January & February 2006
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The Past is researched from the 1880s forward by Norma
McHann. The information below is from the the Smyrna Herald,
Smyrna Neighbor, Cobb County Times, Cobb Chronicle and Marietta
January 14, 1886: Will the farmers of Cobb learn a lesson
of humanity from this cold snap, and prepare more comfortable
quarters for all domestic animals? No doubt many cows are
kept in open sheds all night with mercury at zero, and furnish
milk for the family breakfast.
sound of the "marriage bells" will soon be heard,
the bride an Atlanta girl, the groom a young man of Smyrna.
Bernice Pace and "Nettie" Fuller will leave Smyrna
for Shorter College, Rome, Georgia, in a few days.
January 21, 1886: Sure enough the bells did jingle, Mr.
Will Dunn, of Smyrna, was married to Miss Anna Irby, of
Covington last week. But the Atlanta Constitution of last
Sunday says it was "Jas. H. Dunn" who married.
Jim says he "was only his brother Will's best man."
resignation of John M. Stone as Superintendent and Pinkney
Y. Daniell, Secretary and Treasurer of the Union Sunday
School at this place made it necessary to reorganize the
school last Sunday. Mr. Munroe Fleming was elected Superintendent,
Jno T. Petty, Asst. Supt. and Charlie Dowda, Secretary and
Treasurer. The Sunday schools here are alive and growing.
P. R. Fleming, Cobb County's Tax Collector, has bought the
Bell Mansion and farm. He is having the premises thoroughly
overhauled and improved, and will soon occupy this beautifully
February 11, 1886: Capt. Terrell has rented his new house,
on Spring street, to Mrs. Brewer, of Adairsville. Mrs. Brewer
received her furniture today and is occupying her new home.
be better not to tell the Journal yet, of the wedding that
is expected to be one of the events of the season. Neal
might not like it made public.
February 18, 1886: Signs of prosperity will show themselves,
even though croakers try to distress the country. If the
building of new houses and beautifying homes; if building
and repairing churches and the growing interest in Sunday
schools; if these and the constant advance of the price
of land mean anything, they certainly mean prosperity. This
is true of Smyrna.
T. J. Hill is building a new brick house between Nickajack
and Fleming streets, fronting on Fleming street.
of our citizens refused an offer of one hundred and twenty-five
dollars per acre for an acre lot on a side street, though
a business lot can be bought on Marietta street for three
dollars per front foot.
Joel Mable, chief engineer of the Georgia Midland Railroad,
was at home last week on a "flying visit."
February 25, 1886: Mr. W. Pace has four cows from which
he daily gets six pounds of rich nice butter.
Wm. Thomas has two Texas ponies which he bought in Atlanta--is
now breaking them--thinks his $37 for them a good investment.
Springs: January 2, 1896: The farmer who produces the most
for home use is the best liver, makes the most money and
is the wisest thinker. Try it this year and see.
Alexander and Dave Stephens, last Saturday, were thrown
from a cart by a runaway horse.
6, 1896: Prof. Parker Rice has a flourishing school, being
assisted by Miss Beall, of Talispoosa. We heartily welcome
Miss Beall to our midst. We feel assured that she will use
every effort in assisting Prof. Rice to advance his students.
Prof. Rice is a young man who was reared in our community,
yet we have never until now had the use of his cultured
mind among the children of his native home. Having been
spending his efforts in his profession among the people
of Haralson and Paulding counties, and also in Alabama,
therefore we wish him success and will assure him our co-operation.
sure, we would like to know who the young man is, who went
from our place to Marietta and bought a bunch of asparagus,
then took out a match and tried to light his new kind of
cheroot, but to no avail.
bachelors are now anxiously waiting. This you understand,
girls is leap year. There will not be another chance in
eight years. SEE!!!
February 13, 1896: Several of our Smyrna boys were subpoenaed
to attend city court, but they refused to go. We see where
you were right, boys.
people of this community were treated to an exhibition of
Edison's wonderful instrument, the "Graph-ophone,"
last Saturday night. The exhibition was something new and
novel and much enjoyed by those present.
20, 1896: The social event of the season was the valentine
party given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Suttles last
Friday night. The valentines were ridiculously comical and
provoked many a hearty peal of laughter.
Ed Baswell, Smyrna's great and only sport, took in the Mabel
Paige matinee Saturday afternoon.
Ireland was the recipient of a valentine on the 14th which
suited the case exactly, but Sam was not at all enthusiastic
many friends of Bob Dempsey will be glad to learn that he
has secured employment at one of the box factories in Atlanta
and is working every day.
Springs: January 1, 1906: Mr. J. P. York has purchased a
fine team of mules.
Saturday and Sunday are the regular meeting days at this
place. Let all turn out on Saturday and start on the new
year with new resolutions to do more and better service
than in the past.
Baldwin had the misfortune to lose his coat and dinner some
few days ago while at work. He had laid them to one side
and proceeded with his work, and when the noon hour came,
they were not to be found anywhere. No clue as to who got
Tom Brown, of the United States army, stationed at San Francisco,
is on a visit to his mother, Mrs. W. J. Brown, of this place.
January 1, 1906: The Christmas tree at the school house,
on Christmas night, was a thing of beauty and a joy forever
in the eyes of the little folks.
pieces of property changed hands here last week. Mr. Isaac
Eidson bought the Gilbert property on Powder Springs St.
Mr. Norris Pace bought the Basworth place, on Atlanta street
and Mr. Will S. Cox bought the Terrell place, on Terrell
John T. Pace delightfully entertained his old friends and
comrades of the days of '61 and '65 with a dinner party.
The old veterans sat around the comfortable fire and recalled
reminiscences all day, and partook of a most sumptuous dinner.
Those present were: W. A. Phillips, W.C. Clinkscale, Capt.
W.J. Hudson, W. J. Manning, L.S. Cox , J. H. Cantrell, W.M.
Daves, Doss Delk, E. Anderson and D. G. Tensnt.
Springs: January 11, 1906: Mr. Bob Brown has returned to
the United States Navy, in Florida.
Literary Society met Saturday night and elected the following
officers: Col. J. L. Moore, President; Robert Legg, Vice-President;
Miss Belle Rawlins, Secretary; W. R. York, Critic; J. P.
York, Choirister; J. O. Wade, Marshal.
January 25, 1906: Mr. John Griggs is making great improvement
in his property on the west side of Town. His cottages show
up beautifully under their new coat of paint.
Charley Pace, of Stuttgart, Ark., is visiting his parents,
Captain and Mrs. John T. Pace. Dr. W. T. Pace is enlarging
his drug store and otherwise improving his property.
railroad company is putting in several sidetracks at this
place, also grading and preparing the site for the new depot.
has it that there will be great improvements in this old
town during this year, and I trust it will prove true, for
I do not know a place that needs improving worse. Let 'em
Springs: February 22, 1906: A trick of rascality was played
on Mr. Plenn Alexander, by a dirty rascal, who pretending
to be his friend, persuaded Mr. Alexander to accompany him
to Chicago, in pursuit of a lucrative position. When they
got to St. Louis the supposed-to-be friend robbed Mr. Alexander
of his money and threatened to take his life. Mr. Alexander
has returned home. We have not heard what has become of
the robber but we hope he will be caught and rigidly dealt
January 14, 1926: Mrs. W. R. Fleming, age 56, died at her
residence in Smyrna, Ga. Thursday night, January 7th. She
is survived by sons Eugene, Weaver, Arthur and Tom and daughters
Mrs. Marie Gilham and Miss Willie Fleming. Burial was in
Maloney Springs Cemetary.
21, 1926: Mr. Forest Maner was the Saturday afternoon guest
of Mr. and Mrs. Claud Nash of Gilmore.
18, 1926: There will be a patriotic meeting held on Feb.
22, 8:00 P.M. at the Smyrna Methodist church. Mr. A. A.
Jameson Chief Executive of Atlanta Council Boy Scouts of
America will be the speaker of the evening. The meeting
is sponsored by the Smyrna Woman's Club.
January 3, 1946: Last rites honoring Mrs. Alice Belzola
Mayes, 73, were Tuesday at Mayes Ward chapel. Burial was
in the New Hope cemetery. She was a member of First Presbyterian
Church of Smyrna and was a native of Cobb County. Survivors
are daughter, Mrs. Willie Wright and sons, V.C., Ray, Clarence,
E.W., N.N. and A.F..
17, 1946: Major Henry Konigsmark,Jr., of Smyrna, has been
named commander of Camp Mackall, N.C. succeeding Col L.
R. Hathaway. The major entered the Army in January, 1941.
His first assignment was with the military personnel division
of Headquarters, Fourth Service Command, Atlanta. Prior
to going to Camp Mackall in January, 1945, where he has
been executive officer since his arrival, he was commandant
of the A.S.T.P. school at Emory University. Major and Mrs.
Konigsmark and their small son live in Southern Pines, N.C.
January 17, 1946: Out of seven games played last week, Fitzhugh
Lee high school basketball teams won six, the boys losing
one tilt to Commercial High. Last Thursday night against
Commercial High they lost 12-10 with Hogue scoring 7 point.
The girls team won 24-22 with Green scoring 12 points.
basketball teams lost a double-header to Mableton on the
latter's gym Friday night, the boys dropping their contest,
21-27 and the girls 38-15. McDowell was top man for Smyrna
with 8 points and Posey dropped in seven points for the
and Mrs. Lamar Morgan are honeymooning at Silver Springs,
Florida. Mrs. Morgan was the former Edna Jones, her marriage
was an event of Jan. 27the at Locust Grove Baptist Church.
Molane Brown has returned from overseas and received his
discharge. Sgt. Brown spent 18 months in the Pacific.
February 14, 1946: H. W. Scott, of Smyrna, has been awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross for meritorious service as
radar operator on a B-29 in the CBI and Pacific theaters.
He is credited with 570 combat hours over India, China,
the Marianas and Tinian Islands. His longest flight took
171/2 hours and covered 6700 miles from Calcutta to Singapore
and back. The entire trip was over water.
and Mrs. James Matthews, of Smyrna, announce the birth of
a son, James Ronald, on Feb. 6th.
February 21, 1946: Hollis Howard has received his discharge
from the Navy, having spent 15 months overseas.
28, 1946: George Bridwell has received his discharge from
the marines, having spent the last year in the Pacific area.
and Mrs. Joe McCurry entertained at a spaghetti supper last
Tuesday at their home on Lee Rd. Present were Mr. and Mrs.
Molane Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sentell, and Mr. and Mrs. B.A.
community was saddened this week by the death of Mrs. J.
M. Marbut. She was active in church and community activities.
January 1, 1966: Little Charles Dwayne Everett son of Mr.
and Mrs. Melvin Everette was the winner of the first annual
"First Baby" contest sponsored by the Smyrna Herald
and area merchants. He was born at Kennestone Hospital at
1:36 A.M. making him the first born in Cobb County.
January 5, 1966: Cobb County Judge G. Conley Ingram administered
the oath of office to seven councilmen and to Mayor George
W. Kreeger. Councilmen are C. W. Armour, Bill Stewart ,
John Porterfield, J. B. Ables, R. H. Wood, Homer Kuhl and
Dan L. Mixon.
annual January bible study conference is scheduled at First
Baptist Church, Smyrna, January 10,11,17 and 18th at 7:30
Tate, City attorney, says the Home Rule Act of 1965 allows
city governments to amend their own charters. Therefore
the Smyrna Council plans to amend its own city charter to
delete the sentence requiring that the city recorder be
a member of the bar association.
Gilbreath entertained with a holiday party for teenagers
at his home on Wayland Court. Those attending were: Judy
Reeves, Alec Hamilton, Diane Miller, Johnny & Ronnie
Rowell, Bill Carman, Michelle Swigett, Ronnie Braund, Ann
Brown, Bob Morgan, Melissa Hughes, Mickey Owens, Gail Woodrief,
Billy Atchison, Charlie Siez, Virginia Sears, Marvin Kuhl,
Timmy Miller, Steve Ernst and Kathy Wingo.
(Bill) Bennett, Wills High principal, has been named a consultant
and director of publicity for Cobb High School Athletic
Gayle Eubanks, Smyrna, is one of 74 students named to the
fall quarter Dean's List at Tift College in Forsythe, Ga.
January 20, 1966: Lynne Abercrombie and Bobby Potter were
named Mr. and Miss Campbell High School in the selection
of senior superlatives by the Class of 1966.
Whitfield has been named winner of the Smyrna Jaycees Distinguished
Service Award for 1965.
January 27, 1966: Mrs. Gayle Lynn Pence, 19 year old Smyrnan,
became Cobb County's eighty traffic victim of 1966 in a
two car accident on South Cobb Drive.
services were held Sunday for Henry Konigsmark, Jr. at Smyrna
First Methodist Church. Interment was in New Smyrna cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Davis;
sons Henry Konigsmark,II, and Reed, both of Smyrna and his
father Henry Konigsmark.
3, 1966: Jonquil Garden Club held its regular monthly meeting
at the Smyrna Library. Hostess was Mrs. Neva Cano.
A. Cole, 65, died Tuesday. Services will be in the chapel
of First Baptist Church, Rev. York Chambless will officiate
with burial in Crestlawn Memorial Park.
10. 1966: Mrs. Sam Saleba was honored with a stork shower
Thursday evening by Mrs. Grady Chaffin and Mrs. Bob Evans.
February 17, 1966: Rites for W. Paul Gresham, president
and chairman of the Board of Directors of Cobb Federal Savings
and Loan Association, were held Friday at First Methodist
Church with interment in New Smyrna Cemetery.
Georgia Senate Wednesday, approved the annexation of Cobb
Center into Smyrna, adding some $10,000 to the city's ad
valorem tax intake. The bill now awaits Gov. Carl Sander's
sanctuary and educational plant are soon to be erected on
Love St. for the Smyrna First Methodist Church. Cost of
construction nears $600,000.
January 8, 1976: Arthur Bacon took the oath of office as
new Mayor of Smyrna at the council meeting Monday January
5, 1976. He was sworn into office by Superior Court Judge
and Mrs. Kenneth Morgan are the proud parents of Smyrna's
first bicentennal baby, Melissa Dawn, born Jan. 2nd.
Chief C. C. "Joe" Porterfield retired Dec. 31,
1975 after 17 years of service.
15, 1976: After working for the City of Smyrna since 1963,
Willouisee Spivey was appointed by Mayor Arthur Bacon as
city clerk to replace longtime clerk Les Charles who is
January 22, 1976: Smyrna Hospital on South Cobb Drive has
been sold to the Southern Adventist Health and Hospital
System, Inc., after a year and a half in operation. The
corporation bought the hospital for more than $5 million
D. Brown, 69 died Jan.13, 1976. Services were held Jan.
15th at Locust Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Riverview
Memorial Park. He is survived by wife Lois Nance Brown,
son Nance and grandaughter Amber, brothers Glenn, Molane,
Ernest and J. T. , sisters Jessie Hampton, Mrs. John Smith
and Mrs. Albert Sentell.
February 12, 1976: Mayor Arthur Bacon announced that the
Internal Affairs division of the Cobb County police department
has completed an investigation into the operation of the
Smyrna police department.
Baptist Church will hold its Sweetheart Banquet Feb. 13th
at 7:30 P.M. The theme is "What The World Needs Now
Is Love Sweet Love."
Optimist Jim Siera and George Kreeger, Jr. were honored
at the second quarterly District Conference Awards Dinner.
February 19, 1976: "I was born in this business,"
H. R. Johnson observed, pointing to the mounds of shoes
in his Atlanta Rd. shop ---- old, new, leather and synthetic
shoes. He has run a shoe shop in Smyrna since 1938.