1939: New courthouse goes up downtown
Memoried Glances Julia Dyar
Februaries past, 75 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.
Front Page News
Cornerstone for Troup County’s New Courthouse Laid Feb. 22 — The cornerstone of Troup County’s magnificent new courthouse, handsomely inscribed, stands today on the northwest corner of the building as a lasting monument to the men who worked unceasingly for the construction of the edifice.
Names of county officials together with the contractor and architect are chiseled in the face of the cornerstone which faces Ridley Avenue. On the side facing Haralson Street is the inscription, “Laid by William M. Sapp, grand master of Georgia F. and A.M.A.D. 1939.”
Above the cornerstone proper is the inscription – “Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works.” Names of commissioners and other county officials are chiseled in the face of the cornerstone.
The cornerstone itself, into which a sealed copper box was placed, was laid in appropriate exercises yesterday by Grand Master Sapp. Contents of the old cornerstone were included in this box, which also contained numerous other articles.
New items placed in the cornerstone included the constitution and by-laws, history and membership list of Union Lodge, Number 28, F. and A.M., rosters of civic organizations in LaGrange, Hogansville and West Point, financial statements of leading county banks, copies of the West Point News and LaGrange Daily News, a program of the cornerstone laying and list of county employees. The key to the old courthouse taken from the old cornerstone was redeposited in the new one.
Building Permits Up Over January, 1938 — Foreshadowing another record year for the building industry, permits issued by the office of George Sargent, city engineer, showed a big increase during this past month over the first month of 1938.
Permits for building, repairing and renovating totaled $5,012 during the past month as compared with $1,860 during January of 1937, the beginning of one of the largest building years in LaGrange’s history.
Tax on Bachelors to be Proposed in Georgia House — A Georgia legislators, Rep. Forrester of Dade County, said this week that he will introduce a bill to tax Georgia bachelors $100 annually beginning in 1940 with old maids receiving the benefits.
The bachelors would be liable for a $5 annual increase in their levy for each year they remain unwed. The bill contains a provision giving the funds from the bachelors to unmarried women who would be counted and registered by ordinaries. The ordinaries would be required to compile annual lists of bachelors and old maids and exchange the list among those registered in the hope of bringing romantic ideas to the single people.
Troup Teachers Maintain High Education Level — Average college education of teachers in the Troup County School System is fourth highest in the state among county systems, County School Superintendent J. H. Melson revealed today.
Mr. Melson said that teacher of the Troup schools have an average of 3.55 years in college while only three other counties in the state have a higher average among their teachers – Baldwin, 4.24 years; Peach, 3.66 years; and Terrell, 3.76 years.
Only 20 independent school systems of the state have teachers with a higher college education average than the Troup County system, Mr. Melson said.
Mr. Melson based his figures on a report released recently to M. D. Collins, state superintendent of schools.
You’re Telling Me! — No stage play concerning Hitler has succeeded. Nothing can be made unbelievable enough.
The U.S. is building 50 freight and passenger ships a year. To carry protest notes back and forth?
A family down our street bought a beefsteak yesterday. They inherited some money from an uncle.
A Body Blow at Liberty — There is a definite drift in this country toward taxation for the purpose of regulation and even destruction instead of equitable taxation for revenue only. It seems to us that it is a dangerous trend, which once established as a principle will coil itself around liberty and strangle it. The principle completely defeats constitutional guarantees which promise that property shall be secure from seizure by government except such seizure be justified by public need and then that the holder of the property be remunerated adequately.
Inheritance taxes have reached the plane of confiscation without remuneration. Their purposes have gone far beyond the principle of taxation for revenue for the rates applying destroy the source of the tax. We have never been able to square taxes, which confiscate with a constitution, which plainly says that the individual is protected against the government during that very thing.
The authors of the proposed confiscatory chain store taxes cannot possibly justify them by claiming that they are proposed as revenue measures. Their aim is destruction. How can taxes aimed at producing destruction of property be justified under our constitution? If they can be constitutionally justified, then we as individuals can face the future with little confidence that we will no be the next to be liquidated. When we sanction the principle of taxation for the purpose of destruction, we sanction a principle of government now being used in Germany to liquidate a minority group. We claim to abhor this principle, but do we at the same time kid ourselves into believing that when we give our sanction to punitive taxes today, we are not building up a case for destruction of minority rights guaranteed under the constitution. Defeating the constitution by indirection is no light thing. It is a body blow at liberty.
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