Athens, Atlanta, Georgia: n/a, 1860's-1920's.
Scrapbook. Scrapbook/Album. Hardcover. Folio. Approx. 15" x 12.5". Brown, embossed, decorative and floral designs on the covers. Embossed gilt floral designs on the front board. Copper colored metal embossed lady portrait inset center of the front cover and surrounded by 4 green felt strips. Album backed by brown cloth. On the front paste down is a label "Patent Back Scrap book, Pat. March 28, 1878." Scrapbook as 30 leaves all filled with pasted and pinned ephemera of historic events, memorabilia, clipped poetry from newspapers and periodicals, illustrations of ladies and young children, souvenirs, etc. 2 of the leaves are cleanly detached from the album in back. Light rubs to the edges of the covers. Some items are loose and laid inside. Contents are very clean. A very well organized scrapbook.
Highlights of the Scrapbook album include:
An 8 page laid in graduation commencement newspaper from Athens, Georgia called the "University Reporter" dated June 18, 1890;
June, 1890 4 page graduation program (approx. 14" x 9") from the University of Georgia;
A West End Academy, Atlanta, Georgia broadside announcing "The Exercises of this Institution, under the direction of W. D. Ellis, late principal of Aiken, S.C. High School, assisted by Mrs. Ellis, will commence on Monday, Jan, 18th, 1869...";
An election ticket: For Governor, Henry D. McDaniel and others; a couple of theater/opera programs;
Clipped news articles about Capt. W. D. Ellis, including the leasing of West End Academy and reopening, his refusal to run for Mayor of Atlanta, his Memorial Day oration in Athens, his views and attempts to change the Divorce laws in Georgia, and other articles about him;
A paper with hand written rhymes signed F. E. Ellis; A child's pencil printed note whose teacher happened to be named "Miss Millie Ruther" (probably referring to Mildred Rutherford of Athens);
Articles on the wedding of Blanche Lipscomb to Mr. William D. Ellis Jr.;
A wedding invitation from Mrs. Francis Adgate Lipscomb for the wedding of her daughter Blanche to William D. Ellis Jr.;
A wedding invitation from Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Hill Locke for the marriage of Isabel to Lieutenant William F. Snow United States Army;
An illustrated broadside titled "Centennial Commemoration, July 4, 1876. The Dollar Roll. Baptists of the United States with signed names of William Pelham Blackwell of Green Bush, Georgia and J M Blackwell ( a fund raising campaign);
5 pages of articles on the death of Jefferson Davis including a large illustration of the new Confederate Veterans' Home in Atlanta; 6 pages of articles on the death of Henry Grady;
3 school programs: "Atlanta Female Institute and College of Music June 7, 1888", "Senior Class Girls High School Opera House 10: A.M. June 28, 1888 (Miss Phoebe Ellis listed in the program)", "Closing Exercises of the Boys' High School Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday Evening, June 23, 1887 (Wm. D. Ellis, Jr. listed in the graduating class);
A four page graduation commencement program from the Lucy Cobb Institute, Athens, Georgia, Tuesday, June 4, 1889; several clipped articles about graduation;
A 3 page letter dated March 12, 1927 addressed to Judge Ellis and signed 'Isabelle' who makes a reference to 'Cousin Phoebe' and 7 more letters (a couple typed) addressed to Judge Ellis early 1927. These letters refer to his distinguished career and thanks him for sending a pamphlet of a speech given at a Atlanta Bar event;
4 misc. souvenirs from the University of Georgia and the Lucy Cobb Institute on graduation days 1889, 1890; an invitation card from "The Tridian Society" reception to be given at the Lucy Cobb Institute June 5th, 1889. The name card of 'Miss Phoebe Ellis' laid inside the invitation;
A two page map of the Chicago World's Exposition of 1893 pasted down on the last two end sheets along with a Illinois Central R.R. train ticket dated August 24th, 1893. Good. Item #24843
A short biography of Judge Ellis was located on find a grave dot com.
His father was Dr. William D. Ellis, a physician and planter. Judge Ellis grew up near Allendale, Barnwell Co., SC, on the family plantation. He attended military school in Aiken, SC. He joined the Eleventh SC Reg of Infantry, commanded by his uncle, Col. D. H. Ellis, in 1862. He later became a lieutenant of Company B, which was attached to Gen. Johnson Haygood's brigade. He became a prisoner of war in Feb, 1865 and was held until the end of the conflict, in June of the same year. He returned to Aiken to teach school and to study law. He came to Georgia about 1870, and spent two years working for the newspaper as a reporter and editor. When he returned to law, he was appointed to the office of solicitor of the City Court of Atlanta, and had partnerships with several prominent local attorneys. He was appointed to the bench of the Superior Courts of Atlanta Circuit in July, 1907. William D Ellis was the judge who ordered the Fulton County Grand Jury to investigate the murder of Mary Phagan (History of Georgia and Georgians, Volume 6, By Lucian Lamar Knight)
Judge Ellis is buried at the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.