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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. Lucius A. Freeman, Agriculturist.  

Auburn Times – February 3 1939

Mr. Freeman came to Auburn years ago. He was originally from Massachusetts. He was one of the hardest and most efficient workers I have ever known. He had a large farm several miles from Auburn with a splendid, commodious home and well kept barns and outhouses. In addition to his farm crops, which were good and bountiful, he raised fruits and berries of all kinds and was expert at it.

One of my delights as a boy was to get out to Freeman’s farm and home and spend the night. He had a large family and the boys my age and I were fine friends. Mr. Freeman was a staunch Republican and in those days in and around Auburn that was not a very popular political party, but everyone highly respected Mr. Freeman.

Mrs. Freeman was a wonderful mother and she too, was an untiring worker. They had 6 sons and 4 daughters. Arthur, now a retired L&N engineer living in Louisville, was oldest; John , Irvin, Rowland, Percy, Hurston (killed by a horse when he was young), Ella, Ida, Daisy and Julia.

When my father opened his school, Auburn College, Mr. Freeman brought 6 children and put them in school and said, “If I like your school, I will bring the rest,” and he did. He and father were great friends and father often said Mr. Freeman was his best and most loyal patron.

John Freeman and I were converted in the same meeting and we two and Wheeler Jamison were baptized at the same time in Black Lick Creek down near the pumping station of the L&N Railroad Co.

Mr. Freeman finally moved to town so the transportation of his children to and from school would not be such a task and so expensive. They lived just across the street from our home and were wonderfully fine neighbors and the children dandy playmates. The Freeman boys were great baseball players. For years John was an L&N engineer, and he now lives (and has for years) in Montgomery, Alabama.

This was one of the largest and finest families in Auburn in my boyhood days. Several are dead (the parents have been dead for years) and I am not familiar with the present homes of those now living, except Arthur and John, as stated above.


Yours sincerely,

                        Macon, Georgia





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