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1939: Increased building indicates boom for new year

Memoried Glances Julia Dyar

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Unprecedented Rise in Building Permits Here — Sensational gains in building permits coupled with reports of booming business during the final stages of 1938 today lent emphasis to predictions that 1939 will see increased business in LaGrange.


The local building trade enjoyed probably the most spectacular gains of any other line during 1938, reports at the office of City Engineer George Sargent revealed. Total permits for 1938 showed an increase of some 213 percent over the previous 12 months.


The Public Works Administration furnished 45 percent of the money needed in $394,388.87 worth of construction during the past year. Funds from the federal government were matched with local cash for the construction of the three-unit county governmental building project, Harwell Avenue and LaGrange Heights schools.


Permits filed with the city engineer for 1938 totaled $653,024.86, the largest amount for a 12-month period in memory, as compared with $208,818 during 1937.


1939 Weather Prediction — If there is one whit of truth to an old saying, LaGrange will have fine, bright weather during the first two months of this year.


Sunday and today, the first two days of 1939, brought extremely beautiful weather to the city, giving rise to predictions that January and February will follow the lead of the year’s first two days.


An old saying is that weather conditions during a new year will follow the example set by the first 12 days of the year – January weather emulating the first day, February, the second day, etc.


Grand Lodge to Lay Cornerstone — Elaborate plans for the laying of the cornerstone in Troup County’s new marble courthouse, which is under construction on the corner of Ridley Avenue and Haralson Street, are being made today.


Under the direction of William M. Sapp of Dalton, Grand Master of Georgia Masons and other officers of the Grand Lodge, the cornerstone will be laid at a date to be announced later.


School Grounds to be Beautified — Official approval of a county-wide school grounds improvement program to cost in the neighborhood of $10,988 has been received from the Works Progress Administration by the County School Superintendent, J.H. Melson, it was revealed today.


The program, to start Jan. 23 at Tatum School, calls for grading and general improvement of the grounds of all schools in the county system. Money for working 40 men with the necessary supervisors has been provided for six months.


It was not known whether the entire group of 40 workers will be placed on one project, completing it before moving to another, or whether the group will be divided with work at two or more schools underway at the same time.


PTA organizations of the various schools will be asked to furnish necessary shrubs and flowers for the beautification program.


Schools in the county system are: Abbottsford, Center, Gray Hill, Hillcrest, Mountville, Oak Grove, Rosemont and Tatum.


Plans for Dance Completed Today — Shuffling feet of Troup County’s able-bodied citizenry will resound pleasantly throughout the Highland Country Club tomorrow night as dancers add their bit towards the campaign to raise funds to continue the battle against infantile paralysis.


The President’s Ball is expected to draw a capacity crowd to the club. Committees from the Cotillion and Esquire clubs have made all the arrangements for the dance. Officers of the county committee on the celebration of President Roosevelt’s birthday are continuing with their solicitations throughout the county to raise as large a fund as possible in the annual campaign to fight infantile paralysis.


You’re Telling Me — With the national debt around $40,000,000,000, those boys who broke into the mint certainly were optimistic if they expected to find any money.


Harriett’s Letter — Moritz Rosenthal was recently quoted in Time as saying: “A man is young when a woman can make him either happy or unhappy; he is middle-aged when she can make him only happy; but he is dead and gone if she can make him neither happy nor unhappy.”


Do you suppose the same holds true with women?


Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.

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