North Georgia's broiler boom began in earnest after World War II and into the 1950s. It led to so many allied industries that Gainesville continues to be known as the world's broiler capital.
This time of year 50 years ago was indeed a significant period in North Georgia's history, particularly Gainesville and Hall County.
When Sarah Allen Cooper was just a toddler in March 1938, her father brought her to see President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Gainesville, which was officially marking its recovery from the 1936 tornado.
Thanksgiving season in North Georgia just before the United States officially entered World War II in 1941
Gainesville's history is filled with disasters, including the 1903 and 1936 tornadoes that left heavy tolls of destruction and death.
Newspaper competition was furious at times in the old days. At one time Hall County had three weekly newspapers.
Like many streets leading from downtown Gainesville, Oak Street isn't what it used to be.
The Rudolph name, while still around Gainesville, no longer resides on Green Street, Rudolph's Restaurant having morphed into a pizza place.
Best hamburger in Georgia, right here in Gainesville?
Maybe what the University of Georgia Bulldogs ought to do to salvage their football season is tear down the seats in the east end zone.
Whenever election season rolls around, the topic of "Goat Rock" emerges amid the blather of political pollution.
While there is only one movie house in Gainesville today, there are others in nearby counties, and through modern technology you can capture films through the mail, in stores or off your TV and the Internet.
Just as Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes avoided President Barack Obama when he recently spoke in Atlanta, so did Gov. Gene Talmadge avoid President Franklin Roosevelt when he addressed a huge crowd in Atlanta in November 1935.
Turns out the mystery of the missing 1883 Hall County Courthouse cornerstone is no mystery at all, and it isn't missing.
Hall County's first courthouse was a log structure built in 1818; its second burned in 1882.
Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.
When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.
Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.
You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.
A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.
A version of this column ran in March 2000.
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