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John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers

John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers
Creator: Verner, John Early
Creator: Verner, Esther Virginia Bowers, 1896-1982
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet 1 document box, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms3180
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

John Early Verner was born in Franklin County, Georgia and attended Canon High School and Atlanta Law School. He was an attorney in DeKalb County, a Notary Public, Ex-Officio JP of Decatur from 1935, Judge of Decatur Recorders Court and Judge of DeKalb Recorders Court (1959-1967). He married Esther Virginia Bowers in 1921 and had one living child with her, Martha Letitia Verner, born in 1929; Letitia married Leonard J. Galati. Esther Virginia Bowers Verner (1896-1982) was a 1914 graduate of Gibson-Mercer Institute in Bowman, Georgia, attended Shorter College and graduated from the Atlanta Conservatory of Music, and taught music in the Decatur area for many years.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters, newspaper articles, photographs and examples of the poetry relating to the career of Judge Verner. Also included are research materials and writings from Esther and John, plus photographs, newspaper clippings, county records and related materials, about the families of Verner, Arrendall, Bond, and Bowers. Large black-and-white photographs of John Harris Bowers (1836-1909) and wife Elizabeth Rice Bowers (1840-1881), parents of Aaron Newton Bowers and grandparents of Esther Bowers Verner. Certificate of Esther Virginia Bowers graduation from Atlanta Conservatory of Music, 1919. Decatur Bar Association photographs, 1961-1962.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers, ms3180, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 November 13.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Arrendall family
Arrendall family -- Photographs
Bond family
Bond family -- Photographs
Bowers family
Bowers family -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Government records.
Judges -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Research notes.
Verner family
Verner family -- Photographs
Verner, John Early -- Correspondence
Writings (document genre)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Arrendall and Fanning families
Nathan Arrendall DAR application for Katherine Barber GaultneyTypescripts of family vital recordsObit of John Virgil Arrendale, Sr. [1972]Fanning family information
12Bond family
Charles Bond of Virginia informationRecords from Virginia, North Carolina, and GeorgiaRowsey familyPhotos: Justus Erwin Owens (1893-1918), son of Lettie BondPhotos: Pink Bowers wife of Edward BondPhotos: Stephen Pennington Bond (1841-1903)Photos: James Edward BondPhotos: Family group includes Bonds, Bowers, etc.
13Bowers family
Photos: Bowers reunion, 1912Photos: A. N. BowersPhotos: Lucile Bowers [several and an obituary]Photos: Lucile & Esther BowersPhotos: Esther BowersPhotos: Cree Bowers [1925-1942]Photos: J. H. Bowers, Jr.Wedding announcements'Items from Esther's Notebook''Battle of Franklin Tennessee' by Byron Bowers'A Cousin from Tesugue'Lucile Bowers family record of Aaron Newton BowersCounty records
14Verner family
Photos: 2-probably John Early Verner as young manPhotos: 1965 reunion-TexasPhotos: 1967 reunion-TexasPhotos: 1973 reunion Georgiaobituaries, correspondenceHebron Presbyterian Church homecoming program 1972'A Man of Integrity' by Martha V GalatiFanning/Ash material'My Verner/Varner Kin' by John E Verner'More About the Bold Springs Varner Kin'Certificate making John E. Verner poet laureate of the Verners
15John E. Verner career materials
Photos, poetry, newsclipsCorrespondence-Letter from Ben Fortson, Governor Earnest Vandiver, from people appearing in court
16Miscellaneous records
Includes: Several photos unidentified and the will of Aaron Rice of Elbert County.
2The Verner Genealogy - bound volume compiled by Mrs. Clara Verner Wallace, 1968
1ADiploma - Esther Bowers Atlanta Convervatory of Music, 1919 June 13
1APortrait of John Harris Bowers
1APortrait of Elizabeth Rice Bowers
1ADecatur Bar Association photograph, 1961-1962