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of the fesse for tlitference. The arms willi the same crest were confirmed to
Robert Atwater ttf Kent b\ Clarencieux Harvey in ISfvI. with "tlie colors of
the crest being transposed for dilTerence." Robert Atwater being without
male heirs, it is found that his ilaughter Marv. who married Robert llon\-
wood. iniierited se\erai of her fathers manors and bore his coat ol arms.
At the entrance of one of the Honywood manor houses, a contemporarv
writer in the late l(»lh centurs described the ear\e(l quarterings of ihe
famih's arms. One i»f these was the "Sabli'. ua\\. bendx. of four, in fesse
argent, between three swans proper, for Waters."

In preparing this article, the writer olitained his information frmn ihe
following: Oswald Barron. F..S.A.. \'olumc l.'i The Encyclopedia liritdiinicd.
lltli Kdition (.New ^Ork. 19101: Anthonx Wagner. Heraldry in Eniihuid
I Baltimore. 1951 i : lain Moiiereifle of Kastet Moiicreiffe and Don I'nttiiigei .
Stmiile Heraldry (London. 195.S): (!. Wilfred Scott-Giles, ihe luiiiKiihr oj
Heraldry (London. I*).tI i : tin ater Hislury, \ol. 1 ( Meriden. 1901).

— Ray H. Mattison

French Spoliation Claims

"Build me straight. () uortli\ M;i-ler.

Stanch and strong, a goodls vom'I.
I hat shall laugh at all disaster.

\nd v\itii \\a\e and wliiilwind wrestle."

— LONGM.I.I.OU

Among the more pr<igressi\e of lliose iail\ \i\\ lla\en -elllei- and llie

\ltwaler^ should be included in lliis calegctrv weie nian\ liadeis. In oidei

III Hati^fx the ilemand> of tin- growing population and incidenlalK nnil the

?«U|HTior reciuiremenls of >.onie id tin- more 'Opuleni" members id llie (!o|onv,

it wan fount! ne'c-essarv to go far aheld lo nieel lli«-,. dcniaiids.

Ship«« thai were built in the (!o|on\ were soon sailin;j the se\en seas.
In or«ler to appreciate the extent of these enterprising Itaders. one should
read llie account «d m\ direct aiueslor. Jonallian. sevenlh -im i.f |)a\id llie
Kir>t. Known as 'The Merchant I'rinee of New Ijigland.' Jonallian haded
throughout the worhl. Ili^ will, as «iulliiied on pages 99 to j I (I. o| Atwater
History of I'Xil. |»ro\es his diversified and far-reaching (mitacts.



ATWATER GENEALOGY 33

Facetiously, I have heard Atualer members say: In tliose earlv clays,
our ancestors were either minister? or rum sellers.' But In In- fair In lliose
earl\ "rum sellers.' one must remember tiiat the iimkeeper s occupation was
considered an honorable one in New Havens early hospitable days.

In more serious talcs, we had heard of daring Attwater sea captains
running the Privateer Blockatles in the Carribbean. in our investigation and
research covering numerous Atwater "old wives' talcs." manv of which had
no foundation in fact, we remembered the French Spoliation Claims. Ila\iiig
received the nmnihccnl sum of 832.70 from a New Haven law firm, in the
early part of the Centurx. as our share in these ship claims, wr knew ihat
this 'tale' was worth further investigation.

So we wrote to the National Archives and Record Service in W ash-
ington. 1). C. In response to our request for authentic information, ihe
following letter was received:

""\ our letter of June 22. 1954. requested information about f rcnch
Spoliation claims relating to Thomas Attwater of New Haven. Conn.

An examination of the records of the United States Court of Claims and
of the Department of Justice Court of Claims Section revealed four claims
in which Thomas Atwater of New Haven. Connecticut was involved: Spolia-
tion Claims 2075. 2839. 3286 and 5339.

Claim No. 2075. filed bv John C. llollister. administrator of the Estate
of Thomas Atwater. deceased, et al.. concerned the schooner NFl THAL1T\.
of which Atwater had been part owner. The NKl TllALlT^ sailed from
New Haven on March 29. 1800. bound for Martinque. On May 18. 1800.
the ship was captured In the French privateer L'EGYPTE CONQllSE and
was condenmed and sokl for the benefit of its captors. The conclusions of
law filed in this case on Aj)ril 11. 1892. found that the st-izure and con-
denmation were illegal and that the administrator of the estate of Thomas
Atwater was entitled to the sum of SI. 630. 12.

Claim No. 2839. filed bv Elilui L. Mix. administrator of the estate of
Thomas Atwater. deceased, et al.. concerned the brig HI LKKR. of wliich
Atwater had been a part owner. Ihc IILLKKK sailed from New lla\cn on
lune 16. 1800. hound h.r the Ishmd of Grenada. On JuK I 1. 1800. the ship
was seized h\ I he French privateer BIJOU and was condemned and sold.
The conclusions of law filed in this case on March 31. 1902. found that the
seizure and condeni nation uere not illegal and thai the onners therefor had
no valid claims."

I Editor's Note: The italics arc ours. As a student of the law over a
period of manv vcars. we jiave found ihal there are mnnerous legal decisions
inexplicable to right-thinking minds and honest altorncvs.l

"Claim No. 3286. filed by John C. Hollister. administrator of the estate
of EInathaii \l\\alcr. deceased, et al.. concerned the schooner CERES, of
which Thomas Atwater had been a part owner. The CERES sailed from New
Haven of October 19. 1797. bound for Cape Verde Islands. In the early part
of 1798. on this return trip from Cape Verde islands, the ship was captured
by a French privateer and was condenmed and sold. On October 18. 1913.
the court dismissed the claim for nonprosecution.

Claim No. 5339. filed bv Elihu Mix. administrator of the estate of
Thomas Atwater. deceased, et al.. concerned the schooner NEI TR Mdl^ . of



34 ATWATER GENEALOGY

which Atwater had been a part owner. Tlie NFA TR ALITY sailed from New
Haven on or about Fel»ruar\ 1*J. 1T*)9. bound for Martinique. On April 1.
1799. the sliip was captured i)\ a French |)ri\ateer and was afterwards recap-
tured h\ the I riited States ship Constitutit>n and carried into Martinque and
prtH-eetled aj;ainst for salvage by the re-captors. On \pril 16. 191 1. the t (unl
disinisseil the claim for want of sullicient evidence.

There was considerable interesting material, to us " Allwaters. in the
original "Petitions.' 'Briefs.' and Statements oi Alleged Facts." We wish llial
space allowed us to reprint them all in Volume 5. However, our briefs niav
be of interest t«i sho\> Imw successfullv hijacking on the seas was carried
on in 18(Xf.

These covered cases and claims iinojv ing the Schooner NEl TH M.IT^ —
value S3,60(). Outu-rs- Thomas Vttwater. Ebenezer Peck. F.lias Sln|iiiian.
.Austin Denison and Flnathan Att\\alcr. Built at Kingston. Mass.. 1 79.S. but
registered at New Havi-ii. Oct. 1st. 1791!. o9 11 95 tons. With cargo valued
at S7.272.

"The brig HI I.KI.K." a dulv registered vessel of tin- I nited States. I'clcr
Clark. Master, of 111: Brig, rigged: valued at SS.7<t(»: witli . argo .S8.980.
Owners. Th«Mna?- \ltuali-r. Frederick. John and Jess liunl. and Uk hard
Cutter.

The "CKKES.' a registered vessel nl ilic I nited Slates of 52 tons, valued
with cargo at So.oOO. Owners — Thomas Atlwalei. I'.lnatlian Xtlwalei and
Anios Vi bite. Master.

Possiblv the most interesting items disclosed in all these claims, vsliieli
necessitated over one hundred vears of legal elToit. are in tlie nKiniie-ts of
cargo: to wit:

34<M( ft. .d lumber (a SI 6.00 per M S 54.40

10 sheep and swine (a S2.00 each 20.00

27 hluls. (i.rn meal. inc. hhds 591.00

2 firkins butter 72-11-74-11 ra 25. .-51.00

116 bbU. Hour 1.014.00

in bbU. brans. ;i5b-i<lol.:i7-ioo i:"..i2yo

1 1 hluU. tobacco C// sH){\ i.iOO.OO

I tierce chees*-. 415 lbs. r// 1 1>, 49.80

U)u\vi\(n SlOeach l.!l 10.00

61 bbb. berf .SI 2 76!;.00

29 bbls. p..rk. S20 eac h .5;;0.00

M) <lo/.en |»oultrv 60.00

3 hursiti — average 15.00

6 firkins of lard .'.6.00

70 lurkevs •'.5.00

19 •.heep and swine .'io.OO

In addition t<> iIiom- jn niv own btamli 1 >e^( en<lant- nl .lunalliaii \ll-
waler which would include Margaret \llwaler I'resinn. nnu ni l.aki' I oicst.
III., and Sarah (ioj-ke's familv «d INMersburg. Virginia, llierc wnnid \>r the
following branclu*!*:



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Ruth Caroline AUualer lloland, Rebecca S. \tl\\ater Shaw. Mar\ 15.
Attwater Read, Elisha Attwater, Nancy R. Attuater Barnes. Thomas B.
Attwater, Sarah B. Attwater Clark. Elihu L. Mix. Margaret Attwater Weed.
Edward A. Mix, Henry Smith. Sarah Smitli. Margaret Attwater Smith. Mrs.
Catliarine Attwater La\. Jutiius \. Siiiitli. |)a\i(l Smith. Otis S. Ler(i\ and
F. Vinton Smith.



Henr\ Wadsworth LongfeUow heard of the I'hantom Ship fmin a Mr.
S. Ward during Jaimary of io41. The |»oet recalls thai he niade no use oi
the information until October 11. 1}!5().

"T was in the college lihrar\ t(»-day. asking for Mather's "Magnalia"."
Dr. Harris gave it to him. remarking: "You cannot lind in it what \ou
want, tor there is no index."

"Then it is ol no use to me." replied the |Hiel. luit ac(i'iilini: the
volume. Longfellow opened it at random.

"There, before my eyes, was the ver\ thing I wanted: namely, the
account of the Phantom Ship at New Haven, book I. chapter 6. I wrote a



poem on the suhject m the e\enmg.



In Mather's Magnalia (^hristi,

Of the old colonial tinie.
May be found in prose the legend

That is here set dow ti in rh\ me.

A ship sailed from New Haven,
And the keen and frosty airs.

That fdled her sails at parting.

Were heav\ with g(»otl mens pra\ers.

■"() Lord! if it he tli\ |)leasure" —
Thus praved the old divine —

"To burv our friends in the ocean,
Take them, for ihev are thine!"

Fxil Master Lambcrton muttered.

\nd under his breath said ht\
"This shi|) is <o crank and wall\.

I fear our gra\c she will he I

And the .-liips thai canu- from Ijigland.

When the winter months were gone.
Brought no tidings of this vessel

Nor of Master LandxMton.

This |)Ut the people to pra\ing

That the Lord would let them hear

What in his greater wisdom

He had done with friends so dear.



36 ATWATER GENEALOGY

Aiui at la<t llu-ir prayrs were ansut'ied:

It wa^ ill till' iiiuiilli (tf Jiiiu'.
An hour before sunset

Of a wind) afternoon.

\X'hen. fteadily steering laiulwanl.

A ship was seen below,
And the\ knew it was LanilxTtoii. Master.

Who sailed so Imij; aiio.

On she came, with a (loud of canvas.

Ki-iht ajiaiii>t the wind that Mew.
I ntil the eye couhl distinguish

The faies of the i rcw .

Then fell her straining topmasts.

Hanging tangled in tln' shrouds.
And her sails were loosened and lilted.

And blown awa\ like clouds.

And the iiiast>. with all their rigging.

Fell slowh. one b\ one.
And the hulk dilated and \anished.

As a sea-mist in llic sun!

/\nd the people who saw this marvel

Kach said unto his friend.
That this was the inouiti oi their \essel.

And thus her tragic end.

.And the pastor of the \ illage

Ga\e thanks to God in prayer.
That, to (|uiet their troubled spirits.

He had <-('iil this Ship nl \ir.

Ill the 'Preface' of (lotlun Mitllici > Magiialia (-hrisli \in(ii(aiKi di
the Kcclesiasti<-al History of New Knglaiid. in A published in Luiiddn In
17(12. it states:

'The great object <>f llir lir-t rhiiitci> «d \cu Kiighiml \\;i- Id Inim
\ (IIIM^IIW ((»\I\I(»\\\ i:\l.l II. ■ Tlii. jiitcr;.- Imiiia.nun- was .|(]ill-
driven .HO iH-ar In the pcri<id nl \i\\ Maxell settlcnu'iit da\-. llial llir Idllnwing
citations should be of intercut to all nui fainiJv iii(iiibii>:

'•'..S. |{ut there wa> one thing thai Mia<le llii> ( nloiix i \r\\ llaveni \er\
(■oiisi«l«Table: which thing rcniaiiis now to be considen'd. I lie well-krinwii
Mr. Havenport and Mr. Katoii. and ^i-viial eniiiieiil |)er>(iiis that came over
to the Ma••sachu^et•ba^ i>inong some <d the Wv^i planters, were slioiigiv iirj^ed.
that the\ Would have s'-ttle<l in this Mav : but hearing of aiiolher Ha\ to the
Htiiilhwesi id (ioiiiiecticut. which inighl be more capable In eiiliMlaiii those
that were Ut follow them, thev desired their frieinU al ( ioniiei li( iil wmild
purehaM- of the native jiroprietors for them, all the land lliil Li\ beiueen
iheni'Mdves and llud»(iir> Uiver. which wai- in part clb-cled.

Accordinglv removing thither in the vear lO.'iT. th«"V sealed llieiii.-el\ es
in a plea>anl Hav. where lliey s|)read themselves along the sea-coast, and



ATWATER GENEALOGY 37

one might have been suddenly as it were surjjrized with the sight of such
towns, as first New-Haxen : then Guilford: then Milloid: llicii Stamford:
then Brainford. . . .

'AH this while this lourlli coloin wanted the legal hasis (d a cliaitcr lo
build upon: hut the\ did l)\ nuitual agreement form themselves, into a hod\-
politick as like as lhe\ judged fit unto the other eolonies in their neighbour-
hood: and as lor their church-order, it was generalh secundum usum Nhissa-
chusettenseni. (after the Massachusetts model I

's.6. Behold, a fourth colony of New-England Christians, in a maimer
stolen into and a colony, indeed, constellated with nian\ stars (d tlir first
magnitude. The colony was under the conduct of as hol\. and as inudiiit.
and as genteel persons as most that ever visited these nooks of America: and
yet these too were tryed with very hund)ling circumstances. Being Londoners,
or merchants and men of trallick and l)usiness. their design was in a maimer
wholly to appl\ themsehes unto trade: but the design failing. lhc\ lound
their great estates sink so fast, that thc\ niusl (|uickly do something.

'Whereupon in the year 1646, gathering together almost all the strength
that was left them, ihev built one ship more, which the\ freighted for Kngland
with the best part of their trad:d)le estates: and sundr) cf their eminent
persons embarked themselves in her for the voyage.

'But. alas the ship was never heard of: she foundered in the sea: and
in her were lost, not only the hopes cf their future trade, but also the lives
of several excellent persons, as well as divers manuscripts of some great men
in the country, sent over for the service of the church, which are now bniied
in the ocean.'

Letter to ' Cotton Mather. D.l). F. R. S.

I'aslor of the North Church,
Boston, New-England.
Reverend and Dear Sir:

In compliance with your desires. 1 now give vou the relation ol tlial
apparition of a ship in the air, which I recei\cd from the mcst credible,
judicious, and curious surviving observers of it.

In the year 1647. besides much other lading, a far more rich treasure
of |)assengers. ( five or six of which were persons of chief note and worth
in \ew-Ha\enl put themselfs on board a new ship, built at Hhode-Islaiul. of
about 150 tons: but so vvaltv. that the master ( Lamberton I often said she
Would |)rove llieir grave.

In the month of January, cutting their way througii muih ice. on which
the\ were accompanied with Reve:end Mr. Da\enport. besides many other
friends, with niaii\ fears, as well as prayers and tears, they set sail. Mr.
Da\(Miporl in ])ra\er. with observable emphasis, used these words: 'Lord,
if it be tin |)leasure to burv thes'^ friends in the bottom of the sea. thev are
thine, same them."

The s|»ring loMnwing, no tidings of these friends arrived with the ships
from Kngland. New-Haven's heart began to fail her: this put the godly on
much prayer, both |)ublic and private, 'that the Lord would I if it was his
pleasure I let them hear what he had done with their dear friends, and
prepare them with suitable submissicn to his Hclv Will.'

In June next ensuing, a great thunder-storm arose out of the north-west
after which (the hemisphere being serene) abcut one hour before sun-set. a
Ship of like dimensions with the aforesaid, with her canvas and colours
abroad (though the wind northernly) appeared in the air coming up from



38 ATWATER GENEALOGY

our harl>oiir"* iiiuutli. which lies >uuth\siiril fnun the town. seemiiijilN with
her ^aiU filled under a fresh jiale. hoUliiii; her course north, and coiilimiiny
under obser\ation, sailing against the wind for the space of an hour.

■■.Man\ were drawn to hehold this great uink ul (mkI; \ca. tlic \it\
children cr\ed out. "There's a hrave shi|i.'

At length, crowding up as far as there is u>Liall\ uater suliu ient for
such a \essel. and so near some of the spectators, as they imagined a man
might hurl a stone on board her, her main-top seemed to he hlowii oil. luit
left hanging in the shrouds: then her niizzeii-top: then ail iuT masting
seemeil Mown awaN \}\ the hoard: (juitkix aiter the lmil\ innuglit into a
careen, she overset, and so \anislied into a smoaky cloud, uliitli in some
time dissipated, leaving, as everywhere else, a clear air.

The admiring spectators inuUI distinguish tlie sexeral colours of eaih
part, the principal rigging, and sucli proportions, as causetl not onl\ tlie
generalit\ of persons to sa\ : 'This was the mould of their ship and tlius
was her tragick end.'

But Mr. |)a\ciipurl. also in piiMit . dt'clared to this cifect: 'That (iod
had condesceniieti. lor the i|uieting oi tlicir alllicteti spirits, this extraordinary
account of his sovereign disposal of those wlu)m so man\ fervent prayers
were made contiimaiiv.

rims. I am. .^ir.

\ our humble servant.

James Picrpmit."

'Header, there being vet living so manv credible gentlemen, llial wire
e\«* wilne>>es of this wonderful thing. I xcnliiic In |>iilili-l: il Idi a lliiiig as
undoubted as 'tis wonderful.

Hut let us m»w j>rocectl witli t>in slorx. Our christians ol \c\\-lla\t'n
apprehended themselves disadv anlageousiv seated Im llic aifairs ol hii^liandi \ .
and therefore upon these disasters thev made allinipts <d rcniovinu into
some other parts of the world.*

< F.ditor's note: There is no basis in our familv or other records to
confirm liiir- >latem«'nl. While it is taken for granted tliat sonic dissatislicd
or venturous |>erson> wnnid li-avc for other parts ol thr ncu World the
main bodv. including David. <dntiimed. during numerous generation>. with
the upbuilding <d New Haven. Jonathan's uiil also detues the di-astcr ( huiM-.
^ho\^iMg that >ucce>?.fui trading in and irom the Colon), (ould he aictmi-
plislied even in liie second generation.)

'One while thev were invited inlu i )cla\\arc-ha\ . anotlicr while llu\ were
invited to Jamaica: «dfer> made llictn Irom licland al-o. allci llic war- thi're
Here »i\er: and thev entered into some treaties ahniil ihi- (!il\ nl (iall(iwa\.
whi«-h thev were to have had a» a small prov im i In iIh in-:l\ i-.

'Hut (iod of Heaven >lill >trangeiv disappointed all ihc-c alti ni|il>: and
wherea.H they were conc«'rned liow tiieir poslerilv siionld Ik able to live ii
they iiiUHt make husbandrv lin-ir main -liift for tiicir livin;^: llial |ii>-lrrity
of theirs, bv the good province of (ind. instead of coniinL' I" luiJijaiA and
nd.MTV. having thriven wonderfullv : llie i nlnnv i- imiiiuvrd with manv
ueaithv husbandmen. an<l is to become no -mall pai! nl the ln-l granary
(or all New-Kngland.

'And same good i'rovidciKr has all along so preserved ihem from
annoyance bv the hulians. that ailiiough at their first setting down there were
few town.H (this also a|)|iears to be in error, as there were no oilier town- in



ATWATER GENEALOGY 39

1637) 'but what wisely persuaded a body of Indians to live near them:
whereby such kindness pasted between them tiiat they always dwelt ]ieaceably
together: iieNcrtlicless there were few of those tctwns but what ha\e seen their
body of Indians utterly extirpated b\ nothing luit ni(iitalil\ wasting them.

's.7. But what has now become of New-Ilaxcn (lolonvV I inust answer,
It is not: and yet it has been growing ever since it first was. Hut when
Connecticut-colony petitioned the restored King (Charles 111 for a (!ll\l\-
TER. tlic\ procured New-Haven Colon\ Ui lie annexed niito ihfiii in the
same charter: and this, not withnul having first |)ii\ate concurrence of some
leading men in the colony, that it cost some time after the arri\ai of the
Charter for the colony, like Je|)htha"s daugiiler to bewail her condition, before
it could be quietly complied withal.

'Nevertheless, they have li\ed ever since, one colony, very hai»|)ily
together, and the God of love and peace has remarkably dwell among them:
however, these children of God have not been without their chastisements,
especialh in tht^ malignant fexcrs and agues, which ha\e often proved very
mortal in most or all of their plantations.'



John Spencer Atwater, M. D.

John was born October 12, 1913 in Cincinnati. Ohio. He had the rare
distinction of being delivered by his grandfather. Dr. John r{ced Spencer.

In high school. John was president of lli-^ . actixc in sports and out-
standing as an orator. His educational Ijackground included \(lelbert College,
Denison Universitv ( A.B. ) . Indiana University School of Medicine and Johns
Hopkins Universitv. Dr. John's medical education also included period at
University of Chicago and iVIa\() Clinic, with a final degree of Mast(>r of
Science in Medicine^ from I ni\ersit\ of Minnesota.

Dr. John's inililarv duty included Australia, New Caledonia. >o|oiii(>n
Islands. B.W.I.. Admiralty Islands. New Guinea and f^hilijjpine Islands.

Dr. John has had manv staff and universit\ a|»pointments throughout
the South, including Kmory. Georgia Baptist, ('raw ford W. Long. Grady
Memorial Hospitals. Dr. John is now also associated with the firm of Dawson.
Arp. Atwater & Peacock. He lives on a 12-acre estate. alTeclionalcly called
"Lanrelwdod. built bv former governor of Georgia and I .S. Senator, on a
ridge o\erlooking Peachtree Creek. The land is historically sigiuHcanl in
the Battle ol \tlanta durini: the war between the States.



John Gapper Atwater

Son of Canon II. W. Atwater iNo. 21o3l

Born December 29, 1882 in Bardados. B.W.I. Parents returned to Canada
in 1884. John spent the last 50 vears of his life farming at W alkerburn.
Manitoba I in the Duck Mountain countr\ I. lie look a great interest in the
welfare of the children of the district and served for about 25 years as school
trustee. He was also Justice of the Peace for 20 vears. Respected by all he
was greatly missed by relatives and friends when he died on Feb. 8, 1955.




JAMES
R.

\T\\ XTKH



1 1> I luine

III
li<iiiia>l<iii.
Ge(trgia



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'Honorary Georgia Planter'

One of the most outstanding iiifiiiliri> nl llic present \l\\;itcr Chiii lives
in the Soutli. Born into a tiinc-hdiKucd laniilx. highly respected tiiru savoir-
faire, position and wealth, our Southern cousin is affectionately known as
'Captain James,' despite his higher rank obtained in the service of his State.

At o3 he is still active in hanking and good deeds. His -ntire social
and business life refutes the lhcor\ thai rich men's sons do iiol li\c up lo
parental accomplishments, llaxiiig iiiilialcd. adhcri'd io and (oinplclcd niaii\
outstanding meritorious objectives on hi> own bchali. Captain James has



never



failed io helj) lhost> wortln. io ihcir goal ol achics micnt.



t^



Even in the last \ear. he has been twice honored, as one ina\ apprci iat<-
by reading the following articles, clipped b\ this editor from loc al papers:

"Captain James R. Atwater has been selected b\ the Agriculture Kdu-
cation IHxision of the State Department of Education as an "horiorar)
Georgia Planter.' This honor is to be bestowed upon a handful of Georgians
on October 21 and Captain Atwater is the first Upsonian ever picked for
the honor.

T. G. Waher. a supervisf^r of the |)rogram. said that tiaplain .\twatcr
was selected "in honor of his work in tlu> past to promote agricultural edu-
cation in Upson county.' It is the highest honor that can come to a person
in vocational education.

The Upsonian will not be able to attend the slate ceremony in Macon
on October 21 and a special ceremon\ is being planned to be held at James
R. Atwater School at a later date.

In amiouncing the selection it was pointed out that Captain Atwater
has been interested in vocational agriculture for many years. He sponsored
the first vocational agriculture program in Upson County and this |)rogram
was a forerunner of the F.F.A. and Ml programs. Since the latter prt)grams
have come into existence he has contributed to them.

In the Atwater connnunit\ he has contributed land for vocational agri-
culture and a shoj) building which is used in coimection with xocational
agriculture.

Also Captain \(w ater has ammalK (onl libiited prize mone\ to encourage
and promote vocational agriculture. He was at one time a |)ea( h larmer and
has alwavs promoted all farming interests in Upson.



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