Memoried Glances: 1941 — LaGrange hits the big screen

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2016

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Februaries past, 75 years ago.

From The LaGrange Daily News, 1941.

Front Page News

Full Length Movie of LaGrange Being Shot — A full length, color movie of LaGrange people, institutions and activities will be made during the next eight days and will be shown for one day only at the LaGrange Theatre on Friday, Feb. 28, it became known today with the arrival of the camera crew of Reelife Motion Pictures. The movie will be entitled “LaGrange in Reelife.”

The movie will depict significant activities in the community’s educational, industrial, business, religious, recreational, civic, governmental and social life. Filming will continue until Feb. 24, when about 1,800 feet of film will have been shot.

Several thousand residents of this community will have the opportunity to see themselves on the screen when the production is completed.

LaGrange Resident Contributes to American Legion Campaign — With a donation of helmets, Mrs. Ellis M. Ivey is the first LaGrange contributor to the American Legion’s nationwide drive for old war helmets, guns and other articles that will aid the war effort in England.

A.B. Brooks, official of the drive in LaGrange, urges all LaGrange citizens who have any of these articles to bring them to Lee Battery Service.

Outstanding Kiwanians From Georgia Converge on City — Tonight the LaGrange Kiwanis Club, sponsored by the Newnan club, will officially enter existence. Outstanding Kiwanians from over the state, led by International President Mark A. Smith of Thomasville, will converge on LaGrange for the Charter Night program and dance.

George E. Simpson, immediate past district governor from Valdosta, will present the Kiwanis charter to R.L. Hinson, president of the LaGrange club.

Following an address by the international president, a dance will be held with music by Vannie Sanders and his orchestra at the Highland Country Club.

Kiwanis Club is Feted Tuesday — The LaGrange Lions Club was host to the recently organized Kiwanis Club at a luncheon on Tuesday at noon.

F.M. Chalker, principal of LaGrange High School, made a brief address, welcoming the Kiwanis Club into LaGrange civic clubs. R.L. Hinson, Kiwanis president, expressed the appreciation of the new club.

Camp Viola in Great Demand During Summer Months — Bookings at Camp Viola, the municipal camp used each year for outings for underprivileged children and by numerous other youth groups, have already been made for the coming summer months through Aug. 10, according to Miss Viola Burks, director of the camp.

In addition to the camp for underprivileged children, which covered a period of four weeks, many LaGrange and Troup County churches and youth groups held conferences and retreats at Camp Viola during the past summer, each group using the full capacity of the camp, which has sleeping accommodations for 50 persons. Every summer approximately 100 children are given an outing of two weeks at the camp.

Miss Burks spoke to the board of directors of the LaGrange Community Fund at their recent quarterly meeting confirming the continued need for an effectiveness of the summer camp.

John W. Carley Appointed to West Point — John W. Carley of LaGrange has received an appointment to the West Point Military Academy and will enroll at the school during the first week of July.

John, an honor student at Marion Institute in Alabama was appointed by Congressman Sidney Camp, Fourth District representative in the lower House.

Boy Scouts Step Into Administrative Positions of LaGrange for One Day — Rex Justice acted as mayor of LaGrange today as local Boy Scouts stepped into administrative positions for a day, the project being a part of the local observance of Boy Scout Week.

The mayor, six councilmen and a recorder were elected Tuesday afternoon by the 160 scouts of LaGrange, representing nine troops who met at the courthouse under the leadership of George O. Jones, LaGrange Boy Scout district chairman; Frank Hutchinson, LaGrange district commissioner; and the scoutmasters of the participating troops.

Horace Erwin, Ralph Patterson, Jerome Wood, Pat Smith, Richard Lewis and Billy Mann were elected councilmen, and William Brookshire was named recorder. Other city officials were named in an executive session.

Today the youthful officials worked with the grownups in all departments of the city’s government. The observance was a gala as well as a profitable affair.

Harriett’s Letter — A teacher friend of mine sent me the following answer she received on a test, showing me her profession is no bed of roses.

Q. What is anatomy?

A. Anatomy is the human body which consists of three parts: the head, the chist and the stummick. The head contains the eyes and brains, if any. The chist contains the lungs and a piece of liver. The stummick is devoted to the bowels, of which there are five, a, e, i, o, u and sometimes w and y.

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