(This fifth weekend in March gives your writer this opportunity to bring you a roundup of editorials/articles from newspapers in the anniversary years that had to be omitted because of lack of space.)
An editorial from the LaGrange Reporter, 100 years ago:
LaGrange Water Supply Problem — It is perhaps generally known that our city fathers are giving earnest consideration to the question of water supply. Perhaps it is not realized, however, that it is a problem presenting many difficulties, the best solution of which requires careful study and planning. The prime consideration of purity, of what may follow the growth of the next 20 or 30 years, is to be studied along with that of ample supply.
As an inland city and situated on the gradual slope from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Gulf, some method of protection from the impurities of cities to the north of us is imperative. This will require some very thorough method of purification.
It is known that the present water supply is woefully inadequate. What can be done about the serious and immediate problem of protecting life and property from fire this coming summer and fall?
The Reporter would suggest that the city buy a chemical engine. Fully one-third of the city has no water mains, so a chemical engine could offer a means of adequate protection until a new water works system can be built.
The matter is in good hands in the persons of the Councilmen who are working on the problem, and we believe the people of LaGrange may confidently look forward to having the best water works system that it is possible to provide.
An editorial from The LaGrange Daily News, 75 years ago:
Our First and Last Duty is to Our Own Fair Country — Twenty years brings a new generation and just now that fact is dangerous for America, for we are facing another 1914 to 1917 with propaganda sinking its ugly poisonous fangs into our minds and hearts. Ambitious political factions in our own country are observing the crisis in central Europe as an opportunity for satisfying political ambitions over here.
What we need in America now is a vivid memory of the experience of 20 years ago to offset the propaganda with which we are being bombarded and we need a voice like thunder rolling up from the people in Washington warning the leadership of the nation to turn their eyes away from entangling European alliances. Whatever happens there, our task remains one of preserving our own traditional government and our freedom here. The thing for us to do is to attend strictly to our own business and thus preserve the heritage of freedom that our forefathers gave their lives to establish.
(A Reminder: The above was written in March of 1939. After the attack at Pearl Harbor and our nation’s declaration of war 1941, the LDN’s editorial columns supported our involvement in War World II.)
An editorial from LaGrange Daily News, 50 years ago:
A Two-Way Street — It’s a two-way street, but the traffic should be moving in the same direction on a one-way route to prosperity.
Yet, some merchants in LaGrange are apparently going in one direction and the shoppers are going in the other. In this case the shoppers are going to other towns, Columbus and Atlanta. This traffic picture was reflected in the retail sales picture in Troup County last year.
The county was down almost $1 million in retail sales in 1963 as compared with 1962. And Troup is in the minority statewide in the retail sales drop. Some 138 of our 159 counties in the state were up in retail sales for the 1963 year.
Some shoppers contend that they are forced to shop in the larger towns to “find what they want.” This is true in some cases.
The merchants in LaGrange and other Troup County shopping districts must keep pace with the times in top-notch merchandise, careful selection as to shopper appeal, competitive pricing and adequate quantity and quality control.
This $1 million drop in retail sales should remain deeply etched in our thoughts as we plan and prepare for the remaining months in this new year.
We must make Troup County a one-way street for 1964 with both the merchant and the buyer traveling side by side toward prosperity.
News item from LaGrange Daily News, 25 years ago:
A Few Words — Here’s a little item that is going the rounds: The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has 266 words. A recent Federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.