New Book About Marathon Motor Works

This exciting new addition to the Tennessee Room is the first book of a projected trilogy concerning the automobile manufacturing  company  known as the Marathon Motor Works and its parent company, the Southern Engine and Boiler Works, along with the men who were instrumental in its creation and its demise.  In addition to its narrative, the book features many pages of facsimile catalogs, automobile and steam engine advertisements, manuals and parts lists, and photos. It’s a fascinating story of a business that began in Jackson, TN and thrived, then died in Nashville.

Jackson-Madison County Library Big Maybelle Historical Marker Project

The Jackson-Madison County Library is sponsoring a project, spearheaded by library staff members Mike Baker and Jack Wood, to obtain a Tennessee historical marker commemorating Mabel Louise “Big Maybelle” Smith (1924-1972), noted gospel and blues singer, from Jackson, Tennessee.  Her most notable recordings include “Candy” and the original version of “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On,” later made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis.  Her career led her to sing at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City.  The cost of the marker is $1450.00.  Because there are presently no state funds available, the library must raise this amount.  To donate please see the instructions below.

New Books Recently Added

Two Books by Elizabeth Shown Mills were recently donated in memory of Carmen Bruer, who was a charter member of the Mid-West Genealogical Society.

Tennessee Room Obituary Index

Recently, Tennessee Room staff members Jimmy Wilkins and Evelyn Keele

presented a program to the Chester County Historical Society explaining the

project to index obituaries from the Jackson Sun, beginning with the year 1936.


L-R: Jimmy Wilkins, Tennessee Room Assistant; Evelyn Keele, Tennessee Room Archivist. Chester County Independent, June 14, 2018, p. 12-A.

Chester County Independent, June 14, 2018, p. 12-A

New Books

We recently received two volumes of transcribed

Tipton County, Tennessee Circuit Court minute books,

covering a period from June 1843 through June 1847.

Thank you Sandra Kelly for this donation.

Tipton Co Books001


Best Wishes for the New Year!

Congratulations to the Madison County Archives

for recently receiving a Tennessee State grant

to help with the preservation of Madison County’s

archived public records.

adp grant check jan 3 2018 (3)

Madison County Archivist, Thomas Aud (second from right) is presented a grant check from the Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett (center) on January 3.


Visit the Madison County Archives at:

Madison County Archives



Happy Holidays from the Ghost of Christmas Past!

Frantic, last minute Christmas shopping is nothing new, however at the end of World War I, American troops began arriving home in December.  For many families, it was the perfect Christmas gift. Decemeber 2, 1918

In December of 1945, local businesses in Jackson, like those all across the United States, were expressing the nation’s relief that World War II was over.  Like two and half decades before, peace was the greatest gift of all.December 24, 1945