Memoried Glances: Roundup — A plea to boost the Troup County Fair; LaGrange ‘City of Eternal Youth’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 29, 2015

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Augusts past

Roundup column

(It has become traditional to bring you a round-up column when we have a month with five Weekend editions of the Daily News. We Hope our readers will enjoy these items from the past that we have saved for the round-up.)

From The LaGrange Reporter, August, 1915:

An Editorial: Boost the County Fair — Officers and directors of the Troup County Fair Association are planning a fair this fall with renewed determination and this should be pleasing to a large number of our people. The fact that the outlook for our farmers is not so good as could be desired is really a strong reason for holding the fair, rather than the reverse.

Confronted as we are with new conditions and problems which we must work out for ourselves, now is the time to show what can be done in the way of producing crops other than cotton.

We hope to see a creditable demonstration at the fair of what Troup County soils are capable of doing in the way of raising corn, alfalfa, sorghum, cane, sweet potatoes and all other products for which there are profitable outlets, either directly or through the medium of meat animals. It has been said truly that the very best bag for bringing certain forage crops to market is a hog’s hide.

It is to the interest of all to place Troup County on a sound basis agriculturally. A successful county fair can do that effectually. The competition for the prizes, the friendly rivalry as between communities and individuals, the gathering together of all the people — exchanging experiences and promoting good fellowship — all these and many other good reasons behoove us all to lend a hand in this most important undertaking of the year.

From the LaGrange Daily News, August, 1940:

LaGrange, The City of Eternal Youth, Not St. Augustine — What has St. Augustine, Florida, with its Fountain of Youth, got that LaGrange hasn’t? The ancient city lured Ponce de Leon to the site in a vain quest of rejuvenation, however, T.C. Crenshaw, a former mayor of LaGrange and state legislator is still going strong at 92 years of age.

Mr. Crenshaw visits LaGrange often from his new home in Texas. The father of 10 children, he started out in business here, where he served the city as mayor and later twice was elected to the Georgia General Assembly. President Grover Cleveland appointed him to the post of collector of internal revenue, and he served in that capacity for four years.

On his current visit to LaGrange, Mr.Crenshaw said, “Georgia is a wonderful state.”

Still an active businessman, on this trip he visited the gold mines of north Georgia after a brief stay here.

In Harriett’s Letter, August 1940 — There are always many worthwhile projects going on in LaGrange on a permanent basis. Any emergency also finds us ready and anxious to cooperate to the fullest, and at present everybody is giving all possible aid to refugee women and children in foreign countries.

Under guidance of the American Red Cross all our women are knitting or sewing garments to help these unfortunates.

At present a group of loyal local ladies have pledged to give their assistance of various kinds to our splendid new hospital. They are known as the Hospital Auxiliary and they meet once a month, paying $1 a year dues.

These women have accomplished many things since their organization to bring more comfort to the patients. The latest is the purchase of a long-needed hot-tray carrier.

The group wants more members and will be happy to enroll those interested on working on this project. Please call Mrs. R.F. Jacob or Lucille Truitt.

From The LaGrange Daily News, August, 1965:

South All-Stars Elect Mahaffey — Richie Mahaffey, termed by the south All-Star basketball squad coach Glenn Cassell as the best player on the squad, has been elected a tri-captain of the South’s squad. The team will battle the North’s All-Stars on Wednesday night at Georgia Tech’s Alexander Coliseum.

The big 6-6 player averaged 20 points per game and 20 rebounds in leading coach Dick Shrewbury’s Grangers to second state title in three years.

The last of the four Mahaffey brothers to play for LaGrange High was named All-Region, All-State and to the All-State Tournament team. He has signed a full athletic scholarship with Clemson University.

From The LaGrange Daily News, August, 1990:

The Rock Eagle 4-H Range Named For Boddie — The 4-H Center at Rock Eagle recently rededicated its Rifle Range in honor of James W. Boddie, Troup County 4-H volunteer leader.

Since his retirement from the military in 1963, Boddie has taught many youngsters in the art of shooting.

Sen. Herman Talmadge, who spoke at the original dedication in 1959, delivered the rededication speech also.

A large delegation of Troup countians attended the rededication ceremony in support of Col. Boddie.

Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.