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If you have lived in Dunwoody for a long time, you probably heard the story of how the community got its name. Major Archibald Alexander Dunwody, of the Dunwody family in Roswell, applied for a post office.

If you were expecting an important letter, Sentell Spruill was the kind of postmaster who would deliver it to you on a Sunday. He worked in the post office when it was in Thompson’s Grocery and when it was located behind the small country grocery store. 

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Kathryne Margaret Carpenter rode the Roswell Railroad to shop in Atlanta, traveled in a Model T, worked at Sears on Ponce de Leon Avenue and graduated from Chamblee High School in 1928. Thanks to an interview conducted by Lenore G. Whitley for the Dunwoody Crier in 1995, her memories are preserved. 

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During World War II, more than 6 million women worked in factories, 3 million volunteered with the Red Cross, and more than 200,000 served in the military. Women’s auxiliary branches were established, including the Women Air Service Pilots, Women’s Army Corps, and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

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The journey that brought the Ball family to Georgia is one that many families made during the early 1800s. Peter Ball’s father, William, was born in Virginia and made his way to South Carolina; Peter Ball and his family moved from South Carolina to Georgia in the 1830s when land became available after the forced removal of the Native Americans.

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I came across two maps of Georgia recently that took me by surprise, because they showed Georgia split between Eastern and Central time zones.

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In 1905, Posey Reed and Feriba Mitchell Reed moved their family from the Mount Bethel community in Cobb County to Roswell. As tenant farmers, the family had already moved a few times. There were six girls and two boys in the family. One of the daughters was Eula Reed, the mother of Richard A…

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Roswell Manufacturing Company built a bridge over the Chattahoochee River in 1857, about 30 feet downstream from the current bridge. McAfee’s Bridge, near the present Holcomb Bridge was built by Robert McAfee in 1834. Before the bridges, ferries offered a way to cross the river.  There were …

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Jan Slimming recalls driving eighty miles to Bletchley Park with her family when she was six-years old.  When they arrived, they discovered they could not go inside. By then, it was the highly secure location of British Telecommunications under the General Post Office. Jan and twin sister Ji…

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Next time you are driving down Roswell Road near Fulton County North Service Center, picture a schoolhouse sitting just north, across the road near Morgan Falls Road. The second and third school buildings would be built where the service center is located.

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While looking through newspaper articles about Camp Gordon, Michael Hitt read a 1917 Atlanta Constitution article which included the history of the name Chamblee. The article is confirmation that the town was named for Wylie H. Chamblee, a Black man who was one of the petitioners for the pos…

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I discovered Frank Stovall recently through his son, Phil Stovall of Dunwoody. While communicating about party lines, Phil told me his dad still had a rotary phone in his home. This had caused problems when trying to set up internet service. Then, Phil told me his dad was turning 100 and sti…