• Yesteryear Santa celebrates season
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

A Santa painted in 1946 waves to drivers passing by in Warrenton. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

The decorations shine from the bridge and around the Warren County, Atlanta Highway property of Bunny Wiley. But one, in particular, has a special meaning to her.
A Santa sits perched on a fence waving to those who pass by.
The Santa was hand painted in 1946 by Wiley’s mother, Frances House, who was Quitman County’s school superintendent then.
“My dad, Robert House, who had just returned from the war after spending nine years in the Army, cut out the shape with a hand saw,” said Wiley, who added that the art was probably done with lead-based paint because it has never been repainted, but still looks great.
Wiley said House was the radio operator for Gen. George Patton in both the European and African war theaters.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Jan. 1, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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