Memoried Glances: LaGrange in 1915 — Lab tests city water for bacteria

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Novembers past, 100 years ago.

From the LaGrange Reporter, 1915.

Front Page News

City of LaGrange to Analyze its own Water — In connection with our efficient waterworks plant there has been added a bacteriological laboratory for determining the quality of our drinking water.

Heretofore the State Board of Health has been making monthly analyses of our water, but recently it has been inconvenient for their laboratory to make analyses regularly.

Pure water is very important factor and the means of keeping in constant touch with its purity is an asset all waterworks plants should avail themselves of regularly. We are proud of the fact that LaGrange is one of the very few cities in Georgia who has provided herself with this means of safeguarding the public against questionable drinking water.

It is not the intention of the city to condone the laboratory to analyses of city water, only those with a well or a spring who desire to have their water analyzed can make arrangements to do so.

Troup’s Float About Ready — The fact that Troup County will be represented with a float, and an unusually pretty one too, at the Harvest Festival in Atlanta next week is now an absolute certainty. In fact, the fame of the large structure is about completed and already a variety and large quantities of every variety of farm products have been secured for the decorations.

Under the supervision of Mr. H. H. Carter the work on the float has been progressing all this week, both night and day. The job will be completed by Friday night and a beautiful float will leave for Atlanta early Saturday morning on a flat car to represent Troup County at the festival.

Synod Closed Friday Night — The closing sermon of the Synod of Georgia, held in LaGrange, beginning last Tuesday, Nov. 16, was preached on Friday night by the reverend M. Shields, superintendent and evangelist. By a rising vote the representatives from every part of Georgia at the Friday session ruled that the LaGrange gathering was the most successful one that the body ever held, and expressed their appreciation to the people of LaGrange for their delightful hospitality.

One of the most important actions taken during the session was the appointment of a commission to act upon a legacy of $10,000 to be used in support of an orphanage in Georgia in connection with the Nacoochee Institute. The term of the legacy requires the raising of an additional $10,00 by the Synod of Georgia. It was decided that this will be undertaken.

Next’s year’s meeting will be held in Dalton.

Motorcycle and Horse Race — If the weather permits the motorcycle races which were announced last week to take place at the Troup County Fair Grounds Saturday afternoon will begin at 2 o’clock and continue until about 5. About 12 entries have been made and a lively affair is expected.

A feature of next week for the lovers of good horses will be the horse races to take place on Thursday, Nov. 25, at the fair grounds under the management of Mr. J. F. Carley. There will be three matched races of horses which have won in Macon and other cities.

Bids for Carrying Mail — The postmaster of LaGrange advises that competitive bids may now be received for carrying the mails between the post office and depot, from the LaGrange post offices to the South LaGrange office, and from LaGrange to Glenn.

Those desiring information should apply at the post office in LaGrange.

Georgia Gets Real Probation Laws — A complete triple victory for the Prohibitionist of Georgia was embodied in the three new prohibition bills which Gov. Harris has signed to become laws on May 1, 1916.

The first bill, called the omnibus bill, absolutely prohibits the sale of liquors, wines and beer near or in Georgia, and their manufacture as well. It even limits to a minimum per month amount of whiskey a man may have in his own home for personal use.

The second bill is called the anti-shipping bill, and prohibits the shipment into the state or from one point to another in the state or from one point to another in the state of any kind of liquor or beer excepting only the minimum amounts to be used by private individuals.

The third measure absolutely prohibits the advertising of any liquor, wines or beer in the state. This includes not only papers in the state of Georgia, but means that no national magazines or New York or out of state papers can be sold at all in Georgia until all liquor, wine and beer ads have been either clipped out bodily or covered with lamp black by the dealers.

The combined effect of these laws gives Georgia the most stringent and radical set of prohibition legislation ever passed by any state in the Union, not even excepting Alabama.

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