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Whatley family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Whatley, Annice Lucile, 1900-1975
Creator: Whatley, John Walton, 1905-1987
Creator: Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1868-1946
Creator: Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1903-1996
Title: Whatley family papers
Dates: Approximately 1892-1944
Quantity: 4.81 Linear feet (10 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: LH-0009

Biographical/Historical Note

Vachel Davis Whatley, Sr., the son of Walton Bell Whatley and Julia Rosabella (Persons) Whateley, was born April 15, 1868 at Antioch, Troup County, Georgia. He attended schools in Troup County, Antioch High School, Tallapoosa Public Schools, and graduated from Bowdon College June 28, 1898 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He joined the Roopville Baptist Church August 5, 1905 and was baptized by the Rev. W.W. Roop. While residing in Carrollton, he was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught the Men's Bible Class for many years. He married Lizzie Alberta Fields. Their children were Annice Lucile, Vachel Davis, Jr., John Walton, and George Fields.

Vachel D. Whatley served as head of the following schools: Rock Mills High School, Chula in Tiff County, Roopville High School, Villa Rica High School (principal), Tallapoosa Public Schools (principal), Lineville College, Lineville, Alabama (president), Bowdon College (president), Hutcheson Collegiate Institute, Whitesburg, Georgia (president), and Bowdon College nine years (president). He was Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools for twelve years and taught in the Fourth District A & M School summer school for several years.

Whatley was a member of the F. & A.M., Chancellor Commander of the Woodmen of the World, member of the I.O.O.F., Farmers Alliance, and president of the Farmers Union. He was also active in the business world. While in Lineville, he was joint editor of the Lineville Headlight and owned half-interest in the Roop-Whatley Hardware. He owned a number of shares in Roop Hardware Company in Carrollton and organized and owned the Whatley Drug Store and Whatley grocery in Bowdon. He was one of the organizers and stockholders of the Villa Rica Light and Power Company, a stockholder in three banks, and a director of the Bowdon Railway. He served as the mayor of Bowdon, Georgia. He died September 11, 1946 in Rome, Georgia, and is buried in the Carrollton, Georgia, City Cemetery.

George Fields Whatley, the donor of this collection and son of Vachel Davis Whatley and Lizzie Alberta (Fields) Whatley, was born in Bowdon, Georgia, September 5, 1911. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1929. After attending Bowdon State Normal & Industrial College for one year and Berry College for one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two terms of service. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He served as principal of Clem Junior High School for two years, then went to Florida, where he worked for Watt and Sinclair Construction Company and the Palm Beach Post Office. In 1942 he returned to the Amry, graduating from the Adjutant General's School at Washington & Jefferson College with a superior rating.

Upon leaving the service, he went to Polk County, Georgia, where he was editor of the Polk County Times for six years. Later he was manager of the Georgia State Department of Veterans Service in Polk County. He resigned this position to become Clerk to the Polk County Commissioners. After six years he became Postmaster at Cedartown and six years later took the job of County Administrator of Polk County. Then he became Georgia Department of Labor investigator and hearing officer, but after two years returned to his former position. He then retired and moved to Florida in 1978. He died there October 17, 2000.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Vachel Davis Whatley and the Whatley family from ca. 1892-1944. The papers include accounts, sporadic correspondence, daybooks, a diary (1915) of Annice L. Whatley containing clippings and writings, a diary (1933-1937) of Vachel D. Whatley's daily activities, school and attendance records (1908-1912) for Bowdon College (Ga.), and scrapbooks containing clippings and printed material. The materials mainly pertain to Vachel D. Whatley and document his presidency of Bowdon College, his writings, and the family's financial status. Materials relating to Vachel D. Whatley Jr. include a daybook of writings, and a scrapbook of clippings about Confederate Memorial Day. The collection also contains correspondence of John W. Whatley.

The genealogist for the family was George Fields Whatley, youngest child of Vachel Sr. For further information, see Fields Whatley's 1989 book, The Families of Whatley, Persons, Roop and Fields.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Account books.
Bowdon College.
College presidents--Georgia.
Diaries.
Education--Georgia.
Georgia--Social life and customs--19th century.
Georgia--Social life and customs--20th century.
Scrapbooks.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Administration.
Whatley, Annice Lucile, 1900-1975
Whatley, George Fields, 1911-2000
Whatley, John Walton, 1905-1987
Whatley, Lizzie Alberta, 1877-1932
Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1868-1946
Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1903-1996
Women--Georgia--Diaries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Whatley Family Papers. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, State University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Collection was received from George Fields Whatley, 2 Aug. 1988.

Processing Information note

Processed by Suzanne Durham, 2008.

Sponsorship


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.


Container List

 

Box

item

11Family history volume (Lineville, AL), 1907
 
2Catalog of books. Berta Whatley Memorial Library (Carrollton, Ga.), undated
 
3Account book, The Peoples Bank, 1933-1935
 
4Scrapbook of clippings in a White’s New Common School Register, undated
 
5Day Book, undated
Contains texts of speeches, letters, etc.
 
6Day Book, undated
Scrapbook about Jack Dempsey collected by John Whatley.
 
7Geometry and D. Calculus. “Loomis.” V. D. Whatley, 1897
 
8V. D. Whatley, Sr. Administrator of the Estate of Mrs. V. D. Whatley, deceased, 1932
 

Box

item

21Journal, Annice L. Whatley, Whitesburg, Ga., undated
 
2[Accounts 1940-1944 in Blue Horse Composition Book], 1940-1944
 
3Narrative, 1930
[mostly Home Demonstration records]
 
4[Yellow pad containing text of speech? and order of service?], undated
 
5Day Book. V. D. Whatley, Jr., undated
 
6Stories for School, undated
[Counter Book]
 
7Order Book, Lodges and Churches and Correspondence, 1915 Sept 1, 1915
 
8Order Book, undated
[contains speeches, memorials, poems, etc.]
 
9Order Book, undated
[contains arithmetic problems, greatest women, etc.]
 
10Bank Book, Bank of Bowdon, Whatley Bros. Grocery Co., [1913-1914]
 
11Book Account, Assignment Ledger, 1935 March 12, 1935
 
12Account Book and Journal, 1933-1937
 
13Journal, Memorial Day, The Confederate Soldier, undated
 
14Bylaws of Carroll Lodge No. 69, inscribed from J.D. Hamrick to V.D. Whatley, 1931
 

Box

item

31Day Book, undated
[speeches, memorials, etc.]
 
2Accounts, [1937-1942]
[also contains family information]
 
3Mrs. Berta Whatley Account Book, 1928 July 1, 1928
 
4[W. B. Whatley Account Book], [1892-1894]
 
5[Account book], [1928-1943]
 
6[Scrapbook of clippings], undated
 

Box

item

41White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1909-1910
 
2White’s New Common School Register, Mrs. V. D. Whatley, 1908-1909
 
3White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1908-1909
 
4White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1909-1910
 
5White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1908-1911
 
6White’s New School Register (Lineville, Alabama), 1906
 
7Cash Book, 1933-1936
[Kept by V. D. Whatley as County School Superintendent]
 
8White’s New School Register (4th A&M Summer Schools), 1928-1929
 
9White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1911-1912
 
10Educator Loose Leaf Note Book (4th A&M Summer School), 1929
 

Box

book

51The Complete Debater (Rowton’s Complete Debater). Cleveland, Ohio: J. R. Holcomb & Co., 1893., 1893
 
2Hart, John S. A Manual of Composition and Rhetoric for Use in Schools and Colleges. Philadelphia: Eldredge & Bro., 1897., 1897
 
3Lee, Susan Pendleton. New School History of the United States. rev. ed. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson, 1899., 1899
 
4Lee, Susan Pendleton. New Primary History of the United States. rev. ed. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson, 1899., 1899
 
5Carpenter, Frank G. Carpenter’s Geographical Reader: South America. New York: American Book Co., 1899., 1899
 
6Nunnally, G. A. Bible Studies in Bible Words. Atlanta: Foote & Davies, 1905., 1905
 
7Wentworth, G. A. Elements of Analytic Geometry. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1886., 1886
 
8Wentworth, G. A. Plane and Solid Geometry. rev. ed. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1899., 1899
 
9Kleiser, Grenville. How to Develop Power and Personality in Speaking. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1912., 1912
 
10Peterman, Alex L. Elements of Civil Government. New York: American Book Co., 1903., 1903
 
11Wilkinson, John W. Practical Agriculture. New York: American Book Co., 1909., 1909
 

Box

Fldr

61Abercrombie, John W., undated
 
2Atlanta, undated
 
3Berta Whatley Class, undated
 
4Bethesda Baptist Church, undated
 
5Bowdon, undated
 
6Bowdon Baptist Church, undated
 
7Bowdon College, undated
 
8Bowdon College, undated
 
9Bowdon High School, undated
 
10Carroll County Schools, undated
 
11Carroll County Schools – Student Autobiographies, undated
 
12Carroll County School Supt. Steed vs. Whatley, undated
 
13Carrollton High School
 
14Craven Reunion
 
15Dot Post Office
 
16Fields, Sarah A.
 
17Heard County News and Banner
 
18Lovvorn Family
On back is Democratic Ticket. Election Oct. 3, 1900
 
19March of Time
 
20March of Time – Incomplete Articles
 
21March of Time, 1935
 
22March of Time, 1936
 
23March of Time, 1937
 
24March of Time, 1938
 
25March of Time, 1939
 

Box

Fldr

71March of Time, 1940
 
2March of Time, 1941
 
3March of Time, 1942
 
4March of Time, 1943
 
5March of Time, 1944
 
6March of Time, 1945
 
7March of Time, 1946
 

Box

Fldr

81Mayoral Papers
 
2Miscellaneous
 
3Obituaries
 
4Persons Family
 
5Political Campaigns
 
6Superintendent’s Message
 
7Thoughts – Wise and Otherwise
 
8Tweedell, Minnie
 
9Villa Rica High School
 
10The Villa Rican
 
11Diploma - Whatley, Annice, 1916
 
12Whatley, George Fields
 
13Whatley, Gibson F.
 
14Whatley, John
 
15Whatley, Julia R.
 
16Whatley, Render L.
 
17Whatley, Vachel Davis
 
18Whatley, Mrs. V. D.
 

Box

Fldr

91Whatley, Mrs. V. D. - Financial
 
2Whatley, Vachel D., Jr.
 
3Whatley, Walton B.
 
4Wirz, Henry
 
5World War II
 
6McDaniel-Whatley House
 

Box

item

101Business Ledger
 
2Hotel Register - Benson House / Cheney House / Carroll House, 1881-1884
A portion of the register was used as a scrapbook and contains cards, clippings, programs, and other items pasted on the pages over the original hotel registration information.
 
3Deed - John Parson, Jr., 1665
 

map_folder

item

11Diploma - Annice Whatley