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My name is Ernest Harben. I graduated from Emory college and law school. I worked in Atlanta in the title insurance industry until retirement.  Since I retired I have spent much of my time reading and writing.


Emory Class of 1964, a  College Story

Appalachia Tales: Ripples on the Etowah

Both novels are available as paperbacks on Amazon or ebooks on Amazon or Kindle.

I grew up in a small town in North Georgia. The town was located where the Blue Ridge Mountains rise up from the Piedmont. People there said they lived in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.

Things were very different then. It was a rural setting. The first European families to settle there were English who moved south looking for land. My ancestors were mainly English who moved down from Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, with some Pennsylvania Dutch, Irish, Scots, and Cherokee mixed in along the way. The population in the 1940’s was a mixture of mostly English, Scots-Irish, Welsh and Cherokee. Baptists and Methodist dominated. There were a few Germans but no Catholics.  People there were independent and did not want to be bothered by government. They handled disputes themselves usually without help from the sheriff or courts. There was only one lawyer in the county. His practice was limited and he did not maintain a law office. The people took pride in their self sufficiency. There were few college graduates.


  1. Hah! I really am older than you. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your likes and comments. I enjoyed looking at your blog.

  3. You and I have a somewhat parallel history in terms of posting ideas on a blog. Thanks for being a follower and liking my comments from time to time. I was born in 1941 and immigrated to the US with my parents in 1950. We settled in Peoria, IL as my father was hired by Caterpillar Tractor in their export division. I went to high school in Chattanooga. I’ve been in Florida since 1959 when I arrived in Gainesville as a freshman, finding a job here after graduation and never moving from Gainesville. I started the blog you reply to from time to time in April 2011 and now have over 1700 of them posted. I will now start following your blog. Thanks.

  4. This is interesting–could be my paternal side’s history. My dad’s family came in farther north but tracked through Virginia, Tennessee and wound up in north Georgia on the Alabama border (actually in Alabama, but with a Georgia postal address). Thanks for following my blog. It’s a lot about gardening, some crafts, local gardens, book reviews, and cooking in the winter.

  5. I like your background and your story very much. It is good to do all these things many of us seem to be doing with our lives. I love reading about people’s backgrounds. Thank you kindly.

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