Januaries past, 100 years ago.
From The LaGrange Reporter, 1914.
Front Page News
New Year’s Eve Dance at A.B. & A. Depot — When the city clock struck the midnight hour on New Years Eve in LaGrange, a big switch engine rolled in near the new A.B. & A. depot and its whistle cord was pulled to greet the dawning of the New Year by one of the attractive young ladies attending the New Year’s Eve dance being held there.
Dozens of other whistles chimed in and for a few minutes the whole earth seemed to vibrate with the deafening roar. Inside the waiting room where the orchestra played the young people danced in spite of the fact that not a note of the music could be heard.
Music was furnished by the LaGrange string orchestra that played beautifully and almost continuously for several hours.
The dance was a notable event in LaGrange society because it was the first one at which the tango and other new dances had full sway. At one time these new dances were characterized as ungraceful and to some extent immodest. Now the new dances seem to have supplanted the old in public favor in LaGrange.
Those who didn’t know the new dances attempted to learn them at the New Year’s Eve dance.
Landmark Torn Away For Modern Building — In the year of 1860, when the first blood of the Civil War began to flow in the South and the call for soldiers echoed in every village of America, C.N. Pike Sr., father of the well-known businessman, C.N. Pike of this city, conducted a flourishing furniture store in an old building on Main Street in LaGrange. The elder Mr. Pike went to war, but did not reestablish the business after he returned home.
The old building was used as a stable for the last few years and was torn down a few days ago to make way for a modern new building to be erected by Pike Brothers – sons of the man had owned the furniture store.
That Main Street will some day be crowded with business hoses from the square to the Main Street railroad crossing is a safe prediction. The present generation will in all probability live to see the time when the residences now on this street will yield to the force of bigger business and a greater commercial center.
Mr. Callaway to Build Residence — Mr. Fuller E. Callaway is having plans prepared by Hentz & Reid of Atlanta for a handsome residence to be erected on the property acquired some years ago, formerly known as the Ferrell Gardens.
This firm has designed some of the most beautiful homes in the Druid Hills and Ansley Park districts in Atlanta. Their selection assures a residence in keeping with the beautiful setting of the famous gardens, developed through a lifetime of loving care by the noble couple who formerly owned this property.
The residence will probably be an adaptation of the Georgian or Colonial and the Italian villa schools of architecture, and will occupy practically the same site as the present building.
Construction will probably be begun in the early spring.
New A.B. & A. Depot Opened for Business Last Saturday — The new A.B. & A. Depot, which is one of the prettiest building of its kind in the state, opened for business last Saturday morning and tickets were sold for the first time from this office to scores of passengers who are beginning to travel more over this road.
Because of this new building that part of LaGrange has now taken no an entirely new appearance.
Comings and Goings — Mr. P. Thornton Marye, the well-known architect of Atlanta, was in LaGrange this week inspecting the beautiful new home of Mr. C.V. Truitt on Broad Street, rapidly nearing completion according to his plans.
This will be one of the handsomest and costly residences that adorn Broad Street. With the beautiful grounds that will be developed under Mrs. Truitt’s tasteful direction, this will no doubt be one of the beauty spots of the city.
Good Government League to be Organized — Attention is called to the notice in this issue of a meeting to be held in the basement of the First Baptist Church Friday evening for the purpose of organizing a Good Government League. As may be inferred, the purpose of this organization will be to promote sentiment and action toward upholding the law. As more discussion would hardly be appropriate at this state, no attempt will be made to forecast the possible action, policy and plans of the meeting.
Suffice it to say that the organization should receive the interest and practical support of affiliation of every citizen interested in upholding the laws and promoting the moral and material welfare of our city and section.
All interested are cordially invited.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.