Historic Landmark Lost!

Sadly, Cherokee County, Georgia has lost one of its earliest historical landmark structures.

The Major John McConnell, Jr. house, built before the Cherokee Removal, has been torn down.

It overlooked McConnell land holdings, in the Hickory Flat area, that stretched from near New Light and Hickory Roads on into town where its earlier counterpart, the McConnell/Garrison/ Worley/Quarles house stood near the intersection of East Cherokee and Highway 140. John had followed his son, Eli, to the area.

When Brigadier General Eli McConnell and his brother-in-law, John B. Garrison moved into the Cherokee Nation in 1829-30 and co-founded Hickory Flat, they were the first settlers in the area. In fact, they were among the first settlers in the Cherokee Nation. McConnell and Garrison established homes, families, Post Office, and trade here at the crossroads of several early trails.

Eli’s two story house, first depicted on drawings from the 1832 land survey, had been Hickory Flat’s main historical building until it was lost to development some years ago. Now, John’s house, very similar architecturally, has been torn down. Neither house sparked enough attention to have them preserved.

It is interesting that “old” buildings, still within the childhood memories of folks, seem to have more importance than buildings that pre-date one’s memory.

All this is nothing new in the grand scheme of things, it’s just sad to see. Things do fade into history.

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Gone… Forever.  1834 – 2015

 The Dautzenlein Theory states, “ Dautzenleins* persist or decay based on the original intention of someone and the continued attention or inattention of others.” Those Dautzenleins perceived as more valuable will tend to become bigger and more solid; those perceived as less valuable or undesirable will fade and “disappear.”

 John McConnell’s original intention to have a house must have been very strong… it   lasted 181 years!

*Dautzenleins are the connections of people or things, places, dates, and events.

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Dautzenleins: Making sense of things

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A second look at the preface to one of our Dautzenlein books.

Look at something around you.  Whatever you see, there is more to it than first meets the eye.  There are “hidden” connections waiting to be discovered.

Dautzenleins are these connections, the vehicles to unlock the doors of discovery and understanding.

 Dautzenleins  (pronounced   “dots -n- lines”) are the connections of people or things, places, dates, and events.

Dautzenleins are invitations to look and see “what else” is around you; to discover the “dots and lines” that connect everything.

Discovery makes life exciting!

Whether one discovers a new person, place, or idea, or discovers another way to look at something, it leads to understanding.

All of life and history is a continuing discovery of the Dautzenleins around us.

This book presents the basics of a new way of viewing things so you can begin to understand the power of the Dautzenlein. Remember, too, that this is the first presentation of the theory and further evolution is probable. Later books will look at applications of the Dautzenlein and its Theory.

Observations:

We’ve all played the game “Connect the Dots” where a piece of paper has a large, random, group of numbered dots on it and when lines are drawn connecting the dots … a picture emerges. The simple “Rule” of that game is: Draw lines connecting the dots, in numerical order, starting with #1.

Had we been given the piece of paper and not known the “rule”, we might have carefully examine each dot on the page, individually, without connecting them with lines, without searching for the next dot to connect, and then wondered … what good is this?

History (and all of life) is like that piece of paper with many random dots on it… only the dots aren’t numbered! 

NOT NUMBERED!!! How can we play the game and connect the dots if the dots aren’t numbered?” How can we make sense of this?  Well, that’s a good question!

We’ve heard the term “connecting the dots” which means to observe the elements of a situation or event, investigate their inter-connections, and discover the “real story” or the motivations surrounding the event so we can get the “big picture”.

We are constantly impacted by people, things, places, and events of the past and present, and how they relate to each other and to us. Some of these relationships are easy to see, while others often go unseen, almost hidden, even though they are very relevant and intriguing pieces of the picture.

If we view people, places, and artifacts as “Dots”, and view the rivers, roads, ideas, communications, and commerce as “Lines”, we can connect the “Dots” and “Lines” and discover some amazing and interesting aspects of history!

Our “Rule”: No dot exists without, at least, one line connected to it and no line exists without at least two dots connected to it.

From the above rule, we see that the smallest Dautzenlein unit is: two dots connected by one line.

 These connections act as the “missing number” of each dot by automatically connecting the dot to the next numberless dot in the sequence.

 Discover any connection, and more dots and lines will begin to fall into place from there… just start connecting!

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“Time” – a dot or a line?

Time is a very interesting element of life. Technically it exists only as a construct of man, not nature.

A continual flow of Past to Present to Future appears to be a part of nature. The quantification and measurement of that, however, is solely the creation of man.

Another aspect of man’s view of Time is the “time stamp”. This can be Year, Date, Hour, or Elapsed Time, etc. related to a person, place, thing, or event.

In relation to Dautzenleins, time as motion or timeline can be viewed as a line, while time as a “stamp” may be viewed as a dot.

Chronological treatments of history will often relate people, places, things, and events to a specific timeline, using Time as the “Line” connected to each dot.. For certain studies, this is a very practical way to view things. Be aware however that this method has a tendency to subordinate other Dautzenlein connections to that Time-line. It suggests that Time is the major factor of history and often ignores the real creators of history – people and their intentions.

For the most part, “Time” is like a disinterested spectator in a sports arena watching the participants of the game but having no influence on the game or the players. Time cannot cause anything, create anything, or act in any way… it’s just there!

Dautzenleiners view and use Time as a “stamp”, often, but time is rarely the main relevant dautzenlein connection.

People act or do things because they are motivated by their intentions. When they act they create, and their creations become history. Perhaps if we were taught to study “Intention-lines” instead of “Time-lines”, our understandings would come sooner and be much fuller and relevant.

 

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Connecting the Dots

“Connect the dots.” We’ve all heard this term before but what does it mean to “Connect the dots”?

From the children’s game where a seemingly random group of numbered dots are connected by lines to create a picture that was unseen until the process is completed.

It means to observe a person, place, thing, or event as well as the connection(s) it has to other persons, places, things, or events in order to attain understanding.

1. Every dot (person, place, thing, or event) is something intrinsically, all by itself.

2. Every dot does something or serves a function.

3. Every dot has connections to other dots. These connections determine value, relevance, and provide fuller understanding of the dot.

A simple way of looking at this is: What is it? What does it do? What relevance does it have?

The new word “Dautzenlein” (dots-n-line) combines this whole concept into one word.

 

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