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Picturing the Past 156: The Goat ManPosted Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 2:38 PM
The Goat Man, as pictured in the 1950s. (Photo provided by Peggy Williams)
I've heard and seen mentions of the "Goat Man", who traveled through Shelbyville occasionally in the 1950s and 1960s.
Here he is traveling through El Bethel in the 1950s, in a photo sent by Peggy Williams. Thanks, Peggy.
Who was the "Goat Man"? According to stories published in 2009 and 2011 in Murfreesboro newspapers he was the Rev. Charles "Ches" McCartney, a traveling preacher who traveled the nation. He died at age 97 in 1998 just before the turn of the century, the stories said.
The stories mentioned crowds coming to see the 'Goat Man' whenever he appeared.
Any memories of the Goat Man coming through Shelbyville?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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