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John Misenheimer, Vice-Chairman of the Historic Landmarks Commission, has offered family photographs for public view.  They provide a fascinating glimpse into rural life in Mecklenburg County in the early twentieth century.
A family reunion held near Mint Hill in eastern Mecklenburg County in 1922.  The tall gentleman third from the front is Walter Atlas Ferguson.  His wife, Margaret (Maggie) Jane Keenan Ferguson, is standing next to him with their child.  Look at the buggies and the car in the background.
Walter Atlas Ferguson is standing in the wagon.  He and his family are gathering cane.  The team of mules stand ready to pull the wagon.  Mules were fundamental to agricultural life.
Walter Atlas Ferguson in his buggy.  Today men drive around in automobiles.  This 1914 photograph shows what "fast driving" was like in the early twentieth century.
This man looks like he is going to church or is on his way to see his beau.  How easily we forget that Mecklenburg County was overwhelmingly rural in the early 1900s.

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