|Creator:||Mize, Leila Ritchie, 1879-1958|
|Title:||Leila R. Mize log cabin notes|
|Quantity:||0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1591 in MS 1607)|
Leila R. Mize was a teacher in Georgia, who apparently built a log cabin in Banks County in the 1930s. Leila Ritchie Mize earned her bachelor’s degree from UGA in home economics in 1924 and went on to complete her masters in 1930.
Leila Mize was a pioneer Extension leader in Georgia, having been appointed the first home demonstration agent in Jackson County in 1916. She was also one of the first four district home demonstration agents, a state home demonstration agent and a state Extension specialist. She was also a charter member of the Georgia Home Economics Association.
Her daughter, Jessie Mize, a graduate and longtime instructor at UGA, established two funds in her name: the Leila Alberta Ritchie Mize endowment, which supports College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty; and the Mize-Ritchie endowment, which supports the FACS Legislative Aide program, a program Jessie was instrumental in establishing.
For more information see: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/alumni/facs_mag_07fall/development.php
Banks County, in northeast Georgia, comprises 233 square miles. The county was created from portions of Franklin and Habersham counties in 1858 and was named for Richard E. Banks (1794-1856), a circuit-riding surgeon who treated white settlers and Indians in the area, developing a good reputation among the Cherokees for treating smallpox. The land that became Banks County was originally held by the Cherokees, forming a border territory between the Cherokee Indian Nation and the newly formed United States of America. For more information see "Banks County," New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2291&hl=y (Accessed April 6, 2009)
Bushville Farm was located near present day Commerce, GA.
The collection consists of the notes and clippings used by Mrs. Leila R. Mize when she built her log house on Bushville Farm in Banks County.
Leila R. Mize log cabin notes, MS 1595. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.