When Danny Pelfrey returned home to Adairsville after years in the Midwest, he saw the need for a history of the town. From that, his latest book, “Life in Adairsville: An Anecdotal History of a Small North Georgia Town,” was born.
“I felt the best we could do at this point in our existence was to preserve in some kind of permanent format what had been recorded through the years. Mrs. Alice Butler Howard, back in the 1970s, had a printer to bind about 300 copies of two volumes of fantastic material about Adairsville and its people. This was material that had first appeared as columns in various newspapers for which she had written. Roughly bound and held together by staples, these little volumes were not put together to last and have for the most part disappeared,” Pelfrey said. “For several years, I wrote a column for our local newspaper under the heading, ‘As I Remember It,’ stories about growing up in Adairsville. The idea of putting my columns along with Mrs. Howard’s into a book about Adairsville began to form in my mind, but I felt that more was needed for the book to be everything it needed to be.”
In 2009, Pelfrey would acquire written material from the late Dan Bowdoin about people, places and events in Adairsville.
“... When I sat down with Dan’s material, I knew I had the missing ingredient for our book. His contribution would not only add to the scope of facts, but also provide a dimension of liveliness and humor that would give the book a wonderful balance,” Pelfrey said.
The 374-page hardcover volume features nine sections, with most of Pelfrey’s favorite pieces featured in the “people section.”
“Adairsville has produced many kinds of people. One can learn from the book that the Depression outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd lived in our town as a child. The grandfather of actor Charles Colburn lived in our little town for a while, and the inventor of the soft drink machine was a citizen of our fair town. Most little known facts but, nevertheless, true,” he said.
Pelfrey will introduce the book through a series of events in the area. The initial event will take place on Thursday in Adairsville at the Sans Souci Club on the corner of Railroad and Park streets just behind the depot between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Hardcover copies of the new book will be available for purchase at a cost of $24 plus tax, an $8 discount, but purchase is not required. The discount will disappear when the present shipment is depleted.
Dogwood Books, 240 Broad St. in Rome, will host Pelfrey for a signing Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. He will also be signing his book at the 1902 Stock Exchange in Adairsville throughout the Great Locomotive Chase Festival Oct. 2-4.
The book is available in soft cover as well as hardcover at full price through Amazon and the Xulon Press website.
Pelfrey, the minister of First Christian Church of Adairsville, hopes his work instills pride in the community.
“More than anything else, I want people who read ‘Life In Adairsville’ to come away with an appreciation for Adairsville and its past as well as a better understanding of why we are what we are,” he said. “I want the citizens of Adairsville — present and former — to come away with a lot of pride concerning their hometown.”