Julys past, 75 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.
Front Page News
Pullman Car Named in Gala Ceremonies — This morning as whistles blew, as flags flew and as martial music filled the air, local citizens and railway executives joined in paying tribute to Fuller E. Callaway, founder of a group of cotton mills that bear his name, whose ability and business acumen plus a love for the folks with whom he was associated in business gave him world-wide renown.
Sponsored by the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce, all LaGrange joined in today’s celebration which was featured by the dedication of a Pullman car named in memory of Mr. Callaway, by a barbecue and by inspection of the car which arrived in town at 8:30 o’clock this morning via the Atlanta and West Point Railroad Company tracks.
The car will leave LaGrange tonight in train 33 to go in regular service in trains 37 and 38, operating between New York and New Orleans via the Southern Railway System, Atlanta and West Point Route, and Louisville and Nashville Railroad.
The car will pass through LaGrange after today, regularly two or three times a week.
New LaGrange All-Girls Band Being Planned — A new LaGrange all-girls band is in the making Vannie Sanders announced today.
In inviting girls from the city at large to attend, the veteran leader of musical corps and bands said that the organization was now meeting twice weekly at the Southwest LaGrange school. New applicants will not be under handicap by reporting for practice now. Meetings are at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
During recent meetings an average of 20 girls have been reporting for practice. Sanders wants to build up a unified corps of 50 young ladies.
Local Hospital to Receive Radium Shipment — One hundred milligrams of medical radium are to be sent to the City-County hospital by the United States Department of Public Health, it was announced today by Dr. Enoch Callaway, head of the cancer clinic.
Application for the radium was sent to the National Cancer Institute, the custodian of radium, more than eight months ago. Approval was voiced through the health department and by the cancer clinics of the state.
The shipment of the mineral will be used for medical purposes in cancer therapy and doubles the amount now on hand at the hospital. It comes to LaGrange through a loan policy conducted on a yearly basis.
Two Thousandth Phone Established in LaGrange — Proof of LaGrange’s growth during the past 45 years was shown Saturday when the two-thousandth telephone was established here by the Southern Bell Telephone Company.
Installed in the home of George P. Bailey on Greenville Street, the telephone climaxes a long story which began in 1894 when Wade Milam came to this city and established the first unit. From this inception the growth of LaGrange has been correlated by that of the telephone company.
The first long distance telephone line was built out of the city by C.B. Truitt. It connected LaGrange with Newnan and West Point the days of “crank phones.”
U.S. War Planes to Visit LaGrange — A group of United States war planes will fly over LaGrange and environs on Aug. 2 dropping greetings to the inhabitants in celebration of the 30th anniversary of military aviation in this country.
Starting from Maxwell Field in Montgomery, the unit of sky fighters will visit towns throughout this part of the state. They will maneuver in the sky above the city then drop their salutations.
The communications will either be in parachutes or in cards.
City Teachers to be Paid — While school teachers all over Georgia are singing the blues because of the inability of their school system to pay salaries, the LaGrange city instructors will be hip-hop hooraying at the end of this month.
Salaries totaling $8,500 will be mailed out to them before July has slipped off the calendars.
According to City Clerk J.H. Moss, checks have already been made out and will be dispatched within the week.
Harriett’s Letter — The many friends of Baptist missionaries, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Johnson, are delighted that they have chosen LaGrange as their residence during their year’s furlough from the mission field in Brazil.
They chose LaGrange, so Mrs. Johnson said, because the city of Elms and Roses offered everything they wanted for their children, Ettie Jean, Elton Jr. and Ernest – a cultural background and present-day advantages.
Ernest is only 2 years old and was only speaking Portuguese when he arrived in the states on June 13. He has already learned to obey instructions and speak a tiny bit of English. Pretty smart for a 2 year old, isn’t he?
Elton Jr., 5 years old, has just seen his first little red wagon and immediately wanted one. Now, every day he asks, “Will I get a little red wagon?” I bet that he will.
(In a later issue of the Daily News in July, Elton Jr. had received his wagon and was a happy little boy.)
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.