Friday, January 30, 2015

Musgrove Trivia: Downing Musgrove Causeway

Downing Musgrove Causeway

A section of Georgia State Route 520 between Waycross and Jekyll Island is named Downing Musgrove Causeway after our second cousin, twice removed. He was our grandfather's great uncle Charles' son.

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Columbus Downing Musgrove was born May 22,  1911 in Homerville, Clinch County, Ga to William Vernie, who was born November 15, 1880 in Pierce County, Ga

William's father was Charles H Musgrove, the brother of our second great grandfather, David Musgrove.

Charles was born August 15, 1848 to James Walter and Elizabeth (Bryan) Musgrove. He was younger by two years than his brother, our ancestor.

Two years younger than our own grandfather Willis Edgar (who was born September 9, 1909 in Pierce County, Ga,), by 1937 Charles' grandson, the 26 year old Georgia Democrat Downing Musgrove, was the executive secretary to Gov. E. D. Rivers.  He continued that post until 1940.

Rome News-Tribune - Sep 23, 1973
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He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Georgia in 1940 and 1960. From 1940 to 1941, he was the Georgia state comptroller general.

He served, on and off, from 1951 - 1960 as the representative from Clinch County to the Georgia state house . In 1973 he was named Georgia's Transportation Commissioner.

In the Georgia State University digital collection is a transcript of "Musgrove oral history interview, October  02, 1988". He talks  politics, campaigning for the future governor and the Democrat candidate E. D. Rivers, among other things.

He died the 29th of October, 1995 in Atlanta, Ga. He's buried at Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville, Georgia.

There is a Downing Musgrove Road in both
Homerville and Dupont, Ga. But it's the five minutes' drive section of GA-520 leading to Jekyll Island in the video below that's know as the Downing Musgrove Causeway.

Take the ride on it. Enlarge the video to full screen resolution. Turn the sound down. Don't be tempted to turn it up. Trust me.

NoteRelationships, such as grandmother, 2nd great, etc., are expressed from the perspective of the grandchildren of Willis Edgar and Carrie (known as) Mae (Merritt) Musgrove.

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