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The following are some stories taken from the J.A. Thomason book published in 1989 by the Arab Historical Society.

Contained in the article are some elected stories written by James Thomason. He was born May 22, 1878, in Greenville, S.C., and lived to see a lot in his 74 years.

At age 10 he came with his family in a covered wagon to Marshall County, Alabama. The family arrived in December having slept on the ground while traveling.

The county was still a wilderness with little cleared land and was thinly settled. Homes and schools were log cabins.

He was a Methodist preacher and traveled by foot all over the country. People would give him bits and pieces of history and he would use the information in articles he wrote for Guntersville newspapers.

Arab resident Janet Calhoun collected those articles and Arab resident Joe Collier formatted the book that was to become a “best seller.”

Also in the back of the book is a list of persons by surnames that were included in some of his stories .Get acquainted with the book. They make really good presents and the cost is still just $15.

For more on this story please pick up Thursday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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