1908, in Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised as an Army brat, traveling with the family to the Philippines, Japan, China and the Panama Canal. This afforded her the opportunity to meet famous people, such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. George Patton, actors […]

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Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Women’s History Month The eldest of 10 children born to William Ling Chung and Margaret Ma, Josephine was born in 1932 in Suzhou, China. The family moved to Chungking when the Japanese invaded China.  Constant loss of homes due to bombing forced them to move 13 times. They moved to Calcutta, then to Bombay where Josephine and her mother and sisters remained in a hotel for […]

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Kate Knox helped establish county’s welfare system

Kate Knox helped establish county’s welfare system

Shortly before her birth on July 28, 1887, in Dallas County, Texas, Kate Clayton Oliver’s father William Clayton died. Kate and her mother, Elizabeth, moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to be near Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah Johnson. When Kate was only six years old, she lost her mother and was raised by her Aunt Sarah. As a child prodigy on the piano, Kate was given the opportunity […]

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Coursing History

Coursing History

Amendment 13 was approved by Florida voters in the 2018 election. This amendment calls for the end of greyhound racing in Florida by 2020. With the majority of operating tracks in the US located in Florida, the amendment will deal a serious blow to the sport. Greyhound racing has a unique history and has been a part of Florida for quite some time.  Described by […]

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