Pamplin Media Group – Looking Back: Coast to Coast 100 Years Ago
Mrs. HM Franklin Sr. shares highlights of her 1922 adventure from Georgia to Madras
100 YEARS AGO
February 9, 1922
From Tennille, Georgia, to Madras and back, and his visit here with his family, written for the Sandersville Progress, a newspaper of Sandersville, Georgia, by Mrs. HM Franklin Sr., makes one of the most more interesting than it has always been pleasant to read. The interesting details and description of the towns and countries passed through and the incidents of the voyage from coast to coast are written with vividness and in such a pleasing manner that one remembers the work of far more celebrated authors. For those who have traveled the country from New Orleans to Los Angeles, his description will be extremely interesting. Its history of the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles to Portland is well done, and the depiction of the Columbia Gorge and Deschutes Canyon is nothing short of wonderful. The people of Jefferson County will be very interested in his articles on Madras and Grandview country. Much of the story is also about the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and a visit to the hot springs with the locals.
The Pioneer will publish this story in installments, the first of which appears in this edition. Mrs. Franklin is the mother of Deputy Sheriff HM Franklin of Madras and with Mr. Franklin and their son and daughter spent the greater part of last summer here visiting.
Since the World War, our boys have spoken of France as if it were just “around the corner”, and we feel close to overseas countries since ours have taken up residence there temporarily.
So in July, when our group of four family members began a journey as far as from here to France, the realization that the fifth member of the original circle was at the end of our journey, we made Oregon feel very near and dear to us.
Our sixth trip across the continent began on Friday, and a friend remarked, “Are you going to leave on an unlucky day? to be brought from the city. Instead of an hour and a half in Atlanta, we just had time to catch our train to New Orleans. No other evidence of bad luck occurred during the trip, so we decided that Friday was fine, and since 13 is now a symbol of good luck, maybe Friday was also changed.
One of the most unique and interesting cities in all of our Southland is New Orleans, rich in archives of the past since its founding in 1718, but active in the progress of the world today.
The splendid Gruenwald Hotel with its magnificent Peacock Alley-like promenade in Washington’s New Willard, the beautiful public buildings, modern modern schools and the main thoroughfare, Canal Street, called the “Shoppers Paradise”, all speak of business. and the new south.
Would you look back in time and see an “old time” city? Then descend into the Old French Quarter with its narrow streets and admire the picturesque balconies ending in iron railings adorned with elaborate scrollwork, the courtyards of magnolia-scented tropical plants. Jackson Square is a notable place in Louisiana history, having been marked out for the review of French troops. Here were held from the beginning all the most important public meetings of the city, and here, under a beautiful triumphal arch, LaFayette was welcomed on the occasion of his visit in 18253. A gigantic figure of Andrew Jackson mounted on his horse has stood the storms of more than a century, his figure supported by the horse’s two feet, the forefeet of which are raised.
St. Louis Cathedral sits on the site of the first church ever erected in the largest tract known as the Louisiana Purchase. Inside are beautiful frescoes by the famous painter Humbracht. The cathedral was erected by Don Andres Alomonaster Roxas in 1794 and at his request he was buried inside the church and a prayer is said every Saturday morning for the repose of his soul as shown on a slab of marble that marks his grave.
A somewhat similar request was made by another public benefactor in New Orleans. John McDonough left an immense fortune for public education purposes, requesting in his will that grand children from public schools come once a year and strew his grave with flowers. May Day is designated as McDonough Day, with the children devoting an afternoon to memorial exercises in his honor, showering the monument they erected in his memory with flowers.
A house that was erected as a retreat for Napoleon is interesting for visitors. He was to be rescued from exile and brought to this new land, a distinguished guest with a ready home. Before the quickly equipped yacht could reach it, the Emperor Napoleon passed into the great beyond.
The residence of General Beauregard before and during the War of the States is of the old pre-war type but has collapsed and is now occupied by foreigners.
One of the finest memorials in this entire “City of Monuments” is the Robert E. Lee Monument which points to a starry sky of his valiant deeds and is topped with a life-size stature in Confederate uniform. The monument was erected by the city’s United Daughters of the Confederacy. The cemeteries are interesting because many tombs are arranged above ground in tiers one above the other, just like in Cuba. One of the reasons for this mode of burial is that the soil is so wet that the water overflows at a shallow depth.
For a real thrill, visit the haunted house. Hear the story of the punishment inflicted by warm-hearted Southerners on a Frenchwoman who tortured her slaves in 1843. The Hotel St. Louis slave market is of unusual interest to those who haven’t seen the market to slaves in Louisville, Georgia.
We are used to white swans, but on the romantic lake in the city park are also long-necked black swans. The lines of color seem to be drawn in swan society, as all the white swans gracefully swim to one side, while the black ones were on the other side.
In the park are the great Dueling Oaks under which duels fought for nothing or nothing a year ago. Fencing was part of the upbringing of young men, and they would duel over any simple thing, like a lady’s hand. It is said that a man fought eighteen duels between the congress session of which he was a member, spent all his holidays fighting under these historic oaks. Then, or on a Sunday, ten duels were fought here.
You have another thrill coming when you see the big “suicide oak” where so many people ended their lives. The driver of the “rubber neck” auto offers a very accommodating stop if any member of the group wishes to avail themselves of the privilege of committing suicide while the oak tree is so convenient. All replied: “Not today, thank you.”
Louisiana Creoles are proud of their descent from the first families of France and Spain, and the term “Creole” applies best of all. It is a big mistake to believe that the Creoles are mixed-blood Louisianans. They are very exclusive and as we passed their beautiful homes attention was drawn to the fact that the doors and shutters were all closed. This is the case winter and summer because families want to protect themselves from the prying eyes of the public.
To be continued in next week’s Pioneer.
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