Aprils past, 75 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.
Front Page News
Contract is Let for Methodist Church Buildings — Work on a new $56,275 parsonage and Sunday school annex for the First Methodist Church in LaGrange will begin Monday morning, J.K. Boatwright, chairman of the building committee, announced today following awarding of a contract for the construction project.
Daniel Lumber Company of LaGrange was declared low bidder on the two-building project, with the estimated construction cost placed at $56,275.
Beginning Monday morning, the local contractors have six months in which to complete the job.
The Sunday school annex, three stories high, will be constructed immediately behind the present church building, facing Vernon Street, with a connecting passageway. The new parsonage will be built behind the Sunday school, facing on Vernon Street.
LaGrange Photographed for Library of Congress — A dozen or more of the old homes of LaGrange, homes famous for their classic lines of beauty, were photographed last week by Miss Frances B. Johnston of Washington, D.C., to be added to the archives of early American architecture of the Library of Congress.
Miss Johnston is touring the South and photographing fine examples of early American architecture. She was forced to linger longer in LaGrange than she had originally planned because of the wealth and beauty suggestive of the Old South that she found in and around LaGrange.
Miss Jeanette Wilhoit, librarian at the LaGrange Memorial Library, served as her guide for the local tour.
Among the subjects selected for her camera were the homes of Mrs. W. E. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Holley, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Milam, Mrs. George Dallis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. McLendon, Mrs. R. T. Segrest, Miss Lulu Ward and Mrs. F. J. Dodd, all in LaGrange. The home of Misses Belle and Van Boddie and the Robertson home near Mountville were also included in her list of subjects.
LaGrange will be well represented in the Library of Congress’ collection.
Students’ Prints Placed on Record — Fingerprints of grammar school students of LaGrange today boosted the “personal identification” file of the city police department’s up-to-date identification department as the Junior Chamber of Commerce pushed its drive to have every school pupil in the seven city schools fingerprinted.
Fingerprints of 98 students in three schools have already been received with Dunson school leading the list with 69 on record. Harwell Avenue has listed 14 to date while Hill Street Junior High has recorded 15 to date.
This project is being sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce with the cooperation of the LaGrange Police Department. Fingerprints will be on file at the local police department and at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.
New Uniforms for Drummers — Albert Brooks, director, announced today that orders had been dispatched for new, swanky uniforms for the LaGrange Drum and Bugle Corps, thrice winners of the state championship.
The new uniforms are being purchased for the Sons of the Legion by Mr. and Mrs. Fuller E. Callaway Jr. Cut along West Point lines, the new uniforms will have red coats, trimmed in gold braid, and blue pants with a red stripe down the leg. The drum major’s uniform will be solid white with gold trimmings. Uniforms have been ordered for 47 members. They will arrive in time to be worn for a local parade late in May prior to going to Atlanta for competition in the annual statewide drum and bugle corps contest. The contest will be held June 19.
The corps will represent Georgia at the national American Legion Convention in Chicago in September.
Local Drummers View Tanks in Action — Along with other drum and bugle corps of the state, the LaGrange Drum and Bugle Corps visited Fort Benning yesterday, took a ride in government tanks and watched military operations after leading a big parade through the streets of Columbus.
Local Winners Announced in U.D.C. Essay Contest — Two students, a girl and a boy, were cited today for local first place honors in the annual historical essay contest sponsored by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A total of 1,470 students of the LaGrange and Troup County schools took part, writing essays on “Stonewall Jackson.”
Mary McCullough, student at LaGrange High School, was named winner of the high school contest. Maurice Palmer, student at Southwest LaGrange school was winner of the grammar school contest. Their essays will be entered in the division competition. Winners there will compete for state honors.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.