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Visiting the Past  

Visiting The Past
May & June 2006


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Visiting 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 Daily Journal.

110 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 7, 1896: Prof. Mizell has given his school vacation for the heated term. It is useless to say the children are delighted, and talk only of picnics and pleasures incidental to vacation.

One of the prettiest weddings it has been my good pleasure to witness was the Terrell-Petty nuptials celebrated last Wednesday, the 29th ultimo, just at dewy eve. Promptly at the appointed hour the notes of the grand wedding march filled the church. Then came the bridesmaids and groomsmen, six in number, and last the blushing bride on the arm of her sister, Miss Aurora, who was maid of honor, and the groom on the arm of his best man. A.J. Morgan, of Acworth, who in a few moments and as many words, pronounced them man and wife. A reception was tendered the young couple at the residence of the bride's parents. (Editor's note - too bad the writer failed to mention the bride and groom's names.

The Democratic Club of Smyrna met last Saturday night and after the regular routine of business they adjourned to meet again the 10th inst. At 3 P.M. Every Democratic in this district is invited to attend.

Gilmore: May 21, 1896: One of Mr. E.L. Herren's little girls died last Thursday. Her remains were carried to Collins Springs Cemetery.

Smyrna: May 21,1896: A party of our young folks camped out on the banks of the old Chattahoochee last Thursday night where they fought mosquitoes and fished until late Friday evening.

Mr. Newt Dempsey is reported very sick and grave apprehension is felt for his ultimate recovery.

Miss J. A. Murner died yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. She had been sic for about five or six weeks.

Next Monday the Holiness meeting convenes and Smyrna "District" will be shook center and circumference. Old Satan will sure howl all around this choice bit of his territory.

Smyrna: June 4, 1896: There is to be "old folks' singing" at the Presbyterian Church the second Sunday afternoon of this month. Everybody is invited to attend and bring along those old books, which have awakened such music in the hearts of those now old and gray, as can never thrill them in our day. The Old Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony the most preferred.

One of our young men went home with his best girl a few nights since and on his way back home he lost his way and when he reached his domicile it was 8 a.m. Take a lantern next time.

Nickajack: June 4, 1896: This part of the moral vineyard was visited by a refreshing shower on Sunday morning and all crops are taking on a vigorous growth.

Born to the household of F. M. Reed, a fine girl, and papa's face wears a happy smile.

Messrs. Frank Blair, Clarence Moss and Ralph Akers formed a fishing party that went from Nickajack to Noses Creek last Saturday. They report having a jolly time, and caught several pounds of fish, not counting terrapins and crawfish.

Smyrna: June 18, 1896: The young men of Smyrna, not being able to start a baseball team, have fallen back on marbles and as you pass through town you can hear voices exclaiming, My luck, Gaston! Hit the center, Virgil.

W. R. Rankin, independent candidate for Congress against Maddox, spoke at this place last Friday night.

A Mrs. Marlow, formerly a resident of this district, but lately a resident of Fulton county, died in Atlanta last week and was buried near here, at Bethel church, last Friday.

Proud Father, Mr. J. W. Warren is the happiest man in Cobb county this week. His joy is caused by the arrival of a fine baby girl at his home.

100 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 3, 1906: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Loving A Brown, Wednesday morning, a fine daughter. Mr. Brown is wearing the usual smile while receiving the congratulations of his many friends.

Died Mrs. Ella Burke, wife of Prof. Clarence Burke, Thursday morning about 10 o'clock. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place. Rev. Nelson George conducted the funeral services.

Pretty Miss Ruby Hamby celebrated her 12th birthday at the home of her grandmother, last Friday afternoon.

The Odd Fellows celebrated the 8th anniversary of the lodge at this place, last Thursday. The speeches were good, the music fine, and one thing certain, we did not inject politics into so pleasant and hallowed occasion, which no doubt accounts for it being more thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

Olive Springs: May 3, 1906: The Young Men's Debating Society gave a delightful entertainment last Saturday night. Miss Emma Segars and Miss Mittie Hamby rendered beautiful recitations.

It is hoped that the Board of Education may see fit to enlarge our school house before the summer term opens.

Smyrna: May 24, 1906: There will be a series of gospel meetings under canvas, just back of the Methodist church, here next week.

The death of Master Earl Hamby has cast a gloom over our town, where he had many relatives, who mourn his untimely death.

Mrs. Mollie Hamby and daughter, Olive, were called home from Texas, on account of the death of Master Earl Hamby.

A large delegation of Smyrnaites will attend the Grand Lodge I.O.O.F., in Augusta, this week.

Friday was the last day of school at this place and a picnic was enjoyed by the Professor and students and friends at Joyner's Grove. The school has been one of the most successful in years. Under the able instruction of Prof. Sylvester and his efficient assistant. This school district should be incorporated, thus insuring a free school for Smyrna, which is almost the center of the district, as well as affording an
opportunity to every child in this vicinity to attend school free. Why can't it be done?"

Mr. Will S. Cox has sold the property recently purchased by him from Capt. Z.T. Terrell. Mr. Sullivan, of Atlanta, will occupy this place as a summer home.

Olive Springs: June 14, 1906: Rev. W. E. McCollum, filled his regular appointment here last Saturday and Sunday.

Mr. J. W. Barber will soon have sweet potatoes for market.

Let everybody get ready for the 4th of July singing. Every choir in the county should prepare to come and bring books.

Smyrna: June 21, 1906: Miss Ethel Millican is the charming and attractive guest of Mrs. Elmer Mason this week.

Our old friend and brother, J. C. Chaney, left last week for Murfreesboro, Ill., where he will visit his son Paul.

Smyrna Drug Co. installed a pretty soda fount last week, and now our boys and girls are taking on a supply of cool soft drinks, ice cream, etc. They hang around that neighborhood like flies to a sheet of "tangle foot."

J. J. Baldwin, our genial R.F.D. carrier, has just received a brand new rural carrier's cart. It is a beauty and John will "sho" be the envy of all the boys along the route.

Olive Springs: June 21, 1906: Mr. W. L. Sanders will start out with his threshing machinery this week.

Don't forget the Young Men's Debating Club meets next Saturday night. Subject: Resolved, "That the Mind of Woman is Intellectually Man's Equal." The leading disputants are Mr. Oscar Wade and Edmond Fortner. This will be a public debate, to which all are invited. Come and bring your song books, Prof D. B. Henderson will lead the music.

Smyrna: June 28, 1906: Quite a number of our young people went over to Ruff's mill last Wednesday evening and enjoyed a fish fry. They reported a "glorious time."

W.N. Pace has moved into his new store, and is prepared to handle trade on a larger and more convenient scale.

A circus struck this old town last Wednesday for two performances and everybody went to see it.

The remains of Mrs. Miller Kidd, who died in Atlanta Saturday morning, were interred in the cemetery here Sunday morning. Mr. Henry Seay conducted the funeral services.

90 Years Ago

Olive Springs: May 5, 1916: Mr. and Mrs. George Camp are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine boy.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Thomas announce the birth of a daughter on last Tuesday, April 25th being the eight girl in this home.

Olive Springs: May 12, 1916: The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Teem's baby was conducted at their home on Friday afternoon and the interment was at Maloney Springs.

Mrs. Sudie Landon died in Atlanta Friday and was buried here at Maloney Springs on Sunday morning, Rev. S. E. Cassidy officiating.

Mr. Forest Brooks, of Mt. Zion and Miss Eva Alexander, of this place were married on Wednesday afternoon. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Alexander and is a very beautiful and accomplished young lady. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brooks and is a hustling young man and Forest is to be congratulated on winning such a sweet girl as Miss Eva.

Olive Springs: June 2, 1916: Mr. D. C. Reed, who was badly burned while employed at the steel plant in Atlanta recently, is still at St. Joseph's Infirmary, and is thought by his physician that he will be a cripple for life.

Strawberries and May cherries are now affording a good dessert on many of our farmers tables.

Olive Springs was well represented at the carnival in Marietta on Thursday.

The family of Mr. G.W. Argo have many friends here who sympathize with them on the death of Mr. Argo's mother at Gilmore.

Olive Springs: June 9, 1916: Married on Sunday afternoon June the 4th, Mr. Ellie Gibson of Smyrna and Miss Beulah Sanders, of Olive Springs. The ceremony was performed by Esq. O.F. Gann. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Sanders.

The Olive Springs choir was well represented at Milford on Sunday afternoon by Messrs J. P. and W.R. York, T.F. Knox and daughter, Miss Willa Knox, Miss Mary Speer, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Moore, Mrs. G.L. Shaw, Mr. G.E. Crow, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. White.

Mrs. Dovie Drake and daughter Geneva, of Gadsden, Ala. Will make their home here with Mrs. Drake's parents, Mr. and Mr. J. L. Reed.

Our community was saddened by the death of Mr. John Attaway, which occurred in Atlanta. The funeral service was at Maloney Springs on Sunday afternoon by his pastor, Rev. G.V. Crow. He is survived by his wife, sons P.H., C.W., M.W., and N. J. and daughters, Mrs. Ella McWaters, Mrs. Charlie Brown, Misses Gladys and Emma Attaway and several grandchildren.

80 Years Ago

Nickajack: May 13, 1926: Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Eason announce the birth of a fine baby girl.

Log Cabin: May 13, 1926: Mrs. A.W. Ray and Mrs. A.M. Everett attended the National Parent-Teacher Convention in Atlanta last week.

The Log Cabin Baseball Club will give an ice cream supper on Mrs. Ray's lawn Thursday night.

Little Lucy Caldwell entertained her Sunday School Class with a party on her birthday, May 6th. Those invited were Peggy Carmichael, Fields Hunt, Junior Thompson, Lillian Thompson, Robert Logan, Gladys Brown, Travers Adams, Elizabeth Hicks, Robert Parker, Clyde Crawford, Sara Hall, Dorothy Caldwell and Wallace Johnson.

Log Cabin: May 27, 1926: Billy Logan has returned from Young Harris College.

Mrs. Jack Williams and Log Cabin Orchestra furnished the music for the annual May Festival at Snap Bean Farm, Atlanta.

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Simmons entertained Mr. Simmons' Sunday School Class Saturday evening. They were assisted in entertaining by Miss Willie Mae Crawford, Miss Louisa Williamson and Mrs. C.F. Simmons. Those present were Mary Copeland, Dot Camp, Laura McCrary, Katherine White, Sara White, Ruth Valentine, Mildred Valentine, Katie Bell Sanders, Mildred Webb, Bobby Copeland, Louise Walker, Theresa Hamby, Austin Brown, Bryan Beard, James Carmichael, Neville Everett, Clarence Marbet, Tom Maner, Bill Hall, George Key, Jewell Holder and Lewis Ray.

Oakdale: June 10, 1926: The Parent-Teacher Association of Locust Grove school, just closed the best year in its thirteen years existence. Following is a list of some of the things accomplished during the year:

1. Electric lights put in school at a cost of nearly $200.
2. Clock bought for school.
3. Partial assistance in covering cement floor in one school room.
4. Play ground slide bought for smaller children.
5. Red Cross cabinet maintained for use in minor hurts and ailments.
6. Basketball and other play ground supplies furnished.
7. Hedge planted by Mrs. Everett and pupils.

Log Cabin: June 16, 1926: The ladies aid meets Thursday and will clean cabin and grounds in preparation for anniversary Sunday June 6.

Mrs. Williams and Orchestra furnished the music for the Eastern Star Patrol at the Atlanta auditorium Saturday evening.

Mrs. A.W. Ray and Mrs. Ross Chambers of Bolton, entertained the Larkin Club Thursday evening at Mrs. Ray's. The husbands of the members were the special guests on this occasion. Heart dice was played. Mrs. J.A. Camp and Mr. Brown Logan won top score and Mr. Williams of Smyrna and Mrs. Marbut received the consolation.

Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Brannan had the misfortune to lose their car, garage and servants house by fire last week.

Lee F. Caldwell was awarded the scholarship to Emory University on his recent graduation from Fulton High School.

70 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 7, 1936: Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Davis, of Smyrna, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth to Henry Konigsmark, Jr., of Smyrna. The marriage is to be solemnized in June.

Mrs. G. C. Green, Mrs. W. A. Quarles, Mrs. H.W. Medlin, Mrs. H.L. Marston, Mrs. E. B. Awtry and Mrs. Homer Bell attended the mission study institute held at the First Baptist church in Atlanta last week.

Smyrna: May 21, 1936: An outstanding event of the week was the annual Smyrna junior-senior banquet held at the Smyrna Woman's club house Friday evening. Homer F. Bell, superintendent of the school, acted as master of ceremonies. F. T. Wills, county school superintendent expressed his appreciation for being invited to this celebration. Milton McLain, of Marietta, was guest speaker using "Character" as his theme.

Log Cabin: June 4, 1936: For twenty-four years the Log Cabin Sunday school has been an outstanding influence in the community in Lemons District in Cobb. In celebration of this school's anniversary Sunday a special program has been planned which is to feature Martha Berry, head of the Berry schools, as principal speaker.

Smyrna: June 11, 1936: The Alathean Sunday school class of the Baptist church held their social and business meeting Thursday afternoon. The joint hostesses for the month were Mrs. C. C. Terrell, Mrs. Homer Durham, and Mrs. Hoyt Brinkley. Mrs. M.H. Gwin, class president had charge of the business session. Mrs. Fred Dowda, Mrs. James Hughes, and Mrs. Roy Wood arranged the entertainment.

Mrs. Mazie Nelson and Miss Rita Williams were joint hostesses to the young lady members of the Maccabees at the home of Miss Williams on Lee Street recently. Those present to form a sewing club for the summer were: Misses Doris Arrington, Dorothy Jones, Frances Skelton, Mary Brawner, Marjorie Cobb, Harriet Hudson, Linda DeBardelaben, Eloise Williams, and Frances Austin.

Funeral services for John F. Payne, who died late Thursday evening, were held Sunday at 11 a.m. from the Maloney Springs church, J. A. Stephens officiating and interment in the churchyard. Pallbearers were J.N. Hopkins, J. R. Quarles, Q.M. Reece, A. C. Rampley, A.T. Haley, and Olie Doss. He is survived by daughter Mrs. J.H. Tatum, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, sons C.E. Payne, of Smyrna, J. R. Payne, of Canton, and C.C. Payne of Tifton.

Smyrna: June 18, 1936: One of the loveliest parties of the season was the miscellaneous shower complementing Mrs. Harlan Watkins, a recent bride, which was given Saturday at the Woman's club house in Smyrna, the joint hostesses being Mesdames F. M. Collier, Mildred Otwell, C. G. Green, D. C. Osborn, Fred Dowda, all of Smyrna, and Mrs. Paul Lovejoy, of Springhill.

The Confederate veterans were not neglected Monday, for they received a $30 check each for their October, 1933 pension, according to J. J. Daniell, ordinary.

60 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 2, 1946: Smyrna Post No. 160, the American Legion, will have a called meeting on Friday night, May 3, according to Zelan T. Wills, adjutant. The purpose of the meeting is to receive

Smyrna: May 2, 1946 pledges from members for the American Legion Hall, which the organization is planning to build.

The members of the Smyrna Matron's Club were the luncheon guests of Mrs. Joe Camp at Mammy's Shanty in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 30. The guests included the following: Mesdames David Cano, Jack Huffstutler, George Hardage, W. B. Carson, Sr., Hugh Marston, Pauline Dunn, Henry Carson, Robert Baugh, of Smyrna, and Mrs. John Bush, of Atlanta.

The high school mixed chorus competed today in the State Music Festival, in Milledgeville. The Smyr-na Quartet and Charlotte Theodocion, contralto soloist, will stay to enter in the events Friday, May 3.

Corsages have been ordered and students are impatiently waiting the night of Friday, May 3, to come. The Junior-Senior Banquet and Dance, in the Smyrna school auditorium is the event everyone is anticipating. Graham Jackson's bank will furnish the music.

Smyrna: May 9, 1946: Max Parnell, was promoted to Captain at Ft. McPherson Tuesday upon being granted his terminal leave. He had served six years in the army.

Smyrna's American Legion Post will give a dance Saturday night from 9 to 12 p.m. at the Vinings open air pavilion to help raise funds for a Legion home.

Building permits issued in Smyrna during the week include to Arthur Bacon for a six-room residence, to be constructed on Bank St. J.J. Cook was given a permit for a residence on Lee Street, and G. T. Hamby was granted a permit to build on Love Street. H. L. Goodson plans to construct a residence on Whitfield.

The high school mixed chorus made a very enjoyable trip to Milledgeville Thursday, May 2, where they attended the State Music Festival. The chorus got a rating of 3, which means good; Charlotte Theodocion received a rating of 2, signifying excellence, Howard McDowell, tenor soloist, 2 and Sylvia Bradley, piano soloist, 2+.

Smyrna: May 16, 1946: The deed to 14 acres of ground, lying just off of South Cobb Drive, was delivered Tuesday to the Smyrna Athletic Association by James Y. Wootton, who gave the land, worth more than $2,500, to the cause of recreation. A ballpark, tennis court, swimming pool, and all other recreational facilities are planned in the development.

The Rev. E. B. Awtrey, minister of the Smyrna First Baptist church, retired Sunday after 33 years service as a Baptist minister in Georgia. He and Mrs. Awtrey were presented a check for $500. Rev. Awtrey had been in Smyrna since 1934.

Smyrna: June 6, 1946: M. J. Hensley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hensley, who has served in the U.S. Navy for the last two years, has received his honorable discharge and is now at home.

The W.S.C.S. of the Methodist Church sponsored a "covered dish" dinner in the church dining room Wednesday evening. The purpose of the occasion was a get-together to receive donations for the purchase of a Hammond organ for the church.

Smyrna: June 13, 1946: The Smyrna cannery will open for business at 8:30 a.m. on July 3 and will operate on Wednesday and Friday each week until further notice.

Smyrna: June 20, 1946: The Junior Woman's Club of Smyrna entertained at a reception at the clubhouse on Tuesday evening, June 11. The occasion was a presentation of the Girls Club of Smyrna, recently organized, to the Senior Woman's Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Brooke Lowry and young son, Parker, and Mrs. Blanche Brawner and daughter Harriett visited Mr. Lowry's brother in Bowling Green, Ky., last week. While there they made a tour of Mammoth Cave.

Mrs. Max Parnell of Smyrna, entertained at the home of her mother, Mrs. James P. Duckett, for Mrs. A. T. Bacon, a recent bride, on Thursday evening.

Smyrna: June 27, 1946: Stonewall Court dining room, noted for its fried chicken and fine museum collection, burned to the ground Monday afternoon. Antique weapons, firearms of 1860 vintage, Confederate uniforms and flags, and other relics were destroyed. Edgar Anderson, owner, placed the loss at $100,000. The building and its equipment represent a $35,00 loss.

Funeral for Charles W. Clayton, 39, of Smyrna, was held Wednesday afternoon at the Spring Street Baptist Church, Rev. R. C. Owen officiating. Burial was in the new Smyrna cemetery. He is survived by wife, Lessie Fraser Clayton, daughters, Martha Louise, Maude, and Betty Lou, son, Richard and mother, Mrs. Thomas J. Clayton.

50 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 3, 1956: Dr. George W. Young, recently separated from the Air Force as a first lieutenant has opened an office for the practice of optometry at 507 North Atlanta Street, Belmont Hills Shopping Center, Smyrna.

Smyrna: May 10, 1956:Smyrna's first Jonquil City Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at Johnny Suggs' Lithia Springs Course beginning May 26. It is planned to have 16 players in each of the five flights.

Members of all athletic teams at Campbell High School are eagerly awaiting the first annual "C" Club banquet, which will be held at the school cafeteria next Wednesday night, at 7:30 p.m.

Smyrna: May 24, 1956: City Council Tuesday night passed an ordinance authorizing Wiedman and Singleton Engineers to do preliminary planning for a water storage tank probably costing between $40,000 and $50,000. Engineers will investigate water requirements of the city and suggest the location and size of the proposed tank.

Smyrna: May 31, 1956: Richard Morris, 13 year old pianist, of Smyrna, will be a featured soloist in the first Atlanta Pop Concert of 1956 Sunday at the Fox Theater.

Smyrna: June 7, 1956: Miss Barbara Joan Hammett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Norris, of Smyrna became the bride of Lee Earl Simpson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Simpson, of Marietta on May 5.

Smyrna: June 14, 1956: Smyrna lost its police chief Sunday in a flurry of charges against the Council by resigning Chief T. Paul Epps. Epps said his resignation was prompted by "lack of cooperation and interference by certain members of the council and City Hall."

Smyrna: June 14, 1956 William Max Pavlosky, a member of the class of 1959 at Emory University School of Medicine, has been awarded a March of Dimes fellowship of $600 for special research in the biological and physical sciences related to medicine.

Smyrna: June 21, 1956:Second Lt. Charles R. Wood is now a graduate of the Army's Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va. He completed the basic course for recently commissioned officers. He is a 1955 graduate of the University of Georgia and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wood, of Smyrna.

Smyrna: June 28, 1956: Judy Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Howard, Lee Street, was feted on her twelfth birthday at a swim party and supper at the home of Mrs. J. M. Gibson. Those attending were: Anne Martin, Vickie Hopkins, Gail Colquitt, Kristina Tomin, Janet Jones, Margie Swanson, Powder Springs; Stephen Howard and Mrs. James Howard, of Marietta.

Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Knight, accompanied by Misses Paula Alexander, Becky Nash and Kay Alexander, left Monday to attend the conference of Cherokee Presbytery at Rabin Gap Nachoochee School.

40 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 4, 1966: Campbell and Marietta baseball teams, who only recently battled for a record 13 innings before Campbell emerged the winner, headed toward a Region 5-AAA "showdown" as both won key region victories in baseball wars Tuesday afternoon. This is, of course, if neither stumbles over a foe from here on out.

Smyrna: May 12, 1966: Mrs. Raymond Reed entertained Thursday with a dessert-bridge party at her home on South Atlanta Rd. Players included: Mesdames Pat Stephens, Arthur Bacon, J.M. Collins, Rufus Guthrie, James Pressley, James Spradley, Henry Konigsmark, Ray Nix, A. B. Morton, Sam Lindley and Ray Fulton.

Smyrna: May 25, 1966: The Smyrna City Council Tuesday night apparently settled a months-long controversy by rezoning the Peeler property on Church Road, from residential to commercial-restrictive use to allow construction of funeral home by the Sanders-Castellaw Co. The vote was 6-1 with councilman R. H. Wood being the lone dissenter.

Smyrna: June 23, 1966: The Smyrna City Council is expected to approve a record budget of $688,197.49 when it meets July 11. If given the okay, the city's 1966-1967 budget would exceed by more than $35,000 last year's budget of $653,000.

30 Years Ago

Smyrna: May 6, 1976: Smyrna voters followed statewide trends in Tuesday's presidential primary, handing Jimmy Carter close to 3,000 votes and Ronald Reagan 1,233 votes.

Bill Darby, Smyrna city councilman and chairman of the Civil Defense Committee, announced at council meeting Monday night that the Smyrna Civil Defense Rescue Volunteers will be providing initial response on all rescue calls in Smyrna.

The Oakdale Little League kicked off its 1976 season last Saturday.

Smyrna May 6, 1976 The Bennett Woods Garden Club held their second annual Easter Egg Hunt on Autumn Court recently. Gloria Sudderth served as chairperson for this event.

May 13, 1976: After 24 years at Campbell High School and the only charter member left on the teaching staff William Blatt is retiring.

Fred Bentley, Sr., a member of the Cobb County Landmark Association, will speak to Smyrna area Girl Scouts as they officially dedicate a historical marker at Concord Covered Bridge.

May 20, 1976: Mayor Arthur Bacon will welcome guests to Smyrna Hospital's open house Sunday afternoon, May 23.

Mrs. B. C. (Julia) Landers, 81, of Church St., Smyrna died Saturday May 15. She was the wife of the late Dr. D. C. Landers and is survived by son R. W. (Bobby) Landers.

May 27, 1976:State Representative Ken Nix, a Smyrna resident announced he will seek his third term in the Georgia House.

June 3, 1976: Last week Cobb County Grand Jury indicted Virgil D. Presnell, Jr. on charges of murder and kidnapping in the case of Lori Ann Smith. She and a friend were abducted as they were walking home from Russell Elementary School in Smyrna.

Smyrna's Parks and Recreation Department observed its second anniversary this Friday, June 4. The budget for this year is $211,572 and the staff has grown from one to 18.

Kenny Short, a standout basketball player for the past three years at Wills High School, has signed a basketball scholarship to attend Cleveland State Junior College in Tennessee.

Friday, June 4, is the big day when some 325 Campbell seniors graduate. A number of students were singled out for special recognition from the large class. Tammy Murphy and Ray Harris chosen Mr. and Miss CHS, Cindy Perry and Tony Wilkey chosen Most Intellectual and Kelsey Carson and Barry Southerland were selected Most Athletic. Thirty eight members were tapped for Who's Who sponsored by the Panthera Yearbook staff.

June 10, 1976: Pledging to steer clear of city politics, Smyrna's new chief of police, Roger E. Little, Jr., a captain with the Atlanta Police Department, was unanimously approved for the job by the city council.

Mr. and Mrs. Otis Jones of Dallas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathy Lynn, to Keith Dunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dunn, Smyrna.

June 17, 1976: A time capsule costing approximately $3,000 is to be placed in Centennial Park to be opened in 50 years, is the latest project of the Smyrna Bicentennial committee, Joe Reynolds is chairman.

June 24, 1976: Mayor Arthur Bacon and five of the seven members of Smyrna City Council, Rem Bennett, Jim Tolleson, Homer Kuhl, C. O. Canada and Jerry Mills are attending the 43rd annual convention of the Georgia Municipal Association this week at Jekyll Island.

20 Years Ago

May 1, 1986: Carol Travis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Travis of Smyrna, and Leanne Greeson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Greeson also of Smyrna, have been named to the winter quarter Dean's list at Southern Technical Institute in Marietta, Students must maintain a 3.5 or better scholastic average and enrolled full time to be eligible.

May 8, 1986: Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon has named 12 Smyrna businessmen and women to a business advisory council that will "work closely with the city" to establish a better relationship between the business community and the city government.

Rep. Fred Aiken, R-Smyrna, has announced that he will seek a fourth term in the Georgia House of Representatives.

A dozen students in Judy Kelley's chemistry class at Osborne High School were back in class today after lab test determined that the pills slipped into an ice cream and cookie combination the class was making were an over-the-counter laxative, placed there by one or more pranksters.

May 15, 1986: Al Burruss, 58, died Saturday May 10, at Kennestone Hospital from cancer of the pancreas. Mr. Burruss was House Majority Leader and had served nine terms in the State House of Representatives.

Cobb commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the "concept" of designating the Concord Road Covered Bridge as a historical district to protect 80 acres around the bridge near Smyrna but without prohibiting the possible acquistion of some of the land for "public purposes" in the future.

May 22, 1986: At King Springs Elementary School the P.T.A. and the Smyrna Optimist Club dedicated a new courtyard in honor of Gerald Gillespie, who retired last May after 21 years. Mr. Gillespie was the second principal in King Springs 29 year history.

June 5, 1986: Patricia Hilscher retired on March 7 from Lewis A. Ray library branch in Oakdale.

After 34 years of teaching students in numerous states, Ruth Cannon is retiring from Brown Elementary where she has taught 3rd grade for 18 years. She will retire on June 11 after all her year end paperwork is completed.

June 19, 1986: The Smyrna City Council Monday night approved a $13.l million budget for fiscal year 1987, which includes funds for a new fire station and police precinct, a new courtroom and improvements in the city's drainage system.


 

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