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© 2017 - William C. Highsmith

The Civil War, a time of Americans fighting Americans, ended in 1865 - just sixteen years ago.

President James A. Garfield was assassinated in 1881. He was succeeded by Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 November 18, 1886) who served as the 21st President of the United States (188185).

The next year was 1882 - a year for the history books.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

January 30
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States was born. He served from 1933 to 1945 (died 1945)

February 3
Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo.

February 6
The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut.

February 7
Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Mississippi.

April 3
Old West outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back of the head and killed by fellow outlaw Robert Ford in his home at St. Joseph, Missouri for reward.

June 30
Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin of President James A. Garfield, is hanged.

July 16
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, First Lady of the United States died (born 1818).

August 5
Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.

August 7
The Hatfields of West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 were wounded or died.

September 4
Thomas Edison starts the world's first commercial electrical power plant, lighting one square mile of lower Manhattan.

September 5
The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.

October 6
1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0.

October 7
1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0

Isaac Edmond Highsmith - son of James R. Highsmith and Elizabeth Thomas,
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was born April 28, 1882 in Pierce County, Georgia.

Around 1900 he married Ellen Delanie Boyette in Pierce County.

Ellen Boyette was born September 22, 1881 in Ware County, Georgia. Ellen died in June of 1922.

The couple's first offspring:
   John Reyma Highsmith - born November 17, 1902.
Isaac Shelby Highsmith - born March 24, 1904
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Reyma was twenty years of age and Ike was eighteen. It was still the early days of the automobile.
Although he did not yet own an automobile, Ike was no longer afraid of them. When he was a young boy of about five or six years of age, he was terrified of the loud contraptions. He used to tell his kids about the very early days when he would run through the woods in order to avoid coming in contact with the rare car that happened to come down the country road.

As a last thing, before they moved on with their lives, the boy's father ask them to build a silo/barn to hold the corn and other grains grown on the family farm.
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Reyma was an enterprising young man who was very handy with tools. He ordered the plans for his project from a new company he heard of called Sears. The plans arrived and called for a considerable amount of lumber. This did not phase the young men as there was an on-site sawmill. The lumber was made available. Although Ike was not as handy with tools, he was willing to follow his brother's lead. He was very good as a 'go-fer'. Together, the brothers made a good team as they built the frame of the building.

It was late spring and the barn must be finished before the fall harvest. Reyma hooked up the two mules to the wagon. Ike jumped up to the seat beside him and they headed to Waycross. Their destination was the general store on Tebeau street. Their objective was to pick up the tin ordered a month ago and perhaps a chance to talk to the daughters of the proprietor. Waycross was aptly named as it was located at a vantage point where the railroad lines came together. This provided major connections to other larger cities. Anything a rail car would carry could be brought into the area.

Finally, everything was in place and the brothers completed the tin barn. The image shows they did a good job as it was still standing some six and a half decades later.

Isaac Edmond Highsmith passed away in June of 1942.
John Reyma Highsmith stepped into eternity on April 2, 1994.
Isaac Shelby Highsmith went on to be with his Lord on January 16, 1999.

By William C. Highsmith - February 12, 2017