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J. Henry Burnett was the son of Rev. J. H. Burnett (Professor & Preacher). J. Henry lived in Auburn until the 1930s when he went to Atlanta, Georgia. His love of Auburn prompted him to write to the Auburn Times about the many people he knew and admired so well. He named his writings "Auburn in the Long Ago."

Subject:     Mr. Aaron McCarley, Dry Goods Merchant.

Auburn Times  February 21, 1939

One of the most important persons in any community is the dry goods merchant. Back in my boyhood Mr. Aaron McCarley was not only the dry goods, but; the clothing merchant as well, with a large and growing family such as ours. He was intimately known to all of us. I guess father was one of his best customers. I can recall what an event it was when I was taken to McCarley's Store to buy my first red-top boots,  then my first suit with long pants, and so on. He was a very pleasant man and I was always made, even as a small boy, to feel at home in, his store and in his presence. Being the oldest child, I was the logical errand boy for the family and was sent to his store on errands to get a spool of thread and various articles for mother and the home folks. He married the daughter of Dr. Holland, a handsome woman and I think she still lives in Auburn. I never knew Dr. Holland so well, for he had about retired from practice before my day, but he was a splendid doctor, as many testified. Mr. and Mrs. McCarley had several children whose names I do not recall. In late years, he sold out his business and went in the bank with Mr. G. W. Davidson. He was a fine Christian. and had a host of friends. Auburn had no more highly respected citizen than Aaron McCarley. He and his family lived across from the Methodist Church.


Yours sincerely,

                        Macon, Georgia





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