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  1. Leah Henrietta Dietz: Birth: 28 JUL 1888. Death: 28 DEC 1956

  2. Frank Dietz: Birth: 19 JAN 1890. Death: 19 JAN 1890

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1. Title:   'Dietz Cookbook & History'
Page:   A-54
Author:   Sharon Pierce Schier & Maybelle McAbee Bates, compilers
Publication:   1990 The Print Shop, 110 Herron Street, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. 30742 (706) 861-5088
2. Title:   Dietz Cemetery
Author:   Margaret Dietz Durham
Publication:   Transcript mailed to me, 7/29/2000
3. Title:   'Dietz Cookbook & History'
Author:   Sharon Pierce Schier & Maybelle McAbee Bates, compilers
Publication:   1990 The Print Shop, 110 Herron Street, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. 30742 (706) 861-5088
4. Title:   'Dietz Cookbook & History'
Page:   A-55
Author:   Sharon Pierce Schier & Maybelle McAbee Bates, compilers
Publication:   1990 The Print Shop, 110 Herron Street, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. 30742 (706) 861-5088

a. Note:   [2156644.FTW] From 'Dietz Cookbook and History 1990' compiled by Sharon Pierce Schierand Maybelle McAbee Bates:
  Thomas Milligan Dietz, the ninth child of Daniel Frederick and MathenyAnn Cordell Dietz, was born on 19 August 1866 in Catoosa County, Georgia.He was probably named Thomas for his McMinnville cousin Thomas J. Dietzwho had died while a prisoner of war at Camp Douglas, Illinois, in 1865.The name Milligan was a Cordell family name--Theney had a brother and anuncle named Milligan Cordell. On 14 August 1887, in Catoosa County, Georgia, Tom married AzelaPeters. Born 27 December 1868, Zeely was the daughter of Jacob BornRobertson Peters and Barbra Tinney Peters. She was a younger sister ofLula Peters who married Tom's brother Daniel. Tom was one of the chartermembers of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and Zeely was one of the first membersreceived 'by experience' when the church was founded in August 1884. About 1917 Tom and Zeely moved down to Sand Mountain, buying a farma mile south of High Point, Alabama. Their daughter Leah and her husbandGeorge Smith Jr. moved with them and lived next-door to Tom and Zeely.There were numerous Cordell cousins around Sand Mountain, Valley Head,and Ft. Payne. Mary Smith Keith, niece and adopted daughter of George and Leah,remembers Tom as very kind, patient, honest, and dedicated. Whenever hegot through eating, he would always say, 'Thank you, Miss Zeely, for agood meal.' He called Zeely either 'Miss Zeely' or 'The Irish Lady,' andTom was called 'The Dutchman.' He was a deacon at New Home BaptistChurch. Once a month they would have church services on both Saturdayafternoon and Sunday, and Tom would quit whatever he was doing and wouldwalk as much as 4 miles if there was no ride to the Saturday afternoonmeeting. Zeely was an ardent Bible reader, and she was very proper andstrait-laced. Zeely's great-niece Lula Dietz Pierce remembered her asvery loving and affectionate--always hugging and kissing the children.She said that all the children loved Aunt Zeely. In 1943 Tom, Zeely, Leah, and George decided they wanted to get backcloser to the Dietz rela- tives, and they all moved to East BroomtownRoad near Lafayette, Georgia. There Zeely died at age 79 on 5 August1948, and Tom died at age 85 on 28 August 1951. They are both buried inDietz Cemetery.
  Biographical information received from Mary Smith Keith, Violet DietzDavis, Lula Dietz Pierce. Information about children and grandchildrenreceived from Mary Smith Keith and copied from tombstones of Frank,Lela, and Lula in Old Boynton Cemetery.
  * * * * * Back in the 1910's, Uncle Tom and Aunt Zeely bought a Model T. Thereweren't many cars around the Valley in those days, and Uncle Tom and AuntZeely both felt that they were too old to learn to drive. Their daughterLeah learned how to drive and drove for them. When they went up on SandMountain to look at some property that they were thinking about buying,they all drove up there, with Leah at the wheel of course. They weredriving along, and Aunt Zeely said, 'Did you see that sign? It said thatwe're on the wrong road.' Leah assured her mother that she had gottendirections and that they were going the right way. A few minutes later,Aunt Zeely saw another sign and again told Leah that they were definitelyon the wrong road--that sign said so. Leah told her that that wasimpossible. Then Aunt Zeely saw another sign, and she told Leah, 'That'sthe third sign that said we're on the wrong road. The third time is acharm! You stop this car, and I'm getting out. I'm not going any furtherup the wrong road!' Leah stopped the car and told her mother to walk backto that sign and look at it up close. And that's exactly what Aunt Zeelydid! Then she had to admit that the signs had actually been saying'Winding Road'--she said 'Imagine that! Here I thought those signs weretelling us that we were on the wrong road, and they just said 'WindingRoad'! ' Violet Dietz Davis
  One night Sid and Tommy went possum hunting. Of course, it was dark, andsince Zeely wasn't used to staying by herself after nightfall, she wentover to stay with Belle. It was late (10:30 or 11 p.m.) by the time Sidand Tom got back, and the women were already in bed. Knowing howstraitlaced Zeely was, Sid said rather loudly to Tommy as they came inthe door, 'Well, Tom, I don't know which bed my wife's in and which bedyour wife's in. But I don't reckon it matters. It's dark, they're soundasleep, and they won't know the difference.' Zeely immediately piped up,'Here I am, Tom!' Violet Dietz Davis
  When Aunt Zeely got an idea in her head, she didn't let go easily.Someone had to absolutely prove to her that she was wrong. Back beforeWorld War II, someone told Aunt Zeely that the Nazis were coming and thatthey would take everything of value that anyone had: money, Bibles,anything. Aunt Zeely had a hole dug in her backyard and put a big lardcan in it, and she kept all her valuables and money in that can duringthe war. Violet DietzDavis'
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