Georgia has long been considered
the unofficial "capital" of the South. Michael grew up near Atlanta, before
moving to Ohio between seventh and eighth grade (1974). Georgia's population was 8.5 million
in 2002; but had grown to 9.8 million in 2010.
Almost 30 cities in China
have a larger population than this US state! Many Chinese students know about
Atlanta (because of the 1996 Olympics), so it is easy to explain where "we come
from" (GA and her neighbor: SC).
During our 2006 family reunion, we attended a Braves
baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Andrew had never been to a
baseball game before, and thought it was terribly boring. The Braves lost.
(When he was a kid, Michael watched Hank Aaron play in the Braves' former
stadium. Aaron held the US record for the most Homeruns from 1974 to 2007.)
This shows Atlanta's skyline, from Turner Stadium (built
for the 1996 Olympics). Michael and Vivian were fortunate to attend some
events during the '96 Olympics, and were blessed again to do the same in
Atlanta is the home of Coca-cola, which should explain the
pretty, large Coke bottle at this stadium. Michael's brother is an
executive for Coke. That is his home on the left. (You can see other
family members' homes on the Ohio and
South Carolina pages.)
For many years,
Michael's parents owned a "condo" (like an apartment) near Lake Lanier in
Georgia, used for family reunions, vacations,
honeymoons, retreats, etc. Since this was the only photo of the
outside I could find (Michael is talking to his sister and
brother-in-law), we obviously were more concerned about having fun than
parents also owned this small boat, which gave us many years of enjoyment.
That is Lake Lanier at the top. Bottom right: Michael's brother is driving
the boat and his daughter is getting ready to ski. On the bottom left, his
son Alan is skiing. You can see the boat behind a big (old) car on our
wedding page, which also has some pictures of
Georgia's Stone Mountain State Park.
On April 23-24, 2004, a number
of Michael's relatives gathered in Eatonton, Georgia, to explore our
roots. This is the main group who attended the reunion. In the
picture, from the left: Bill Carlton, "Uncle Bob" Holmstrom, Lisa (Bob's daughter & Michael's cousin), Robert DeJarnette, III (son
of Robert, Jr.), Michael's mom and dad, Andrew, Michael, and Robert DeJarnette, Jr. (Elise,
Bob, and Bill's cousin!). Vivian took the photos (this is actually three
pictures, stuck together!). Michael's brother and sister-in-law (packing
for a big move at the time) attended part of the reunion, but missed this
There was some travel involved in being
together. The DeJarnettes both live about an hour away from Eatonton;
Bill and Michael's brother are 2-3 hours away; Lisa lives in northern Florida,
with her dad in central Florida (6-10 hours); Michael's parents live in
Ohio (over 12 hours by car); and of course we were living in China!
We had a bigger reunion in 2006.
Click here to see those photos!
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Rockville School, founded by our ancestor H.R. DeJarnette around 1890, and
recently restored because of its historical significance as Georgia's
first vocational rural school (see the plaque). H.R. had been an important
community leader, and his great grandfather (Reuben DeJarnette) had been commissioned to do the first
geographical survey of the area (in the early 1800s). The school's current caretakers were kind
enough to let us in (that's them, on the porch). A few of them even
remembered Michael's grandmother and aunt. Interestingly, Michael's Great
Uncle Herbert Carlton (Bill's dad) was the president of a vocational
college in northern Georgia, and Michael has many happy memories of
visiting their "mansion" in Clarksville, GA. (PS: Reuben
DeJarnette was also a soldier in America's Revolutionary War. It is an
interesting coincidence that Michael's grandmother [Sarah DeJarnette]
married Reuben Holmstrom!)
This cabin is
the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, because Eatonton is the home of Uncle Remus, Brer Rabbit, and the other loved
"critters" created by Joel Chandler Harris (born in Eatonton Dec. 9,
1848). The sign under the rabbit, standing in front of City Hall, reads: "Brer
Rabbit, born and bred in the briar patch; he survives forever by his wit,
his courage, and his cunning." If you are one of our students, ask us to
tell you about one of his adventures!
As to the picture
above on the right, Michael couldn't resist snapping this photo in
a bait and convenience store near Eatonton. Somehow it captures part of
the essence of "Georgia," the state Michael grew up in.
This southern state is filled with laid-back people who spend their spare
time watching college football, hunting, fishing, shopping at Walmart and
wearing hats to protect from the hot sunshine. The only thing missing from
the photo is a sign for the best university in the state, the
University of Georgia Bulldogs' rival: the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets (my
brother's alma mater)!
(right) The historic courthouse in Newnan, GA, a
couple hours' drive from Eatonton. Michael grew up
in Newnan (grades 1-7). As I recall, this courthouse
was used as a temporary hospital in the Civil War)
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