| How we came to be
in Rome, GA Our roots are Kentucky:
My grandfather's father came from Kentucky
before the turn of the twentieth century. His wife had passed
away, leaving him with five children. He was on his way to Panama
City, FL when he experienced some bad luck on the train. Thanks
to several folks around Rome, he was able to settle here.
Full story to follow:
In the later 1880's, a gentleman named
William Alex Curry, (my grandfather's father), had lost his
wife, and after selling all he owned was traveling from Kentucky
to Florida through Georgia. He was to take a job and settle
with his five children in Florida.
While traveling on the train, Alex Curry
fell asleep and was robbed. His train ticket was stolen, as
well as all of his money. He and his five children were destitute.
The family got off the train in Rome and could go no farther.
The train-station manager introduced the
travelers to two gracious Southern ladies- of the O'Neill and
Patton families - who gave them food and shelter. They also
gave Curry a job at the O'Neill Lumber Mill.
Alex Curry was so impressed with the kindness
of the people in Rome, that he stayed on here and reared his
Carl Curry, my grandfather, pictured with
my grandmother, Christine Harris Curry, was born after his father,
Alex Curry settled down in Rome. Alex later married Fedora and
had five other children of which my grandfather was the youngest.