Local authors who have written books about our school and our area of the world.

 

Barbara Ann Ingram Baldwin

Barbara Ann Ingram Baldwin grew up in the northeast corner of Elmore County in the 1940's and 1950's.  She attended the Red Hill School during those years.  She has written a comprehensive  history of her first alma mater, "Red Hill School History, I remember when..."  It has become the go to book for the documention of the early years of Red Hill School.  The alumni of Red Hill School as well as well as the family and friends of the alumni have thoroughly enjoyed the results of her research on our school and community landmark. 

 

Irene Clayton Chambers

Irene Clayton Chambers grew up on the Old Gold Mine road area of northeast Elmore County.  She has written two books about her growing up years and a book of poetry.  Both the memoir books and the poetry volume carry the reader back to a time when most of the amenities that we take for granted today were non-existent or hard to come by.

Irene's first book, "Memories of Mama" is the first of her two memoirs of growing up on the Old Gold Mine Road. It is listed on Amazon.

Myra Singleton Johnson

Tallassee’s local author and historian, Myra Johnson was educated at Tallassee High School and Auburn University Montgomery. Her career in office administration spanned over half a century in the fields of Landscape Architecture, City Planning, Urban Renewal, Architecture and International Construction.
A love of history and writing allowed her to have published articles in several local magazines. She is a founding member of Talisi Historical Preservation Society and has held various office within the Society such as Secretary, Grants Director, Historian and most recently as Curator of the Tallassee Falls Museum. She is a founder of Alabama River Region Arts Center and served on the ARRAC Board of Directors. She has served as a member and officer of United Daughters of Confederacy Sophie Bibb Chapter, the Camp Watts Society, Friends of Tuckabatchee, Tallassee High School Alumni Association, and is a member of the Operations Board of Mt. Vernon Theater Group, among numerous other volunteer efforts.
Through her love of history and genealogy, she has authored several books and one cookbook. Ms. Johnson makes her home among family and friends in the small Alabama town where she grew up. Contact her at
huntn4bears@elmore.rr.com or directly purchase her books at www.lulu.com/spotlight/huntn4bears

Stories of the author’s years of growing up in a small cotton mill town in the 1940s and 1950s.

Tukabahchi Remembered – A book of history regarding Tallassee's Native American heritage, especially the villages of Tukabahchi and Talisi. Includes brief histories of Sistrunk, Rock Springs, Ware and Mitchell's Mill communities. Many prominent Creek Indians of the area are documented.

An historical study of French trader, Barent DuBois, and his Creek Indian wife's part in the founding of Tallassee. Through her Indian heritage they came to own land at the great Falls on the river. In 1844 they sold land to Barnett and Marks to construct a dam and Tallassee's first mill at the Falls. The book contains historical pictures, including many of the river and falls before Thurlow Dam was built.

Debra Taunton Hughey

Debra Taunton Hughey has no college degree in archaeology, anthropology, or even history, but she is considered by many as the expert of Muskogee Creek Native American culture in the Tallapoosa River Valley of East-Central Alabama. 

Discovering new things about the original inhabitants of the Tallassee, Alabama area has been her life-long passion.  She has read hundreds of books on the subject, made acquaintances  with numerous archaeologists from local universities as well as native peoples from Alabama, Oklahoma and the southeast United States.  She has spent much of her time roaming up and down the Tallapoosa River her entire life.  

Her life experiences, along with her Native American ancestry and heritage, provide her with an excellent ability to write with authority and accuracy on the original inhabitants of our area.

This book chronicles the typical Creek village prior to the decisive Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814, providing the reader with an intimate capsule of Creek life in the Hillabee Village of central Alabama.

Discovering new things about the original inhabitants of Tallassee and their way of life.

A followup to the book, "The Owl and the Horseshoe" on the plight of the hundreds of widows and children of the Red Stick warriors who were killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

Larry Williamson

Larry Williamson grew up in East Tallassee and moved back home when he retired from thirty-six years of teaching high school math and coaching football and track. Though an engineering graduate of Auburn University, he gravitated to education and taught in several Kentucky and Alabama public and private schools. A lifelong fascination with local history and culture led to these three historical novels. In addition, he has published Over the River, Long Ago, a volume of stories about growing up in Tallassee in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He currently teaches the novel writing class for the Outreach Program at Auburn University.

A Civil War Mystery chronicles the Confederacy’s establishment of an armory in the Tallassee Mills complex to manufacture a new carbine for its cavalry. The story covers the last year of the war and ends with an enduring mystery still unsolved to this day.

Tallapoosa is a historical novel about the six months leading up to the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in March of 1814. At the Horseshoe on the Tallapoosa River, Andrew Jackson led the largest slaughter of native Americans in the history of the United States.

Muskogi Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, is the sequel to Tallapoosa, and tells the story of one of the least known but bloodiest conflicts in our history. This war, caused by resistance to Jackson’s Indian Removal Act, spanned much of East Alabama and West Georgia and led to the Creek component of the Trail of Tears.