In April of 2015, a distant cousin, Walter Jones, of Atlanta, see email below wrote me. Had I not been clearing out my email this weekend, and found it, I may well have lost the opportunity to learn more. Thanks Walter for writing, and chatting yesterday, and that you and your son, Walter Jr, might be heading to Americus on a family quest of sorts. Fun, how things just "pop up" from the Great Mystery! And that Walter is a descendent from Eleanor Glessner, whose brother Douglas Glessner, was a life long bachelor who purchased a newspaper in 1889 per the article here
My destination after talking with Alan Anderson on the phone, was this stately well preserved hotel, the Windsor that I reserved for a couple of nights. Was built in 1892, 11 years after William Legget Glessner came to town and purchased the local newspaper The Recorder, around 1881.
The Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel at 125 West Lamar Street in Americus, Georgia was built in 1892 to attract winter visitors from the northeastern United States.
The atrium as viewed from a balcony on the upper floor where I was staying overnight.
My red pony, Dodge Caravan that I drove to Americus in after stopping in to visit the Othman's in Mecon, whom I met in Duluth MN during my internship back in 1974. Here is the moon over the stately hotel where I hosted Alan Anderson for breakfast .
Sumter County Historian Alan Anderson, met me at the Windsor and guided me to the Glessner Hom at the corner of Glessner and Lee, out to Plains, where I was active in Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign back in the day, and showed me the home where Jimmy was a peanut farmer and his brother of Billy Beer Family had is gas station! Great memories..
Some framed wall hangings here. The Carters from Plains.
Framed add for Whisky from Tennessee found in the Windsor Hotel.
A primary purpose of my trip was to learn more about William Legget, and found he had a great entrepreneurial spirit, expanding the local newspaper to a weekly in the 1880's and in reading another reference, went on trains to the north to advertise southern products. Here is his home on the corner of Glessner and Lee in the south part of town. Queen Anne Style it appears.
Allan Anderson in front of the Glessner House.
Next destination out west of town, Plains Georgia of Jimmy Carter fame. Peanut and cotton fields...
Here is Alan in Plains at the train station that was a campaign headquarters during the 1976 election cycle. Now preserved.
Carter ran for mayor of Plains in 1976, but lost the election. It was his only attempt to win elective office. In 1977, he endorsed Billy Beer introduced by the Falls City Brewing Company, who wished to capitalize upon his colorful image as a beer-drinking Southern good ol' boy that developed in the press when his brother ran for President. Carter's name was occasionally used as a gag answer for a Washington, D.C., trouble-maker on 1970s episodes of Match Game. He was known for his outlandish public behavior; he once urinated on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries.
And in the local cemetery, The marker of Wm L Glessner, Born in Delaware OH Sept 1840, moved from Clinton IL in 1881 and lived here from age 41 to age 86. 45 years as a resident of this town in the deep south.
While clearing out my iphouse, wopida.com emails Dec 13, I discovered this
I just LOVE the connections I can find on line, and now, I have unearthed the research I did with Alan Anderson of Sumter Co, Americus, where I took some photos in the area of Plains Georgia I visited in November 2011. I will send Walter the link after I add some more photos from my own genealogical archives. l.