There have been so many times during the planning and implementation of the Washington Bicentennial that I wanted to ask Bettye Broyles a question; then realized that was not possible. I guess you could say that was a natural response, since I always relied on her knowledge and superior memory. A great deal could be learned from Bettye; she probably knew more history about Rhea County than most of us will learn in a lifetime.
Although she was born in Birmingham, Ala., her family moved to Rhea County and lived here until she was three years old, then moved to Dalton, Ga. When Bettye was in the third grade, they moved to Chattanooga, where her father became a partner in a lumber company. A brother, Jim, was eighteen months younger, and was born during the family's stay in Rhea County.
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