Glaze Family History
father, James David Glaze was a sharecropper, and eldest son Herman, helped with the family farming as much as possible.
a young boy, Herman remembers that his mother, Violet Glaze would load her
children into a one horse wagon, pulled by their mule named Nell, and take
them to visit her father's home in the vicinity of Dacula and Buford, in
Gwinnett County. The trip was an all day activity, which started in the wee
hours of the morning, and lasted till after dusk. Mrs. Glaze's father,
Thomas Ramsden, a native of England, lived in a log home, in Gwinnett
County, which he had built himself. Mr.
Ramsden earned his living as a surveyor and a farmer, and is said to have
been the surveyor who "laid out" the town of Buford, Georgia.
Herman and the brothers and sisters enjoyed picking strawberries in a
"big patch" down by their grandfatherís barn. During this period
in the late 1920's, Herman and his family were members of Mountain View
Baptist Church, in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
recalls a particular chore he performed, while in his early teen years, for
his father and Uncle Albert, who were working on a still owned by a Mr.
Moon, located on a piece of land called Miller bottoms, (near Walnut Grove,
GA) also owned by Mr. Moon. The task assigned to Herman and a cousin, was to
hide out in a nearby haystack with a cowbell at the ready, to be rung when
someone unknown to them would approach. The occasion to sound the alarm
never arose. Herman's Uncle Luther (Luther Marion Glaze) also helped in
distributing the "product" from the still. He was a peddler, and
would buy the moonshine, and sell it on his routes. Herman remembers the
moonshine selling for about $.25 per gallon.
father, James David Glaze went to work in the late 1920's at the Stone
Mountain Quarry. Herman also worked at the quarry for a time as a water boy.
In March of 1929 James David Glaze was killed in an air compressor explosion
at the quarry where both worked. Seventeen-year-old Herman was not at the
immediate site of the explosion, but did arrive there as his father, still
conscious, was being loaded aboard a train car to be transported to the
village of Stone Mountain. Herman said that his father was in very bad shape
when he saw him, vividly recalling to mind the horrible images of the wounds
his father had suffered. His
father died later at the hospital. Herman and his mother Violet purchased an
eight plot cemetery lot for $12 at the Walnut Grove Methodist Episcopal
Church, where his father was buried.
complete text of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution articles about this
explosion is included in the biography of James David Glaze.)
Glaze family sold some of the products of their farming labors in the
farmer's markets in Decatur Georgia. Herman tells a story of the time he was
selling sausage on the courthouse square in Decatur. The Dekalb County
sheriff, Jake Hall, had prohibited folks from selling goods on the square
itself, and a series of market stalls had been set up down the street.
Herman set up on the Courthouse Square and began selling his family's
homemade sausage. He had several customers buy from him before a Sheriff's
deputy came by to chase him off. The way he told the story, the deputy
shoved him, and he shoved back and knocked the deputy to the ground. He was
promptly arrested and taken to the Dekalb County Jail. Mrs. Hall, the wife
of the Sheriff, was in charge of the jail. She got Herman to promise to sell
his sausage in the right place, and let him go. One of the customers who had
bought sausage from Herman on the Court House Square earlier in the day,
before he was arrested, was Mrs. Hall herself, and that sausage was destined
to be served to the Sheriff.
worked during hard times at whatever employment he could find.
He told of the time he severely injured his left hand while using
dynamite to dig holes for an orchard being planted along Memorial Drive. As
of the mid 1980's, some of the trees he planted were still standing.
married Lillie Kate Hughes on December 26, 1931. When Herman went to Kate's
home to take her to be married, Kate's father was working in the yard
cutting wood with an ax, and when Herman approached, Mr. Hughes jokingly
brought up the ax as if to frighten him away. They had planned to marry at
the home of "preacher Handy" but they became aware that a group of
their friends, who had plans to play some practical jokes on the couple,
were waiting at the preacherís house, so they went on to the home of the
pastor of the Clarkston Baptist Church in Clarkston, Georgia.
After their marriage, Herman and Kate lived for while with his mother
in Stone Mountain.
(1932) Herman and Kate moved to northern Dekalb County where they share
cropped, and he worked at numerous jobs while saving money to buy their own
land. Kate joined the local Methodist Congregation at Winter's Chapel
Methodist Church, on Winter's Chapel Road in Doraville, Georgia. Although he
attended church often as a boy with his family, Herman was not in the habit
of being in regular attendance at Winter's Chapel Methodist Church. Kate, on
the other hand, hardly ever missed a Sunday. Kate's sister, Bernice, was a
schoolteacher at the "Tilly School House" on Tilly Mill Road, at
the later site of North Peachtree Baptist Church. Bernice lived with Herman
and Kate for a while.
first full time job earned him 25 cents per hour working as a construction
overseer on the construction of Pine Lake in Dekalb County. He recalls
digging and building a wooden trough used to fill the lake from a nearby
creek. He also took work on the Pine Lake project as a night watchman.
the 1930's he earned money working for the Works Project Administration.
Herman started driving a school bus for Dekalb County Schools. He was a
driver for 36 years, during which time he drove his own children and grand
children to school. When he first began driving, he owned his own school
bus, which he purchased with Dekalb County School board backing. He very
much enjoyed driving the School bus. Herman had a playful sense of humor,
which he used to good effect with children on his bus.
the 1930's Herman began working for Dekalb County Justice of the Peace Roddy
McElroy as a constable. He and other law enforcement officers searched out
and destroyed several moonshine stills, and he also served eviction notices,
and other legal papers. The job of constable required that he buy his own
gun, for which he purchased a 38-caliber revolver for $60. Kate did not want
him to work as a constable because of the danger she believed he faced in
that job. Herman said, "I like to got killed twice." There was an
occasion when a drunken woman on whom he was serving legal papers struck him
unconscious. He continued as a constable until that job was changed to
County Bailiff, and continued as a Bailiff until the 1950's.
also worked as a night watchman for the Standard Oil Company for thirteen
years. Some of his grandchildren recall visiting him on the job in the
evenings at the Standard Oil facility in Doraville, Georgia.
Thursday, August 27, 1953, in the early afternoon, the store, along with the
attached grist mill and warehouse, was burned to the ground in an accidental
fire, started when sparks ignited dust in the mill while Herman's second son
Ray (Ray Edward Glaze) was operating the mill. Herman's youngest son, Ralph
(Ralph Herbert Glaze) was helping his big brother filling bags in the mill
when the fire broke out, and for a short time the family feared that Ralph
had been caught up in the fire. Fortunately Ralph had gotten clear and was
just fine. But, the grocery store was a total loss. The fire advanced so
rapidly that Herman and his son Ray were unable to even attempt to put out
the fire. Large drums of gasoline and kerosene exploded, intensifying the
fire. Herman and Ray did all they could to pull goods from the store as it
burned. Ten year old Ralph attempted to help fight the fire by taking the
glass globe of a gum drop machine and filling it with water to throw on the
flames. There was no insurance, and the loss was well over fifty one
thousand dollars. Much of the Dekalb County fire department turned out to
the fire, but were able to do little more than watch, and try to prevent the
fire from spreading to other nearby outbuildings. While the store was being
rebuilt, Herman and Kate operated the grocery store from the front rooms of
their small home, with what goods they had rescued from the fire and what
they could afford to purchase. Their children remember the cramped
conditions and competition for space in their home with the
"store's" dry goods.
built a new store and a few years later a new brick family home. Both were
still standing at the time of his death in 1996. When each of Herman and
Kate's children came of age, he offered them some assistance in getting
started on their own. Each was offered an acre of land or the equivalent in
cash. This is how three of his children came to live virtually next door to
Herman and Kate. Herman had cut a dirt Road across his property from a point
on Peeler Road next to his home, looping around to Winter's Chapel Road,
across the street from Winter's Chapel Methodist Church. The road was named
Lakeside drive, but there was more than one Lakeside drive in North Dekalb
County, and the County asked Herman to rename the road. The children were
excited about prospect of naming a road, and made all kinds of suggestions,
but Herman chose to call it Glaze Drive.
Over the years, Herman built homes on his land along the street and
sold them. One home that he built was a house for his mother and sister. His
grandson Jeff Glaze bought .57 acres in 1980 and later built a house. Glaze
drive remained dirt until 1968 when it was paved for about half its length
by Dekalb County. Many maps still show Glaze Drive looping from Peeler Road
to Winterís Chapel Road, but those maps are in error. Glaze Drive became a
dead end street in the late 1970ís.
Herman never liked to throw anything away that might be of some use at a
later time, which resulted in numerous storage buildings filled often to
capacity. Some of these traits were passed on to his sons.
Three of the children, Beatrice, Ray, and James all built their homes on
grandchildren of Herman Thomas Glaze knew and loved him as their
"Papa". Some of the great grandchildren called him,
"Great-Papa". Because three of his children lived within walking
distance of his home, ten of the grandchildren grew up close to Herman and
Kate, visiting often, and even catching the school bus at the end of his
driveway. His yard, gardens and property served as the playground for
grandchildren who were used to having him near. Often in later years, he
would park on his property in his pick-up truck looking over his land and
enjoying watching the world, and people, as they flowed by, sometimes
enjoying a cigar (as Kate did not enjoy having him smoke in the house). And
many times one of his children or grandchildren would discover him snoozing
as he sat in his truck.
it got difficult for Herman to do some of the planting, Ray would often do
the planting for his father, sometimes heeding Herman instructions and
desires, and sometimes not. Daughter Beatrice, who lived just across the street,
would often assist her mother in harvesting the bounty of Herman and Kate's
green thumbs. One thing Herman definitely like to do himself was to hop on
the tractor and do some plowing, or bush hogging. The tractor was a good way
for him to ride around and enjoy a cigar (Swisher Sweets being a favorite
the occasion of Herman's sixty-ninth birthday, on March 5, 1981, his sister
Edna Louise Glaze Shiver presented him the following poem:
Herman Thomas Glaze was admitted to Saint Joseph's Hospital on Saturday June 1, 1996. He suffered a massive stroke while in the hospital, and died at 4:05 am Friday, June 7, 1996.
his hospitalization, all of his children and his wife Kate spent time at
this bedside. He was aware of their presence. His daughter Kathryn stayed
overnight with him, as did his son-in-law "Buddy Coker", who was
at his side when he died. Herman Thomas Glaze's burial was at the Winters
Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9th
1996. Several of his grandsons served as pallbearers.
Following is the text of an article which appeared in the Friday, August 28, 1953 edition of the Atlanta Constitution regarding the fire that destroyed Mr. & Mrs. H. T. Glaze's Grocery Store. The article included a photograph of three firemen sifting through the burned out rubble with the following caption; "FIREMEN SALVAGE STOVE WOOD AND MERCHANDIZE FROM MILL FIRE, Firemen L-R: O.F. Lanfley, Willard C. Townsend, and J. A. Murphy Toss Wood from Ashes."
Doraville Fire Destroys 3 Buildings
A $51,000 fire early Thursday afternoon destroyed a grocery store, grist mill, and warehouse located at the junction of Peeler and Winter Chapel Roads in Doraville
The buildings, belonging to Herman T. Glaze, 42, Peeler Road, were burned to the ground. The blaze was believed caused by a spark from a stone striking the steel mill as Glaze and his son Ray Glaze were grinding hay for feed.
The spark flew to a pile of finely ground hay and spread to another pile of hay nearby, Glaze stated.
Glaze and his son tried to fight the fire with their well pump but the blaze spread to an attached store and warehouse.
Fourteen fire trucks from the surrounding communities responded but were hampered in fighting the flames by a lack of water.
A 500-gallon fuel tank in the mill exploded but two gasoline tanks in an attached shed remained undamaged.
The fire destroyed a quantity of television sets, radios, washing machines, $300 worth of hay, the mill and its machinery and a quantity of office supplies. Glaze and his son managed to save about $350 worth of groceries from the flames.
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