Januaries past, roundup.
(As is traditional on a fifth monthly weekend edition of the Daily News, we bring you a roundup column of additional items from the past not used because of a lack of space in the earlier weeks of this month.)
From the LaGrange Daily News, 25 years ago, 1991:
Proud Americans — On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, a “Troup for Troops” rally was held in LaGrange in the theater on Main Street.
The rally was meant neither as a display for or against the war in the Persian Gulf, but simply to let our men and women in that remote part of the world know that we appreciate their sacrifices and that they have our full and heart-felt support.
It was an opportunity for us to sing with enthusiasm, “God Bless America,” and as Annette Boyd, coordinator of the event and founder of LaGrange’s “Sweet Land of Liberty Parade,” said, “to show we are indeed proud Americans.”
The rally was suggested by Dr. Paul Baxter, senior pastor of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange.
Special guests at the rally were relatives of men and women now serving in the (Persian) Gulf. They were presented large lapel buttons containing pictures of their loved ones.
Performing without benefit of a rehearsal, the program participants pulled off a program packed with patriotism and pageantry, as well as practical information on how local citizens can support our troops and their families.
From the LaGrange Daily News, 50 years ago, 1966:
Aerial Traffic Jam Certainty — Well, the wild blue yonder is getting wilder. And the traffic control tower boys are getting bluer. For looming on the horizon is an aerial traffic jam that threatens in time to rival the carefree, happy-go-lucky frenzy that makes driving the freeway so relaxing.
When you take 2,100 huge commercial airliners now flying 5 million hours a year and stir in 90,000 private and corporate craft flying 15 million hours a year, you’ve got the makings of something really big.
As more and more businesses and individuals develop the aerial a-go-go fever, some worry-type folks are wondering if the Gemini rendezvous was just a teensy preview of air travel in the future. Aviation authorities are aware of the boom in air traffic and are naturally working on it.
But if we don’t have more luck controlling driver behavior on the sky-ways than on the highways, fasten your seat belts and head for the nearest landing strip.
There is, as we say, turbulence ahead!
Editors’ Choice Award Presented to Callaway — The Editors’ Choice Award, presented by the New York chapter, National Home Fashions League, has been awarded to Callaway Mills Inc. for its “Aztec” and “Samoa” carpet creations. The presentation was made at the league luncheon on Jan. 25.
This is the second year that Callaway has won the award. Last year it was presented for Callaway’s “Viva” area rug. The Editors Choice Award is one of the most significant awards in the home furnishings industry. It is the result of a ballot sent to the home furnishings editors of the nation’s leading consumer magazine.
From the LaGrange Daily News, 75 years ago, 1941:
Sargent Says Building Peak Reached Here — Building in LaGrange reached a new peak during 1940, City Engineer Georgia Sargent announced today.
During the 12 months just ended, there were $359,534 worth of building permits issued compared with a total of $225,491 issued during 1939, Mr. Sargent pointed out.
Construction of the new Callaway Auditorium permit issued during December brought a sharp rise to the building program for the year.
College of Surgeons Places City-County Hospital on its Nationwide Approved List — The City-County Hospital in LaGrange was recently approved by the American College of Surgeons and placed on the list of hospitals in the United States, Canada and other countries meeting the standards set by the college.
This approval is the highest rating a hospital can attain, and it means the City-County Hospital meets the same standards as the nationally known Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, Charity Hospital in New Orleans and Bellevue in New York City, the only difference being the training and intern facilities offered by the larger institutions.
From The LaGrange Graphic, 100 years ago, 1916:
The Dye Situation Becoming Serious — That the scarcity of dye stuffs is working a hardship upon the consumer is a serious fact. Colored goods, which have been as easily obtained for years as white goods have become a thing of luxury.
The working man’s overalls, which could be bought in LaGrange for $1 per pair, cannot be purchased now for less than $1.50 per pair. This is no fault of the manufacturer or the retailer, but is simply because of the scarcity of dyes, nearly all of which we have been obtaining from Germany or Austria.
Unless our government takes a hand in the dye business, we may be forced to use white goods almost entirely, for the price on certain colored fabrics will become prohibitive.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.