April 30, 2009 Issue


Gordy recalls razing of historic building

Dear Editor:

I am fortunate to have a copy of newspaper stories clipped by the late Mrs. Helen Seebach whose husband served at one time as the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

One story is about the old Jackson Hotel which was razed almost a half century ago. I find it most interesting, since I remember the hotel most vividly. The story, dated May 13, and headlined, “Historic Landmark Falls.”

I quote, “The old Jackson Hotel is being torn down under the direction of Extindicare, Inc. to provide space for an addition to the Jefferson Hospital. This building was one of Louisville’s oldest, dating to the 1800s when it was a ladies’ seminary.

“Sometime between 1840 and 1860 the Masons bought the building for use as the Masonic Lodge. Around 1897 the building served as a kindergarten with Miss Mary Lizzie Bearden as teacher.

“In the years between 1899 and 1905 it housed Louisville Academy while repairs were being made on the Louisville Academy building. For the last 65 years (approximately) the building has been an apartment house, a motel and a boarding house.”

A letter to the editor added more information about the building. It was submitted by Eunice I. Bryant and was dated May 15, 1971.

“…As early as 1800, the inferior court (now the state court I think) ordered $300 to be paid for the erection of a courthouse, but not until 1818 was the first courthouse of Jefferson County completed.”

“Isaac Rawls Jr. was the contractor. This building was used until 1824 when the county again began the use of the old State House Capitol building. The original courthouse was ordered sold for $100. Eight years later the order was revoked and the building was resold to Jonathan Roberson. This old courthouse on the corner of Eighth and Green streets still stands as the Jackson Hotel.”

From the inventory of County Archives of Georgia, number 81, Jefferson County, May 1940. Reference: Inferior Court Minutes Vol. 9-1820-35, Page 24, Ms. Bryant writes.


Bob L. Gordy



Judge Bryant exemplified service

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I extend condolences to the family and many friends of Jefferson County Probate Judge Quillian Lynwood “Shooney” Bryant Jr. on his recent passing.

As an Air Force veteran and practicing attorney before his 48 years in the Probate Court, Judge Bryant’s distinguished service had a positive and lasting impact in the best interests of the people of Jefferson County.

All Georgia lawyers mourn the loss of Judge Bryant and honor his service to the public and the justice system.

Jeffrey O. Bramlett,
State Bar of Georgia

Kidney support group thanks all

Dear Editor:

Thanking you once, thanking you twice, thanking you again in the beloved name of Jesus Christ.

I really appreciate everything that everyone did and is doing to help me in reaching my goal in obtaining a kidney.

As a I search for words to express how thankful and appreciative I am, no words can explain how my heart is filled with gratitude knowing that people care and don’t mind extending their support. Again, thanks for everything.


Vera Mack and
The Charlie E. Brown
Kidney Support Group


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