The Cherokee County Historical Commission will once again copy photos of early-day Cherokee County for its archive on Saturday, May 13 in the Jacksonville Public Library Auditorium, Ann Chandler, commission chairman, announced.

The historic photos will be copied from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The copies will add to the approximate 2,400 photos the project has copied since it began in 1987.

As in previous copying sessions, the photos will be copied while the owners wait and will be returned to them immediately, Chandler explained. Information about the old photos will be taken by Commission members while the copying is done so that information for the archive will be as complete as possible.

Photos to be copied should be of structures, such as schools, public buildings, even private homes, and of special events.

“With the recent publication of 200 of our old photos in a book, we received information from many people in this part of the county that they had old pictures that could have been included in the book. However, we cannot publish what we don’t have,” said Chandler.

“If we get enough ‘new’ old photos from this session and ones to be held later this summer in Rusk, Alto, and Wells, perhaps we will be able to publish another picture book,” she added.

Readers are urged to look through their old treasure troves and pick out photos to bring to the library on May 13 to be copied and added to the Historical Commission’s collection.

The original East Side School in Jacksonville, shown on Page 1, occupied the site of the current Tomato Bowl Athletic Stadium from 1910 until 1939. The school was the pride of the city and looked down Commerce Street to the west. This is one picture from the archive of the Cherokee County Historical Commission. Members hope to get other, equally interesting pictures during their photo copying session on May 13 at the Jacksonville Public Library.

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