1913: LaGrange booming as trade center

Julia Dyar

September 1, 2013

Septembers past, 100 years ago.

From the LaGrange Reporter, 1913.

Front Page News:

Fall Business Outlook Good — That LaGrange will be one of the great cities of the South some time is becoming more and more in evidence as, every day, people from farther and farther away come here and see the advantages of this city as a trade center.

People from miles around were here Saturday and all bought good. The merchants of LaGrange were kept busy from morning to night and the sales ran away up into big figures. A total of 545 bales of cotton were brought to the city and sold.

Never before in the history of LaGrange could one find such glorious spirits as are evidenced by the merchants of LaGrange over the prospects for greater business and a greater city.

Be A Booster! — Chamber of Commerce Secretary Clarke has ordered several hundred lapel and stick pin buttons boosting LaGrange for promotional purposes in the days to come.

After the approval of the design the order for the Booster Buttons has been placed with an eastern house of wide reputation.

The button will be a combination of rose gold, blue enamel and white enamel with lettering in gold wire sunk into the enamel. It will be oblong in shape and will come both in lapel button form and as a stick pin so that those who wear them can take their choice of either style.

The design on the button is of a monster electric powerhouse stamped into the button in raised rose gold. Under the powerhouse in gold wire letters in the white enamel are the words, “Powerhouse of Opportunity” and above the powerhouse is the word, “LaGrange,” in strong bold letters. Around the rim of the button are the words “LaGrange, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.”

This is just one more leadership step on the part of LaGrange in matters supporting publicity and development.

Boys’ Club to be Organized Soon — The young men of LaGrange have felt for a long time the need for a Y.M.C.A. or some place they could go in times of idleness for a few hours reading or meeting with friends.

The new club has not been formally organized yet, but 20 boys have agreed to join such a group and they have planned an organizational meeting for Friday night.

This will offer young men in the area not old enough to join the lodges of the city, or who have other reasons for not doing so, the means of harmless diversion during the time between working hours, as well as on Sunday afternoons, etc.

This would be a step toward the organization of a Y.M.C.A. for LaGrange.

7,898 Marriages in Troup County Since 1905 — Troup County’s official records report that there have been 7,898 people joined in the holy bonds of matrimony in Troup County since the year 1905.

The number, according to the last census of our city, is more than the entire population of LaGrange.

Judge H. T. Woodward, ordinary of the county, has been one of the prominent factors in this large number of matches. He issues the license for every marriage in the county and has also married a good many people during his tenure of office.

Fuller E. Callaway Named on Western and Atlantic Commission — Gov. John Slaton has appointed Fuller E. Callaway of LaGrange and G. Gunby Jordan of Columbus as the state-at-large members of the special Western and Atlantic Railroad Commission.

The Commission, composed of five members of the House, three from the Senate and the two from the state-at-large, will be charged with a careful investigation of the affairs of the state’s Western and Atlantic road.

Since Mr. Callaway is absent from the city it is not known yet whether he will accept the appointment or not. Mr. Callaway’s many friends and people generally will appreciate the honor conferred on this popular and useful citizen. It is hoped that he will accept.

Editorial Briefs: The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year; the country ought to be at peace, but Congress still is here.

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Work will soon be started on the gas plant. That’s fine! All of the ashes, smoke and soot of the coal will be taken out at the plant, the gas piped into our homes and it will only require the turn of a knob and striking of a match to get intense, concentrated heat instantly. This will be a great boon to our housewives.

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Don’t forget the two things that LaGrange needs worse than anything: a big, new hotel and an auditorium. Let’s have them by this time next year.