Joseph Fowler constructed his home of hand hewed square logs in a part of Dade County on Lookout Mountain that was known as Dillion, Georgia. This was later to become a part of Walker County. (Walker County wanted the tax from the Durham mines and asked for the change). The home was constructed before the civil war and during the war a regiment of Union troops camped in the field near the house. Many “Minnie Balls” have been found there over the years. The home was [sic] stands today, December 7, 1974.
As interesting story coming from the Fowler family in the early eighteen hundreds was the naming by them of “Bear Creek” on Lookout Mountain. On night the family was awaken by a loud ruckus coming from the calf pens. The startled family discovered a large bear attempting to enter the pen and kill one of the calves. The men, fearing the dangers of trying to kill the bear in the darkness, were slow in deciding what to do. Before they could get their wits together their [sic] aid of a small “fiest dog” the yelling, barking, and throwing of sticks and stones succeeded in driving the bear away.
First light found the men preparing to track the bear and soon they were off and with the help of several hounds the bear was traced for miles and was finally discovered in a steep hollow with tall hemlock, thick underbrush, rhododendron and mountain laurel. A swift mountain stream churned its way down into the sleepy hollow as it rushed to the valley below. Here beside the swift stream the bear was confronted and killed. The men, thereafter, referred to the creek as “Bear’s Creek.” The name is still used today.
Although my parents were not natives of Lookout Mountain, I was born there. The year was 1917, therefore Dade County is special to me.
Miss Ethel Jackson was the teacher. This was about 1906. The building was located across the road where Mount Olive Church now stands. Some of the earlier settlers were Massey, Hughes, and Harp. Maude Harp Fowler was my mother-in-law. She is the oldest resident of Dade County in this part of Lookout Mountain. She is 91 years old. She married S. W. Fowler and was the mother of ten children all of whom are still living. I am married to the eldest son, Eugene Fowler.
It is easy for me to understand why the Indians when they were forced to leave Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas left a trail of tears. The mountain, in particular, is so beautiful and more so in their time.
My parents, the late N. A. Craig and Etta W. Craig, now 88 lived the greater part of their life here on the mountain. I have heard my mother say many times that she wondered why she cried when she left Oklahoma and came to live here.
Some other natives of the mountain were: George W. Hale, John Williams, T. S. Miller, and the Jacksons.
West Brow community was formed several years ago about th time the Trenton Telephone Company erected their exchange next to K. D. Teed grocery store. It is now known as West Brow Exchange.
Some of the teacher at Mt. Olive were Mrs. Ethel Joran, Mr. Art Moore, and Nancy Newby Clark. We did not have access to Dade County High School because there were no roads, only a trail down Burkhalter Gap. Therefore our education was limited. Now we have access to Dade County High School and Walker County as well.
I never had the privilege of seeing our country seat, Trenton until I was in my teens. I had fonest dr3ams of going to John L. Case’s store as my brother, who trapped and sold furs there, made it appear to be a regular Santa Claus land.
Information given by Mrs. Ruth Fowler. (Used as permission HSITORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA by Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)