Chapter Twenty Nine
May 11, 1939
Colonel Albert Logan lived on the top of the hill on the east side of Second Broad river, about one and one-half miles southwest of Melton’s Cross roads, on the road leading to Rutherfordton. The members of Mr. Logan’s family whom I knew consisted of three sons and two daughters. The sons were Mr. Joe Logan, who lived near Brittain church and Robert (Bob) Logan, who lived near his father. The third, Frank Logan, lived, in Rutherfordton and later at Henrietta, and I believe he finally moved to Clifton, S. C.
Joe married a Miss Long, the daughter of Sheriff Andy Long. Bob married a Miss Geer and Frank first married a Miss Toms, the daughter of Mr. James (Jim) Toms of Rutherfordton. His second marriage was to Miss Annie Bell Erwin, the daughter of Major Lawson Erwin, of Rutherfordton. Major Erwin served as register of deeds for Rutherford county for many years.
One of the daughters married Mr. Andy Eaves, I don’t recall her name and they lived near the fair ground where Mr. Don Melton now lives. The other daughter, Miss Sallie, married Mr. J. M. (Jim) Biggerstaff and they resided in Forest City until Mr. Biggerstaff died, and I think she then moved to Spartanburg, S. C. These sons and daughters are now all dead.
Colonel Logan was a farmer and also did a lot of cabinet work. He was also a cooper by trade. I do not remember now whether he made barrels or not but I do know that he made numbers of half-bushel measures. They were made out of mulberry timber and were made round with staves like a barrel. There were two iron bands around them, one at the bottom and one about two inches from the top, with a rivet in each stave. They sold for about $1.50 each. My father had two of these half-bushel measures, as they were called, and I have measured thousands of bushels of wheat in these two measures in the days when my father ran a threshing machine throughout the country each year.
You can find a number of these half-bushel measures in Rutherford county today. They would last a lifetime. Mr. Logan was one of the community’s leading citizens. For many years he was a justice of the peace, represented Rutherford county in the General Assembly in 1848 and was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for delegate to the state convention of 1875. For many years he was Rutherford county’s railroad agent.