Memoried Glances: 1916 — New schools planned; city in ‘photoplay’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2016

Memoried Glances

Julia Dyar

Contributing columnist

Mays past, 100 years ago.

From The LaGrange Graphic, 1916.

Front Page News

Educational Rally In East Vernon — A most interesting and helpful educational rally was held at Loyd’s Church last Thursday afternoon. A large number of progressive citizens assembled to consider the establishment of a graded high school, somewhere in this section of the county.

Dr. George G. Godard, special rural school supervisor, made an inspiring and informative address, emphasizing the need and benefits of such a school in the county districts.

The contemplated plan is the consolidation of Long Cane, Loyd and Tatum’s school district’s into one, with a graded high school located somewhere within their bounds, where the best inducements may be offered.

The boys and girls of rural Troup County deserve the same educational advantages as those offered the town boys and girls.

Just Like A Sea Breeze — When one steps from the hot, dusty streets of LaGrange into Callaway’s Department Store it is like stepping from a hot metropolitan city to the Atlantic beach, where the ocean breeze never fails.

This enterprising firm here has just installed 12 of the most modern electric fans that keep the air buzzing and make this store a most delightful shopping place.

LaGrange Folk In Photoplay — A moving picture play with LaGrange people in the cast is the latest innovation announced by the Grand Theatre, and the question of selecting a leading lady promises to be very interesting.

With an all LaGrange cast and with LaGrange scenes, this photoplay will advertise the city and this section of the country.

This is the first time an undertaking of this kind has been started here.

The title of the play, theme and other details will be announced later. Mr. Ben Strasser of the Gaumont Company will direct the production. Mrs. Strasser is in LaGrange now making some preliminary arrangements.

It is said that the lady selected to take the leading part in the play will be paid $75. in cash or a free trip to Colorado.

“Strand” Is Name For New Theater — Several weeks ago the management of the new theater in town announced that $25 would be given for a name for the new establishment.

On Tuesday, May 16, the name selected was “Strand.” Eleven LaGrange residents, one resident from Atlanta, Athens and Shawmut, Ala., all suggested the name selected.

The $25 has been given the lucky persons, and The Strand is now one of the most popular places of entertainment in LaGrange.

Closing Exercises At High School — Graduation exercises at the LaGrange High School will take place Friday night, May 26, at 8 o’clock at the High School Auditorium on North Greenwood Street. The public is invited to attend the exercises.

The physical culture department will give an exhibition assisted by the eight graduating seniors. The high school, under the efficient management of professor T.G. Polhill, has made considerable progress, all the pupils having done splendid work this past year.

Graduates for the 1916 year are: Ray Cleaveland, W.L. Cleaveland, Terrell Cleaveland, Harry Breed, Nancy Terry, Mary Darden, Dosie Sorgee and Bess Young.

The people of LaGrange are proud of our school system, and every patron should do all in their pGwer to encourage the work.

McLendon’s Park Opens Saturday — Mr. J.R. Smith has leased the McLendon Park, and will open this place to the public on Saturday.

This has been quite a popular resort during the hot summer months in the last few years and will doubtless be more attractive than ever during the coming season.

Swimming, skating, dancing and rowing will be the amusements offered this summer.

LaGrange Girl Signally Honored — Miss Jane Harwell, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Frank Harwell, has been signally honored at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, where she is a student.

She was recently elected president of the student government association at that institution, making her the most conspicuous figure in the student body.

Since her entry into the college she has made a splendid academic record in all of her class work.


Do You Know That — Moderation in all things prolongs lite.

The price of cotton is moving upward right along. It will command a big price next fall.

You should look out for the Boll Weevil. It is going to hurt you this year.

Commencement will soon be in full blast at our local colleges, and the 11 sweet girl graduates will turn their steps homeward. Then our boys will have to seek for pleasures elsewhere.

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