Augusts past, 100 years ago.
From The LaGrange Reporter, 1914.
Front Page News
Horse Racing At Fair Grounds — There will be a big week in LaGrange in August for those who like to deal in horses and who love good horse flesh. A big horse traders’ convention will be held this month bringing people from every part of the county with their stock to be traded.
There will also be exciting horse racing at the Troup County fair grounds and over $500 will be distributed in prizes. The racing will be in charge of Dr. L.D. Mitchell and Mr. G.K. Robertson, who have charge of the fair grounds until the fair this fall.
Some of the prettiest horses ever seen in LaGrange before have been attracted to the city by the purses and a great deal of interest has been demonstrated in the contests.
New M. & B. Depot to be Constructed — The contract for the new M. & B. Depot will be let in a few days and a new building, much nicer and larger, will be constructed to take the place of the old one, which was burned a short time ago.
Since the destruction of the old depot, this road has been using a box car as an office.
This is the second new depot for LaGrange this year as the A.B. & A. completed their new structure in the spring.
Contract Let for School Steam Heating Plant — The contract for the modern steam heating plant for the new school building, which is under construction on the extension of Greenwood Street, was let last Tuesday night to the Eichberg Heating Co. of Atlanta for $4,500.
This plant will be a model system of heating, furnishing ample warmth for the large structure during the winter months.
Work is progressing rapidly on the new building and the contractors will have it completed by Christmas, which will afford use of the building for the spring term.
Goat Rock Dam Movie Shown at Grand —Goat Rock Dam, the wonderful source of electric power situated at Columbus on the Chattahoochee River, was shown in LaGrange the other night by moving pictures at the Grand theater.
This marvelous piece of engineering was presented in a very interesting movie and gave in some measure to the people in this city an idea of how thousands of horse power are sent to us by the little wire conveyors.
Raises Fine Cantaloupes — It is one thing to talk about the wonderful possibilities of Troup County soils – what they will produce under intelligent handling – and another to go ahead and prove the possibilities. Mr. E. J. Moon, a progressive farmer residing in the Big Springs community, deserves credit for showing what can be done in the way of raising cantaloupes.
From a patch of about two-thirds of an acre, Mr. Moon will raise between 2,500 and 3,000 fine-flavored, juicy cantaloupes of the Rocky Ford variety. He is marketing them every other day in LaGrange, and of course is finding ready sale for them at remunerative prices. His melons are far superior to those shipped from South Georgia, not only on account of the thorough methods of cultivation employed, but from the fact that they do not have to be pulled while green, as is the case with melons shipped a great distance.
Mr. Moon is happy to talk with other local farmers who might want to begin growing cantaloupes.
Stay on the Farm — (In an August issue of The Reporter, the newspaper urged area farmers to stay on the farm. The writer said:)
Stay on the farm where you can be your own boss, instead of going off to the city to be somebody’s clerk or hired man – that is unless you have some special marked and definite talent for some particular work.
Read all you can, study all you can and prepare yourself to be a good farmer – a genuinely wide-awake, progressive farmer – and you will, nine chances out of 10, fare better than if you should go to town.
As we see it, the farmers’ day is coming. The best sign is that the farmers themselves are getting aroused and studying their privileges and rights.
Change for Better in New Fall Fashions — For local ladies who want to a forecast of fall fashions, the well-known fashion writer Grace Margaret Gould of the Woman’s Home Companion says that a change for the better has occurred in the fashion world.
Hips are becoming fashionable and the waist line is to put in an appearance again. But the best news of all, she says, is that women can really walk again.
“Little mincing steps and odd, curious jumps are no longer the pitiful substitutes for walking. Skirts are to be wider. The slit has gone. And, after all, when you come to think of it, it was a pretty hard task to combine self-respect and a slit skirt.”
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.