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  Henry County has been growing so much lately that some places are becoming unrecognizable. In an effort to preserve some of the history of our community, The Times is displaying photos of Henry County from the past. If you can name the persons or place shown above, write us at and tell us about it. In the next edition, we’ll reveal the location of the picture and notes readers send us. Photo courtesy of Henry/Clayton Genealogical Society. Visit the Genealogical Society at 71 Macon Street (in the Brown House) in McDonough Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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  Thank you all for the responses to this photo! It turns out that many of you have some great memories of seeing Charles “Ches” McCartney known as the “Goat Man” as he traveled throughout the area. Here are just a few and thanks for sharing them.

  Alice McKoy - “... When I was a little girl, I'd hear the tinkling of the bells and run into my grandmother’s house screaming, ‘THE GOAT MAN IS COMING, THE GOAT MAN IS COMING.’ Mama Lois would stop whatever she was doing and grab the car keys and drive up Russell Drive to catch him on Highway 20. She would give me a few nickels to give him and they would talk while I petted the goats and admired his house on wheels. It was a great day to be a child.”

  Joe Reid - “... He stopped many times on Griffin St. in McDonough right in front of my Grandmother’s or Mayor Copeland’s mother’s house.”

  Clara Cardell - “... It was big news in McDonough in the l960's when word got around that the “Goat Man” was in town. People would go out to observe his unusual life style and see him cooking over an open fire in a big pot and listen to him talk to his goats. He came to be known as one of the legends of the open road and provided a fun time for the local people.”

  Henry Laster called in to tell us he saw the Goat Man in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in the late 1940s when he was a young man. He also saw him in Jeffersonville where the Goat Man lived.

  Thanks also to Leslie Upchurch, Jeff Burns, Lisa Bartlett-Shiflett, and Bart Royston.

  Al Brown of McDonough dropped by to identify the picture as The Goat Man. He said the Goat Man was famous and travelled all around the south from Macon to Augusta to Chattanooga, Birmingham and beyond. Al has several pictures and newspaper columns and his obituary.

  Laverne Sansing, McDonough - “The photo is Ches McCartney, his goats and wagon.  There is an excellent story about the goat man in Foxfire book number 12 for those that would like to know more about this very interesting man.”

  Allen Rape – “That is the famous Charles McCartney ("Goat Man"). What a sight he was roaming the state with all his goats.”

  Bill Bowen - “The "Goat Man is the picture in this weeks Times. 1940's era he would come by about every summer with his goats pulling the wagon depicted in the photo.”

  Randy Holmes - “I have seen him in many different states while traveling myself he is the goat man. I first met him when I was 16 years old.”

  Sonny Copelan - “That is the Goat Man. The Traveling Preacher in a goat pulled wagon.”

  Sheila W. King, McDonough – “This is the Goatman (Charles McCartney). I do not know the location this picture was taken, it could be in any part of the United States. I first saw him as a child more than 55 years ago in Roberta, Georgia (Crawford County). He traveled all over the US. He died I believe in 1998 in Macon, Georgia. Wow, what a memory from my childhood! Thanks Henry County Times!”

  James Sullivan –“He rode his wagon from town to town spreading the Word of God.  There is also a website dedicated to him.”

  Milton Yancey –“The picture in today's Times is the GOAT man who traveled through Clayton County back in the 40's. He may have also traveled through Henry County. I lived in Clayton County at that time and would not know if he went through Henry. Several goats pulled the wagon and some trailed behind the wagon. People would give him hand-outs as he seemed to be very poor.”

  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roseberry of Stockbridge – “ … the goat Man) from Jeffersonville, GA.  It has been reported that he was seen on highways even as far north as New York!”

Nancy Burch – “ … as a child my parents would drive us to wherever he was for us to see him.”

  Don Gordon of Stockbridge – “The photo in the November 20 issue is of the infamous "Goat Man".  He traveled up and down Highway 42 around Henry and South DeKalb Counties in the 50's and 60's.  My father worked near I-285 and Moreland Avenue and would take us over to see The Goat Man whenever he saw him. He would stop along the roads in areas where crowds could gather and tell stories of his travels and witness for God. He would drink the goat milk as he talked and lived primarily off his goats and donations. His wagon was packed with camping supplies and everything else (junk) he picked up from the roadside for which he felt was of value. I remember feeling so sorry for those goats having to pull such a huge load. There was a book printed about him but copies seemed to have dried up. Rumor had it that he was very wealthy and ate quite well from all the restaurants and food outlets he passed during his travels.”

  Clara Nail – “The Goat Man traveled about with his herd pulling his home on wheels. Even though the traffic was nothing like today, I always wondered how he and his crew survived.”

Have a picture of Henry County as it was? Send it to us at or 35 Griffin Street, McDonough, GA. 30253. All pictures will be handled carefully and returned to owner.



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