Memoried Glances: LaGrange in 1965 — Groundbreaking set for WP Dam

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Novembers past, 50 years ago.

From the LaGrange Daily News, 1965.

Front Page News

Groundbreaking Set For Giant Dam — Groundbreaking ceremonies for the giant $64.5 million West Point Dam will be held in February.

This was announced here today by Col. Paul W. Ramee, district engineer of the Corps of Engineers in Savannah.

Exact date and details for the program will be announced at a later date, Col. Ramee said.

The event will be held in conjunction with John J. Flynt Jr. Appreciation Day. Flynt is congressman of the Sixth District, and has been instrumental in guiding the project through Congress.

Arrangements for the groundbreaking ceremonies will be handled by the Troup County Board of Commissioners, highest governmental organization in the County.

Troup Kindergartens To Start In December — Kindergartens for elementary schools in the Troup County School System will begin operation about Dec. 1 with the possible exceptions of Center and Rosemont where minor building modifications are required.

The program is estimated to accommodate from 250 to 300 5-year olds who will be eligible to enter first grade in September 1966.

The program is estimated to cost $129,551 and will be financed entirely through federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Dr. Rainey Honored By State Group — Dr. S.C. Rainey III of LaGrange is Georgia’s Optometrist of the Year In Community Services for 1965.

He was presented a plaque in recognition of the honor at the 62nd Annual Convention of the Georgia Optometric Association in Athens. At the same time Dr. Rainey was elected secretary-treasurer of the state group.

Scott Named Outstanding Young Farmer — Curtis Eugene Scott has been named Troup County’s Outstanding Young Farmer of 1965.

The LaGrange Jaycees honored Scott in special ceremonies at Highland Country Club.

His selection was based on progress in his farming career, his natural resources and conservation practices and his contributions to the well-being of his community.

He will be entered in state competition and the winner at the state level will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Awards Program and Banquet.

Scott, 34, has been in the dairy business in Pine Mountain since 1952 and his dairy farm, Moo Meadows, was featured in the October issue of the Dixie Co-Op News.

Crawford To Kickoff For bulldogs — Stan Crawford, former LaGrange High School football star, will do the kickoffs for the University of Georgia when the Bulldogs tangle with Georgia Tech in Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Coach Vince Dooley said Crawford, a junior, is a good kicker, giving high and deep penetration of kickoffs to give Georgia good coverage.

Homecoming-Gala Event — One of the big events of the year at Troup High School is the annual homecoming festivities.

Included in the events are the homecoming parade, football game, dance and crowning of the homecoming queen. This year’s queen is Miss Barbara White. First runner-up is Miss Joyce Robinson and second-runner up is Miss Sue Boyd.


Grandma Had Her Day — Those – uh – garments that are the latest fad among teenage girls are definitely misnamed.

“Grannies,” they’re called. But if they would stop to think about it, the girls would realize that grandma would never have been caught dead in anything like that.

The grandmothers of today’s teenagers were, in fact, members of the “flaming youth” generation of the 1920s, when ultra-short skirts, which modern girls think they invented, were really the “bee’s knees.” (Translation: “In,” “crazy,” “ the greatest.”)

Grandma a flapper?

It gives one sober pause.

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