The County Democratic Party has been an organized force in the county for many years and can be counted on to create and collaborate and participate in Democratic sponsored events and activism.
It is the home party of a number of prominent Democratic leaders and activists. The Party is home base for our 9THDDWN, Chair, June Krise.
Among the well known and most revered is Mildred Greear, retired political and civil rights activist known for her relentless pursuit of passage of the ERA lives in Helen continuing her vocation as writer and poet. There is a sketch by Ms. Greear in the 9thDDWN Women of History website.
From Chair Richard Krise
White County Party Officers for 2017-18. From L-R Lynda Doll – 2nd V Chair, June Krise – Secretary, Bruce Martin – 1st V Chair, Ted Doll Treasurer, and Richard Krise – Chair. — with Ted Doll.
Chair: Richard Krise,
Meetings: One meeting per quarter, dates TBD. Western Sizzlin’, GA Hwy 75 between Cleveland & Helen
Demographics 2010 Census :
“there were 27,144 people, 10,646 households, and 7,750 families residing in the county.The population density was 112.8 inhabitants per square mile (43.6/km2). There were 16,062 housing units at an average density of 66.7 per square mile (25.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.1% white, 1.7% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.In terms of ancestry, 16.0% were English, 14.9% were American, 14.5% were Irish, and 10.8% were German. The median income for a household in the county was $41,756 and the median income for a family was $50,981. ” Wikipedia
History: Situated “on the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountain chain approximately eighty miles northeast of Atlanta. It encompasses most of the headwater streams of the Chattahoochee River and is thus a major source of Atlanta’s water supply. Georgia’s 123rd county, carved out of Habersham County by an act of the state legislature in 1857 ….The first white settlers who came to the area, which once belonged to the Cherokee Indians, emigrated from nearby Georgia counties and from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Most settlers engaged in subsistence farming, as the mountainous terrain made it unsuitable for large-scale agricultural enterprises.” — Lumsden, Thomas N. “White County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 07 May 2017. Web. 12 May 2017
Georgia gold first was discovered in 1828 around Duke’s Creek, now known as the Nacoochee River. Mining continued for almost one hundred years. Clear cutting of much of the now Chattahoochee National Forest resulted from the coming of industrialized lumbering at the turn of the 19th-20th century. The industry and the railroad that it brought led to the rising of an industrial town which became Helen.
Helen fell into hard times with the complete denuding the area forests closing the mills. On the banks of the Chattahoochee, the town has become a tourist destination through its recreation of itself as a replica of an Alpine Village. Cleveland, the other incorporated city and county seat is famous as the host of the Cabbage Patch Doll “Hospital.” New Georgia Encyclopedia