Photo of Cumming Georgia Cow

While I was in Cumming, Georgia building and promoting My Hart Auctions, Inc. The story of the Buice family cow that grazed around the Forsyth County Court House Square during the 1940's was one of my favorites! The cow would often get out of the barn located on Tribble Gap Road where Bank of America's parking lot is now located. I guess it's true "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence"!

I enjoyed the 12 years that I spent in Cumming, Georgia managing and supplying the antique auctions that we held there. I had a chance to watch Forsyth County become the fastest growing county in the nation during that time. Hard to believe that once upon a time it was much like the fictional TV town of "Mayberry". Hearing stories about Cumming's celebrity Junior Samples of Hee Haw fame made for interesting listening. From Wikipedia "A sixth grade dropout, Samples was a stock car racing driver and carpenter by trade who went on the radio at the age of 40 and told a story about catching the largest fish ever seen in his hometown. The story was a humorous tall tale, and the recording of this radio story became a best-selling novelty record. He was asked to become part of the 1969 cast of Hee Haw, and created a bumbling personality, often slurring his way through delivery, messing up jokes and forgetting lines. One of his most famous blunders was from "The Cornfield" sketch... However, his most famous bit was as a used car salesman, inviting callers to call an older 5-digit phone number, BR-549".

Photo of The Estate of Voncile Cantrell Smith Cumming, Georgia
September 2012 Onsite Auction - The Estate of Voncile Cantrell Smith Cumming, Georgia

Over the years while conducting auctions in Cumming, GA I made many close friends! Leads for several interesting auctions were given to me by these friends since I left Cumming in 2008. Such as the Estate of Voncile Cantrell Smith (Deceased), widow of Jewell T. Smith. Voncile a life long resident of Forsyth County was an active member of Zion Hill Baptist Church & Ladies Group. She loved sewing, quilting, crocheting, crafting, gardening and baking. Jewell was a WW II Veteran, carpenter, wood worker, and retired Mail Carrier. 129S Antiques and More Auction at an onsite auction sold the entire contents of Mrs. Smith home located on Canton Highway east of Bethelview Road. Which also included all of her husbands many work tools. Another local auction company thought it would be impossible to liquidate everything from the estate in one day because of the quanity of merchandise. But Connie Morris, Michael Banks and the 129S auction crew made it happen!

Photo of Marion Smith Stone and Robert Elzey
Marion Smith Stone and Robert Elzey

Onsite estate auctions are often reminiscent of family reunions and the barn raisings of years past. In that it is a place to meet and socialize with family, friends and neighbors. Such was the case at the Smith estate auction when long time Cumming, Georgia residents Marion Smith Stone and Robert Elzey met for the first time. I found it quite strange that having virtually lived across Canton Highway from each other for many years. That this was the first time Marion and Robert had met!

For me it was a rather sad homecoming though! As the Smith family home was directly across Canton Highway from where I lived for 12 years. While I was in Cumming, Georgia building and promoting My Hart Auctions. I guess it must have been Karma that I received the Smith estate auction referral rather than a local auction company?

Author: John Reinhart