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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
March 5, 1896: I am told that the sighings of a certain
young man, since the departure of a charming little lady
last week, can only be equaled by the winds among the pines
during a thunder storm.
young ladies of this vicinity were tendered a leap year
party at the residence of Mr. T. E. Long last Friday night.
The young ladies escorted the gentlemen to the scene of
festivities, wrote the invi-tations, and altogether acted
the ideal beaux. It was a pleasant occasion, and despite
the inclemency of the night, largely attended and highly
enjoyed by all present.
Sam Ireland, Smyrna's genial postmaster, closed his store
Saturday night, he thought to glance over the evening paper
for a moment---sitting at his desk with the paper before
him, a tallow candle beside him furnishing the light, he
fell asleep, which was of short duration owing to the paper
catching fire from the candle. Everybody in town heard him
yell, yet "he says" it never hurt anything but
scared him out of a night rest, and ruined a good pair of
March 5, 1896: March came in with a bracing breeze and our
farmers move around with a brisk, business like step. Everyone
seems set on making a large crop of corn and cotton. Brethren,
don't neglect the "bacon and dodger" crop. It
will greatly relieve the pangs of five cent cotton.
Clarence Moss is our local genius. He is a boss sign painter
and crayon artist and can improvise a bass viol of dolorous
tones out of an empty cracker box.
Susan Poss, widow of a Confederate soldier, died near Concord
on Sunday last, after three days illness.
March 8, 1896: The sadness which fell upon Marietta in the
death of that much beloved man, Mr. B. R. Legg, reached
our village. There are physical as well as mental idiosyncrasies:
Miss Ann King is made sick if she drinks coffee out of a
cup that has had milk in it, though the cup be cleansed
with hot water before the coffee is put in it. Apples always
make Callie Cannon sick.
industrious German family from Chicago yearn for rye bread,
being used to it all their lives. Who keeps rye bread sprinkled
with carraway seed here?
Springs: March 12, 1896: Our community has been overshadowed
gloom of sorrow. On the night of Feb. 28th, Mr. John Hales,
aged 44 years, one of our best citizens, passed away. He
leaves a wife and several children, two of whom are grown.
A still greater shock to our community was the death, only
three days later, of his mother, aged about 75 years.
of our people don't understand why they should register
to get to vote. Some say they did that when they paid their
taxes. Others ask, why is not my tax receipt sufficient?
Well, we don't know why all this. There are lots and lots
of things we don't know, but because we did not know, didn't
keep us from registering. We will just say all had better
register and try and find out why.
the champion singing class of little folks in Cobb county.
If you don't believe it come out to Sabbath school next
Sunday at 10 o'clock and see.
March 12, 1896: Rev. Mr. Baird, of Acworth, filled his regular
appointment at the Presbyterian church Sunday night, preaching
a practical sermon to a large congregation.
regular third Sunday services at the Methodist church next
Saturday and Sunday. At the Sunday service the ordinance
of the Lord's Supper will be administered. Let everybody
attend these services, it will encourage the pastor and
ultimately insure success in his work for the Master.
time for road work is said to be at hand, so get your shovel
and picks ready, boys, and make a good job last throughout
March 12, 1896: Mr. Crayton Queen is wearing a very sweet
smile--the arrival is a girl.
Earnest Turner has gone to Americus to accept a position
as locomotive fireman on the S.A.M.
Jim Melton who lives near here became violently insane a
few days ago.
unto Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jackson--a fine girl.
April 9, 1896: Dr. Tatum Pace has just completed a building,
designed to be his office, and drug store, which the boys
have dubbed as "The pill factory."
Frank Gibson has sold his odoriferous quadruped, familiarly
called "Billy," and silence reigns around his
home, and in future he will not have to mount guard every
time the week's washing is hung out to dry. However, we
shall miss you, "Billy," dear, and especially
when the heated term is here.
reported that Miss Minnie Fleming will
open school in the Mable Academy this week.
Harvey Fleming bought him a brand new buggy for Easter and
last Sunday could be seen flying up and down the road
in his new rig with his best girl beside him. It is useless
to add that he was happiness personified.
first Sunday service was held at the Methodist Church Sunday
by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Brown. The church was tastefully
decorated in commemoration of Easter, and the service was
Springs: April 9, 1896: The people of the entire neighborhood
are requested to meet at Mrs. John Hales' to prepare and
plant her corn and cotton crop on next Friday. Let everybody
go. All know of her husband and sickness of her son, Pinkney,
all of which demands a call upon her neighbors to assist
in starting her crop.
School was organized at Douglas Academy Sunday afternoon.
The following teachers were elected: Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Templeton, Mr. Charley Ireland and Mr. Thomas Alexander.
School will meet every Sunday afternoon.
Barber has bedded 45 bushels of sweet potatoes. Intends
trying a potato instead of a cotton crop.
April 23,1896: Mr. Charlie Dowda has gone to "Batching
it" in every sense of the word, and when needed now
can be found snugly ensconced in the Crabo residence, where
he whiles away the hours shooting flying squirrels.
are out announcing the approaching marriage of Miss Eveline,
the handsome and accomplished daughter of Capt. and Mrs.
Z.T. Terrell, to Mr. John Franklin Petty, a rising young
business man of Atlanta.
has a hustling farmer in Mr. Joe Cheney. You can hear his
musical voice shouting Gee! Whoa dar! From early dawn till
close of day. He is running two plows this year.
was treated to a Democratic rally Saturday night, the outcome
of which was the organization of the Smyrna Democratic Club,
John Reed being elected chairman of the club. They started
off with a good long list of names, nearly every man expressing
personal interest. They will meet again on the second of
May. Ed Medlin, Walter Mizell and Bob Fleming are expected
to address the meeting.
April 23, 1896: Mr. and Mrs. James Cash rejoice in the advent
of a fine baby girl in the family.
far spent and not a thunder shower. Where is Aquarius and
his watering pot?
April 23, 1896: Miss Norah Buckner, one of Oakdale's most
beautiful and accomplished young ladies, visited Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. Hooper, of Atlanta, last week.
singing at Liberty Hill last Sunday afternoon was largely
Springs: April 30, 1896: We learn that Mr. Martin recently
had a mule bitten by a mad dog, and some time afterwards
the mule died from the effect of hydrophobia.
debate between New Hope and Antioch will occure at the Marietta
Camp Ground next Saturday night. The subject to be discussed
is, Resolved, That under the present ballot system, the
right of suffrage should be extended to the women of the
United States. The affirmative is represented by Mesars.
Gaines, Allgood and Attaway, of Antioch. The negative, by
Mesars. Moore, Barber and Wiley. This promises to be a very
April 30, 1896: The social event of the season will be the
Terrell-Petty wedding which will have been solemnized and
relegated, with other pleasant occasions. The date will
be April 29th.
pleased to chronicle the fact that Mr. R.O. Campbell has
taken up tem-porary residence at his beautiful summer home
at "Hoggite," as the porter calls it. Mr. and
Mrs. Campbell have many friends in this community who are
ever glad to welcome their return after the snow and ice
March 1, 1906: Miss Daisy Cheney and Mr. Elmer Mason were
quietly married last Sunday, a week ago. It was intended
to keep the matter a secret for awhile, but such events
are too good
to keep and usually leak out. Congratulations.
Sylvester and his school gave a delightful entertainment
commemorative of "Father of is Country" last Thursday
night. It was good and the little folks present and having
taken part in the exercises, they will not forget "Washington's
Edward Ledell Medlin died last Monday morning. She had been
sick several weeks and her death was not unexpected and
was a sad blow to her family and friends. She is survived
by her husband and three children--three boys, one just
six weeks old. Her remains were interred in the Smyrna cemetery,
Rev. J. H. Patton conduction the funeral.
to Mr. and Mrs. Tally J. Daniel, a fine girl. The little
lady made her appearance Sunday morning.
Berry was very seriously injured by the electric car, late
Sunday afternoon. As a result of the accident he had his
right leg broken and one rib. Dr. Pace rendered necessary
March 8, 1906: The new depot for this place is well under
way, work on same actually began last Monday.
Henry Konigsmark, the popular secretary of Belmont farm
has been confined to his room for sometime with lagrippe.
grocery store opened here with Mr. Croft Legg in charge
who will certainly successfully manage it.
Smyrna Drug Co., in charge of Mr. J. T. Petty, has opened
rumored that Mr. Sam Gatlin, our popular station agent,
has sent in his resignation. Too much work is the reason
is to have two rural routes about April 1st. Mr. J. J. Baldwin
will get one, the other one not known.
Springs: March 8, 1906: The Olive Springs class of 22 visited
Smyrna last Friday evening and was royally entertained by
Prof. Sylvester and the students of his school. The reading
contest ended in favor of Smyrna. P. M.
was the last to go down from the Smyrna school.
night, Feb. 23rd, Mr. J. J. York, one of our oldest citizens
died. The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the
Confederate Veterans. Gen. Phillips led the opening prayer,
Col. C. D. Phillips made an eloquent talk and Mr. J. Gid
Morris in behalf of the Daughters of the Confederacy, placed
a beautiful wreath of flowers on the casket. Interment was
in Maloney Springs cemetery.
Wilkes Booth was thrown from a wagon by a runaway horse
and badly hurt.
young men's debating club will meet Wednesday night and
discuss, Resolved, That electricity is more useful than
steam. Affirmative, Oscar Wade; negative, Zack Daniell.
March 15, 1906: Mr. B. F. Walker is remodeling the old Brown
residence, opposite the depot, and will occupy as a residence.
for office are thick as flees on a jack rabbit. The political
storm centers seems to have scattered everywhere in the
past ten days, causing a mighty wave of handshaking all
over the county.
March 29, 1906: Mayor Pace and his squad of hands are putting
our streets in fine condition. They made a great improvement
along Atlanta street, in front of the post office, last
Odd Fellows will celebrate their 87th anniversary at this
place, on the 27th of April.
new depot is completed and will be ready for use as soon
as another coat of paint is put on. It is a neat structure
in appearance, and is a credit to our little town.
April 12, 1906: The W & A trains began to receive and
discharge passengers at the new depot last Friday.
farmer friends are getting ready to pitch their crops for
1906. Cotton will take the lead, of course, more cotton,
better cotton and less money for it.
mortal remains of Mrs. Reese Whitfield, who died in Atlanta
last Friday, were interred in the cemetery at this place
last Sunday morning.
Springs: April 19, 1906: The matter of offering premiums
for some of the best farm products will be taken up. A premium
of five dollars has already been offered for the one who
shall produce ten of the largest ears of corn.
recently had three deaths in our community which have brought
sorrow and sadness to may hearts. The first was
James Hodge a kind and affectionate wife, second was Mr.
Robert L. Wylie, an industrious and thriving young farmer,
and third was old father Timms, who follows his wife who
died but a few months ago. Thus it is we are passing out
one by one.
Sacred Harp singing at the court house is the 5th Sunday.
If you wish to hear good old time singing go, and if you
don't, go and find out how well you will like it.
April 19, 1906: Everyone and everything is making a noise
like spring---gentle spring! It is here at last.
of Nickajack Lodge, I.O.O.F., elected brother John T. Pace
and John F. Petty to represent them at the session of the
Grand Lodge, to be held in Augusta, May 23rd and 24th.
Mattie C. Lawler was elected representative to the Rebekah
Assembly, from Naomi Lodge, No. 5.
Odd Fellows will celebrate the anniversary of the order
at this place, on the 26th. Basket dinner, good music and
speaking all day.
April 26, 1906: Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Walker expect to move
into their handsome cottage by the latter part of the week.
A.J. Morgan will preach at the Baptist church at Smyrna
next Sunday at 11 o'clock. For sixteen years he was pastor
of this church, and greatly beloved by the people of this
Mattie Dempsey left Friday for a visit to South Georgia,
and a fishing cruise at Miami, Florida. She will accompany
Mr. and Mrs. Oglesby, and the merry party may go to Havana,
Cuba, before returning home.
James Butler, a well known and honored citizen of this community
and county, died near here last Monday morning. Mr. Butler
leaves a wife, four daughters and one son. His remains were
laid to rest in the family burying ground near this place.
Springs: March 3, 1916: Some of our neighbors have taken
the advantage of the past cold spell and have fared sumptuously
on "back bones, sausage, press meat and chittlins."
March 10, 1916: The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will
have a Silver Tea at the Wilson Hotel Friday evening, March
Hulda Fleming died at her home on Bank Street Monday morning.
She was one of the oldest members of the Baptist Church.
Services were held at the Baptist
conducted by Rev. A. J. Morgan, assisted by Rev. J.M. Spinks.
Interment was in the Smyrna new cemetery.
Springs: March 10, 1916: Mr. and Mrs. Homer Kemp's little
daughter, Gladys has lagrippe and tonsillitis.
March 17, 1916: The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Dodgen will be called Doris Cornelia.
March 17, 1916: The Smyrna Social and Study Club met Wednesday
with Mrs. S. B. Love. The afternoon was spent in a study
of the Colleges of Georgia.
80 Years Ago
Smyrna: March 4, 1926: Smyrna High school has just suffered
a great loss in the death of our custodian, Mr. W.H. Williamson.
He was a man faithful in work, concerned in the welfare
of pupils and was held in high esteem by all the school.
His place will be hard to fill.
March 11, 1926: The Baptist Young People of the Northwestern
Region of Georgia will hold their annual Convention with
the Baptist Church of
March 18th and 19th. The largest number of delegates which
are expected to attend this meeting arriving by train and
automobile is expected to reach over 300.
his way through dense smoke and flame, 18 year old Navelle
both his elderly mother and his young sister from death
Friday morning at 4 o'clock when the Maner home, near Locust
Grove, caught fire and was burned to the ground. He is the
son of R. W. Maner.
Cabin: March 25,1926: Miss Evelyn Camp entertained the Log
Cabin Epworth League at a party Saturday night.
McAdams will entertain Tuesday afternoon at an Easter Egg
hunt for the benefit of the P.T.A. of Locust Grove school.
home coming day was held at Locust Grove Baptist church
the 3rd Sunday. A large percentage of the membership answered
to the roll call.
Log Cabin orchestra will play at a meeting of the Odd Fellows
in Marietta this week. They played at Hapeville Saturday
and will be heard over the radio from WSB Thursday, April
Cabin: April 1, 1926: The Smyrna Epworth League met with
the Log Cabin League Sunday evening. In addition to the
splendid program, talks were made by
Mr. Stewart, president of the Smyrna League, Mr. Manning,
president of the Cobb Co. Union and Mr. Hamilton, of Emory
April 1, 1926: An interesting event of Sunday was the birthday
dinner given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Rogers in
honor of their birthdays; this date being Mr. Roger's 80th
birthday and Mrs. Roger's 76th.
Cabin: April 8, 1926: The little folks at the Georgia Children's
Home Society found lovely Easter favors at their places
Sunday morning, the gift of the Log Cabin Ladies Aid.
Log Cabin baseball team won from Bolton Saturday afternoon.
The team will soon make a fine appearance in their new uniforms.
April 29, 1926: The McNeel-Groover Lumber Company takes
pleasure in announcing the acquisition to their firm of
Mr. J. D. Ray, of Smyrna. Mr. Ray will act in the capacity
of credit manager and estimator.
March 5, 1936: Mrs. H. B. Mitchell, beloved Smyrna woman,
died near midnight Monday at her home in Smyrna, after an
illness of more than two years. She was the granddaughter
of the first settlers of Mableton, living there until fifteen
years ago when she moved to Smyrna. Funeral services were
held Wednesday from the Smyrna Presbyterian church, Rev.
J. E. Richards and
E. G. Cleary officiated. Interment was in the New Smyrna
cemetery. Survivors are four daughters,
Mrs. C. A. Rice, Mrs. R. H.Bacon, Miss Willie Mitchell and
Miss Athlene Mitchell, three sons, S.E., Alex, and Harry
March 5, 1936: The Oakdale Garden Club will meet Thursday
afternoon, March 5, at 2:30 o'clock in the Locust Grove
School Auditorium. At the last meeting Mrs. Hoyle Dobbins
was re-elected president, Mrs. E.H. DeBardelaben, vice president,
Mrs. V. Herren, secretary and Mrs. Glenn Brown, corresponding
Springs: March 5, 1936: The pupils of fifth grade B at Olive
Springs will present a humane Education program in Chapel
Friday morning, March 6, under the direction of their teacher,
Mrs. Robt. L. Lester. They will have as their guest speakers,
Mr. Robert L. Osborne and Mrs. Virginia Gibbs Morris.
March 5, 1936: Mr. and Mrs. J. Foster announce the birth
of a daughter on Monday, March 2nd. She has been named Shirley
Ann. Mrs. Foster was Edna Guess before her marriage.
W.M.U. of the Smyrna Baptist church will sponsor a sale
of cakes and pies Saturday in the business section of Smyrna.
The proceeds from this sale are to be used for the Sunday
School building fund.
and Mrs. Talmadge Westbrooks announce the birth of a son
on February 16th.
Ruth Valentine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Valentine,
Jr. of Smyrna was married to Raymond Speights Gandy, of
Miami, Florida, Sunday afternoon at 5 P.M. in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. McCurdy.
March 19, 1936: The Minnie Lewis circle of the Smyrna Baptist
W.M.U. met at the home of Mrs. Fred Dowda Monday afternoon
with Mrs. Hugh Marston and Mrs. R. K. Hasty assisting.
Brawner, Dr. Albert Brawner, Dr. James Brawner, Jr. and
Bill Hightower spent the past week-end at Lake Burton.
G. C. Greene is attending the Georgia Baptist W.M.U. convention
at Thomasville this week.
Springs: March 18, 1936: Fourth grade B had charge of the
March P.T.A. program, at Olive Springs. The pupils under
the direction of their teacher, Miss Arana Watson, gave
a Raggedy Ann play, making Marcellas dolls come alive.
faculty and student body sympathize with Mr. Osborne, the
principal of our school in the recent death of his father.
April 2, 1936: Funeral
services for Mrs. Rebecca Lee Collins were Tuesday morning
at 11 o'clock from the Smyrna Methodist church with interment
in the Mountain View cemetery. She is survived by husband,
M. L. Collins; Miss Frances Collins, Joe Collins of Smyrna;
Mrs. J.P. Mahan, Claude Mahan, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Mahan.
April 16, 1936: Soft ball teams have been selected in high
school. They are Pershing Wright, captain; A. Wood, D. Wood,
J. Tedder, D. Settle, G. Valentine, R. Wright, C. White,
H. Taylor, W. Parris, and L. Watts; M. Groover, captain;
J. Caldwell, S. Benedict, C. Deal, B. Barnett, Q. Ferguson,
T.A. Corley, H. Ergle, Thurman Davenport, J. Argo, O.L.
Buford; L. Groover, captain; T. Owens, W. Jones, G. Jones,
B. Hill, A. Herren, H. Jordan, H. Maner, G.Meier, G. Lynch,
R. Merrill, J. Lasater, G. Hill and R. Herren.
March 7, 1946: A group of Smyrna citizens last week initiated
a bank project, went out and sold $25,000 shares of stock,
and have filed with the State of Georgia application for
a charter. The institution will be known as the Bank of
Smyrna. The charter application names as directors of the
financial enterprise W. P. Gresham, G. C. Green, D. C. Landers,
J. W. Nash, B.F. Reed, Jr., and Walter A. Crowe.
Log Cabin: March 7, 1946: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wehunt had a
family get-together supper Tuesday night in honor of their
two sons, recently discharged
Maloney called on his parents Friday.
March 7, 1946: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gentry are visiting Mr.
Gentry's parents in Louisville, Ky.
Wesleyan Service Guild of the Methodist Church had their
March meeting on Tuesday evening, March 5, with Mrs. Maggie
Edwards and her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Lowry, at their
home on Spring St.
rites honoring William P. Gillham, 58, were held Wednesday
afternoon at the Spring St. Baptist Church. He is survived
by wife; daughters, Mrs. Clarence A. Brooks, Mrs. Carl Cochran,
Mrs. Homer C. Brooks, of Smyrna, Mrs. Virginia Richards
and Miss Gwendolyn Gillham of Marietta and sons, William
P. Jr. and Billy Gillham. Also surviving are his parents
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Gillham and sisters; Mrs. M. A.
McLarty, Mrs. George Martin and a brother Mayes Gillham.
March 14, 1946: The American Legion Auxiliary will celebrate
the Legion's 27th birthday with a dinner at the Smyrna High
school tomorrow night.
officers will be installed, they are: Corine Hosch, president;
Annie Jones lst vice-president; Mary Willis, 2nd vice-president;
Mrs. Omer Hensley, secretary;
Mrs. Floy Williams, treasurer; Gladys Collins, corresponding
secretary; Beulah Dowda, chaplain; Mary McCollum and Cora
Fowler, sergeants-at-arms; and Neva Cano, historian.
David Cano has returned from an extended visit to Miami,
Fla. And Havana, Cuba.
March 21, 1946: The senior class of Fitzhugh Lee high school
will present a four-act comedy, "Easy Money,"
at 8 P.M. Friday, March 29, at the school auditorium. In
the cast are: Ruth Crowder, Stanley Pair, Betty Green, Evelyn
Black, Mildred Bane, Alvin Maloney, Frances Jean Bolling,
Martha Bourne, Earl Myers, Lee Neal Barnett, Dorothy Jo
Beatty and Gene Banks.
March 28, 1946: S/Sgt. Homer Howard, just returned from
Germany, is spending a 15 day furlough with his wife and
Lindsey has returned from overseas and received his discharge
from the army
Adair, Ed Alverson, and Jimmy Bolling have returned from
fishing trip to Florida.
April 4, 1946: Jean Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Brooks
has returned to Camp Perry, Va. After spending a two weeks
furlough with his parents.
and Mrs. Jim Gentry left Sunday Evening via New Orleans
for Guatemala where they will live.
Clarkston, of the U.S. Navy, will return to Bremerton, Washington
this week after a two-weeks furlough at home.
Springs: April 4, 1946: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Harris, who
were recently married, have taken rooms with Mrs. Myrtle
April 11, 1946: The city of Smyrna is going to expand its
water system, buy water from Atlanta and sell it to its
citizens, and build a sewerage system. Mayor Lorena P. Pruitt
and Harold Willingham, city counsel announced this in a
joint statement today.
The Smyrna city council passed a tentative resolution preliminary
to a formal one authorizing the issuance of $215,000 in
revenue certificates . $80,000 will be used to extend an
8 inch main to the Atlanta-Marietta line to build a pumping
station, and extend fire protection in Smyrna. $135,000
will finance extension of the city's sewerage system and
will include a new disposal plant.
charter for the Bank of Smyrna has been approved, its stock
has been expanded to $70,000, and a building for the institution
will be put up at once, Raymond Reed, counsel for the incorporators,
announced today. The building will be erected on the west
side of Atlanta street between the barer shop and
the W. A. Crowe appliance store.
April 25, 1946: The county track meet will be held Friday,
April 26, at Fitzhugh Lee School. The Smyrna track team
are preparing to enter.
baseball team defeated Norcross Saturday afternoon at Brown's
Park, 11 to 10, in 10 innings. Brooks, Davenport, and Mitchell
hit doubles for Smyrna.
March 1, 1956: Cobb County police and 10 volunteers in five
boats today went into their 30th hour of dragging the Chattahoochee
River for a 35 year old Smyrna housewife who disappeared
Monday night. Missing is a Mrs. Hamby, her hose, shoes and
pocketbook were discovered on the bank of the river. A note
written to her two sons was found in the purse police said.
Baker, a Campbell High senior, along with Mrs. Willie Griffin,
Vocational Office Training Co-ordinator, will be guest at
the meeting at the State
Education Conference which will held in Savannah, Monday
night, March 5th.
High School's band brought glory to the school today when
they walked away with 12 superior and 17 excellent ratings
at the district band festival in Atlanta. Superior ratings
were given to: Jack Pierce, Billy Martin, Richard
Morris, David Colston, Jerry Arrowood, Jean Goodwin, and
Dianne McCollum; Garland Marchman, Tim Camp; Jerry Varner,
Tom Camp, and Dorothy Besack, Excellent ratings went to
the following: Charles Gustafson, Noel Abbott, Joyce Abbott,
Jerry Black, Jane Carson, Rex Ruff, Janet Couey, Jerry Lynn
Harrell, Donald Thompson, Laura Helen Jones, Beverly Harmon,
Geneva Atkins, Mary Lou Ackerman; Janet Couey, Jean Goodwin,
Nancy McCracken, Jeri Lynn Harrell, Jane Williams, Dianne
McCollum, Janice Keen, Charles Gustafson, Billy Martin,
and Eddie Bates.
Atlanta Woman's Club was the meeting place for the Smyrna
Social Club recently. Members came from various towns in
North Georgia to hear Mrs. G.C. Green speak and to enjoy
a lovely luncheon. Those Smyrna members attending were:
Mesdames Henry Carson, W.A. Quarles, Tom Kent, G.C. Green,
Lex Jolly, Hal Beshers, Blanche Brawner, and Miss Pauline
Crawford. Out of town members were Miss Ida Gilbert and
Miss Lelia Gilbert of Clarkston. Mrs. George Daniel, Jasper,
and Mrs. Warren Cantrell, Carrollton. The Social Club's
hostesses were Mrs. Joe Brantley and Mrs. J.H. Henry.
Cherokee Bowmen will hold their monthly tournament Sunday
afternoon, February 26, at their range on Pinetree Dr. The
tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. In case of rain the tournament
will be postponed until the next Sunday.
Smyrna: March 8, 1956: City council's get tough policy about
city business licenses had several merchants up in arms
today. Charges of doing business without licenses have been
brought against some 18 Smyrna concerns. This represents
a large portion of Smyrna's licensed businesses.
of Mrs. Annie Addison opened the door of her home at 260
Dunn Street and quietly moved in with gifts and refreshments,
singing "Happy Birthday" on her 80th birthday.
Mrs. Addison's life has been a full and interesting one.
She has been a postmistress, school teacher and manager
of a large farm and she sent all of her six children through
Roy Wood of the First Baptist Church Brotherhood promised
the Brotherhood "a night of program less fun"
for their February meeting. According to all reports Saturday
just that. In the private dining room of the "Twelve
Oaks Restaurant" 47 members of the Brotherhood enjoyed
a most delicious dinner.
April 12, 1956: E.H. Stephens, president of the Belmont
Hills Theater, announced today that the new theatre will
open at 10 a.m. Saturday at Belmont Hills Shopping Center.
The theatre has 600 reclining seats, full stereophonic sound,
a new cinemascope screen, a modern lounge, and many more
March 3, 1966: Smyrna City Council's decision on cable television
depends greatly on a ruling expected within the next few
days from the Federal Communications Commission, a councilman
March 10, 1966: Smyrna city officials were keeping their
fingers crossed today in hopes that Gov. Carl Sanders will
sign a recently passed bill annexing the multi-million dollar
Cobb Center to the City of Smyrna. Georgia law allows Sanders
30 days following adjournment of the General Assembly to
sign the bill. The legislature adjourned Feb. 18th. If the
bill is not signed at the end of 30 days , it is automatically
vetoed, a spokesman in the governor's office said.
March 17, 1966: Two state representatives and two Smyrna
city officials met with Gov. Carl Sanders Wednesday to discuss
the fate of House Bill 706--the Cobb Center annexation measure.
Mayor Kreeger told The Marietta Daily Journal Thursday that
Gov. Sanders was considering vetoing it. The mayor and four
others who met with the governor will meet again Friday.
April 7, 1966: The financially plagued Belmont Hills Shopping
Center was sold at public auction Tuesday at the Cobb County
Courthouse. Purchasers of the facility, for an amount reportedly
in excess of $1.4 million , were William A. Ward, Stuart
P. Murray, Wilson Lavender and the Citizens & Southern
Bank and Mrs.
Smyrna City Council Monday denied a rezoning petition for
property on Church Street near South Cobb Dr. that had been
requested by the Sanders-Castellaw Funeral Home for expansion
Lamar Reece is playing a devastating dual role for the Panther
baseball team in early season games--both as a pitcher and
a hitter The fine right hander won his third straight victory
April 14, 1966: The City of Smyrna last week received requests
for building permits valued at more than $1.5 million. City
Clerk Les Charles said. The January permits included five
houses, three stores and a commercial sign; February, 10
houses, eight apartment buildings, a professional building
and a barber shop; March 13 houses, two service stations
and eight commercial signs.
March 4, 1976: Have ;you ever seen a 12 foot hot dog, a
six foot banana or a fried egg five feet in diameter? Over
30 eighth year students at Griffin Middle School have been
involved in making the masterpieces in the unified art program.
The teacher is Jane Walker and student teacher Anita Thomas.
Back Little Sheba" will be from
March 4, 1976 presented by the Smyrna Community Theatre
March 4-6, at the Civic Center in Marietta.
March 8, at 8 P.M. the First Baptist Church of Smyrna will
have Rev. Sam Waldron, Southern Baptist missionary to the
Philleppines, showing slides of his work.
Pat Terry Group a Jesus group, will be at First Baptist
on March 14th. Their sound is a unique blend of folk, rock,
blues and country. Members of the group are Pat Terry, vocals,
Sonny Lallerstedt, guitar
and Randy Bugg plays bass guitar.
Merritt will be ordained to the ministry at First Baptist,
Sunday, March 7th at 3 P.M.
28th, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Motes, Lisa and Julie Roberts,
Jason Cadle and Mrs. Virgil Motes attended the monthly meeting
of the Alfred Holt Colquitt, Junior Chapter of Children
of the Confederacy. The meeting was held at the Cyclorama
in Grant Park.
March 11, 1976: Smyrna legislators Rep. George Kreeger,
Rep. Ken Nix, and Sen. Joe Thompson, all agree that what
has been termed a "dull" 1976 session was nevertheless
harmonious and productive.
residents are going to have to have a $2.00 permit before
they can hold a garage or yard sale, according to Bob Burchfield
who is in charge of business licenses.
In Windows flourish making life easy for those who hate
to leave the comfort of automobiles. You now can cash checks,
buy food and clean clothes and never leave the car.
March 18, 1976: Mayor Arthur Bacon and Mayor Pro Tem Homer
Kuhl represented Smyrna at the Congressional City Conference
They joined some 150 Georgia mayors and Councilmen March
14th to urge Congress to renew the federal General Revenue
Martha Theodocion and Ruth Theodocion and children, Kelley
and Pete, attended a National Legislative Conference March
3rd through 5th sponsored by National Federation of Business
and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., in Washington, D.C.
Wayne Boylston of Campbell High School and Kenny Short of
Wills High have been chosen by the Smyrna Rotary Club as
Seniors of the month.
March 25, 1976: Betty Abbott admits she's "addicted"
but it is constructive addiction. For as long as she can
remember she "had to have music every day." And
during her 62 years, she has communicated that love for
music to thousands of others, including her own seven children.
Bring of Campbell High recently won the title Miss Panthera
for 1976 in the annual contest sponsored by the school's
yearbook staff. Janet Hair, president of the Future Business
Leaders of America and a junior was chosen first runner
second annual City-Wide Egg Hunt, cosponsored by the Smyrna
Parks and Recreation Department and the Smyrna
Jaycettes, will be held Friday, April 16th, 7 P.M. to 8
P.M. at Jonquil Park. Children three through 12 will be
eligible for the event.
April 1, 1976: Full service station owners are upset about
the influx of self-service stations to the Smyrna area.
One has even approached City Council about drawing up an
ordinance banning new self-serve stations.
his long career, Dr. W.C. Mitchell has delivered thousands
of babies, with home deliveries numbering at least 300.
For these services and many others since opening his Smyrna
office in 1933, he was honored March 30th, Doctor's Day
in Georgia by the Auxiliary of the Cobb Medical Society
with a surprise party.
April 8, 1976: The Teen Canteen on Church street is having
a Senior Teen Dance Friday April 9th, from 8 P.M. to midnight.
"Wenzlow," a rock band from Sandy Springs will
provide the music.
Carson of Smyrna has announced his candidacy for sheriff
of Cobb County.
B. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnson, received
his Masters of Business Administration degree from Georgia
State University on March 20th.
Woods Garden Club of Smyrna recently
heard Dick Deacon of Plant House lecture on the care of
house plants at the home of Becky Hoaster on Manson Ave.
Hostesses were Joanne Witt, Ann Harper, Jan Campbell, Annette
Chastain and Sandra Baird.
time Smyrna resident Zelma Motter is a Hemerocallis lover.
For years she entered and won shows in the Atlanta area,
and has many ribbons. Some bear the coveted slogan "Best
in the Show." She organized the Dogwood Garden Club
in April 1959.
Sugar 5lbs. .58
Crisco 3lb.can .98
Eggs Doz. .59
Bread 3 24oz loaves 1.00
Ground Beef lb. .66
Chuck Roast lb. .68
Bananas lb. .17
Oranges 5lbs .59
Grapefruit 5lbs .69