University of West Georgia
Whatley, Annice Lucile, 1900-1975
Whatley, John Walton, 1905-1987
Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1868-1946
Whatley, Vachel Davis, 1903-1996
|Title: ||Whatley family papers|
|Dates: ||Approximately 1892-1944|
4.81 Linear feet
(10 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
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.
Arranged by record type.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
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.
Conditions Governing Access note
Open to all users; no restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use note
Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia.
|1||1||Family history volume (Lineville, AL), 1907|
|2||Catalog of books. Berta Whatley Memorial Library (Carrollton, Ga.), undated|
|3||Account book, The Peoples Bank, 1933-1935|
|4||Scrapbook of clippings in a White’s New Common School Register, undated|
|5||Day Book, undated|
|Contains texts of speeches, letters, etc.|
|6||Day Book, undated|
|Scrapbook about Jack Dempsey collected by John Whatley.|
|7||Geometry and D. Calculus. “Loomis.” V. D. Whatley, 1897|
|8||V. D. Whatley, Sr. Administrator of the Estate of Mrs. V. D. Whatley, deceased, 1932|
|2||1||Journal, Annice L. Whatley, Whitesburg, Ga., undated|
|2||[Accounts 1940-1944 in Blue Horse Composition Book], 1940-1944|
|[mostly Home Demonstration records]|
|4||[Yellow pad containing text of speech? and order of service?], undated|
|5||Day Book. V. D. Whatley, Jr., undated|
|6||Stories for School, undated|
|7||Order Book, Lodges and Churches and Correspondence, 1915 Sept 1, 1915|
|8||Order Book, undated|
|[contains speeches, memorials, poems, etc.]|
|9||Order Book, undated|
|[contains arithmetic problems, greatest women, etc.]|
|10||Bank Book, Bank of Bowdon, Whatley Bros. Grocery Co., [1913-1914]|
|11||Book Account, Assignment Ledger, 1935 March 12, 1935|
|12||Account Book and Journal, 1933-1937|
|13||Journal, Memorial Day, The Confederate Soldier, undated|
|14||Bylaws of Carroll Lodge No. 69, inscribed from J.D. Hamrick to V.D. Whatley, 1931|
|3||1||Day Book, undated|
|[speeches, memorials, etc.]|
|2||Accounts, [1937-1942] |
|[also contains family information]|
|3||Mrs. 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|
|4||1||White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1909-1910|
|2||White’s New Common School Register, Mrs. V. D. Whatley, 1908-1909|
|3||White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1908-1909|
|4||White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1909-1910|
|5||White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1908-1911|
|6||White’s New School Register (Lineville, Alabama), 1906|
|7||Cash Book, 1933-1936|
|[Kept by V. D. Whatley as County School Superintendent]|
|8||White’s New School Register (4th A&M Summer Schools), 1928-1929|
|9||White’s New Common School Register (Bowdon College), 1911-1912|
|10||Educator Loose Leaf Note Book (4th A&M Summer School), 1929|
|5||1||The Complete Debater (Rowton’s Complete Debater). Cleveland, Ohio: J. R. Holcomb & Co., 1893., 1893|
|2||Hart, John S. A Manual of Composition and Rhetoric for Use in Schools and Colleges. Philadelphia: Eldredge & Bro., 1897., 1897|
|3||Lee, Susan Pendleton. New School History of the United States. rev. ed. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson, 1899., 1899|
|4||Lee, Susan Pendleton. New Primary History of the United States. rev. ed. Richmond, Va.: B. F. Johnson, 1899., 1899|
|5||Carpenter, Frank G. Carpenter’s Geographical Reader: South America. New York: American Book Co., 1899., 1899|
|6||Nunnally, G. A. Bible Studies in Bible Words. Atlanta: Foote & Davies, 1905., 1905|
|7||Wentworth, G. A. Elements of Analytic Geometry. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1886., 1886|
|8||Wentworth, G. A. Plane and Solid Geometry. rev. ed. Boston: Ginn & Co., 1899., 1899|
|9||Kleiser, Grenville. How to Develop Power and Personality in Speaking. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1912., 1912|
|10||Peterman, Alex L. Elements of Civil Government. New York: American Book Co., 1903., 1903|
|11||Wilkinson, John W. Practical Agriculture. New York: American Book Co., 1909., 1909|
|6||1||Abercrombie, John W., undated|
|3||Berta Whatley Class, undated|
|4||Bethesda Baptist Church, undated|
|6||Bowdon Baptist Church, undated|
|9||Bowdon High School, undated|
|10||Carroll County Schools, undated|
|11||Carroll County Schools – Student Autobiographies, undated|
|12||Carroll County School Supt. Steed vs. Whatley, undated|
|17||Heard County News and Banner|
|On back is Democratic Ticket. Election Oct. 3, 1900|
|20||March of Time – Incomplete Articles|
|7||1||March of Time, 1940|
|7||Thoughts – Wise and Otherwise|
|11||Diploma - Whatley, Annice, 1916|
|9||1||Whatley, Mrs. V. D. - Financial|
|2||Hotel 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.|
|3||Deed - John Parson, Jr., 1665|
|1||1||Diploma - Annice Whatley|