Julys past, 50 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News
Completion of Dam Seen for 1970 — Col. Paul W. Ramey of the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Savannah said Tuesday that the proposed Chattahoochee River dam is expected to be completed in the early 1970s depending upon technical progress and Congressional appropriation of funds.
“I don’t know when the actual construction will start, but it is expected to begin some time in the fiscal year of 1966,” said the colonel.
Col. Ramey reported that the mapping of the reservoir has been completed and the boring is 75 to 80 percent completed. Hydro studies have been made and studies have been completed on the spillway capacity of the dam. The design of the spillway is expected to save millions of dollars in flood damages.
The West Point Dam reservoir will cover 30,000 acres and will be approximately 25 miles long.
A 100-Foot Tinsel Tree to Go In Square — A $5,000 Christmas beautification program for the square in LaGrange was announced today by the Retail Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.
Highlight of the attraction will be a gigantic, 100-foot Christmas tree made of cable wire and decorated with aluminum tinsels.
The tree will be placed directly over the fountain in the center of the square so that lights from the water will reflect off the tinsel, which will be green and blue.
Work on the project will start in November. A total of $3,000 has already been pledged to the fund. Any other firm or individual wishing to contribute may do so by contacting the Chamber of Commerce.
Dedication Set Wednesday for New Lodge Hall — Wednesday will mark another milestone in the history of Union Lodge No. 28 F&AM as Grand Master Otis Eugene Dixon visits the local organization for the laying of the cornerstone of the new lodge hall at 6:30 p.m.
Following the ceremony there will be a reception in the dining hall. All Masons, their families, and their friends are invited to attend.
The two-story unit, designed by Biggers-Scarbrough-Neal Architects, was contracted by the Newnan Construction Company. Cost of the building was about $74,000, with furnishings in excess of $85,000.
The new center of Mason activity is located on a three and one-half acre site on Highway 29, just beyond the Highway Patrol Station.
Other groups that will use the new building are: St. John’s chapter No. 11 Royal Arch Masons; Hugh De Payens Commandery No. 32 Knights Templar; and Miriam Chapter No. 32 Order of the Eastern Star.
Ranger Makes Direct Hit on Moon — Ranger 7 paved the way for America to land a man on the moon today by sending back thousands of “excellent” closeup pictures before a bullseye strike on the lunar surface.
The whole mission was termed a complete success by the scientists in the flight’s control center.
Memorial Fountains Dedicated to U2 Pilot Joe Glenn Hyde Jr. — Two water fountains were dedicated in memory of a brave pilot, Capt. Joe Glenn Hyde Jr., who lost his life in the fall of 1963 in a reconnaissance flight over Cuba; the ceremony was held at Camp Viola Sunday.
The fountains were presented by friends of the Air Force captain, who was once a counselor at Camp Viola. Steve Harrington and Freddy Ivey led the ceremony.
Local Police Chief Gets Award — LaGrange Police Chief T. E. McClung Wednesday was presented the 1964 Service Award given annually by the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.
McClung was honored at the chapter’s summer training session being held at the Holiday Inn at Callaway Gardens.
Hiking Youth Fails to Match Relative’s Record — A 12-year-old youngsters hiked from West Point to LaGrange this week, but failed to match a record established by his grandfather 40 years ago. His time was only a little more than four hours. Zim took on the project after learning of his grandfather’s time.