Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:36 AM.

I’m not sure how many folks live in Frogeye because the census doesn’t keep up with the small community in Tallapoosa County’s exact population.  They do keep up with the population of Goldville, also in Tallapoosa County, which was noted as 55 in 2011.  I would have to assume that the population of Frogeye is less than that.

On Sundays when my cousin’s husband preaches, the population goes up.  They get about 70 folks on Sunday mornings, that’s a good thing.

We find some of the best and most interesting stories in small towns and communities.  The heroes seem to be just bigger there.  I’m pretty sure there are some good ones up north, also.

In Frogeye, you can find stories about the Hodnett family who still play an important part in the community, stories of the ferries that used to run across the Tallapoosa River and stories of the famous sorghum syrup made by “Mr. Joe.”

One fellow who passed through Frogeye on a regular basis was Dr. James Thomas Clack, who was featured in Time Magazine and on Bob Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” radio program in 1940.  You see, Dr. Clack, or “Dr. Tom” as he was known went door to door helping sick folks and delivering babies.

Door to door doctors were not uncommon in those days, but there had to be a catch for Time Magazine and Ripley’s Believe It or Not to be interested.

There was.

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