March 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm (Historic Businesses, Knight Family, Society and Leisure)
Tags: Berrien County GA, Bruner Shaw, Bryant Swindle, Charlie Ruth Shaw, Charlie Shaw, Elias Moore Knight, Elmer Shaw, Glenn Johnson, Henry Swindle, Hollis Williams, J.H.Swindle, James Burton Shaw, Jessie Ziegler, Juanita Shaw, Lonnie Smith, Lonnie Swindle, Manson Johnson, Marshall Sirmans, Mayhaw Lake, Nannie Kate Moore, Paul Knight, Rachel Shaw, Rachel Shaw Moore, Ray City Baseball, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, Rossie Swindle, Roy Carter, Shellie Ziegler, Thelma Moore, Tom Parrish, Viola Smith Davis
A previous post on this blog included the transcript of a 1914 advertisement for Mayhaw Lake amusement park and attractions operated by Elias Moore “Hun” Knight at Ray’s Mill, GA (now known as Ray City), and other posts have provided some backstory on the park’s significance in the community (1914 Box Ball Alley , Ray City Baseball).
A Berrien County Historical Foundation newsletter features more information on Mayhaw Lake and other historic resorts of Berrien County, GA. The Foundation is a great resource for researching family history in Berrien County. Visit the website for newsletters, historical photos, and workshops: http://www.freewebs.com/berrienhistorical/
Among the Mayhaw Lake patrons mentioned in the article you will find Bruner and Charlie Ruth Shaw, Bryant and Henry Swindle, Jessie and Shellie Ziegler, Burton and Rachel Shaw, Marshal Sirmans, Manson Johnson, Lonnie Swindle, Tom Parrish, Viola Smith Davis, Elmer Shaw, Hollis Williams, Charlie Shaw, Nannie Kate Moore, Thelma Moore, Paul Knight, Lonnie Smith, J. H. Swindle, Glenn Johnson, Juanita Shaw, Roy Carter and Rossie Swindle.
Berrien Historical Foundation Newsletter front page depicting the swimming pool at Mayhaw Lake, Ray City, GA.
Baseball in the Wiregrass
1914 Box Ball Alley ~ Mayhaw Lake at Rays Mill, GA
Ray City Baseball
July 1, 2010 at 1:37 am (Ray City Georgia, Shaw Family, Society and Leisure, Swindle Family)
Tags: Berrien County Georgia, Charlie Shaw, Elmer Shaw, Guy Selman, Henry Swindle, James Swindle, Mayhaw Lake, Milltown GA, Nashville GA, Ray City Baseball, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, Schucker, Willacoochee GA
For more Ray City History see http://raycity.pbworks.com/
Just found the following in the sports page of the Atlanta Georgian and News, July 1, 1909 edition:
MILLTOWN WINS SERIES.
Milltown, Ga., July 1. – in a hotly contested bame [sic] of baseball Milltown won its second victory from Rays Mill by the score of 5 to 4. The game was played on Milltown’s new diamond. Schucker and Shaw did the battery work for the home team, while Sellman and Shaw did the same duties for the visitors. Schucker, for the home team, only gave up three hits, struck out fifteen men and did on walk but one man. Sellman, of the visitors, gave up seven hits, walked two men and struck out nine men. Milltown has played three games with Rays Mill, winning the first , 16 to 2, and the second game went to Rays Mill by the score of 5 to 6 in ten innings. The milltown team was composed of all home players.
A hundred years ago, every small town had its baseball team. Ray City sported a baseball team that played match games with Nashville, Milltown, Willacoochee, and other communities in the area. As above, reports of the home team’s prowess occasionally even reached the Atlanta newspapers.
Later on, games were played on the baseball diamond at Mayhaw Lake. After the small Ray City resort closed, the local team played on a field located near the tracks of the Georgia & Florida Railroad and Jones Street.
Ray City Baseball Team circa 1920
Top row far left to right, Elmer Shaw, James Swindle, Henry Swindle, unknown, unknown. Bottom row left to right, unknown, Charlie Shaw, unknown, unknown.