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Farragut marker found?


Encouraged, yet a bit perplexed.

The regent and vice regent from Samuel Frazier Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, were among members informed earlier this month that the granite monument marking the birthplace of Adm. James David Glasgow Farragut, discovered lost in August, had been found in Texas.

Margot Kline, an information specialist at The University of Tennessee and self-described “historic preservationist,” told DAR members, “I have gotten a lead … I've heard it's in Texas …. I think there's a good chance it might come back,” during DAR’s meeting Saturday, Oct. 15, in Chop House restaurant, Franklin Square.

Lexie Randolph, DAR regent, said after the meeting, “I was encouraged that it would be brought back.”

However, “She was a little evasive about it all, I thought,” Randolph added. “It sounded like she kinda knew something that she couldn't tell.”

Doris Owens, DAR vice regent, had her own questions.

Kline “did not tell us all the details,” Owens said after the meeting. “I was just wondering, was it purchased? Did the owner [Lylan Fitzgerald] sell it? I was very upset. ... [Fitzgerald] should have offered it to the DAR chapter who put it there.


“I wondered about that, how could they get it back?” Owens added. “Unless being, historical monument, that there's some rights that go along with that.

“When it was placed, it was placed with permission from whoever lived there. You would think that would go on through the years, even thought it's different people.”

Kline said she was told the monument “was removed on June 11, and that it came to me second-hand from a reporter who talked to the woman who owns that land [Fitzgerald].”

After the meeting, Kline referred to a published story where Fitzgerald “got rid of it, she said in the paper ... because she was tired of the hassles.”

As for a possible timetable for its return, “I don't know,” Kline said. “I've gotten a lead, and I've given it to the Bonny Kate Chapter [DAR],” which dedicated the marker in 1900.

“The Bonny Kate Chapter of the DAR considers [the marker] to be their private property,” she added.

If the marker is found and returned to Knox County, but attempts to place it back on the Fitzgerald site fail, Kline said the marker “could be placed 25 feet over; it would be on the county-owned land. ... It would be better to put it as close to that point where he was actually born as possible.”

 

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