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Scope and Content Note: Consists of 57 conversations with Andrew Avery
Biographical Note: Andrew Avery (1901-1990) was a school teacher and principal of the Bell-Dixon School near Climax, Georgia. He attended Young Harris College, graduating in 1927, and the University of Georgia in 1929. He taught in Whigham, Hahira, and Mt. Pleasant before being elected Decatur County Superintendent of Schools, serving from 1932-1948, then ran for a seat in the state senate in 1948. Mr. Avery won the Atlanta Constitution's 1938 Plant-to-Prosper contest, and took over the operations of his family farm after his father David T. Avery's passing, managing the farm with several tenant farmers. Mr. Avery helped create the Decatur County Peanutorama and its Peanut Queen pageant, highlighting the crop and the surrounding county's contribution to its marketing. Over the years he made several films about Decatur County for historic and educational purposes, and to promote local agribusiness. Mr. Avery was a member of the Rotary, Woodmen of the World, National Education Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, and many other educational and agricultural organizations.
Extent: 57 items
Related materials in other repositories: Andrew Avery papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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