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Frank T. Schnell Collection (MC 25)

Biographical Note

Frank T. Schnell was born July 30, 1940 in Columbus, Georgia and died in Bradenton, Florida on January 18, 2010. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a master's degree, and worked for the Columbus Museum for 35 years before retiring in 2001.

Scope and Contents

The Schnell collection reflects his interests in the Chattahoochee River, local industry, the U. S. Bicentennial and his own family history, which includes the Eelbeck, Johnson, and George families, in addition to the Schnells. These materials include a group of 17 Civil War letters written by John T. Johnson, three of which have been transcribed. He was very active in the Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee from 1973 through 1976. This committee planned and executed a series of bicentennial events and celebrations, including the two things which were meant to be the permanent legacy of the bicentennial. These were the creation of the Columbus Promenade, which became the River Walk, and the establishment of the archives of Columbus College, which was opened to the public in 1975. Besides these activities, the committee sponsored pageants, a re-enactment of a play, No Song, No Supper, that had been performed in 1830 on the banks of the Chattahoochee, the 4th of July parade of 1976, various activities relating to the nascent Historic District in downtown Columbus, the sale of Bicentennial license plates, essay contests, and many other activities which are detailed in the Bicentennial materials in this collection.

1836-1980 4 boxes (4 l.f.)

Note to Researchers:

See also: United States Bicentennial Committee Records (MC 167)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Frank Schnell Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Frank Schnell Collection (MC 25)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Provenance

This collection was donated by Frank Schnell in two parts, in 1978 and 2003.


Box and Contents List

Box 1


Item 1 – The Mercantile Agency: Reference Book (And Key) with a List of Banks and Bankers, State Collection Laws, Maps, Etc. Alabama. R.G. Dun & Co. 1909

Item 2 – The Mercantile Agency: Reference Book (And Key) with a List of Banks and Bankers, State Collection Laws, Maps, Etc. Georgia. R.G. Dun & Co. 1909

Item 3 – Telephone Directory for the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. October. 1932

Item 4 – Telephone Directory for Columbus,Georgia. 1920

Item 5 – Diary of John T. Johnson. Company B, 3rd Regiment,Georgia Volunteer Cavalry. Typescript copy. January 27, 1864-June 24, 1864

This typescript also includes extraneous material such as the roll of the 3rd Regiment Georgia Volunteer Cavalry (n.d.), a roll of prisoners of the same regiment (n.d.), a letter from R. Lawton dated October 15, 1863 from General Garth's house. The diary covers Johnson's time as a prisoner of war in Rock Island, Illinois.

Item 6 – Newspaper or magazine clipping with illustrations of early bridges across the Chattahoochee at Columbus, Georgia. Part of the caption says that these illustrations are from an issue of Harper's Weekly during the Civil War. n.d.

Item 7 – Table of distances on Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, Presented by Steamer Shamrock. n.d.

Item 8 – Southern Overall Co. Cash Book #1. August 1, 1911-June 30, 1914

Item 9 – Southern Overall Co. Cash Book # 2. July 1, 1914-September 30, 1915

Item 10 – Southern Overall Co. Petty Cash Book #2. January 1, 1914-November 30, 1921

Item 11 –Columbus Fire Department. Log Book. August 16, 1912-June 19, 1920

Item 12 – Letters and Will of John T. Johnson (1843-November 25, 1869). (photocopies) 1862-1870

Letter from John T. Johnson describing the fall of Fort Pulaski near Savannah. April 12, 1862

Letter from John T. Johnson describing the Battle of Murphresboro (Tennessee) and the capture of 7 prisoners by Johnson. January 10, 1863

Letter from John T. Johnson from Rock Island prison. January 28, 1865

Will of John T. Johnson. October 15, 1869

Typescript copy of the obituary of John T. Johnson. n.d.


Box 2–Southern Overall Co. Material

Item 1 – Southern Overall Co. Ledger Book #1. August 1, 1914-June 30, 1914

Item 2 – Southern Overall Co. Ledger Book #2. July 1, 1914-September 30, 1915


Box 3–Eelbeck, George, Johnson Family Material

Folder 1 – Receipt to D. G. Raney & Son for shipping 4,000 bricks on board the Chattahoochee River steamer Shamrock. September 3, 1868

Folder 2 – Teacher's licenses, contract and marriage license for Georgia V. Raiford (nee Eelbeck). Also includes an undated fragment of letter concerning the Cook and Eelbeck Mills in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. 1890-1917

Folder 3 – Photograph of Georgia Virginia Eelbeck. ca. 1860

Folder 4 – Photograph of Frank George. ca. 1860

Folder 5 – Invitation for the funeral and burial of James McNeil.Talbotton,Georgia, March 9, 1889

Folder 6 – Appointment of Mark A. George as a Justice of the Peace of Chattahoochee County,Georgia. April 21, 1856

Folder 7 – Layout of Eelbeck Family Cemetery (NearTalbotton, Georgia). n.d.

Indicates the graves of:

Henry John Eelbeck (b. June 17, 1817)

Sarah Anne Eelbeck, 1st wife of H. J. Eelbeck (December 7, 1824-September 27, 1864)

Mattie Eelbeck, 2nd wife of H. J. Eelbeck (d. 1893?)

Georgia Virginia George (Johnson, Raiford, nee Eelbeck), (August 15, 1842-October 26, 1918

James Frank George Sr. (October 26, 1836-December 6, 1864

James Frank George, Jr. (February 26, 1863-July 2, 1864)

Sara Francis George (December 12, 1864-October 4, 1871)

Folder 8 – Tables of Distances on Chattahoochee, Apalachicola, and Flint Rivers. Steamers “Spray” & “Music”. n.d.

Folder 9 – Agreement to sell a parcel of land to Fort tBenning by Julia Kathryn Schnell. January, 1943

Folder 10 – Sketch of Eelbeck Community, nearTalbotton,Georgia. n.d.

Indicates sites of several houses and landmarks between the Upatoi Creek and Pine Knot Creek, bounded by Highway 103. Includes references to a Girl Scouts Camp (Devastated), site of Mehaffey house, Eelbeck Cemetery, Eelbeck House, “Mama's Cabin”, McCardle home, Miller's home, Schumbert Cemetery, a gin mill, and various bridges and natural features.

Folder 11 – Seventeen Civil War Letters of John T. Johnson. 1861-1863

Folder 12 – Reminiscences of Civil War and Reconstruction life by Charles A. George. 1920s?

Folder 13 – The Old Eelbeck Home. Photo taken about 1893

Folder 14 – Photograph of Mrs. J. M. Cook of Chattahoochee County, Georgia. 1860s or 1870s?

Folder 15 – Photograph of Billy and J. M. Cook. 1860s or 1870s?

Folder 16 – Photograph of Henry J. Eelbeck with pieces of a frame. 1860s?

Folder 17 – Calendar/Day Book of Jonathan D. Schnell, Secretary and Treasure of the Muscogee Fishing Club of Columbus, Georgia and Iola, Florida, with club accounts. 1920

Folder 18 – Notebook kept by G. V. Eelbeck and/or his mother, including recipes, prayers, notes, etc. 1850s

Folder 19 – Diploma from Lorena Hall High School for Laura George. May 28, 1912. (Empty folder as of May, 2012)

Folder 20 – High School diploma for Laura George, May 27, 1914 (Empty folder as of May, 2012)

Folder 21 – Teacher's Certificate for Lollie George, July 30-31, 1915 (Empty folder as of May, 2012)

Folder 22 – Teacher's Certificate for Lollie George, August 4-5, 1916 (Empty folder as of May, 2012)

Folder 23 –University of Georgia Registration Card for Lollie K. George. June 21, 1920

Folder 24 – The Cricket, year book of Lorena Hall High School for Girls, in Columbus, Georgia. (Placed at the back of Box 3). 1914, 1920-1924

Folder 25 – Statement of the business of the steamer “Shamrock”. June1-September 1, 1865

Folder 26 – Eelbeck Mill newspaper clippings, handwritten recollections and an 1836 deed for sale of land from James C. Sullivan to Emmanuel Ezekiel and Henry B. Horton, all relating to the Mill and its various owners. 1836, 1920s?

Folder 27 – Power of Attorney from Georgia Virginia Johnson (nee Eelbeck) to S. D. McMurrain to act on her behalf in the sale of her interest in a tract of land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. April 26, 1890

Folder 28 – Will of Samuel D. Johnson (Typescript copy). November 9, 1889

Folder 29 – Grant of land in Muscogee County,Georgia to John Houston. December 22, 1826

Folder 30 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by John G. Mangham to Ezekiel & Horton. September 30, 1837

Folder 31 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Thomas F. Nolan to Nathaniel H. Green. 26 August, 1834

Folder 32 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Franklin M. Mills to James C. Sullivan. August 24, 1836

Folder 33 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by James C. Sullivan to Emmanuel Ezekiel and Henry B. Horton. November 5, 1836

Folder 34 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Emmanuel Ezekiel to Benjamin H. Gray. March 27, 1838

Folder 35 – Promissory note from Benjamin H. Gray to Emmanuel Ezekiel for the purchase price of the land sale described above. March 27, 1883

Folder 36 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by B. H. Gray to Henry B. Horton. November 16, 1838

Folder 37 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by B. H. Gray to Henry B. Horton. January 25, 1839

Folder 38 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Benjamin H. Gray to Henry B. Horton. October 18, 1838

Folder 39 – Deed for sale of land in Crawford County, Georgia by Benjamin H. Gray to Amos Schempert. March 6, 1840

Folder 40 – Grant of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by the state to Franklin M. Mills, orphan. July 14, 1845

Folder 41 – Grant of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by the state to Anne M. Dewett, orphan. March 2, 1846

Folder 42 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by John W. Reeves to William B. Brown. September 28, 1846

Folder 43 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Benjamin H. Gray to George Gray. December 2, 1846

Folder 44 – Deed for land in Muscogee County, Georgia bought by Amos Shempert at a Sheriff's sale to settle a case brought against John H. Milborn by John Tobin. November 2, 1842

Folder 45 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by George Gray to Amos Schempert. June 9, 1848

Folder 46 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Amos Schempert to James Cook. February 28, 1850

Folder 47 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by James Cook, Sr. to James Cook, Jr. June 6, 1850

Folder 48 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Jesse Wall to Lewis Durr. February 9, 1852

Folder 49 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by William B. Brown to Perry Browning. January 17, 1854

Folder 50 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Grigsby E. Thomas, Trustee to Sarah Ann Shivers to Edward I. Shepherd. January 9, 1855

Folder 51 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Anderson B. Nelson to Leonard P. Nelson. January 16, 1858

Folder 52 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Grigsby E. Thomas, Trustee to Sarah Ann Shivers to John R. Ivey. January 31, 1851

Folder 53 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Madison Dancer to William B. Brown. October 17, 1864

Folder 54 – Deed for the sale of land in Muscogee County,Georgia by John R. Ivey to William L. Stapler as trustee for Nancy A. Markham, wife of J. Markham. January 15, 1867

Folder 55 – Quit Claim deed whereby J. R. Whipple renounces his claims to property owned by Sarah R. Jenkins. May 1, 1868

Folder 56 – Deed for ¼ interest in land in Chattahoochee County, George by James W. Cook to his niece Georgia V. Johnson (nee Eelbeck) and her daughter Minnie Lee Johnson. July 10, 1873

Folder 57 – Deed for ¼ interest in land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia by Henry J. Eelbeck to C. Calhoun. J uly 10, 1873

Folder 58 – Injunction filed by J. Eelbeck against James Whittle et al regarding the division of property including the Cook & Eelbeck Grist Mill. November 11, 1876

Folder 59 – Deed for ¼ interest in land in Chattahoochee County, Georgiaby H. J. Eelbeck to Georgia V. Johnson (nee Eelbeck) and her daughter Minnie Lee Johnson. January 5, 1877

Folder 60 – Deed for ¼ interest in the Cook & Eelbeck Mills in Chattahoochee County, Georgia by Georgia V. Johnson to James Cook. January 5, 1877

Folder 61 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by T. Markham, Trustee for Nancy A. Markham to Joseph W. Huff. February 10, 1883

Folder 62 – Deed for sale of land in Chattahoochee County,Georgia by Sarah R. Jenkins to Samuel D. Johnson. January 10, 1885

Folder 63 – Deed for sale of ½ interest in land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia by Minnie L. George to Georgia V. Johnson (nee Eelbeck). April 26, 1890

Folder 64 – Deed for sale of land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia by Georgia V. Raiford (nee Eelbeck) to her daughter Minnie L George and her children. April 10, 1895

Folder 65 – Deed for sale of land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia by Samuel D. Johnson to his grand daughter Minnie L. George and her children. May 23, 1896

Folder 66 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia by Albert W. Shepherd to Joseph W. Huff. July 5, 1892

Folder 67 – Quit Claim Deed from A. W. Shepherd to Joseph W. Huff for property sold in Muscogee County, Georgia. July 8, 1892

Folder 68 – Executors' Deed for auction sale of 10.5 acres in Wynnton Village, outside Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia by the estate of Joseph W. Huff to the Columbus Investment Company. November 11, 1902

Folder 69 – Deed for sale of 10.5 acres in Wynnton by the Columbus Investment Company to Minnie L. George. November 18, 1904

Folder 70 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia from Charles F. Brown to Minnie L. George. November 11, 1913

Folder 71 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia from the Columbus Investment Company to Katie b. Stevens. January 12, 1915

Folder 72 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgiaf rom Katie B. Stevens to Minnie L. George. January 12, 1915

Folder 73 – Deed for sale of land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia from Charles Dudley George to his mother Minnie L. George. March 4, 1922

Folder 74 – Indenture to divide land in Chattahoochee County, Georgia among Charles Dudley George, Laura Keziah George, Lucy May George, Minnie Ole George Johnson, Omar Jack George, Mark Harden George, Sara Mary George Harden and Julia Kathryn George Schnell. March 4, 1922

Folder 75 – Deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia from Charles Dudley George to his mother Minnie L. George. February 4, 1926

Folder 76 – Sheriff's deed for sale of land in Muscogee County, Georgia formerly belonging to J. M. Sanders to Minnie L. George. December 6, 1927

Folder 77 – Notice of Acceptance of Option for Purchase of land between C. A. George and the War Department, Office Quartermaster General – Construction Division, Real Estate Branch for land in Chattahoochee County, George to be acquired for the expansion of Fort Benning. September 30, 1941.

Folder 78 – Journal of the Senate of the State of Gerogia. (Photocopy). 1827

Folder 79 – Material on the Jenny Wren Club of Columbus,Georgia. 1900s-1960s


Box 4–Bicentennial Material


Folder 1 – Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Pre-formation materials. 1973

Folder 2 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. February 18, 1974

Folder 3 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. July 15, 1974

Folder 4 – Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – August/September meetings. 1974

Folder 5 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. November 18, 1974

Folder 6 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. October 11, 1974

Folder 7 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. January 20, 1975

Folder 8 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. March 17, 1975

Folder 9 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. May 19, 1975

Folder 10 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. June 16, 1975

Folder 11 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. July 21, 1975

Folder 12 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. August 18, 1975

Folder 13 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. September 15, 1975

Folder 14 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. October 20, 1975

Folder 15 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. November 17, 1975

Folder 16 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. December 15, 1975

Folder 17 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. January 19, 1976

Folder 18 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. February 16, 1976

Folder 19 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. March 15, 1976

Folder 20 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. April 19, 1976

Folder 21–Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. May 24, 1976

Folder 22 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. J une 21, 1976

Folder 23 –Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Minutes. July 19, 1976

Folder 24–Columbus Area Bicentennial Committee – Membership Lists. 1974-1976

Folder 25 –Columbus City Ordinance 74-90 Establishing the Columbus U.S. Bicentennial Trust. May 14, 1974

Folder 26 – Bicentennial Trust Fund – Board of Trustees – Minutes, Agendas and Reports. January 20, 1974-April 22, 1977

Folder 27 – “U.S.A. Bicentennial Minutes” prepared by the DAR. 1975 (?)

Folder 28 – Bicentennial related newspaper clippings. 1975

Folder 29 – Report on the condition of the boats in the Naval Museum. 1981

Folder 30 – Photographs. n.d.

Folder 31 – Receipts. 1976

Folder 32 – Letter concerning volunteer work during the Bicentennial. October 12, 1981

Folder 33 – Background/Reference Material. 1966-1976

Folder 34 – Background/Reference Material. 1975

Folder 35 – Time Magazine Special 1776 Issue.