James Cofer was born and raised in the Snellville area. He is related to almost all of the old families of Snellville, Britt’s, Snell’s, Clower’s, you name the family, and there is likely a genetic connection.
Snellville Historical Society had published Tom “Pap” Ewing’s book on the Snellville Consolidated School a few years back. Discussion by SHS revealed that Snellville needed a history of the town. Jim was the president of SHS, and somehow he was volunteered to write this book.
After six years of interviews and research Snellville’s first complete history book, entitled 200 Years of Snellville History has just been published by King Publishing of Boston Mass. It will be available for purchase beginning April 29, 2018. This is a remarkable book of stories, pictures, and history. The book includes 529 pages, 360 photos, figures, and tables, and over 275 cited references. Jim has brought to life Snellville’s hard times and good times of its citizens.
Jim talked with many family members of the people who founded Snellville and the surrounding community. He covered many important aspects of the Snellville community including the Native American period, early settler families, churches, schools, business and industry, military heroes, the medical community, city governance, sports, and community organizations.
He included stories about the development of the athletic programs that helped to draw the large community together. Folklore and descriptions of some of the town characters are delightful portions of the book.
This hardback book with dust jacket is priced at $30 for members of the Snellville Historical Society and $35 for non-members. Copies may be purchased at Snellville City Hall on Mondays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon or by mail. Checks should be made payable to Snellville Historical Society, add $7 shipping and handling for mail orders.
Its release was at the Snellville Historical Meeting on April 29 at the Snellville Senior Center. Elliott Brack, who wrote the forward to 200 Years of Snellville History will be the speaker at SHS’s meeting. His topic will be the First 200 Years of Gwinnett County.
The address for book sales is Snellville Historical Society, c/o Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Street, Snellville, Ga. 30078.