A special thanks to Sara Gove, editor at The Claxton Enterprise, for providing this information.
Evans County: People. Places. Past
Had earlier efforts succeeded elsewhere, 'Evans County' would have been located in southwest Georgia. In 1911, advocates were mounting a strong campaign to carve another county from Decatur and the southern portion of Early counties and name it after Civil War veteran General Clement A. Evans. Evans County: People. Places. Past,a magazine-style publication produced by The Claxton Enterprise during the celebration of Evans County’s Centennial anniversary in 2014, tells the story of how Evans County almost was, then wasn’t. And, how just a few short years later, Evans County as we know it was created. The glossy, 130-page magazine contains many more stories of intrigue including the difficult path to the creation of Evans County’s Courthouse, reviews of historic homes, prominent families and long-standing local businesses and even a murder mystery. Get yours today! Evans County: People. Places. Past is available for purchase online via The Claxton Enterprise website, www.claxtonenterprise.com. Or, stop by The Claxton Enterprise office on S. Newton Street in Claxton to pick up a tax-free copy and avoid shipping and handling costs. The Enterprise is currently running a magazine special: $7 for one copy or $10 for two.
The first issue of The Claxton Enterprise was published in December 1912, but no known copies exist between 1912 and December 1914. After Evans County was created in August 1914, copies of the newspaper had to be maintained in the Ordinary’s office when the new county began functioning as a governmental entity in January 1915. In 2016, The Claxton Enterprise launched its online archives. The digital treasure trove of Evans County history dates back to 1915 and is available to current subscribers for online searching and viewing at no additional charge! Paid subscribers can access the records by clicking the ‘archives’ tab on the main menu bar of The Claxton Enterprise website, www.claxtonenterprise.com. Create an account and research for hours! Non-subscribers may perform a one-time search of the digital archives for a fee of $7 for 24-hour access or $15 for three-day access.