(Chattanooga Free Times Press) Cathy Callen always knew her family had history in Tennessee.
But she didn't know how deep it ran until 2006 when, inspired by a visit to Knoxville, Callen dug into a metal box full of old family letters, documents and photographs she got after her father's death.
It turned out that her great-grandfather, Andrew Jackson Neff, in 1883 founded the Maryville Times, progenitor of the daily newspaper still published in Maryville, Tenn.
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He also fought for the Union at the Battle of Chickamauga with the 84th Indiana Regiment, Granger's Reserve Corps.
"If he had been killed along with the others, I would never have been born," said Callen, of Lawrence, Kan., a retired teacher and special education program coordinator for the Topeka Public Schools.