Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gadsden County’s Mule Trader to be Remembered
September 28, 2014, we remembered the life of Ford Larkin, who was a cattleman, tobacco farmer, and devoted church worker. Best of all, Ford was known throughout Gadsden County and the adjoining tobacco growing areas as well as throughout the South as a mule trader. This was a profession he had began in his early adult years and interrupted to serve in WWII under General Patton as a tank commander. Ford's talent was that of being able to find a matched pair of mules sight unseen describing over the telephone what he was looking for.
Ford and his wife, Ernestine, lived for about 30 years on their Seldom Rest Farm in the Juniper community of western Gadsden County. Upon retirement, they sold the farm and moved back to Quincy to their
“honeymoon” house where they had lived for several years after their marriage in 1947.
Annual Open House July 4, 2015
The West Gadsden Historical Society celebrated its 11th Annual OPEN HOUSE on July 4 from at the historic Dezell House and the Historic Greensboro Depot Museum. Various historical displays were on exhibit including a new exhibit of Greensboro High School Trophies over the past 60 years and our new acquisition of the McLane Gun Barrell
National Train Day May 9, 2015
This was a wonderful event and we can't wait for Big Bend Model Railroad Association to come back to visit us again! Thank you to all those who worked hard, made cakes and worked in the kid's play area. Once again our event was a success!
24th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale
WGHS Saturday, June 27, 9 am to 4 pm at the North Florida Fairgrounds in Tallahassee. The 24th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale is sponsored by the BBMRA and is certain to be an outstanding event. Model train layouts from large “G” scale to the tiny “Z” scale will be on display, along with experts on hand to answer your model train design, layout, equipment and construction questions. A variety of vendors will be on-site offering various model railroad items. WGHS will be represented by several of our members. Our booth will provide information on the Greensboro Railroad Depot Museum, as well as offer for sale our T-Shirts, notecards, and books. Admission: Adults & Children 13 and over $6, Scouts in Uniform as well as Children 12 and under are free. Be sure to get on board and join us at this wonderful and fun event!
Saturday November 14, 2015
We had a successful annual meeting and raised funds to help to cover our expenses associated with ownership and operation of two museums. This was the old-time cooked in a wash pot type of Pilau we all remember fondly from years past. Thanks to Scott Clark and Lamar Clark for cooking, once again this year! We also enjoyed a silent auction, and entertainment by George Johnson and his family. We debuted our new CD - A Collection of Old Railroad Songs and Local Memories of the ANRR. Get your copy TODAY!
Saturday November 8, 2014
Funds were raised to help to cover increased expenses associated with ownership and operation of two museums. This was the old-time cooked in a wash pot type of Pilau we all remember fondly from years past. Thanks to Scott Clark and Lamar Clark for cooking! We also enjoyed the opening of the "Midge Askew Loan of the W. H. "Billy" Howell, Jr. Collection" This vast collection of wonderful railroad artifacts was lovingly collected by Mr. Howell, sparked by an interest stemming from his father, W. H. Howell, Sr., who worked for the Apalachicola Northern Railroad from 1916-1968.