Shafter Aaron had to find more ways to care for his family. It is fairly true that though Wall Street fell, that many in this area of the country did not feel its effects, but everyone had to find something to help out their families. For Shafter and his four sons, this was Apples. He started operations in 1938, prior to the US entering World War II as a way to bring in just a little more income for his family. Right next to his house he started construction on what would would come to be known as “Aaron’s Apple House”. This facility was for the whole sale and retail sale of apples and other agricultural products. All of the four children worked on the farm, which raised Chickens and apples, and at a later date would raise cattle. Throughout his life Shafter was involved throughout the Gilmer County community and in north Georgia. He regularly took his boys with him to a hardware store in Dawsonville that was owned by Bill Elliot’s father. His wife, Reba, served as a lunch lady at Oakland School for over 20 years before her retirement. Shafter, served on the School Board and oversaw many different aspects and the construction of new school buildings throughout Gilmer County providing for the future of the area. Two of his sons, Jack and Mack, would be the ones to carry on the apple business and pass it on to their children. Jack added a new portion to the Aaron Family Farm, one of the larger herds of Santa Gertrudis Cattle in Georgia. He served in a leadership capacity in the North Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, remained active in local politics like his father Shafter, and worked to expand the business. In the 1970’s, Jack and Mack had different missions and goals for the farm, and as the two that had been taking care of the farm, went their separate ways. Jack was involved in the newly created Future Farmers of America at Ellijay High School, and passed that tradition along to his son. Mack started his own retail and wholesale enterprise just down the road, and Jack continued to operate the original, working closely with his brother trading apples, cattle and other resources. Bill Aaron still operates that enterprise to this day.

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