Mays past, 100 years ago.
From the LaGrange Reporter, 1914.
Front Page News
Iron Foundry for LaGrange — That LaGrange is really to have a new industry in the form of an iron foundry is indeed gratifying for it has been a tacitly granted fact that this kind of business would be of great benefit to the city.
The firm will be LaGrange Foundry and Machine Company. Principal stockholders will be Messrs. I.N. Lozier, business manager; E.H. Clark; H.W. Caldwell; F.J. Pike; J.D. Hudson and Charles Cox of West Point, production manager. Mr. Lozier will own the majority of the stock, all of which will be sold in the local area.
Contract Let for School — Mr. J.E. Dunson informed a representative of The Reporter late last year that the contract for the new school building was let yesterday to Pike Brothers at a figure of between $26,000 and $27,000. Exact figures could not be given for this reason.
The new school building will be constructed on the extension of Gordon Street, a short distance from the Troup County Fair grounds.
Eleven Pupils Graduate at LaGrange High School — This year’s graduating seniors at LaGrange High School represent some of the brightest young people in LaGrange and no doubt many of them will take a stand in college that will be a credit to the high school.
The class is almost the same size as last year, but this year there are two boys, while only one graduated last year.
The 11 graduates are: Eleanor Orr, Ethel Pike, Vivian Holmes, Clifford Rutland, Leon Smith, Allena Woodall, May Adams, Eleanor Dunson, Mae Bagwell, Sarah Segrest and Claude Dunson.
Mr. F.E. Callaway Purchases Cadillac — Messrs. Cason Callaway and Robert Ammons went to Atlanta Wednesday to bring back the new seven-passenger Cadillac touring car, which was bought by Mr. Fuller Callaway a few days ago.
This is the third 1914 model Cadillac that has been sold in LaGrange recently.
“The Tango Leg” the Latest Society Ailment — Atlanta society women, particularly the matrons who are not as slender as they were once, are suffering in many instances with a new ailment, “the tango leg,” which has become as distinguished an honor as having appendicitis used to be.
The tango leg, which has unmistakeably arrived in this part of Georgia, according to the testimony of local physicians, is not a species of St. Vitus’ dance. It is a kind of muscular rheumatism and muscle fatigue, coupled with a stiffness of the knees.
It comes from dancing long and violently, becoming overheated and then cooling off suddenly.
“Any dancing could produce it, in which there is a good deal of bending of the knees,” said one physician in discussing the symptoms, “but so far as I have known there was never any general complaint until the advent of the tango.”
Woman Suffrage Will Lessen the Divorce Evil — That the divorce evil, which has been growing terribly in Georgia in recent years, will be greatly lessened by the advent of votes for women is one of the arguments being used by Atlanta and local suffragettes this spring in their campaign to win men to their way of thinking.
“With men and women equal and politically independent,” said a leader in the ranks here today, “marriage will have a new meaning; wives will become real partners, and husbands will regard them with a higher respect than he often does now.”
LaGrange’s Schools and Colleges — The close of LaGrange’s two excellent colleges and its splendid public schools brings to mind what valuable factors these institutions are to the community.
Since the greatest asset of a community is its people, and its progress and development are determined by the class and character of its population, it is difficult to estimate the value of agencies whose sole aim is to instruct, train and broaden the coming generation.
All honor, therefore, to our prizes possessions, the Southern and LaGrange colleges, whose mission it is to send forth young women fully equipped for their duties and responsibilities in life. Equal appreciation is due to our public schools, which contribute so much toward the earlier training of our children. And for our teachers who are entrusted with these responsibilities, and who are displaying such consecration to their mission, no words of appreciation can be too high.
LaGrange is proud of its splendid manufacturies and businesses, but deep in the hearts of everyone its schools and colleges are prized among its most valuable assets.