Clayton Tribune, (Rabun Co. GA) Thursday, January 16, 1930, Page 16:
“Fred B. Derrick---City councilman, businessman and one time famous baseball player was born at Burton, Georgia, Rabun County, in 1891.
He received his early educational training in the Burton Schools after which he attended school at Georgia Tech.
Fred has an interesting career in professional baseball, having followed this interesting work 10 years. He was with the Portland Pacific Coast League in Oregon three years, Toledo two years, Birmingham one year. Mr. Derrick’s baseball career was suddenly ended by an injury sustained in a serious railroad wreck in Illinois in 1917, in which some of his less fortunate team mates were killed.
Being unable to follow his favored career longer on account of this injury Mr. Derrick returned to his home in Clayton and went into business for himself under the firm name of the Derrick Motor Co., which firm has enjoyed a thriving business under his management.
Mr. Derrick possesses rare ability in civic and industrial leadership and is a citizen of whom Clayton is and should be proud of.
For a number of years he has been a member of the City Board of Education, now the Rabun County High School where he has rendered a signal service to his community.
Fred is one of the most genial and happy fellows with whom we have come in contact with since living in Clayton all these years, at all times ready and willing to lend a helping hand to any worthy cause. He makes a valuable citizen whom with his brother, they have built up a business that is not surpassed by any in this section of the country.
The Derrick Motor Company, which they established several years ago and which is the agency for the Ford Automobile was one of the first service stations of the town and has grown from year to year until now it is the largest business in the county.”
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