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Betts/Taliaferro Collection (MC 149)


 Betts/Taliaferro Collection (MC149)


Biographical Note

Series I – The Betts Family


Oscar L. Betts, Jr. was born May 30, 1903 in Raleigh, North Carolina and died in Columbus, Georgia on October 8, 1998.  He was the fourth of five children born to Oscar Leon Betts (born August 19, 1862 in Raleigh, North Carolina and died June 6, 1936 in Rome, Georgia) and Addie Elizabeth Barkley (born July 3, 1871 in Halifax, North Carolina and died September 30, 1962 in Rome, Georgia).  At the time of his death, Oscar Betts, Sr. was the sheriff of Floyd County, Georgia.  He had moved to Rome around 1911 to manage the American Cotton Oil Company's plant there.

Oscar Jr's siblings were:

Carl Leon Betts (born September 1, 1891 in Raleigh, North Carolina and died December 20, 1966 in Rome, Georgia
Elizabeth (Betty) Betts Wyatt April 1, 1895 in Raleigh, North Carolina and died December 7, 1983)
Robert Barkley Betts (born March 12, 1898 and died October 6, 1968 in Panama City, Florida)
William Edward Betts, (died August 8, 1980 in Raleigh, North Carolina)

Oscar Betts, Jr. married Frances Louise Britt (April 24, 1905-June 24, 19098) on December 7, 1927.  She was the daughter of William Oslin Britt (1865-April 21, 1954) and Elizabeth Brooks Britt of Thomaston, Georgia.  Her father was a banker and peach grower.  They had two children: (1) Mary Elizabeth Betts, who was born August 12, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama and died three days later on the 15th of August. She is buried in Thomaston, Georgia, her mother's home town. (2) Oscar Leon Betts, III (known as Buster) was born December 26, 1930 and died in 2009. Buster graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in I. M. in 1953. He worked with Tom's Foods in Columbus, Georgia as their Sales Service Manager. He married Sue Malone Taliaferro August 6, 1967.

Oscar Betts, Jr. prepared a detailed resume at the time of his appointment as a Vice President of the Jordan company in 1962  In it, he listed the following details about his life:

Education:

Public Schools of Rome, Georgia

Darlington School, Rome, Georgia (class of 1919)

Georgia Institute of Technology, B. S. in Civil Engineering (class of 1924)

Reserve Commission (2d Lt.), Air Service

Employments

Nov. 1924 to March 1925 -- Junior Engineer, Bridge Dept. North Carlina State Highway Commission, Raleigh, N.C.

1925-1935 Southern Ferro Concrete Company, Atlanta, Georgia

(a) -- March 1925 to Nov. 1926 -- In charge of Unit Costs and Manufacturing Details (shop drawings), as well as Material Expediting.  Some of the jobs during this period:  1. Auditorium, Macon, Georgia; 2.  Presbyterian Sunday School, Macon, Georgia; 3.  Andrew Jackson Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee; 4.  Cotton State Life Building, Nashville, Tennessee; 5. Carling (now Roosevelt) Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida; 6.  Hotel Daniel Ashley, Valdosta, Georgia; 7.  Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, Georgia; 8.  Asheville Country Club, Asheville, North Carolina; 9.  First National Bank Building, Tampa, Florida

(b) -- Nov. 1926 to Oct. 1927 -- Superintendent in Charge of Construction, Halifax District Hospital, Daytona Beach, Florida

(c) -- Oct. 1927-Apr.1929 -- Superintendent in Charge of Construction, New Medical School Buildings, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

(d) -- Apr. 1929 to Apr. 1930 -- Superintendent in charge of Construction, Jefferson County Court House, Birmingham, Alabama

(e) -- Apr. 1930 to May 1935 -- General Superintendent in Charge of all outside or actual construcition, Southern Ferro Concrete Company, as well as all relate4d office work; unit costs, shop drawings; expediting, etc. Typical jobs during this period:  1. The C & S National Bank Building, Atlanta, Georgia, remodeling and addition; 2.  William-Oliver Building, Atlanta, Georgia; 3. Doctors Building (W. W. Orr), Atlanta, Georgia; 4. The C & S National Bank, Macon, Georgia; 5. Barracks #5 and #6, Fort Benning, Georgia; 6. North Fulton High School, Atlanta, Georgia

(f) -- May 1935 to Aug. 1935 -- Acting General Superintendent, Beers Construction Company, Atlanta, Georgia.  Jobs under supervision: 1. U.S. Post Office, Tuskegee, Alabama; 2.  U.S. Post Office, Clanton, Alabama

(g) -- Aug. 1935 to Aug. 1962 -- Manager of Ralston Hotel, Columbus, Georgia for Charles Loridans (and the Estate of), until property was sold May 1, 1962

Fraternities, Clubs and Other Affiliations:  Member:  Sigma Nu Fraternity; Rotary Club of Columbus, Georgia; Columbus Chapter, G. S. P. E. [Georgia Society of Professional Engineers]; Register Professional Engineer, Georgia #1607; Green Island Country club, Columbus, Georgia

Director:  Fourth National Bank, Columbus, Georgia (Chairman of Executive Committee); Gas Light Company of Columbus, Georgia; Tom Huston Peanut Company [later Tom's Foods], Columbus, Georgia; The Jordan Company, Columbus, Georgia

Vice President and Trustee:  The Walter Alan Richards Foundation, Ind., Columbus, Georgia

Secretary and Treasurer and Director:  Columbus Plumbing & Mill Supply Company, Columbus, Georgia/ Twin City Supply Company, Opelika, Alabama

Trustee:  Darlington School, Rome, Georgia

Member:  City Democratic Executive Committee for 20 years

National Trustee:  Association of the United State Army (President, Columbus-Phenix City-Fort Benning Chapter - 1965-1966) (President, Third Army Region -- 1965-1966) (Member, National Advisory Committee -- 1967-1968)

Director:  Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Chairman:  Muscogee County Airport Commission

Member:  National Citizens' Committee for Community Relations

Past Offices Held, Civic Affiliations, etc.:

President, Georgia Hotel Association, 1939

President, Columbus Chapter, Georgia Society of Professional Engineers;Director, Country Club of Columbus

Director, Columbus Merchants Association

Honorary Director, Phenix City, Alabama, Chamber of Commerce, 1960-1961

Director, Columbus Rock Company, Columbus, Georgia; Director, Moss Construction Company, Columbus, Georgia

Member, Advisory Committee, Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner, State Capital, Atlanta, Ga.

Commander, Citizens Defense Corps, 1943-44-45

Member, Board of Public Safety, city of Columbus, 1948-1950 (Chairman 1949)

Recipient, Engineer of Year Award, by Columbus Chapter, Georgia Engineering Soc., 1961

Director, Georgia State Chamber of Commerce, 1954-55

Director and Treasurer, U.S. Highway 27 Association of Georgia, Inc. 1946-62, incl. (President 1948-50, incl.)

President, Columbus, Georgia Tech Alumni Club; Director, Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Inc.

Chairman, The Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Improvement, 1965-67, incl.

President, Tri-State Interstate highway Association of Mississippii-Alabama-Georgia



Series II – The Taliaferro Family

R. H. Taliaferro served as the principal of Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia from 1945 to 1967.  He was the son of Columbus merchant Charles Francis Taliaferro (1864-1912) and Efie Malone (1867-1929), both buried in Linwood Cemetery.  C. F. Taliaferro was the partner of W. C. Grey in the cotton brokerage and warehouse firm of Gray and Taliaferro in Columbus, Georgia.  R. H. (Dick) Taliaferro was born June 19, 1897 . He had two sisters, Emily Taliaferro Hadley (July 10, 1891-February 17, 1980) and Alma (Tots) Taliaferro (1893-1993), who married attorney Theo McGee and taught piano in Columbus for 70 years.

Dick graduated from Georgia Tech in 1917 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He served as an artillery lieutenant for 17 months in World War I . He received his B.A. in education at Oglethorpe University after leaving the Army and his Master's in secondary education from the University of Georgia in Athens.  After teaching in several schools around the state, he became the principal of St. Elmo elementary school in Columbus in 1935.  He became first the vice-principal and two years later the principal of Jordan Vocational High School . In 1938 he married Harriet Crawford (1915-1970) of Lincolnton, Georgia who was also a teacher.  They had one child, Sue Malone Taliaferro (1943-2014), who married Oscar L. Betts III on August 6, 1967.  Sue and Buster had three children, all born at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia:  Frances Crawford Betts, born September 7, 1968; Richard Taliaferro Betts (July 31, 1970-July 7, 2014), and Elizabeth Barkley Betts, born December 15, 1976.

Series III – Crawford Family

R. H. Taliaferro was married to Harriet Crawford (1915-1970) of Lincolnton, Georgia.  Their only child was Sue Malone Taliaferro Betts, who developed an interest in genealogy and collected material related to both her families and her husband's.  Harriet had three siblings, Rebecca (Bec), Joseph and William.  Their parents were Dr. William B. Crawford (1866-1927) and Sue Tom Hogan Crawford (b. 1888).  Dr. Crawford was a pharmacist in Lincolnton.  He had at least two siblings, Thomas Remsen (Uncle Rem) Crawford (1868-1932) and Mary.

Scope and Content

This material details the personal and professional activities of Oscar L. Betts, Jr. and, to a lesser extent, Oscar L. Betts, III (known as Buster), as well as R. H. Taliaferro, the father of Buster's wife, Sue Malone Taliaferro.  These papers are arranged in three two series: Series 1 – The Betts Family; Series 2 – The Taliaferro Family and Series 3 – The Crawford Family.  Within each series items are generally arranged chronologically, with Betts, Jr. and Betts III materials filed together.  Within the Betts series there are three sub-divisions: Association of the United States Army (AUSA); Rotary Club; Spirit of Fort Benning Award.

Among the Betts' areas of interest are such subjects as the Ralston Hotel, the Columbus Airport (also known as the Muscogee County Airport and the Municipal Airport), the Highway 27 Association, Fort Benning, World War II, the Rotary Club, the AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army), the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The Jordan Company, Tom's Foods, etc.

Among the Taliaferros' areas of interest are Jordan Vocational High School, Taliaferro's retirement in 1967, his fundraising for Brookstone (Trinity) School, other Columbus civic organizations and the genealogies of the Crawford family of R. H Taliaferro's wife, Harriet Crawford.

The scrapbooks kept by both Oscar Betts, Jr. and R. H. Taliaferro are in very poor physical condition.

1860s-2010                                              4 boxes (4 l.f.)

 

Abbreviations used:

Bec = Rebecca Crawford Clarkson
Buster = Oscar Leon Betts III
Dick = Richard H. Taliaferro

Mr. T = Richard H. Taliaferro
Rem = Thomas Remsen Crawford
Sue Tom = Sue Tom Hogan (wife of Dr. William B. Crawford, grandparents of Sue M. Taliaferro Betts)
Tots = Alma Taliaferro (Mrs. Theo McGee)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Betts/Taliaferro Family Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Betts/Taliaferro Family Collection (MC149)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

Part of this collection was donated to the CSU Archives in March of 2001 by Mr. Betts' son, Oscar L. Betts III.  A further group of Betts family materials, as well as the Taliaferro family papers, was donated to the Archives in 2014 by Frances, the daughter of Buster and Sue Betts.

 

Series 1 – Betts Family Papers

Box and Folder/Item List


Box 1

Folder 1 – News Clippings, 1935-1998

There are also clippings scattered throughout the General Correspondence and other folders. Several undated/unidentified clippings are placed at the back of this folder.

These clippings, mostly from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer but with some from the Atlanta Constitution, include:

Young Matrons Find Pleasure in Variety of Interests, October 27, 1935

Lesson In Beauty and Utility (Buster Betts pictured), 1940

Obituaries of O. A. Betts, uncle of Oscar L. Betts, September, 1945

Off for Hobo Party (Buster Betts pictured), February 3, 1947

Betts, McGee Get Key C. D. [C.D. = Civil Defense] Posts, 1940s

Mrs. Betts' Father Dies in Upson, April 21, 1954

State Fire Advisory Board bans smoking (Betts pictured), April 13, 1955

UG Division Chairmen Appointed by Woodruff, August 31, 1957

State's Nursing Homes Need Help to Meeting Standards of Fire Safety, August 31, 1958

Betts 'graduates' from finishing school, December 18, 1959

Sunday Ledger Enquirer Magazine Advertisement Mr. and Mrs. Betts, 1950s (?)

Jordan Pledges His Support for Columbus-Valley Link, February 19, 1960

Tom Huston Co. Sales, Income Reach New High, October 24, 1963

Tom Huston Peanut Firm Reports 1963 Sales Mark, October, 1963

I Love a Garden (with a picture of the Betts' house on Techwood Drive in Columbus, November 1, 1964

United Givers Campaign Chairman, 1966

A Poster Presented, picture of Oscar L. Betts III (Buster) receiving a poster, March 28, 1969

Betts Vice Chairman Board of Trustees of Darlington School, 1960s (?)

Betts chairman of the citizens advisory committee for community improvement, 1960s (?)

Letter to the Editor from Theo J. McGee, September 18, 1971

$1.5 million is low bid on expansion of airport, February 2, 1973

The Ralston is passing at age 60: Everything happens in a hotel, January 26, 1975

Thanks for the memories, January 31, 1975

Golden Anniversary of Georgia Tech's class of 1924, October 11, 1974

Modern Living section of the Columbus Ledger features Betts including his time both with the Ralston Hotel and The Jordan Company, July 11, 1983

Betts in letter to the editor nominated best dressed, March 30, 1985

Announcement of the Jordan Company's move to their new headquarters, June 16, 1986

Betts presents Alston engineer of the year, 1980s

Obituary of Oscar L. Betts, Jr., 1998

This is a remembrance of Betts, written by Billy Winn for the editorial board of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and published on October 13, 1998.

Gas Light Company of Columbus retains Betts as board member, nd

Folder 2 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1918-1926

This folder contains 7 photographs from the U. S. Army Air Service. They depict people on and around canvass-covered bi-planes and aerial photographs of unidentified locations, but possibly Maxwell Field.  The seventh one, still rolled, is placed at the back of this box.  Several of these photos bear a stamp reading in part, "Photograph by 4th Photo Section. A.S. Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Ala."  There is a possibility that these photographs relate to R. H. Taliaferro's military career.

Folder 3 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1929-1930

Birth Certificate of Mary Elizabeth Betts, daughter of Oscar Leon Betts, Jr. and Frances Louise Britt Betts, August 12, 1929.  [There is a typo in the Notification of Birth Registration in which her middle mane is spelled "Elizebeth".]

A book titled Our Baby's First Seven Years and contains information about the birth and childhood of Oscar Leon Betts III, presented to his parents by "Grandmother Britt".  Loose materials have been removed and placed in the next two folders.

Folder 4 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1930-1933

This folder contains loose items removed from between pages 8 and 9 of Oscar Betts III's baby book above. The pages are titled "Newspaper Clippings" and "Notes and Letters of Congratulation".  In addition to these, there are also some photographs and medical records from 1931 to 1933.  Some of the photographs are probably from his first birthday, spent at the home of his grandmother Britt in Thomaston, Georgia.

Folder 5 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1931-1949

Spreadsheet – Disbursements for the year 1931 – O.L. B. Jr, 1931-1932

Letter from Mrs. H. W. Beers, President of the Young Matrons' Circle for Tallulah Falls School, inviting Mrs. Betts to join the group, May 11, 1934

Photocopy of a newspaper clipping with the obituary of Oscar Leon Betts, Sr., June 6, 1936

Letter to Betts from Major General Leven C. Allen thanking Betts and the staff of the Ralston Hotel for "staying on the job" on Christmas Day so that personnel from Fort Benning were able to "preserve the Christmas spirit for our soldiers and their families", December 26, 1942

Letter to Betts from Brigadier General Walter S. Fulton thanking Betts and the Ralston Hotel staff for having "given a day of happiness to many hundreds of people from homes far away, and in time like these this is an achievement in itself, December 29, 1942

Letter from Ellis Arnall, governor of Georgia, appointing Betts to his executive staff, July 10, 1943

Newspaper clipping from the Sunday Columbus Ledger Enquirer, interview with Betts about the challenges of managing the Ralston Hotel in wartime, July 11, 1943

Photograph and news clipping about the sale of war bonds, May 25, 1943

This tells of the efforts of students of the 16th Street School in Columbus, Georgia to sell bonds. Buster Betts (Oscar L. Betts, III) had the highest sales figures.

Letter from Bentley Chappell (Muscogee County Attorney) to Betts regarding Chappell's recent lobbying efforts to secure airline service to Columbus, probably in late 1944

School photograph of Buster Betts, 1943/1944 school year

Handwritten letter from Bentley Chappell (Muscogee County Attorney) to Betts detailing how the airport administration building came to be built in spite of wartime restrictions on construction and labor use for such buildings, January 19, 1945

Letter to Betts from Brigadier General William H. Hobson. thanking Betts and the staff of the Ralston Hotel for its hospitality on Valentine's Day "when you entertained a group of our soldiers and 'Blind dates' reflects your habitual cooperation", February 17, 1945

Newspaper clipping with photo of Betts and Ban Dale, a Delta Air Lines official, February, 1946

Letter to Betts from Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Ralph I. King, July 1, 1946

This letter thanks Betts for "a job well done in faint commendation for the splendid work and results you have produced in behalf of the Muscogee County Airport."

Letter to Betts from C.E. Woolman, President and General Manager of Delta Air Lines, May 30, 1947

This is an invitation from Delta for Betts to be their guest on the inaugural flight of their new service through Columbus.

Letter from M.E. Thompson, governor of Georgia, appointing Betts to his staff as a Lieutenant Colonel, July 1, 1947

Letter to Betts from Eddie V. Rickenbacker (President of Eastern Air Lines), August 27, 1947

This is a letter to thank Betts for being guest on Eastern's pre-inaugural flight from Atlanta to New York and return on August 6, 1947.

Photo of Betts and group at Corry Field at Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida, May 18, 1948

Newspaper clipping from the Columbus Ledger with a photo captioned "Pensacola Bound -- 22 Man Chamber of Commerce Delegation", May 19, 1948

Invitation to Buster Betts' graduation ceremony from Columbus High School, May 31, 1948

Program of Columbus High School graduation exercises, May 31, 1948

Booklets (2) of Buster Betts titled Memories of my Senior Year, May, 1948

Graduation cards (6) to Buster Betts, May, 1948

Photograph of Buster Betts at the prom, May, 1948

Photograph of Buster Betts playing basketball in the Columbus High School gym, May (?), 1948

Photograph of Buster Betts and the other three members of the Columbus High School golf team, May (?), 1948

Cohiscan, 1948, the senior annual of Oscar (Buster) L. Betts III , May 1948
     This volume has been separated from the collection, cataloged and placed with the Columbus High School year books in the Archives Research Room.

Handwritten draft of speech about the Highway 27 Association, January, 1949

Letter to Betts from 'Eddie' (Clewiston Inn, Clewiston Fla.), February 7, 1949

This is a thank-you letter from Eddie of the Clewiston Inn in Clewiston, Florida, for Betts' gift of two ties and for giving a speech in Clewiston, probably the one mentioned just above.

Letter to Betts from C.E. Woolman, thanking him for his service as chairman of the Aviation Committee on the occasion of Betts' stepping down from the position, February 16, 1949

Letter to Mill Executives in Columbus Georgia from Cotton Manufacturers Association of Georgia, commending Oscar Betts' for his work on the Georgia Fire Safety Advisory Board, March 11, 1949

Betts gets gift from Highway 27 Association, September 11, 1949

Inauguration of U.S. Hwy 27 in Florida (Betts crowning Queen), 1949 (?)

The photograph is captioned "Inauguration U.S. Highway I Florida (Extension – Tallahassee to Miami). Betts crowning the Queen @ Cypress Gardens – out from Winter Haven on Lake Eloise – Lt. Col. Edgar O. Hobbs – PIO – Ft. Benning, 3rd from left."

U.S. Hwy 27 Association of Georgia Inc. map, 1949 (?)

Folder 6 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1950-1959

Newspaper clipping about Betts being elected to the board of the Fourth National Bank, 1953 (?)

Photograph on a fishing boat, October, 23, 1954

Newspaper clipping, "Hopes are Brightening for Spider Web" [on Buena Vista Road in Columbus], April 6, 1955

Newspaper clipping, "State promises quick action on spider web" [on Buena Vista Road in Columbus], article, April 6 (?), 1955

Letter to Betts from Jack J. McDonough, President of the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce, thanking him for his active membership in the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, April 18, 1955

Action Columbus Chamber of Commerce pamphlet, Vol. II, no. 10, April, 1955

Waldorf-Astoria sued in Failure to Awaken Guest, newspaper clipping, July 12, 1955

This clipping is taped to a sheet of paper with the initials of 12 people.  Presumably this was circulated to his staff at the Ralston Hotel as a reminder about wake-up calls.

Photographs (4) of a fishing trip to Acapulco, November 3, 1955

Newspaper clipping form the Columbus Ledger, "County Asks Immediate Surveys for Road Work", May 8, 1956

Newspaper clipping from the Columbus Enquirer, "County Asks Survey by State to Aid Local Traffic Needs", May 9, 1956

Newspaper clipping, "3rd Bridge Awaits Action by Georgia", May 9 (?), 1956

Newspaper clippings from the Columbus Ledger, "Atlanta Meeting to View Columbus Road Needs" and "Expressway Route Note to be Changed Unless Too Costly", May 9, 1956

Invitation to the dedication of the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam and business card from Jim Woodruff Sr. (chairman Georgia waterways commission), March 22, 1957

Typewriter Portrait of Oscar Betts Jr. and his career at the Ralston Hotel, 1958

Letter from Zack D. Cravey, Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner to Betts, informing him of the non-existence of the Advisory Board on which Betts served, March 19, 1959

Letter from Betts to Zack D. Cravey, Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner to Betts, telling Cravey of his regret over the abolition of the Advisory Board, which Betts felt had saved Georgia lives and property and had more it could have done, March 21, 1959

Clipping from World-Review of Hotels and Travel about Betts, February 6, 1959

Southern Hotel Journal feature on Betts and Ralston renovations, March, 1959

Institutions Magazine mentioning Betts and Ralston renovations, March, 1959

Letter from Charles K. Oxford to Betts, thanking him and the Ralston Hotel staff for their usual fine job on the dinner for Ed Clapp of the Gas Light Company of Columbus, September 9, 1959

Columbus Ledger Enquirer photo of the front of 2901 Fleetwood Drive, Columbus, GA, home of the Oscar L. Betts, Jr.

Newspaper clipping from the Columbus Ledger, announcing seven new directors of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, December 3, 1959

Folder 7 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1960-1964

19th Annual meeting Opelika Chamber of Commerce program, February 1, 1960

Photograph of Annual Barbeque at the Standard Oil Company for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, September 22, 1960

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, New Officers of Chamber Take Posts, February 1, 1961

Letter to Betts from Philip Alston regarding Betts being named engineer of the year, March 9, 1961

Letter to A. Thornton Arnold acknowledging a note congratulating Betts on being named engineer of the year and referring to Ralston Hotel activities as well, March 18, 1961

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer photograph of the front of the Betts' home at 2901 Fleetwood Dr. in Columbus, Georgia, May, 1961

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Photograph of a group of Columbus businessmen, including Betts, December 31, 1961

Newspaper clipping, "Generals, staffs feted" (Betts pictured and identified as President of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce), 1961 (?)

Columbus Ledger, article on Ralston Hotel sale, April 3, 1962

Columbus Enquirer, article on Ralston Hotel sale, April 3, 1962

Letter to Dan J. Graves, Columbus Postmaster from Betts concerning where to deliver mail addressed to members of the Betts family after their move from the Ralston Hotel, May 3, 1962

Sea Island Special Meeting List (Betts Jr. listed), April 7 (?), 1962

Memorandum from Betts from G. Gunby Jordan to the directors of the Jordan Company with regarding Betts' appointment as a vice president of the company August 18, 1962

This memo says in part "For some time, I have felt the need in the company for an executive with sufficient business acumen and experience together with a technical education and experience, to coordinate, administer, and control company policies as well as to conduct continual studies of the company's operations in the light of operating reports, combined with forward thinking as to trends of new business in areas that we might be interested in pursuing."  It further says, "In carrying out these responsibilities, Mr. Betts is being asked to act as a management consultant, controller, and researcher.  He will, by necessity, confer with all of us many times, review all fiscal matters, operating statistics, and policies under which we conduct our affairs . Mr. Betts will serve as a Vice President of the company and will maintain his office at the company's building as 1220 Second Avenue."  Three copies of Betts resume are attached, one of which was updated in 1984 after his retirement.

Letter to Betts from Leonard Pfaelzer to Betts commenting on his departure from the Ralston Hotel and congratulating him on his new position with the Jordan Company, September 5, 1962

Letter to Betts from Jack A. Bell regarding the Business Committee of the Gas Light Co. of Columbus Georgia, October 17, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from James W. Blanchard, president of the Columbus Bank and Trust Co. on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of the next day attached, August 22, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from J. Quentin Davidson, partner in the firm of Swift, Pease, Davidson & Chapman, Attorneys on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of the next day attached, August 22, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from W. M. Page, partner in the firm of Swift, Pease, Davidson & Chapman, Attorneys on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of the next day attached, August 22, 1962

Handwritten letter of congratulations to Betts from Thornton [Arnold?], August 23, 1962

Letter from Philip Alston Jr. of the law firm Alston, Miller and Gaines of Atlanta, congratulating Betts on his appointment to the Jordan Company. He also thanks Betts for his sympathy note after the recent death of Alston's father. He also attached a letter concerning his father's death, dated July 5, 1962, addressed to the family of Philip Alston Sr. from the Piedmont Hospital Business Office, August 23, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from C. E. Thwaite, Jr., chairman of the board of the Trust Company of Georgia, on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of August 27 attached, August 23, 1962

Letter to G. Gunby Jordan, with a cc to Betts, from Foley, Chappell, Young, and Hollis, regarding Betts appointment to the Jordan Company, August 24, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from John L. Street, Assistant Vice President of the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company, National Division on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of September 7 the next day attached, August 30, 1962

Congratulations to Betts from R.L. Ireland III (Tim), of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, Private Bankers on his joining the Jordan Company with Betts acknowledgment of September 25, 1962 attached, September 16, 1962

Letter to Betts from Mary A. Hearn, an employee at the Ralston Hotel, thanking Betts for the loan of $30 and many other kindnesses over the years, and saying how much they all miss him there, December 2, 1962

Letter to Betts from John L. Street, Jr. regarding quail hunting and an administrative issue regarding a Jordan Company account with the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company, with Betts replay of January 14, 1963 attached, December 19, 1962

Letter to Betts from Jack A. Bell of the Gas Light Company of Columbus thanking Betts for his work on the Red Carpet tour earlier that month, April 16, 1963

Letter to Betts from James W. Blanchard of the Columbus Bank and Trust Company thanking Betts for his work on the Red Carpet tour earlier that month, April 19, 1963

Letter to Betts from Philip Alston Jr. about quail hunting, December 17, 1963

Letter to Betts from Mark F. Rosenberg, December, 1963 (?)

Note for a speech on the 1962/1963 United Givers Campaign given at Baker High School and at Jordan Vocational High School sometime during the year, 1963

Ribbon, pamphlet, note card, and a note to Betts offering nominations for The Southern Company, 1963

Letter to Betts from Major General A. C. Welling regarding a meeting held that week, March 20, 1964

Welcome Letter to charter members of the Green Island Country Club detailing membership benefits, methods for nominating new members, etc., April 7, 1964

Letter to Betts from Bentley H. Chappell, pledging his "wholehearted and active support" should Betts decide to run for mayor of Columbus, April 16, 1964

Letter to Betts from George C. Griffin, Dean of Students, Emeritus, at Georgia Tech, thanking Betts for his kindness on the occasion of Griffin's retirement, July 20, 1964

Recommendation form on behalf of Derwood Westley Terry, October 2, 1964

Recommendation form on behalf of Henry Wilson Hawthorne, October 5, 1964

Annual Meeting of The Jordan Co., list of elected officers and directors, November 24, 1964

Folder 8 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1965-1969

Letter to Betts from Congressman Howard "Bo" Callaway urging Betts to run for the State legislature, March 31, 1965

Postcard from Panama City, Florida to the Betts from "Ernestine & Geo", August 17, 1965

Letter from Betts to Henry J. Miller on the death of Miller's son, September 14, 1965

Holiday letter to Betts from Theo J. McGee, Attorney at Law, December 20, 1965

Letter to Mrs. Simon Schwob and Betts from Philip Alston regarding a $5,000 donation from the Charles Loridans Foundation (former owners of the Ralston Hotel) to the Columbus College Foundation toward the construction of a Fine Arts Building, January 18, 1966

Letter to Betts from Philip Alston Jr. about a bequest to Betts from the estate of Thornton Arnold, March 9, 1966

Betts letter to Philip Alston Jr. concerning the bequest mentioned in Alston's letter above, March 14, 1966

Letter to Betts from Senator Richard B. Russell about the Jordan Company and his upcoming re-election campaign for the Senate, March 25, 1966

Letter to Betts from Guy E. Swavely Jr., of the Pickett & Hatcher Educational Fund, thanking Betts for his hospitality at the Big Eddy Club the week before, May 20, 1966

Letter to Betts, Jr. from Carolyn Floyd congratulating him on his engagement to Sue Taliaferro, July 12, 1967

Newspaper clipping from the Atlanta Journal with the engagement announcement of Buster Betts and Sue Taliaferro, July 27, 1967

Recommendation form on behalf of Henry Wilson Hawthorne, July 31, 1967

Postcard from Betts III to his parents from his honeymoon, August 6 (?), 1967

Postcard from Betts III to his parents from his honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, August 8, 1967

Letter to Betts from James H. Taylor, Jr. congratulating him on the marriage of his son Buster (Oscar Leon Betts, III), August 18, 1967

Letter to Betts from Clason Kyle thanking him for inviting him to the rehearsal dinner for Buster and Sue Taliaferro's wedding, August 24, 1967

Letter to James H. and Lorette Taylor thanking them for their wedding gift to Buster and hoping to see them soon. Attached is the obituary of James H. Taylor, Jr. from the November 25, 1967 Atlanta Constitution, September 1, 1967

Photo of Betts at the annual meeting of Trust Co. of Georgia Associates at Sea Island, Georgia, October 27, 1967

Letter from Richard B. Russell to Betts/handwritten note attached telling Betts that Southern Airways is to have a new Columbus-Washington-New York route. He also tells Betts that they were very appreciative of the Columbus Airport Authority and "that of course means you", December 30, 1967

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Leaders studying new road links", (Betts pictured), February 5, 1968

Speech by Betts, typed and handwritten, as president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, March 19, 1968

Letter to Betts from Theo J. McGee urging him to accept an appointment as a Commissioner of the Columbus Housing Authority. There is a handwritten note saying "4/29 – Regretted in person", April 26, 1968

Note cards typed, and handwritten paper from a speech by Betts to the Ga. State Chamber of Commerce's Star Student Program, nd but probably in 1968

Letter to Mrs. Robert B. Betts from W. Roane Beard of the Georgia Tech National Alumni Association, offering condolences on the death of Robert B. Betts, class of 1921, brother of Oscar L. Betts, Jr., March 11, 1969

Letter to Betts from Maj. Gen. George I. Forsythe thanking him for making his stay at Fort Benning so welcoming, August 21, 1969

Photograph of Oscar Betts III (Buster) with his daughter, 1969

Folder 9 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1970-1979

Letter to Betts from Dr. C. Bruce Morton, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, recalling when he met Betts when he had charge of building the new Medical School Building of the University of Virginia in the 1930s, July 26, 1970

Letter from Betts to Dr. Morton recalling the building project in Charlottesville and telling Dr. Morton about what the Betts had done over the intervening 40 years, undated but obviously shortly after the letter above, ca. August 1, 1970

Newspaper clipping from the Columbus Ledger of August 5, 1970 announcing the birth of Richard T. Betts on July 31, 1970

Letter to Buster Betts from T. M. Forbes thanking him for a check from Tom's Foods to the Southern Industrial Relations Conference, with a postscript about a friendship of many years with Oscar Betts at the Ralston Hotel, December 17, 1970

Letter from Buster Betts to T. M. Forbes acknowledging his letter and saying that the Oscar Betts he knew is his father and passing on his best wishes to Forbes, February 4, 1971

Letter from Betts to Theodore M. Forbes catching him up on the various Betts activities, including the sale of the Ralston Hotel, May 12, 1971

Letter to Betts from Theodore M. Forbes, discussing changes in Columbus, especially the textile mills, May 24, 1971

Letter to Betts from John G. Alston regarding an invitation to go hunting with Betts, January 6, 1972

Letter to Betts from John G. Alston of Cummings & Aston accepting Betts invitation to go hunting at Mercer Mills Plantation, January 11, 1972

Letter from the D.A.R. to Sue Taliaferro Betts informing her that her application for membership has been approved, January 3, 1973

Photograph of the Pound table at the Ralston Hotel. Left to right are; John Kinnett, Oscar Betts, Jr., Victor Kiralfy, Mark Rosenberg (?), unidentified; seated are: Maynard Ashworth, Frank Lumpkin and Dr. Brent Fox, July 22, 1974

Citizens Advisory Committee, Columbus-Phenix City North Bypass Study, Meeting No. 6 – Minutes, July 23, 1974

Letter to Betts from W.R. Giddens, Airport Manager, giving Betts a courtesy parking card in recognition of the time and effort he had given to the Columbus Metropolitan Airport, July 29, 1974

Letter from Betts to W.R. Giddens (airport manager) accepting the V.I.P. parking card, August 2, 1974

Letter to Betts from Philip H. Alston Jr. thanking Betts for the day's hunting at Mercer Mill, February 18, 1975

Letter to Betts from Ronnie Reid, thanking Betts for the day's hunting, February, 1975

Letter to Betts from Jack Allen Bell, thanking Betts for the photographs he sent, presumably of the hunting at Mercer Mill the month before, March 3, 1975

Letter to Betts from "Bill" [J. W. Feighner] president of Tom's Foods, inviting him to be one of the honorees at a party to be held at the Big Eddy Club later in the month, April 3, 1975

Letter to Betts from Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Tarpley, thanking him "for the many courtesies and kindnesses you have shown not only to me and Trudy but to the entire fort Benning Community", August 19, 1975

Handwritten letter by Oscar L. Betts Jr. to the Mayor and council concerning widening of 13th Street, September, 1975

Letter to Betts from "Bill" [J. W. Feighner] president of  Tom's Foods giving Betts a memento on the occasion of Tom's shipping $100,000.000 of Tom's merchandise, April 27, 1976

Speech at the dedication of Jordan Hall at Columbus College, April 17, 1977

State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers Newsletter, with list of members attached, July, 1977

Letter to Betts from Gardiner Garrard, President of the Jordan Company, on the occasion of Betts' having been with the company for 15 years, August 8, 1977

Handwritten note to Betts from Jordan on the occasion of Betts' having been with the company for 15 years, August 8, 1977

Letter to Howard A. Gudell, Project Director, Department of Community Development, Columbus, from Betts concerning the widening of 13th Street, with a resolution from the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers attached, August 11, 1977

Letter form Howard A. Gudell, project director to Betts, acknowledging receipt of his letter, August 12, 1977

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, "Ralston Hosted Real Life Drama", May 7, 1978

Letter to Betts from Gordon E. Bondurant, thanking him for his gift to Bondurant on the occasion of his retiring from the Board of Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, May 6, 1979

Letter to Cpt. Dana L. Jones from Betts asking him to consider Captain Charlie Frank Riley for a job with Delta Air Lines, January 24, 1979

Letter to David C. Garrett, Jr. from Betts recalling his early flights from Atlanta to Birmingham, on Travelair, taking off from the red clay runway of Candler Airport, July 11, 1979

Letter to Betts from David C. Garrett, Jr., president of Delta Air Lines replying to Betts letter about his flights on Travelair, July 16, 1979

The Jordan Company – 75th Anniversary: A Brief History, 1979

Folder 10 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1980-1983

Letter from the Columbus College Alumni Association inviting Buster and Sue to the 10 annual Recognition Banquet where Alma Taliaferro McGee would be named an Honorary Alumnus, April 30, 1981

Letter to Sue Betts from Penny (?) with a copy of a Malone family history attached, May 7, 1981

Letter from Congressman Jack Brinkley to Betts, thanking him for his earlier letter, July 22, 1981

Letter to Betts from David C. Garrett, Jr. enclosing Betts' complimentary Delta Crown Room Club membership for 1982-1985, 1981

Letter to Betts from J. Daniel Hanks mentioning the death of Thomas M. Flournoy, and events at Darlington School, October 13, 1983

Letter to Betts from Suzy and Pete Gilbert inviting him to become a member of the J. J. Darlington Society, which requires a commitment to donate $1,000 per year to the school, October 14, 1983

Letter from Betts to Dr. and Mrs. Peter G. Gilbert telling them that he is leaving a trust worth nearly $100,000 to Darlington and as an octogenarian and semi-retired, his donor-days have reached an end, October 17, 1983

Anniversary card from President Ronald and Mrs. Nancy Reagan, November 30, 1983

History of the Country Club of Columbus 1909-1983, 1983

Britt Family Record by Kittie LeBlanc of Los Angeles, California in 1983 along with various birth certificates and other documents attached, 1983

Folder 11 – General Correspondence, 1984-1989

Letter to Georgia Society of Professional Engineers from Carolyn B. Spilman, Secretary/Treasurer, regarding the up-coming of the presentation to Mr. Oscar l. Betts, Jr., P.E.; with a Life membership card, September 17, 1984

Letter to Betts from Jackson B. Harris, President of the Alumni Association of Darlington School informing Betts that he has been selected to receive Darlington's Distinguished Alumnus Award for 1984-1985, September 20, 1984

Photos (3) of Betts at Maynard Ashworth's 91st birthday party, including Betts, July21, 1985

Program of the Heritage Ball, held by the Historic Columbus Foundation, June 14, 1986

Appointment of Betts to the Civilian Military Council Columbus-Fort Benning, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama, October, 1986

G. Gunby Jordan II Remembers . . . : A History of the Jordan Company, 1986

Milestones: A Georgia Tech Campaign Update for Volunteers with announcement of Betts gift of $50,000 to Centennial Campaign, February, 1987

Newspaper clipping from the Columbus Ledger with photograph of Delta's first flight to Columbus in 1947 as former airport commissioner Oscar Betts and former Columbus Mayor Walter Richards standing by, July 1, 1987

Invitation to the high school graduation of the Betts' grandson, Richard Taliaferro Betts on June 3, 1988

Letter to Betts from W. Whitley Hawkins, Senior V.P. Marketing, Delta Air Lines concerning his new membership card for Crown Room privileges through December 31, 1989, 1988 (?)

Letter to Betts from W. Whitley Hawkins, concerning his Flying Colonel status with Delta Air Lines, December, 1989

Folder 12 – General Correspondence and other materials, 1990-2007

Photograph of a portrait of Betts by Bo Bartlett, 1990 (?)

Letter to Betts from C.J. Cooper, Commission Chairman, Columbus Metropolitan Airport, concerning a plaque "acknowledging your contribution to making this community's airport what it has become", August 19, 1991

"50 Years Remembered", articles from Columbus Ledger Enquirer concerning the Ralston Hotel, December 8, 1991

Newspaper clippings, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer about the death and funeral of G. Gunby Jordan II, July, 1994

Betts Appreciation Certificate, Brookstone School, April 28, 1995

Photograph of Betts, August 15, 1997

Funeral program of Robert Barkely Betts, Jr. a cousin of Buster Betts, April 24, 2001

Obituaries of Calloway Hill "Cal" Peddy, Jr. and his wife Carol Green Peddy, who were both killed in a plane crash in Mt. Airy, North Carolina on September 20, 2002

Program of a Columbus Museum Gallery Walk with the Artist [Hugh Williams of Auburn, Alabama] and a thank-you card to Betts III attached for their support of the exhibit in honor of Richard H. Taliaferro, February 26, 2006

Letter to Buster from Judy Gaines (?) about family history, November 13, 2007

Folder 13 – Agnes Scott College Material, 1962, 2010

This folder contains Sue Taliaferro Betts' college yearbook for 1962, and a group photo of a class reunion in 2010, placed inside the front cover of the yearbook.

Association of the United State Army (AUSA)

Folder 14 – Association of the United States Army (AUSA), 1960-1966

Letter to Betts from Paul L. Freeman Jr. Maj. General, January 15, 1960

Betts photo at reception for Col. Shepard, Chief of Staff, January 6, 1961

Betts photo, speaking to the Columbus-Phenix City Chapter of AUSA, at their semi-annual dinner meeting, October 29, 1964

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "AUSA honors firms," Betts pictured, December 18, 1964

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Officers elected by AUSA", Betts pictured, January 26, 1965

Newspaper clipping, "AUSA leaders meet", Betts pictured, August 24, 1965

Newspaper clipping, The Bayonet, "AUSA delegates pioneer at Atlanta conference", September 24, 1965

Newspaper clipping photo, Columbus Enquirer, "AUSA Barbecue", photo of Betts, September 21, 1965

Betts visits JFK memorial while in Washington for AUSA, Betts pictured, October, 1965 (?)

George Catlett Memorial Dinner head table guest list, 1965

Photo, Betts presents AUSA awards to Callaway, Black, and Spratley, photo, March 7, 1966

News clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Callaway predicts honorable peace or fight to finish", March 7, 1966

Betts presents Callaway with an infantryman statuette at AUSA meeting, March 7, 1966

Newspaper clipping, "AUSA hears Callaway at mid-winter meeting", Betts pictured, March 7 (?), 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Local AUSA unit leads in nation", May 6, 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "AUSA names new slate of officers", Betts pictured, May 10, 1966

Letter to Betts from Eben L. Reid, vice president, the Fourth National Bank, thanking Betts for inviting him to the AUSA chapter meeting the week before, May 10, 1966

Newspaper clipping, The Bayonet, "Wisdom of his orders falls on general's head", Betts pictured, May 13, 1966

Letter to Betts from T.G. Reeves, Attorney, thanking Betts for his service as president of the local chapter of the AUSA, May 14, 1966

News clipping, "Regional AUSA meet opens at post today", May 26, 1966

News clipping, "AUSA meet debates stand on reserves", May 27, 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Williamson sounds note of optimism on war in Viet Nam", Betts pictured, May 27, 1966

Letter from Betts to all conferees – 3rd Region Seminar, thanking them for their presence and contribution, May 26-27, 1966

Letter from Betts to Brig. Gen. Ellis W. Williamson, with a copy of May 13, 1966 The Rote-a-Bit: Rotary Club of Columbus, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Gen. Robert H. York, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Lieutenant Gen. Lewis W. Truman, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Lieutenant Gen. Charles G. Dodge, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Dr. Elvis J. Stahr, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Col. John H. Lattin, May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Mr. Ernest L. Massie, Jr., May 31, 1966

Letter from Betts to Captain Bernard W. Abrams congratulating him on his election to the Presidency of 3rd Region, AUSA, May 31, 1966

AUSA newsletter, Betts pictured on back, May, 1966

Letter from Betts to Maj. General Paul A. Gavan, June 1, 1966

Letter from Betts to Col. William H. Preston, June 1, 1966

Letter from Betts to Col. John K. Roberts, Jr., June 1, 1966

Letter from Betts to Col. J. Elmore Swenson, June 1, 1966

Letter from Bernard W. Abrams to Betts, June 2, 1966

Letter from Bernard W. Abrams to Maj. Gen. Paul A. Gavan, June 2, 1966

Letter to Betts from Col. Arthur Symons regarding his gift as an outgoing member of the AUSA Council of Trustee, June 7, 1966

Letter from Betts from Col. Arthur Symons, choosing cuff links as his farewell gift, June 14, 1966

Newspaper clipping, "Baker ROTC awards", Betts awards trophy, June, 1966 (?)

Card from AUSA president Elvis J. Stahr to Betts on the occasion of presenting him with a plaque as out-going chapter president, July 25, 1966

Letter to Betts from Paul A. Gavan, discussing chapter membership numbers and the upcoming annual meeting, July 25, 1966

Letter to Betts regarding the Membership Committee from James W. Blanchard of the Columbus bank and Trust Company and First Vice President of AUSA, July 25, 1966

Letter from Abrams to Betts, appointing him as Personal Advisor to the Third Region Staff of AUSA, August 17, 1968

Letter to Bernard Abrams from Betts, accepting the appointment as advisor, August 19, 1966

Letter to Betts from Bernard W. Abrams, August 28, 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Betts is honored by national AUSA for regional work", September 2, 1966

Newspaper clipping, with a card from Eben Reid, Columbus Ledger, "Betts honored for service to AUSA", September 2, 1966

Letter to Betts from Lt. General C.G. Dodge about the Biddle Award, September 2, 1966

Handwritten letter to Betts from Paul [A. Gavan], congratulating him on winning the Biddle Award, September 2, 1966

Letter to Lt. General C.G. Dodge from Betts regarding his receipt of the Biddle Award, September 6, 1966

The Bayonet, Fort Benning, "National AUSA praises work of Betts", September 9, 1966

Letter to Betts from Bernard W. Abrams about a breakfast to honor him for winning the Biddle Award, September 19, 1966

Letter to Betts (with a telephone message form attached) from Bernard W. Abrams wishing him "a ball on your New England trip" and again congratulating him on the Biddle Award, September 19, 1966

Letter to A. Higgins form Bernard W. Abrams setting up the breakfast in October to honor Betts as the Biddle Award winner, September, 19, 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Betts named recipient of [Biddle] award from AUSA", September 27, 1966

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Ledger, "Betts will receive AUSA [Biddle] medal", September 27, 1966

Letter to Betts from E. J. Knight congratulating him on winning the Biddle Award, September 27, 1966

Letter to Betts from Burton J. Bell, Executive Secretary, Chattahoochee River Basin Development Commission, regarding his receipt of the Biddle Award, September 28, 1966

Letter to Betts from Eben L. Reid, Vice President of the Fourth National Bank, congratulating him for winning the Biddle Award, and asking for a glassy print of him, September 28, 1966

The Bayonet, "Betts selected for AUSA award" (Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal), September 30, 1966

Biographical sketch of Biddle, September, 1966

Newspaper clipping, "Upsonian's husband gets Biddell Medal", September, 1966

Newspaper clipping, "Big sweep of AUSA awards", Betts pictured with the Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal, September, 1966

Betts photos accepting Biddle medal, (3 poses) from Elvis J. Stahr, President of AUSA, October 11, 1966

Citation for Biddle Award to Betts by Elvis J. Stahr, President of AUSA (2 copies), October 11, 1966

Memorandum invitation to George Catlett Marshall Dinner reception, October 12 (?), 1966

Salute, AUSA awards go to four, mentioning Betts receiving the Biddle Medal, October 12, 1966

Letter to Betts from C.W. Curry congratulating him on the Biddle award, October 14, 1966

Letter to Betts from William R. Bowdoin, President of the Trust Company of Georgia Associates congratulating Betts on the Biddle Award, October 14, 1966

Note to Betts from Col. Arthur Symons giving him the address of Mrs. A. J. Drexel Biddle, October 14, 1966

Letter to Betts from Major General Paul A. Gavan, regarding his receipt of the Biddle Award, October 17, 1966

Letter to Major General Paul A. Gavan from Betts, thanking him for his note about the Biddle Award, October 20, 1966

Letter to William R. Bowdoin from Betts, thanking him for his note about Biddle Award, October 20, 1966

Letter to C.W. Curry from Betts thanking him for his letter regarding the Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Award, October 20, 1966

Letter to Betts from Julian Marbut editor of the Bayonet, regarding their story on Betts' receipt of the Biddle Award, October 20 (?), 1966

Letter to Julian Marbut from Betts thanking him for sending him the copy of the Bayonet with the Biddle Award story, October 20, 1966

Letter to Betts from William J. McNally, Lt. Colonel, Information Officer, sending him a copy of the Bayonet with the Biddle Award story, October 20, 1966 (?)

Letter to E. J. Knight from Betts thanking him for his letter of congratulations on winning the Biddle Award, October 20, 1966

Letter to Eben L. Reid, Vice President of the Fourth National Bank, thanking him for his congratulations on winning the Biddle Award, October 20, 1966

Letter to Burton J. Bell from Betts thanking him for his letter about the Biddle Award, October 21, 1966

Letter to Mrs. A.J. Drexel Biddle from Betts (2 copies), October 21, 1966

Letter to Captain Bernard W. Abrams from Betts, with a blind cc to Major general Paul A. Gavan, October 27, 1966

Letter to Betts from Margaret Biddle, November 18, 1966

Letter from Andes Coochat (?) of Pfaelzer Brothers, with attached Trust Co. of Ga. news article regarding Betts' receipt of the Biddle award, November 28, 1966

AUSA newsletter, Betts pictured on back, November, 1966 (?)

Folder 16 – Association of the United States Army (AUSA), 1967-1991 and nd

Letter to Betts from Lt. General, USA (Ret) C.G. Dodge appointing Betts to the AUSA's Advisory Board of Directors, March 28, 1967

Letter to C.G. Dodge from Betts accepting his appointment to the AUSA's board, April 6, 1967

Letter to Betts from C. G. Dodge acknowledging his acceptance, April 10, 1967

Letter, with carbon copy attached, to Betts from Maj. Gen. Robert York thanking him for his recent service to AUSA, July 15, 1967

Letter from Betts to Maj. Gen. Robert York, thanking him for his letter of thanks, August 8, 1967

George Catlett Marshall Memorial Dinner List, October (?), 1968

Photograph captioned "Annual Meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Sheraton Park Hotel, Wash., D.C. Lt. Gen. Charles W.G. Rich, Chief of Reserve Components with Mr. Oscar Betts and Mr. Kunze at the Skycrane exhibit", October 9, 1967

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "AUSA official visits", Betts pictured, December 7, 1967

Fourth National Bank Director cited for service to the AUSA, December (?), 1967

Letter to James W. Blanchard from Lt. Gen. Robert H. York concerning Betts' appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, March 14, 1968

Letter to Betts from Maj. Gen. Paul A. Gavan regarding Betts' appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, March 18, 1968

Letter to James W. Blanchard from Lt. Gen. J.L. Throckmorton regarding Betts' appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, March 22, 1968

Letter to Betts from Lt. Gen. C.G. Dodge, April 19, 1968

Letter to Betts from Lt. Gen. C.G. Dodge regarding Betts' appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, May 3, 1968

Letter to C.G. Dodge from Betts regarding Betts' appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, May 10, 1968

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "Oscar L. Betts Jr. wins AUSA post" regarding Betts appointment to the AUSA Council of Trustees, May 11, 1968

Letter to Betts from J.S. (Pat) Timothy, Brigadier General, June 7, 1968

AUSA news feature on Betts and other top recruiters, June, 1968

Letter (with carbon copy attached) to Betts from J.S. (Pat) Timothy, Brigadier General, saying goodbye to Betts as he leaves his command at Fort Benning, July 1, 1968

Newspaper clipping, Columbus Enquirer, "AUSA directors plan year", Betts pictured, September 6, 1968

Photo of the wall of portraits of the Council of Trustees, Association of the U.S. Army, October 30, 1968

Note "for your scrapbook", to Betts from Robert A. Sullivan, Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry, with photos of Betts during the 1968 AUSA meeting in Washington, 1968

Photograph of Betts (2 copies), dated "1967 or 1968"

Army, Council of Trustees, AUSA policy makers, Betts pictured, January, 1969

Council of Trustees photo, January, 1969

Letter to Betts from Brig. Gen. Sidney B. Berry, thanking Betts for all he had done for him during his command of Fort Benning, May 28, 1970

AUSA luncheon with Gen. Talbott, Betts pictured, July 6, 1971

Biddell awards ballot showing previous winners, including Betts, 1984

Betts letter to Lt. Gen. C.G. Dodge accepting invitation to an AUSA dinner in honor of Frank Pace, Jr. and Edward C. Logelin in June, May 26, 1971

AUSA invitation card to Betts for the dinner mentioned above, June 24, 1971

Army, Betts presented public service award, November, 1971

Program for the Promotion and change of command ceremony for Major General David E. Grange, Jr. and Major General Robert L. Wetzel, August 3, 1981

Letter to Betts from Lt. Gen. David E. Grange, thanking him for his courtesies and kindnesses during his command at Fort Benning, August 3, 1981

From Frank G. Lumpkin Jr., "The origins of Ft. Benning", 16 pages, October 18, 1991

Speech giving Betts the Clifford O. Livingston award for Service to the Soldier, 1992

Blank letterhead of the AUSA Columbus-Phenix City-Fort Benning Chapter, which lists the officers, nd

Rotary Club

Folder 16 – Rotary Club, 1957-1987

Betts' Rotary name badge

Rotary District 240 annual conference program with conference chairman ribbon, March 15-16, 1957

Newspaper clippings concerning the Rotary Club Conference, March 16, 1957

Newspaper clippings concerning the Columbus Rotary Club, 1958-1959

Rotary officers photo, July 2, 1958

Rotary Club has service for doctor, 1958

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer group photograph captioned Lieutenant General (Ret) Manton S. Eddy, Chairman, Fort Benning Committee 1958-1959, O.L. Betts, Jr., President, Rotary Club 1858-59; 2 quests – enlisted men – both Congressional Medal of Honors Winners, 1958

Columbus Rotary Club Ladies' Night program, April 9, 1959

Central of Georgia Magazine, Betts photo with Tom Wade, accompanying article, April, 1959

Letter to Betts from J.M. Hargett, of the Columbus Valley Produce Company, thanking Betts for his having served as president of the Columbus Rotary Club during the past year, June 24, 1959

Letter to Betts from J.R. Kinnett of Kinnett Dairies, Inc. thanking Betts for his year's service as president of the club, June 25, 1959

Letter to J.R. Kinnett from Betts, June 29, 1959

Letter to Betts from Mel Haley, thanking Betts for his year's service as president of the club, July 7, 1959

Letter to Melvin C. Haley from Betts, July 8, 1959

Letter to Betts from Wanda of the Rotary Club thanking Betts for his friendship, December 21, 1964

Letter to Donald C. Colby. Manager-Administrative & External Relations, Pratt & Whitney from Betts, thanking Colby for the hospitality shown the Columbus Rotary Club on its tour of their facility, November 9, 1987

Spirit of Fort Benning Award (1988)


Folder 17 – Spirit of Fort Benning Award (1988)

     According to an article by Paul Timm in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer of April 23, 1988 this award was established in 1985 by then Major General John Foss and is to given "only when a person has been nominated who is so singularly meritorious as to clearly warrant the making the award."  The award is bestowed for the nominee's "exemplary activities and accomplishments to civilian-military relationships, concern for a viable Army and the Infantry's role in national defense."

Letter to Frances and Oscar Betts from "Milly P." [Millie Pearson, secretary at the Williams Construction Company of Columbus], January 28, 1988

     The date of this letter, from Millie Pearson, secretary at the Williams Construction Company,  may be incorrect and perhaps should be "June 28, 1988" instead.

Letter to Betts from Maj. Gen. K.C. Leuer, February 12, 1988

Letter to Maj. Gen. K.C. Leuer from Betts, February 18. 1988

Letter to Betts from Lt. Col. Robert E. Pilnacek, Public Affairs Officer concerning Betts nomination
to receive the Spirit of Fort Benning Award, March 1, 1988

Letter to Maynard Ashworth from Maj. Gen. K.C. Leuer, March 8, 1988

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article, "Betts will get Spirit of Fort Benning Award", April 23, 1988

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, "Accolades", April 23 (?), 1988

Congratulations to Betts from "Trudy" (Mrs. Thomas M. Tarpley), April 24, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Wanda Pearce, April 25, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Sonny Duncan, April 25, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Joseph Flowers Jr., April 25, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Mary Mitchell Lindsay, April 26, 1988

Formal invitation to reception and dinner honoring Betts, April 27, 1988

Fourth Annual Spirit of Fort Benning Award Banquet program (2 copies), April 27, 1988

Newspaper clipping, "Post paying Betts back for service", Aril 27, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Lee Redmond Jr., April 27, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Dick Olson of Tom's Foods, April 27 (?), 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Robert Hahn (Bob), April 27, 1988

Postcard to The Oscar Betts' from "Mae and Jim" [Colonel and Mrs. McConaughy], April 27, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from George Murphy, April 28, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Jack Passailaigue, April 28, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Frances Blackmar, April 28 (?), 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Wanda Pearce, April 28, 1988

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer photo, "Spirit of Fort Benning", April 28, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Tom Starlin, April 29, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Howard and Frances Mott, April 29, 1988

The Bayonet, "Local Businessman gets Spirit Award", article and photo, April 29, 1988

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article, "Civilian Aid Makes Rare Local Appearance", April 30, 1988

Card to Betts from Roy and Thelma Smith, April 30, 1988

Card to Betts from Wayne and Dannie (CB&T), April 30 (?), 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Earlene Saunders, April 30 (?), 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Dee [Rainey], April 30, 1988

Congratulations to Frances and Oscar Betts from Bernard W. Abrams, May 2, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from "Sylvia", May 4, 1988

Letter to Lt. Col. Robert E. Pilnacek from Betts, thanking him for his part the awards activities, May 4, 1988

Letter to Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Leuer from Betts thanking them for their part in the awards activities, May 4, 1988

Congratulations to Betts from Congressman Richard Ray, May 9, 1988

Spirit of Fort Benning – Photo Album

Folder 18 – Spirit of Fort Benning Photo Album, 1988

Due to its size, this album is housed in the oversize box at the end of this collection.

Letter to Betts from Maj. Gen. K.C. Leuer, February 12, 1988

Letter to Maj. Gen. K. C. Leuer from Betts, February 18, 1988

Invitation to the Spirit of Fort Benning Award reception and dinner, February 18, 1988

Spirit of Fort Benning Awards program, April 27, 1988

Letter to Betts from John O. Marsh Jr., March 14, 1988

Letter to Betts from General M. R. Thurman, April 27, 1988

Letter to Betts from Lt. General David E. Grange Jr., April 6, 1988

Letter to Betts from Lt. General R. L. "Sam" Wetzel, March 28, 1988

Letter to Betts from Lt. General John W. Foss, April 27, 1988

Letter to Betts from Maj. General Edwin H. Burba Jr., April 27, 1988

Letter to Betts from Clifford O. Livingston Sr., April 4, 1988

Letter to Betts from Maynard Ashworth, April 1, 1988

Letter to Betts from Raymond E. Crowley, April 15, 1988

Photos from Spirit of Fort Benning Award evening, April 27, 1988

Folder 19 – Unidentified/Undated Materials, nd

     This folder contains undated photos of Betts on hunting and fishing trips, undated newspaper clippings, copies of prayers, church bulletins, an organizational chart of Tom's Foods, notes, unidentified snapshots, maps, Darlington School announcements, etc.

Box 2 – Scrapbooks and Oversized Photographs

     These scrapbooks contain news clippings, photographs, correspondence, Christmas cards and other information and memorabilia concerning Oscar L. Betts, Jr. during his time as manager of the Ralston Hotel when it was considered the best hotel in Columbus, Georgia.  It also contains information on his activities to promote the Columbus Municipal Airport, to support and expand Fort Benning, civic clubs, and other interests and activities of his active personal, social and civil life. In addition, there are several large format photographs of the Betts and Britt extended families.  They are arranged by size in the box and are extremely fragile.

Item 1 – Wedding Scrapbook of the December 7, 1927 wedding of Oscar L. Betts, Jr. and Frances Louise Britt, November, 1927-February, 1928

Item 2 – Oscar Betts, Jr. Scrapbook 1, 1935-1948

Item 3 – Oscar Betts, Jr. Scrapbook 2, 1948-1955

Item 4 – Oscar Betts, Jr. Scrapbook 3, 1957-1958

Item 5 – Photograph, probably of Frances Louise Britt Betts as a child, 1910s

Item 6 – Over-sized photograph of a house, tentatively identified as the Britt home in Thomaston, Georgia, 1920

Item 7 – Over-sized photograph of Joseph Daniel Ellington, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ellington and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Britt of Thomaston, Georgia, 1920s (?)

Item 8 – Over-sized photograph of Oscar Leon Betts, Jr., possibly made around the time of his wedding, December, 1927 (?)

Item 9 – Several over-sized photographs of Frances Louise Britt Betts, 1927

     These photographs were made by Thurston Hatcher Studios in Atlanta, Georgia

Item 10 – Framed wedding photograph of Frances Louise Britt Betts, December 1927

     This photograph was made by Thurston Hatcher Studios in Atlanta, Georgia

Item 11 – Several over-sized photographs of Oscar L. Betts, Jr., 1953

     These photographs were made by Portraiture by Garretts of Columbus, Georgia.

Item 12–Taliaferro-related items, 1940s, 1960s

 

Box 3 – Taliaferro Family (Series II) and Crawford Family (Series III)

Series II – Taliaferro Family

Folder 1 – Taliaferro Family Genealogical Materials, 1940s – 1980s

     This folder contains various accounts of the Taliaferro family tracing it back to Norman roots, including chapters from the family history written by the Robert E. Lee Institute of Thomaston, Georgia, newspaper clippings, family letters, photocopies, a photograph labelled "C. F. Taliaferro's House, Columbus, Ga – Batastini's" and other material.  There is a cover note dated March 20, 1978 from Sue Taliaferro Betts saying in part ". . . This is virtually all the Taliaferro data I have. Some is messy, some confusing, but after you study it a while, I hope it will come clear!"  There are also work sheets for applications to the DAR and other organizations.

Folder 2 – Over-sized Taliaferro Family Genealogical Tables and a photograph of Harriet Crawford, nd

Due to its size, this folder is filed on the side of the box.

Folder 3 – Correspondence, 1918-1950

Folder 4 – Correspondence, 1951-1966

Folder 5 – Correspondence, 1967

     The bulk of this folder deals with the retirement of Richard H. Taliaferro as the principle of Jordan Vocational High School, 1967

Folder 6 – Correspondence, 1968-1969

     This folder mainly documents Taliaferro's involvement with Brookstone (earlier known as Trinity) School.

Folder 7 – Correspondence, 1970-1980

     This folder covers R. H. Taliaferro's life in retirement. It also includes his obituary and that of his sister Emily T. Hadley in 1980.

Folder 8 – Correspondence, nd

Folder 9 – Newspaper clippings, 1970s, 2003

     This folder contains clippings mostly relating to the death and funeral of R. H. Taliaferro in June of 1975, but also one on the destruction by fire of Oak Hall, his wife Harriet's ancestral home, several on the murder of his brother-in-law, William Crawford in 1979 and the obituary of George Taliaferro Irvin, Sr. in 2003.

Folder 10 – Undated/unidentified photographs I, nd

     This folder contains materials relating to Taliaferro's youth, school, military service, engagement and marriage, vacations, involvement with Brookstone (early known as Trinity) School and his life in retirement. There is also some Crawford family material as well.

Folder 11 – Undated/unidentified photographs II, nd

     This folder contains materials relating to Taliaferro's youth, school, military service, engagement and marriage, vacations, involvement with Brookstone (formerly known as Trinity) School and his life in retirement. There is also some Crawford family material as well.

Folder 12 – Undated/unidentified photograph, 1860s

     This folder contains an ambrotype of an unidentified Confederate soldier.

Series III – Crawford Family

Folder 13 – Crawford Family Genealogy (2 copies), March, 2005

Folder 14 – Crawford Family Photo Album, 1890s (?)-1920s

     This album contains several early photos of Oak Hall, the pre-Revolutionary Crawford family home in Columbia County, Georgia, which was destroyed by fire in 1968. There are also several pictures of celebrities from the 1920s and generic clippings of dogs, children and other scrapbook materials.

Folder 15 – Photographs of Crawford house in Lincolnton, Georgia, New Hope Baptist Church and members of the Crawford Family, May, 2007

Folder 16 – Crawford Family newspaper clippings, loose photographs, and undated material

     These photos include several of Uncle Rem (Thomas Remsen Crawford) and Winnie and their children, Nathanial and Tom.  There are also clippings and photos of Crawford family members.  Most of the material is undated, but some of the photos are dated and well identified.

Folder 17 – Dr. William B. Crawford materials, 1900s-2006

Folder 18 – T. Remsen Crawford Materials, 1897-2011

     Thomas Remsen Crawford (Uncle Rem) was born in 1868, married Winnifred Williams in 1907 and died in 1932.  He was the brother of Dr. William B. Crawford (1866-1927), who married Sue Tom Hogan (b. 1888) in 1912.  They were the parents of Harriet Emily Crawford (1915-1970) who was the mother of Sue Taliaferro Betts.  There are letters to and from Rem's son, his niece, Harriet and other family members.

Box 4 – Oversize Box – Scrapbooks and Photographs

This box also contains Folder 18 of the Oscar Betts series, The Spirit of Fort Benning Award Scrapbook, because of its size.

Item 1 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1945-1946

Item 2 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1948-1950

Item 3 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1950

Item 4 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1950

Item 5 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1951

Item 6 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1951-1952

Item 6 – Jordan Vocational High School, 1952

Item 7 – Jordan vocational High School, 1953

Item 8 – Framed photo of Jordan Vocational High School marching band, signed by all the players, nd

Item 9 – Rubber stamp of R. H. Taliaferro's signature, nd