My great-grandfather, Walter Everett Whitehead gave a lot of speeches during his time in both political and civic arenas. I have written about him on this blog several times. When my cousin Sara allowed me to take the “Whitehead Box” from the beautiful family home in Carlton, I promised that I would put the information to further our exploration of our ancestors. As such, I am the keeper thousands of his written words. Unfortunately, he often did not date his writings so I am not able to date them precisely. But for the sake of our family, I wanted you to know some of his words. I plan to translate his words from his hand to the computer. I will date when I can. I will provide context when I can. Otherwise, let’s just read his words.
Written of Hotel Dempsey Stationary from Macon, Georgia:
1st We will serve the Legion through channels of casual conversation
2- We endorse the extension and not the restraint of individualism.
3-We will encourage proposals lending to make home owners and not tenants of the rising generation.
4-To sponsor and support baseball and other helpful athletic activities.
- Preventable diseases, poverty and inadequate living conditions, shall have our constant consideration.
6- The cause of education shall have our support and elimination of illiteracy shall be of our principal views and objects
Submitted by committee
Chloe wrote: Wrote to soldiers he helped draft.
“Hazard of dangers even bereavement is much easier to bear than disgrace walking beneath a banner; following the flag, symbol of freedom, liberty and equality. I need and want your friendship; your attitude has been generous and friendly. I am wishing for you in the New Year, health, happiness and success.”
This was written on The State Senate Letterhead, so it was likely written during his time in office. Maybe he was on the campaign trail.
Fellow Democrats of Dekalb County, Georgia,
*Doubtful doctrine of working less and having more?
*Not appeal to class hatred but self-exertion.
*Courage to seek and speak the truth with the low of our being-no hostility to new views.
*Desire to serve will fitted by nature
*Willing to work are honor & glory.
*Courage to act. Thirsty & determined
*Hearts devoutly thankful
*Georgia holds worth place in historic annuals
Washington monument July 4, 1848 finished Dec 1884. 126 feet square at base. 555 feet high. Marble blocks 2 feet square 1800 inches in XX
50 flights of steps, 18 each
Bushrod Washington Supreme Court Justice for 31 years
Cornwallis surrendered October 19 1781
Vine & Fig tree
Men are not as we would have them. We must take them as they are.
At death in 1799. Plans of crops were found written out for 1800-1-2 &3.
No practice more dangerous than borrowing money
Childless-often the children of the great are mortifying, seldom edifying.
The peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched in blood on her people slaves
War xx, outposts, skirmishes, observation, retreat & C
The treason of Benedict Arnold often Valley Forge.
Laid corner-stone of Capital Sept 18 1793.
Extension by Fillmore July 4 1851
64 years in building, cost $26,000,000.
Devoutly thankful to almighty God
Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown Oct 19 1781
I will continue to explore his writings. But, I want us to reflect on what a Patriot and progressive he was. His words still resonate today. I sure wish I could have sat upon his knee and listen to him talk.
Until later, I will keep exploring backwards!