Back when the Bulloch Times was the local newspaper, the daughter of Statesboro's first mayor enjoyed popularity for her newspaper columns about life in Bulloch County in the early to mid 1900s.
Maude Brannen Edge was born in 1881 and lived until 1963, said Dr. Del Presley. During her adult life, she wrote well over 200 columns for the local newspaper, touching on topics dear to the community as well as to herself, he said.
The columns address Native Americans who lived in the area; Indian massacres, and other points of interest, including the first bicycle to ever appear in Bulloch County, he said.
Those columns were so informative, so interesting, the current Bulloch County Historical Society plans to publish a book of her essays - 71 choice columns hand-picked by members, Presley said.
"We think she defines Statesboro," he said. "What it was and what it can be today. The columns are absolute gems that need to be preserved."
Maude Brannen Edge wrote her columns under her maiden name, he said.
"She was a terrific writer, a remarkable woman, well educated, a very humanitarian person. She loved people, and people who read her stories will be amazed."
In addition to writing an occasional column, Edge was involved in civic affairs. She served as the head of the local Red Cross chapter and led efforts to form the first GoodwIll organization in Statesboro, Presley said.
Her Bulloch roots were strong not only as the daughter of James Brannen, the first Statesboro Mayor her great grandfather Robert Donaldson founded Nevils Creek Baptist Church in 1790, he said.
Presley said the Bulloch County Historical Society is excited about publishing the book of Maude Brannen Edge's essays, and hopes the community can help locate photographs of Edge.
"We would like to have pictures of her at all ages," he said. "What we want to do is make Maude come back to life. She is the best interpreter of Bulloch County history."
Anyone with photographs of Maude Brannen Edge who would like to share them is asked to contact Presley at (912) 681-3049.