The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on October 1, 1976 · 43
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I WWW) THE ATLANTA tONSTlTmON, Fri., Ort. 1, 1976 1 g.R Cabbagetown Families Cabbagetown, the area down back of the old Fulton Cotton Mill near Oakland Cemetery was started as a mill village, and it has always been home to poor, laboring folks. It is one of the most interesting sections of Atlanta with a surprisingly vigorous community spirit and loyalty. Nobody knows for sure where it got its name, but the story most favored is that a load of cabbage got spilled there during the Depression (either from a railroad car or a truck), and for a long time afterward nobody could walk through the area without breathing in the deep, pervasive fragrance of cabbage cooking. What most people don't know is that this urban area a slum until recent years is a little pocket of mountain settlers with a rural culture. A ballad by Joyce Brookshire, who grew up in Cabbagetown, tells how the first settlers "came to town in '85 to work in the new cotton mill" and stayed to become "a mountain clan called Cabbagetown." , If you're interested in Cabbagetown and I have always loved it and many of its citizens you'll want a copy of a new little paperback book, which is just off the press. It's a sort of citified version of the "Foxfire" books from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school. Indeed, the editors give special thanks to Eliot Wigginton and "Foxfire" for "initial support. . .and continuing encouragement" in assembling and publishing the book. This little publication, called "Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food" and available for $3.50 or $4 (if mailed) at Patch Inc., P. 0. Box 5301, Atlanta 30306, is a collection of eloquent first-person stories by long-time settlers. For some reason all those people interviewed were women, but ah, the tales they tell, and the poor-folks-hard-times recipes they give us! You can learn in this book how to make meal bran coffee, blackeyed pea sausage, fried maypops and corncob dumplings. There are home remedies for everything, and one that especially appealed to me is Mrs. Levie Ann Bratcher's headache cure: "Get a mouthful of sweet milk, and butt your head against the wall until it clabbers." Mrs. Bratcher, a resident of Cabbagetown since 1919, guarantees that remedy. When many of the women interviewed came to Cabbagetown, the streets weren't paved, outhouses and outside spigots constituted the plumbing and cooking was on woodstoves. (This last, by the way, is something nearly every woman interviewed still longs for.) Mrs. Bernice Dalton remembered when some Cabbagetown citizens drank bay rum and "throwed the bottles all out back." She recalled a vivid lesson in abstention that she gave the family by putting a snake in a bottle with a little rum. ("Lord, he just squiggled up and died.") The wife of the drinking man said, "Lord, even a snake can't stand that stuff." Mrs. Dalton, who has lived in Cabbagetown since the 1920s, expressed her feeling for the place thus: "I just can't find me another place to live. It's just like a tree that's planted by the water, just can't move." You get from these stories a different and very appealing picture of the city Atlanta used to be when Dorothy Tatum and her mother used to follow the railroad track all the way out to Sears to gather watercress by a little stream there. Or when Mrs. Nancy Roden would go out to the edge of town during the Depression years and find enough wild food to feed the family poke salad, wild lettuce, dandelions, young briar leaves, "little bitty oak leaves and wild cabbage and blue mustard." Mrs. Roden is one of many who still keep gardens, and she recommends that the hard-packed city earth be nurtured in the wintertime with leaves and table scraps buried in holes over the yard. 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