Februaries past, 100 years ago.
From The LaGrange Reporter, 1914.
Front Page News
20 Hunters Are Fined — Twenty of our leading citizens went dove hunting last Friday. This same twenty of our leading citizens were led into the courtroom on the following Monday morning and fined $14.50 each by Judge Harwell for a violation of the state game laws.
The way it all happened was that the ground on which the hunters had selected for their sport happened to be baited, and it is a well known fact it is against the law to bait for doves.
Various accounts are prevalent as to the capture of this number of sports, and is is amazing to hear some of them tell it (now that it’s all over). Some of the hunters escaped, but most of them were caught.
One interesting story is told of how one fellow outran a passenger train on the A.B. & A. road. This may be a little exaggerated, but not much.
On Monday, Warden R. J. Willis marched into the courtroom at the head of a very meek and crestfallen lot of fellows. Each pled guilty in his turn and marched dolefully out of the room to sympathize with his fellow sufferers and to use liniment on the bruised places caused by the race.
Rapid Development of New Street Toward Fair Ground — The wisdom of the Troup County Fair Executive Committee in their selection of a fair grounds site is being wonderfully demonstrated in the developments which are taking place in the section of LaGrange leading to and surrounding the fair grounds.
New streets are being cut through, homes are being erected, and from all prospects the tide of residential development is headed in this direction. Greenwood Street, which was extended to the fair grounds, is now being extended right on to the Franklin Road, and when this is complete practically all the travel from the Franklin road into LaGrange will come via of this route.
The new city school building to cost $60,000 is to be built on Greenwood Street this summer, the land having already been purchased by the city.
In addition to new streets being planned by the city, Dr. F. M. Ridley and Mr. Jack Nix are preparing to open up in the early spring a sub-division which will be laid out in the most modern and approved site.
City’s Construction Work Continues with Celerity — LaGrange is steadily progressing toward that much desired goal of a big city and indications are indeed favorable for the younger generation and many of the elder ones to live to see the day, when street cars will be clanging along the streets of this city, and when there will be plenty of first-class hotel accommodations, theaters, a Y.M.C.A. and many other features, which characterize a desirable big city.
In an interview with Mr. T. F. Cook, manager of Pike Bros. Lumber Company of LaGrange, one of the biggest firms of its kind in this section of the state, he expressed a belief that more than twice as much buildings would be done in LaGrange this year, than was done last, which means that nearly 400 houses will be constructed.
With the building announcements that have already been made in this new year this prediction will become a reality.
The Old Town’s Full of Fine Openings — One of LaGrange’s greatest needs is for more leaders, more pioneers in initiative, if you please.
The woods are full of opportunities. Here are a few of them: LaGrange with its splendid assets of cheap electric power, broad territory as well as excellent local market and its transportation facilities, holds out splendid opportunities for all kinds of small manufacturers. A large bakery business could be built up here. Ditto a candy factory. Many of the country’s largest hosiery mills had humble beginnings with one of two machines in small lofts. The same is true of the underwear business. We ship in hundreds of dozens of overalls and work shirts — it’s an immense business. One could be made to pay here.
A first-class cab service to replace the present decrepit old nag and vehicles that line up at the depot for every train, could be made profitable.
If your inclinations run toward the amusement field, there is fine opportunity for the development of a recreation park, with bathing for everybody, swings, carousels, etc. for the children, dancing for the boys and girls, etc.
The old town is just full of good openings for men of brains and initiative and good purposes. Go to it, stick to it and make good.
We Must Build That Hotel — The need for a modern hotel has grown to be so acute as to demand the serious consideration of every citizen whose welfare is wrapped up in LaGrange’s continued growth. We cannot and should no longer neglect this condition; it is hurting LaGrange more than perhaps many realize.
Let’s stop all this profitless regretting and wishing and get together and do something about it.