Aprils past, 50 years ago.
From the LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News
Open House Set for LaGrange Board of Education Building — An Open House for the LaGrange Board of Education’s new administration building will be staged Sunday afternoon from 1 until 3 p.m.
The old Post Office building on main Street has been renovated and air-conditioned for use by the school system. The building was acquired by the city of LaGrange from the Federal Government at a cost of $9,240. Cost of renovation was $65,016.
Callaway Community Foundation Inc. and Edna Cobb Foundation provided $1,000 to supplement local funds for equipment for the offices.
Daniel Lumber Company was contractor for the renovation project.
Contract to be Let April 29 for Troup County Health Center — The contract for construction of Troup County’s $150,000 health center will be let April 29 by Troup County Commissioners, the County Board of Health was told Thursday.
A tentative completion date has been set 180 calendar days after notice to proceed with construction, according to the specifications. This would put the completion day around the end of October.
The building, to be constructed at a cost of $125,000 plus $25,000 for equipment and furnishings, will be built on a site near the City-County Hospital. It will be located between the Nurses’ Home and Vernon Street.
Total cost of the project will be shared, one-third state, one third federal and one-third local. The local $50,000 will be divided equally by the city of LaGrange and Troup County. The Fuller E. Callaway Foundation donated the land where the center will be located.
Callaway Announces New Education Building — Plans for the construction of a new 36,000 square-foot building to replace the Dallis Street Community Center were announced today by Callaway Foundation Inc.
In making the announcement, Glenn M. Simpson, secretary-treasurer of the Foundation, said Newman Construction Company of LaGrange has been awarded the contract and that preliminary work would begin immediately.
The new building, to be called the Educational Building, will be part of an area to be known as the Callaway Educational Center. It will consist of the present facilities of the Coleman Library, Callaway Auditorium, Callaway Stadium, tennis courts, picnic areas, the swimming pool and the patio.
Preservation Conference Tours City — Delegates to a conference of the Georgia Preservation Conference toured historic homes in the LaGrange area Sunday as well as homes in Talbotton.
The conference opened Friday in Columbus, and Sunday’s tour was the climax to other tours of historic homes in this general area.
In LaGrange the tour visited the Ante-Bellum Gardens and home of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller E. Callaway; Bellevue, home of Benjamin Harvey Hill now owned by the LaGrange Woman’s Club; and on the Mountville Road, the Boddie House, a Greek Revival home originally completed in the 1830s and restored by a descendant of the builder, Col. (ret.) James Boddie. While in Troup County, the tour also visited the Rutledge/Poindexter house, a Greek revival house that has columns on two sides.
Linda Purcell Receives Twin Honors in Pageant — Beautiful and gracious Linda Purcell received twin honors Friday night as she was crowned Miss LaGrange and then Miss Troup County of 1964 at the first annual Miss Troup County pageant.
The Jaycees sponsored the gala event which saw 13 Troup County beauties vie for the chance to represent this county in the Miss Georgia pageant.
Nancy Rosser, beautiful Miss Hogansville of 1964, was named runner-up to the queen. Maxine Pinson, talented pianist from LaGrange College, was second runner-up.
‘Little Miss LaGrange’ — Melanie Spence was one of 15 young girls between the ages of 6 and 8 who competed Monday night in a dress and talent divisions for the first “Little Miss LaGrange” title ever given here.
A 7-year-old second grade student at Unity School, Melanie won the title. For her talent she presented a song and dance routine. She has been taking dancing lessons for five years.
Have Fun, but … Anyone but a surly super-Scrooge is in favor of youth and the exuberance of youth.
But there’s exuberance and exuberance. And the kind that causes several hundred college students to be arrested while on spring vacation jamborees in Florida every year ought to be toned down a bit, for the students’ sake and for the sake of American youth in general.
Can’t these college kids have fun without going overboard and tearing up things and drinking too much and behaving so they give themselves and their fellow students a bad name?
Let’s give it the old college try, and slow down a little – even if it keeps our exuberance out of the news.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.