Marches past, 75 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily news, 1939.
Front Page News
Troup County Schools to Remain Open — Troup County schools will continue operation for the remainder of this school term and teachers in the system will receive monthly salaries on time.
That was the spotlighted news today coming out of the office of J. H. Melson, county school superintendent, and J. J. Milam, chairman of the county commissioners, who revealed plans were being worked out whereby the Commissioners can cooperate with school authorities in raising necessary funds for continued operation of the system during the next three months.
A county school crises was brought on by the announcement of the state board of education that no more state funds will be available for teachers’ salaries during the present term.
Approximately $8,000 monthly is necessary for the operation of the county school system, including payment of teachers’ salaries and bus drivers. Payment for this school term has been on time, funds having been borrowed from month to month when the state fell behind in monthly installments. Borrowed funds were repaid when state checks arrived and other funds were secured to meet current payrolls.
County school systems in a number of counties in the state have been forced to close in the present crisis and others may be forced to end operations before the expiration of the regular 1938-39 school term.
Troup County authorities have formulated plans to continue operation of Troup County schools. These plans are now being worked out in detail to insure operation for the next three months.
Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs Meets in LaGrange March 22-25 — The 44th annual convention of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs was in session in LaGrange this week with the LaGrange Woman’s Club as hostess.
The meeting brought over 200 club women and outstanding state and national leaders for various meetings and social functions.
It was announced today that the 1940 convention will be held in Gainesville, Ga.
Mrs. Albert Hill is president of the group. A resident of Greenvill, Ga., she is a member of the LaGrange Woman’s Club. Mrs. J.R. Dunson is president of the LaGrange club.
Thousands Cheer Roosevelt Here — LaGrange and Troup County today paid fitting tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States.
Secret Service agents, police and highway patrolmen in the front and rear, the chief executive passed swiftly through a cheering land of some 4,000 LaGrange and Troup County citizens yesterday afternoon, waving his grey fedora and smiling broadly but stopping only momentarily – not long enough to make a talk. He had declined the invitation of Mayor R. S. O’Neal to address the people briefly, so his open car swung down Broad Street, hit the square and passed quickly on to Goldstein Hill at the intersection of Ridley Avenue and disappeared down the hill amid the cheers of the throng, then on to Warm Springs and a two weeks’ vacation.
President Roosevelt came to LaGrange from Alabama, where yesterday he had visited Tuskegee Institute and Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn.
Junior Members to Run Baptist Church One Week — Actual operation of the First Baptist Church in LaGrange will be entrusted into the hands of the younger members during the week of March 6-12, it was announced today.
Church work of all phases will be in the hands of special committees of the younger members appointed by a junior board of deacons headed by Miss Kathleen Pope. Twenty six young members of the church have been named on the junior board of deacons. Special programs are being planned for each night next week with various organizations of the church in charge.
Dr. Willis E. Howard, pastor of the church, said as far as he knew the idea was “something new under the sun” with the objective of educating young members in the actual operation of the church.
Harriett’s Letter — It has been a distinct pleasure to meet and talk with the charming ladies of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs who have been enthusiastic over the entertainment program planned here in their honor.
“I know there is not a chicken left in Troup County,” said Mrs. Bessie Shaw Stafford, veteran and capable editor of the Georgia Federation and a former society editor of The Atlanta Constitution, after the luncheon given by the Lions and Rotarians at LaGrange College on Thursday. More than 300 persons were served half-chicken broiled at the luncheon as were the 200 guests at the dinner the night before.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.