From the LaGrange Daily News, 1962
Front Page News
West Point Dam Approved by Senate Committee — Construction of four dams on the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers in Georgia has been recommended for authorization in a bill reported today by the Senate Committee on Public Works. The action calls for an expenditure of $204,720,000.
Announced jointly by Congressman John J. Flynt Jr. and senators Russell and Talmadge, the recommendation includes Troup County’s project, construction of the West Point Dam.
The bill reported recommends authorization of $52,900,000 for a multi-purpose dam in the vicinity of West Point on the Chattahoochee River. House committee action is expected on Monday.
St. Mark’s Parish House will be Dedicated Sunday — The recently completed parish house of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on North Greenwood Street will be dedicated Sunday at a service to be held at 4 p.m. An open house and tour will follow the service.
First Methodist Church Announces $300,000 Building Fund Campaign — The Rev. Bevel Jones, pastor of the First Methodist Church, has announced plans for a $300,000 building fund campaign over the period Oct. 4-9, 1962.
The present church building has been a landmark in LaGrange for 134 years. Funds will be sought to erect a new sanctuary in keeping with the present growth of the church and anticipated future needs. The membership roster now lists 1,300 persons.
The leaders of a campaign task force of 137 are now being selected, and the first meeting is called for Tuesday.
R. Woodrow Smith is chairman of the Sanctuary Fund Campaign.
New Chapel Planned at LaGrange College — A new vesper chapel at LaGrange College is in the near future if tentative plans announced this week by the trustees of Callaway Foundation, Inc. and the trustees of the First United Methodist Church materialize.
The foundation has agreed to contribute to the college one-half of the actual cost of relocating materials from the present sanctuary of the First Methodist Church, soon to be replaced by a new building. The foundation’s gift is not to exceed $50,000.
George S. Cobb Jr., chairman of the board of trustees of the church, said that the group has passed a resolution authorizing the church to make available for the college chapel “all usable material of our present sanctuary, including but not limited to the cathedral windows, memorial windows, which is not needed by the building committee in the erection of our new sanctuary and annex.”
After the gifts were announced Dr. Waights G. Henry Jr., president of the college, expressed gratitude to both the foundation and the church for making the chapel possible.
Old ‘Puffer’ Stops in LaGrange for Coal — The Atlanta chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society made a train trip to West Point Saturday in observance of their Labor Day Convention. A steam engine pulled 10 cars with 402 passengers and made a brief stop here to load with coal.
The engine is identical to the one that pulled the old Crescent Limited through LaGrange years ago.
Several hundred LaGrange residents gathered at the Atlanta and West Point railroad station to see the steam locomotive. Today the steam locomotives have been replaced with diesel engines.
A native of Troup County, I. Q. Adams was the engineer for this trip.
Here and There with Sue — We went down to the depot Saturday to take our grandson to see the old steam engine like the ones that used to pull the Crescent Limited through here.
The engine came around the curve and slowed down finally to a halt, before getting to the depot crossing. It huffed and puffed black smoke out of the smokestack, much to the delight of a lot of children and grownups.
A baggage car full of men dressed in Confederate uniforms fired several shots from old muskets while the train was here.
When we left the station we felt like we had been to a real show and many of the youngsters will never see such a sight again.
Rudy Quillian to Receive Eagle Award — The Tri-County District Boy Scout Court of Honor will be held tonight at the Troup County Courthouse at 7:30.
The Eagle Award will be presented to Rudy Quillian of Troop 21, First Methodist Church.
Highland Golf Tourney — Dorothy Morton was winner of the Championship Flight in a one-day match play gold tournament for ladies last week at the Highland Country Club.
Jerry Smith was runner-up and Elizabeth Walker won the consolation title.
Other winners in the match are: First Flight - Bunny Ross, winner; Clara Stewart, runner-up; Marie Sanders, consolation.
Second Flight - Joan Laudig, winner; Hildred Cammon, runner-up; Chris Rhyne, consolation.
Third Flight - Lucile Caldwell, winner; Anne Jones, runner-up.
Julia Dyar, a retired journalist, is active in the Troup County Historical Society.