|~ from Preface
“Miss Mary E. Mason developed a comprehensive scrapbook that resulted in a significant historical data base for Athens and Limestone County. This scrapbook was developed in seven volumes roughly organized by subject. … Most of the material in these volumes are newspaper clippings … [they were] turning dark and [were] very fragile. The binders that contain these were literally falling apart. This fragile condition did not lend them to access to the public. … The original material had no index; only a limited topic list for each volume was included at the beginning of each volume. A detailed index was developed for four of the volumes … [then this 2010 publication includes] an index for those volumes not previously indexed …″
~ from Subject Table
Subjects listed are:
» Postal Service
» Civil War
» Gov. Officials
» Health Care
» Athens College
» Early History
» General History
» Deaths & Obituaries
» And a list of contents included that are Outside Limestone County
Table of Contents:
Early History, Homes, General History, Families, Social and Community Activities, Municipal Activities.
Churches, doctors, Legal Profession, Newspapers
Historic Homes, Residents, Civil War Memories, Belle Mina, Mooresville, Decatur, Country Club, Railroad, County Fair, Local Society
Community Leaders, Deaths and Obituaries, Local DAR, Early History
Athens Progress, Athens College, Local Schools
Civil War Memories, Residents and Personalities, Events, Bibb Home, Decatur and Lawrence County
Drinking Fountain, The Springs, Rest Room, Bass Tablet, Masonic Corner Stone, Post Office, City Hall, Bakery, Fire Company, Bus Station, Hospital, L & N
NEAGS Reviewer Comments
Miss Mary Mason was a historic leader not just in Limestone County but in all of Alabama. The amount of material she compiled is amazing.
A hand-written note from her states regret that she did not start the scrapbook earlier because those who had affected the county & area had already passed.
Many pictures from newspapers are included as well as copies of other images that Miss Mason obtained or had in her personal collection.
Note: Which newspapers the clippings came from is not always rarely shown. Dates are not always available either. But that does not lessen the value of these seven volumes.