Memoried Glances: LaGrange in 1915 — Moving away from 1-teacher schools

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 3, 2015

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Octobers past, 100 years ago.

From The LaGrange Reporter, 1915.


A Consolidated Rural School �� A movement is on foot among the progressive people of a certain section of Troup County to combine two or more districts in the building of a consolidated school. The plan is meeting with a most encouraging reception, most of the people having already decided that the day of the one-teacher school has passed and that one of the prime needs of the rural communities is the establishment of schools which equal or surpass in efficiency the public schools of the towns and cities.

The Reporter is not at liberty to publish the details at this stage, but hopes to be able to make a full announcement of the successful working out of the plan within a short time.

It is understood that a number of citizens have pledged liberal subscriptions toward the erection of a first-class school building to cost $7,000 or more. A very sound feature of the plan is to procure at the outset a large tract of land, not only sufficient for ample playground space but for a small farm, and to make farming and domestic economy important branches of the curriculum.

Front Page News

Fair Week Draws Near — All contracts concerning amusement and attractions for the great Troup County Fair have been closed and everybody is eagerly awaiting the dawn of Oct. 19, when the big event will begin.

Littlejohn’s Carnival, one of the biggest companies of its kind in the United States, will be here with fully 20 shows and the big, free attractions; the spectacular flight of a French man in one of the latest model aeroplanes will undoubtedly draw the largest crowds that have ever been on the inside of the fair grounds. Bombs will be dropped form a high altitude by the aviator, illustrating the manner in which the aeroplane is used in the war.

The fair will open on Tuesday, and this day has been chosen as the school children’s day. Reductions will be made for all school children and teachers. All teachers and pupils are expected to attend that day. Wednesday will be Hogansville Day, Thursday will be Farmers’ Day and Friday will be West Point Day. Large delegations are expected on their respective days.

LaGrange will be well-decorated for the fair with 50 lines of flags strung along the streets of the city, and the interior and exterior of the fairground buildings artistically decorated. All of the local merchants are expected to decorate their stores in order that the entire city will be “dressed” for the occasion.

Street Dance Popular Idea — LaGrange people, both old and young, are taking great interest in the street dance, which will be held here on Monday night, Oct. 18.

Two hundred couples from LaGrange, Hogansville, West Point and other surrounding towns are expected to take part in the dancing.

The City of LaGrange will be decorated as never before, and enchanting music from an Italian band, that will be here during the fair, will inspire the dancers into lively stepping.

The south side of the square will be roped off for the event with an overhead canopy of many colored lights. Dancers will be masked and this will be the first masquerade street dance ever held in LaGrange.

West Point People Brave the Weather — Friday evening, Oct. 22, was West Point Day at the Troup County Fair and in spite of the heavy rain that had made the roads almost impassable, a goodly crowd was here from that progressive city.

A decision was made to prolong the fair through Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Carnival will remain and the horse racing will take place Saturday and the next Monday and Tuesday.

Many West Point residents decided to observe Tuesday, the 26th, as another West Point Day.

High School Boys to Play Football — A strong bunch of the LaGrange High School boys have organized a football team and will clash with some of the high schools in neighboring towns this season.

Although many of the members of the LaGrange club are underweight, they all have plenty of nerve and grit, and after all that is what it takes to have a winning team.

Alvin Hart is captain of the group and Mr. Irvin Lehmann has consented to coach them. Mr. Carver Carley is manager.

Swipe Telephone And Get Only 15 Cents — One of the most unusual robberies ever recorded in this county was that of Wednesday night when a pay station telephone was literally taken from the A.B. & A. Depot and burglarized near the railroad. The climax of the whole matter was the fact that only 15 cents was obtained from the famous talking machine.

At the same time during that same night the Busy Bee Cafe near the depot was broken into and a few packages of cigarettes were taken.

The LaGrange police force got busy and at this time they have just about rounded up the youngsters who were involved in the matter.

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