Ninety-seven year old Jim Waters has lived in the Frogtown area of Lumpkin County all of his life. Sitting on his porch on Frogtown Road, he is often referred to as the Mayor of Frogtown, as he waves to passing cars. His niece, Marsha Kaufman, sat down with “Mr. Jim” and recorded his recollections of growing up in Frogtown. She published his memories and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lumpkin County Historical Society at their Madeleine Anthony Awards night program in April, for preserving this colorful hometown story.
The program for the June meeting of the Historical Society at 7 p.m., June 9, 2011, will feature readings and discussions of this biography by Historical Society president, Larry Scott. The meeting, as is very appropriate, will be held in Frogtown, at the Three Sisters Winery. The author and her grandfather, as well as numerous Frogtown neighbors, have been invited to be honored guests for the occasion.
“Mr. Jim” recants stories of his Cherokee Indian grandmother, his preacher grandfather, his large family of brothers and sisters, early farming and food storage methods, folk medicine, his own near death experience, how he won “Miss Jessie” for his wife, and many humorous stories of life at home, school and church. You will learn so much and get to appreciate the hardships of every day living in the early 1900’s.
The public is cordially invited to an evening of reliving the early days of our county as seen by one of its elder citizens. For directions to Three Sisters Winery please see their website ( http://www.threesistersvineyards.com/aboutus.asp?id06=112&par06=0 ); or pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center on the public square, which has a map to the site.
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