´╗┐Annie Ford Wheeler: Hamburg was a special place. It really was a special place, because it was so close to Marion with Marion Military Institute and with Judson College and there had been a Presbyterian seminary for women, but it had a very high level of education and it was a very cultural community. It was not like farming communities in North Perry, for example. I took music from a Judson-educated musician, Ms. Lee. She directed the choir at--what's the Baptist church in Marion? Siloam Baptist Church. She directed the choir there and she taught me music and we had our own church. We had the Methodist church there and we had a post office and we had three stores when I was growing up. We had the school, which was at Vailula. Do you know Vailula? If you come down directly from Marion on the road that people take now, you come through what used to be a nice sized village. It was old Hamburg and when the railroad came through in 18... Oh I forget my dates now, was it in the 1870s, I think? Anyway, I could date the date that the railroad came through by Judson College catalogue saying that students could ride the train. It came through Hamburg 1880, I believe, I'm not sure. May have been earlier, but the train came through in the morning and came back in the afternoon and the people would ride the train to Marion and ride it back in the afternoon.

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