Mays past, 75 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.
Front Page News
Next Superior Court in New Edifice — Unless something unforeseen develops, Judge Lee B. Wyatt has held his last Troup County Superior Court in the Masonic Hall on Broad Street, a substitute courthouse for the county since the burning of the old courthouse in November, 1936.
Regular May term of court adjourned yesterday so another term will not convene until November when the new courthouse on Ridley Avenue will be completed and one term of the City Court will have already been held in the new building.
Present plans call for the three-unit county administration housing project - erected at an estimated cost of $250,000 - to be ready for occupation by the last of August or the first of September.
New Meriwether Road Project — New road projects have been advertised by the Georgia Highway Department and among those advertised for letting on June 2 is a 9.045 stretch of the LaGrange-Greenville highway lying in Meriwether County.
Letting of this highway will complete the 19-mile stretch between the county seats of Troup and Meriwether counties. Work is presently underway on 9 miles of the road from LaGrange to the Meriwether County line.
County Schools Close Tomorrow — Despite adverse financial conditions, Troup County’s school system rounds out nine months of work for the 1938-39 term tomorrow with commencement exercises set for Friday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
The final three months of the current year saw teachers of the system receive only two-thirds of their pay checks when state authorities cut off all funds due to a financial crisis that developed when the General Assembly failed to pass additional revenue measures as requested by Gov. E. D. Rivers. Fighting against closing our schools, Superintendent J. H. Melson borrowed sufficient funds from the County Commissioners to operate the schools for the full nine months.
Schools Face Shutdown Next Year in Troup — Troup County schools will be unable to open for the 1939-40 term unless sufficient funds are made available for payment of money borrowed to operate during the last three months of the term, which has just closed, Superintendent J. H. Melson informed Dr. M.D. Collins, state superintendent of schools, today.
Mr. Melson said that approximately $25,000 was due the county by the state in teachers’ salaries and that until some means of wiping out this indebtedness, which would make it possible for the county board to pay off its debt, the county school system would be forced to remain closed.
The county board of education and Mr. Melson borrowed sufficient funds from the County Commissioners to pay two-thirds of the 65 teachers’ salaries during March, April and May with the hope that some means would be provided during the summer by the governor and General Assembly to pay the remaining one-third due the teachers.
Mr. Melson said that the county school board has promised to pay off all existing indebtedness before opening the school for the 1939-40 term.
New Lighting System Dedicated to Floyd Smith — Callaway Stadium’s new lighting system, which makes night baseball possible, has been dedicated to the memory of Floyd Smith, sterling athlete and widely loved and respected young man of the city.
In a glowing tribute to Smith’s prowess in the field of sports, George S. Johnson, who coached Floyd during his high school days, said members of the Overseers’ Club of Callaway Mills, who made possible the lighting system, had voted unanimously to dedicate the new system to the memory of “one who excelled in whatever he set his hand to.”
Some 2,500 persons were in attendance at the initial night game in the city. Final score was Gadsden 4, Callaway 3.
Methodists to Build Parsonage — A new site for the construction of a new parsonage for the First Methodist Church has been donated by Dr. and Mrs. Emory R. Park in honor of Dr. Park’s grandparents, the late Judge Benjamin Henry Bigham and Mrs. Mary Jane Bigham, it was announced today.
The lot, selected by a church committee and approved by the church conference, is located on North Greenwood Street on the west side of the street. An earlier location on Vernon Street had been considered.
Miss Geiger is Crowned Cotton Queen — Miss Florence Geiger of Dixie was crowned 1939 Cotton Queen at the beauty revue staged Friday night at the LaGrange High School athletic field before hundreds of interested spectators who gathered to witness the final activities of the local observance of National Cotton Week.
Mrs. Ferrell Erquitt of Valway and Miss Eunice Traylor of Elm City were named maids of honor to the queen and were given second and third place honors in the beauty pageant.
Sponsoring organization of the local observance was the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.