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A continuing look back at F.E. Burleson

June 18, 1894An educational meeting will be held in Morgan County at Burleson’s School House July 23. The object of the meetings is to discuss the Hundley Amendment which will be voted on by the people in August.  

This discriminatory proposal would have required that school revenues be divided between blacks and whites on the basis of the taxes paid by each group. Since AfricanAmericans were generally in the lowest compensated jobs, they obviously paid much less in taxes than whites. 

May 14, 1896—J. O. Burleson has erected a preacher’s stand and built seats in the grove in front of his residence near town for the convenience of the people of that community and for the use of any and all denominations.  

This is undoubtedly where young “Gen” Burleson got his first practice in public declamation.  The time of speaking was 2 p.m. each Sunday afternoon. 

Jan. 1, 1897—“Gen” is fast becoming the nickname by which the young son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Burleson is known. Mr. Burleson had called the toddler “General Forrest,” but his family friends and neighbors soon shortened this to just “Gen.” 

Aug. 1, 1896—(ad) J. O. Burleson Feed, Livery and Sale Stable Good Turnouts Furnished on Short Notice at Reasonable Prices. 

Feb. 15, 1915—Forrest E. “Gen” Burleson is the newest member of the Hartselle chapter of the local Lodge 199 of the Knights of Pythias.  

Nov. 10, 1915—Today at high noon, Vera, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Burleson and the sister of “Gen,” married Robert Gibson. “Gen,” along with his brothers H.L. and R.A. Burleson plus L.N. Whitman (a future Hartselle pharmacist) served as ushers in the wedding. 

Feb. 14, 1920—F. E. Burleson represented Hartselle at the County Teachers Debating Club meeting tonight, taking the affirmative side of the proposition, “America is declining morally.” 

June 1, 1920—Forrest Burleson has spent much of his summer vacation time studying the philosophy and practice of teaching at the State Normal College in Florence. 

Oct. 12, 1922—Will Morgan County become the rival of some of the south Alabama counties in the growing of ribbon cane? Cane has been grown very successfully on the Ballew farm on the Burleson mountain and on other plantations in this county. This week more ribbon cane, Morgan County grown, made its appearance in local stores and attracted wide interest.  

In 1948 the Ballew and Burleson families would be joined with the marriage of Miss Mary Nell Ballew to Professor F. E. Burleson. 

Jan. 30, 1923—Prof F. E. Burleson, head of the Moulton Heights School, will once again take the affirmative in the school PTA-sponsored contest, “America is declining morally.” This time he will be opposed not by one but by four professors, all of whom will deny that moral standards are being lowered today. 

June 15, 1923—Gen Burleson is now playing baseball for a Tennessee team. 

March 15, 1924—This afternoon at the Danville public school building, Capt. Richard Burleson presented an American flag to the school, and his brother, Prof. F. E. Burleson, gave the school a Holy Bible. These presentations were sponsored by the local chapter of the Junior Order of American Mechanics. 

June 20, 1924—An enthusiastic meeting of Hartselle baseball fans took place tonight to perfect a permanent organization. Dr. W. M. Booth was chosen as president. Gen Burleson is the player-manager. It is the plan of the association to have winning ball for the next two months. The plans call for a $1,200 monthly budget to meet the needs of the team. 

Sept. 12, 1924—The National Defense Day program was carried out at the Hartselle fairgrounds. The Hartselle concert band occupied the judge’s stand and played several selections. The presiding officer was Prof. F. E. Burleson, who spoke eloquently on the framing and adoption of this country’s charter of freedom, the U.S. Constitution.  

At exactly 4 p.m., the large crowd rose en masse and, with the right hand extended toward Heaven and the left placed over the heart, reaffirmed their allegiance to their country and flag. 


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