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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
120 Years Ago
Sept. 30, 1886: Mr. James Mable was married to Miss Emma
Quinn, of Augusta, on 23rd inst. He and his bride came up
to Mableton on the 24th where a number of friends and relatives
met them in a "social" and a good dinner. Mr.
Mable is now, we are sorry to learn, is sick with malaria
fever which he contracted in the swamps of the Santee River,
where he has been railroad building.
"Lump" Daniel, our efficient tax receiver, has
improved his pretty country home on the Concord road.
Baptist immersed six new members Sunday. They are rapidly
building up a strong congregation in Smyrna.
Oct. 21, 1886: Mr. Tobe Medlin is repairing the Presbyterian
church. A vestibule, belfry and other improvements are to
Raymond Simpson, near Bethel, has a dog two years old that
has caught 35 squirrels--3 weeks before last and nine rabbits
the same week.
Sept. 6, 1906: The reunion of the scholars who attended
the old Smyrna Academy way back in 1854 took place in the
grove behind the Methodist Church last Tuesday. At a Roll
Call of these ancient School Children, some 25 answered
to their names. The
day was pleasantly spent in reminiscences of school days
as they had and enjoyed them. Hon.
L. Mayson of Atlanta, delivered the address of the occasion
in his usual happy and charming manner. One feature of the
reunion was the reception of a letter addressed one of the
scholars in attendance, from the sweetheart of those good
old days of "long long ago." This young fellow
as a persistent lover and became the shadow of his lady
love, so much so that the boys and girls nicknamed the young
lady, "Joe" and it is said she even now answers
to the magic name of "Joe." The reunion was a
great success and those old boys and girls of 1854, and
there-abouts, seemed just enjoying a happy moment of recess,
from the arduous studies of every day life in the great
school of experience.
Bob Dunton is building an awning in front of his store and
the telephone exchange.
many friends of Miss Lorena, the dear little daughter of
Dr. W. T. Pace, will regret to learn that she is quite sick
Springs: Sept. 13, 1906: The Concord singing convention
met here Saturday week. Several classes were represented
with a full delegation. No better music has ever been heard.
Officers elected for next year were J. A. Lewis, president;
W. N. Edwards, vice-president and F. B. Barber, secretary.
Sept. 13, 1906: The Belmont Farms people have installed
a milking machine in their dairy department. It is a wonderful
yet simple device by which one man can milk eight cows at
the same time. It is said to be giving entire satisfaction.
John T. Pace is getting his ginnery apparatus in good shape
for this year's crop of
Sept. 13, 1906 (continued) cotton. He says there will not
be as much cotton to gin this year as we had last, nor does
he think it will be as good staple, but the prospects are
that we will get more money for it.
J. Walker Fuller, one of our prominent merchants, visited
the "Old Homestead" at Roswell, last Sunday. it's
a good thing to go back occasionally, notwithstanding "old
home is not what it used to be."
Sept. 20, 1906: Dr. W. T. Pace sold his three room house
on Terrell Ave. to a Mr. Wood, of Villa Rica, who will move
to Smyrna in the next few days.
very near having a blacksmith shop in Smyrna last week,
but like nearly everything else, opposition developed and
an injunction was had against it and the enterprise will
likely fall through.
Cliff Fowler has about completed his hennery and has about
as pretty a chicken farm as you find anywhere in a days
begins on the school house Monday. A large force of hands
are employed to take the roof off and rush the work through.
Sept. 27, 1906: Mr. Jeff Crow had his foot cut off above
the ankle by a mowing machine last Monday afternoon week.
Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to the Orphans' Home
by our people. Saturday's day's work will be given them,
and Sunday the Sabbath schools have arranged an interesting
program, and expect a large congregation and generous contribution
for the cause.
Oct. 11, 1906: The residence of Mr. R.N. Hughes caught fire
last Monday morning but fortunately the flames were extinguished
before any serious damage was done.
remains of Mrs. M. L. Petty, who died in Atlanta Friday
morning were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place
Saturday noon. She is survived by her husband, M. L. Petty
and three daughters aged 8, 12 and 16.
Oct. 18, 1906: Belmont Farms took all the prizes and ribbons
at the Macon Fair.
Baptist church has organized an orchestra of local talent,
consisting of several instruments and is preparing to have
fine music at that church during services. The orchestra
is under the able and efficient management of Prof. Clarence
Cliff Fowler has just completed an elegant and up-to-date
Chicken Hotel on his farm and will engage more extensively
in the poultry business than ever. Mr. Fowler is getting
to be quite a chicken expert.
Mat Simpson has gone to Cartersville and will visit Dalton
before returning home; and there-by hangs a tale. Mr. Simpson
has not been away from home or eaten a meal from home in
33 years, and his neighbors are horrified that he should
break such a record at this date.
to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Mason last Wednesday, a fine baby
Springs: Oct. 25, 1906: The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ed.
Legg are congratulating them on the arrival of a fine boy
at their home.
Springs: Sept. 15, 1916: Mrs. John S. Wilson gave a quilting
party on Tuesday to matrons and at night about fifty young
boys and girls were invited in and after several games suitable
for the occasion ice cream and cake were served.
L. Y. Rogers has the contract to clean off Olive Springs:
Sept. 15, 1916 Continued: Maloney Springs cemetery, those
being appointed on the committee to see after this work
are as follows: Messrs J. P. York, G. L. Shaw, J. W. Barber,
J. E. White and G. E. Crow.
Springs: Sept. 29, 1916: Mr. T. F. Knox and Mr. E.M. Daniell
are very busy making syrup, if you want to enjoy some good
home made syrup just call on these gentlemen.
night near Fair Oaks the buggy of Mr. S. A. White and Mr.
J. H. Sanders ran into each other, crushing the buggies
and only slightly injuring them. The horses were frightened
and could not be controlled by the drivers.
Oct. 6, 1916: The month of October with the cool winds,
the glorious sunshine and golden rods, make us feel that
nature has something more than real summertime in the future
friends of little Herbert and Howard Moss will be glad to
know they are convalescing after several weeks illness of
Typhoid fever, under the skillful treatment of Dr. W. T.
preaching at Mt. Harmony Saturday and Sunday. Rev. Byers
is preaching some able sermons.
Oct. 6, 1916: Miss Alta Hamby celebrated her 16th birthday
at her home near Smyrna Friday evening with a lawn party.
When the big pink cake with 16 candles was cut, Miss Leila
Fowler found the dime, Mr. Green, of Atlanta, the ring and
Roy Fowler the thimble.
Springs: Oct. 6, 1916 Mr. T. F. Knox and two sons, Messrs.
W. H. and J. H. accompanied by their uncle, Mr. Geo. Seals,
of Atlanta, motored to Macon Tuesday to attend the State
A. A. Daniell has moved to Smyrna where he will open up
a nice line of groceries. Mr. Wilbur Moore will take Mr.
Daniell's store near Jonesville crossing, which he bought
recently of Mr. Daniell.
Oct. 12, 1916: J. P., the little two-year old son of Mr.
D. G. Runyun, died in a private sanitarium in Atlanta, September
Ladies Aid Society held their regular meeting at Locust
Grove church on Tuesday afternoon. It was decided that the
society would meet only once a month and at the ladies'
homes during the winter.
Hogue celebrated her tenth birthday with a party on Saturday
Locust Grove school has opened with 230 pupils in attendance.
The teachers are Miss Emma Wicks, of Covington Miss Lillian
Bryant, of Atlanta, and Miss Edith Conway, of Atlanta.
Oct. 13, 1916: The members of Mt. Harmony Baptist church
gave an ice cream supper on Wednesday night Oct. 4, to raise
money for the Orphans' Home at Hapeville, a large crowd
being present and a very neat sum of money raised.
of young people from this place are attending the circus
in Atlanta today.
Oct. 20, 1916: Mr. Henry Rice, of Camp Harris, was the guest
Sunday of his parents Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Rice.
Smyrna Literary and Social Club was delightfully entertained
by Miss Ethel Gann and Mrs. G. C. Green at Mrs. Green's
home last Wednesday afternoon. All the members attended
the fair in Atlanta Wednesday of this week.
Oct. 26, 1916: Willie Henson, the 6 year old son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. T. Duke, died in Gilmore: Oct. 26, 1916
October 9. His death was caused by an accident and interment
was made in Hollywood cemetery.
Conway, of Conway Station, gave a very good talk at prayer
meeting Sunday night.
Sept. 2, 1926: Smyrna public schools will open Monday morning
Sept. 6th. The following teachers have been announced by
J. T. Lowe, Superintendent and teacher for 9th and 10th
grades, Miss Colene Reed, Principal and teacher of 8th grade,
Miss Maud Baldwin, 7th grade; Miss Agnes Baldwin, 6th grade;
Miss Judith Rice, 5th grade; Mrs. C. I. Holcombe, 4th grade;
Miss Annie Mae Brown, 3rd grade; Mrs. C. L. Ivey, 2nd grade;
Miss Lucile Cochran, 1st grade. Miss Sue Pollock will have
charge of the music department and Miss Annie Shafe will
be in charge of expression department. Between three and
four hundred pupils are expected to be in school this season.
Sept. 9, 1926: Locust Grove school started Monday with Prof
Harvey and an able faculty on the job. A new high school
grade is being added this year.
Kenneth Maner is returning to Agnes Scott College for her
senior year, Miss Katherine Anderson and Misses Sara and
Katherine White have gone to Powder Springs to the A &
M for the term.
Sept. 30, 1926: The many friends of Mr. J. N. Dodgen are
sympathizing with him in the loss of his sister, Mrs. D.
F. Hood who was killed by a train last week.
Sept. 3, 1936: Mrs. David Cano complimented her two children
Thursday with a prom party at the home of their grandmother
Mrs. Leila Harrison, in Smyrna. The children have lived
in Alabama until recently, when they came to locate here.
Sept. 10, 1936: The Smyrna Public Library, an NYA project
made possible here through co-operation of the Smyrna Men's
Club and the Smyrna Woman's Club, will be opened to the
public for the first time on next Tuesday evening, Mrs.
Callie Jay, librarian, disclosed today. The program starts
at 7:30 o'clock, but library which is in the Woman's Club
building on Smyrna-Atlanta road, will be opened for inspection
until 9:30 o'clock.
Reece, 38, of Smyrna, along with Mrs. Reece, Phillip Mayfield,
her father, and Miss Nola French, had a narrow escape from
death last Friday as the automobile in which they were riding
overturned on the new Atlanta-Macon road, after hitting
a telephone post.
Sept. 17, 1936: Smyrna High School enrollment numbers 109,
which is the highest ever attained in this division of the
school. A new laboratory has been arranged for the science
pupils. Miss Helen Little is teaching a music class which
is accomplishing a great deal. The school welcomes five
new teachers, Miss Lois Rogers, Miss Ernestine Petree, Miss
Evelyn Edwards, Miss Sara Coan, and Mrs. Albertine Fleming.
The school's total enrollment includes 514 students, showing
an increase of about 100 over last year's student body.
first and second grades taught by Miss Rogers have 46 students.
Miss Rice's third grade has 35 on roll. The fifth grade
taught by Miss Sara Coan of Locust Grove has 42 pupils.
The sixth grade has an enrollment of 40 pupils. They have
elected Mary Frances Taylor and Melvin Holleman as nurse
and doctor respectively.
Sept. 24, 1936: Governor-designate, E. D. Rivers of Georgia,
M. D. Collins state school superintendent, leading officials
of Cobb county and prominent residents of Atlanta,
Sept. 24, 1936 Continued: Marietta and Smyrna will all join
Monday night at Locust Grove in the dedication of Fitzhugh
Lee school. Roger Enloe is principal of the school and Robert
Thornwell Coit is assistant principal. Members of the district
board of trustees are Berry D. Bolling, chairman; W. R.
Hoyt, Jr., treasurer; Clarence Dempsey, secretary; R. L.
Wood and Roy Gentry.
Oct. 8, 1936: Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Edwards announce the engagement
of their daughter, Margaret Louise, to John Earle Lowry,
Jr., the marriage to be solemnized in November at the Smyrna
Oct. 8, 1936: Funeral services for Elijah L. Herren, 78,
died at Locust Grove, were held Sunday afternoon at Collins
Springs church and interment in church cemetery. Surviving
are his wife, daughters, Mrs. L. J. Wood, and Mrs. Fred
Puckett; sons, C. L. Herren and W. E. Herren; and brothers,
J. A. and J. M. Pallbearers were W. E. Hogue, Roy Herren,
Virlyn Herren, S. A. Wood, Clark Hudgens, Jr. and H. D.
Oct. 8, 1936: Representing Smyrna school Olin Jones won
first place in the amateur contest with his violin solo,
and Jack Taylor placed third in the freckles contest.
ceremony here Sunday was the christening of Parker Rice
Lowry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Lowry, at the Smyrna
Methodist church during the 11 o'clock service. Rev. V.
L. Bray performed this with the assistance of the pastor,
Rev. A. E. Scott. The infant was dressed in a long dainty
dress which was worn by his mother, the former Miss Judith
Rice. He is named after his maternal grandfather and his
Sept. 5, 1946: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Herren and son, Freddie,
Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Dempsey and son, Raymond, spent Sunday
and Monday at Gatlinburg, Tenn.
and Mrs. Albert Sentell and sons, Don and Benny, and Mrs.
Jessie Chastain visited Rev. and Mrs. D. W. Edwards in Tuscumbia,
former graduates of Smyrna High school, some of whom declared
that after graduating they would never darken the doors
of the school, appeared again at the school Monday. They
just couldn't stay away from 'dear old Smyrna high,' so
they returned as visitors.
will be two glee clubs , the girl's club will be directed
by Mrs. Leslie Blair and the boys, by Howard McDowell. Howard,
who graduated from Smyrna in '46, will also attend the University
of Georgia Evening College.
Sept. 12, 1946: The Smyrna Woman's Club held its September
meeting at the club house, Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Barrett
Barton, of Sandy Springs, was the guest speaker. Mesdames
J. P. Cranshaw, Lewis Anderson and G. B. Williams were joint
Sept. 19, 1946: The First Baptist Church of Smyrna was the
setting on Sunday evening, September 15, for the wedding
of Miss Ann Evelyn Petty, daughter of Mrs. John F. Petty
and the late Mr. Petty, of Smyrna, and Norris William Hendrix,
Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Hendrix, of Atlanta.
Smyrna Social Club had its September meeting at the home
of Mrs. D. J. Ray, Jr. on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Ray's
sister, Mrs. Henry Konigsmark, Sr. was joint hostess for
Rice, of Atlanta, brother of the late Mr. Parker Rice, of
Smyrna, died at his home in Atlanta last week. Mr. Rice
was a pioneer citizen of Cobb county and owner and operator
of Concord Woolen Mills near Smyrna.
Sept. 19, 1946 Continued: The friends of Mrs. Parker Rice,
sympathize with her in the death of her brother, Mr. Bert
Z. Ruff, at his home in Spartanburg, S.C.
Sept. 26, 1946: Lex Jolley is attending the Convention of
the National Security Traders Association in Seattle, Washington.
Enroute to and from he is touring the West, going as far
up as Lake Louise.
Oct. 3, 1946: Plans were made Monday night at a meeting
of representatives of the civic and religious groups of
Smyrna for the establishment of a Teen Age Canteen.
Joe Pruitt, mayor, elected chairman for the project appointed
a committee to secure a place for the canteen. Members are
J. M. Griffin, Mrs. W. R. Mountcastle and Rebekah Austin.
Oct. 10, 1946: Smyrna will elect a mayor and two councilmen
on Nov. 2, Scott Edwards, city attorney, announced today.
Mrs. Lorena Pace Pruitt, elected last year to fill the unexpired
term of J. Y. Wootton, resigned, is expected to seek re-election.
Cabin: Oct. 17, 1946: The Log Cabin Garden Club met recently
at the home of Mrs. R. A. Teasley with Mrs. Dewey Switzer
Oct. 17, 1946: The Smyrna High school basketball season
will open Oct. 22 with a game with Austell at Smyrna.
Busy Bee group of the Junior Maccabees, of Smyrna, had their
October meeting at the Masonic Hall Friday afternoon.
Oct. 17, 1946: Miss Virginia Farmer and Mr. Aubrey Herren,
whose marriage will be an event of Oct. 20, were honored
at a lovely party Friday evening at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Clyde Herren.
Oct. 31, 1946: The survey for the
water and sewerage project has been finished and negotiations
on a contract for pipe and fittings are under way, Harold
Willingham, of Willingham, Cheney, Hicks, and Edwards, city
counsel, announced today.
in Smyrna will go to the polls Saturday between l p.m. and
8 p.m. to choose between Mrs. Joe Pruitt, incumbent, and
Harry Mitchell, an ex-service man running on a "Progressive"
ticket for the office of mayor. Two councilmen will also
be elected from four candidates in the Saturday election.
Two candidates are ex-service men who are running on the
Progressive ticket. They are Ralph Lewis, Jr. and Howard
P. McCollum. Other candidates are P.P. Shaw and Homer D.
Sept. 6, 1956: Miss Barbara Foster, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. D. B. Foster became the bride of Tommy Hamilton, son
of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hamilton, Sr., of Smyrna in a double
ring ceremony Friday evening at Roswell Street Baptist Church.
Sept. 13, 1956: The Campbell high Panther, after sharpening
her claws last Friday in Rome was looking forward to their
first 4-AA win of the season Friday night, when the Hapeville
Hornets come to Smyrna for the home curtain raiser.
Sept. 27, 1956: More than 150 bow and arrow enthusiasts
will come to Smyrna Sunday for Georgia State Pre-Hunt Tournament.
Members of the Cherokee Bowmen, of Smyrna, will be hosts
at this tournament.
1956 tax digest totals a record $7,850,000, an increase
of $1,300,000 over last year, the annual report of the Board
of Assessors disclosed last week. The tax digest is listed
as only one-third of the retail value of property, meaning
the city is worth over $20,000,000.
Oct. 4, 1956: The Married Young Peoples Class of Smyrna
First Baptist Church entertained at a banquet Saturday evening
at Twelve Oaks Restaurant, with Bill Waldron serving as
master of ceremonies. A program depicting the different
eras of Love was presented from a printed program in the
form of a mask. Representing "Old Fashioned Love, were
Mr. and Mrs. John Mansfield; the "Gay Nineties"
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Shepherd; "War Years," Grady
Chaffin; "Sweethearts of the Present," Mr. and
Mrs. Bob Raulerson.
and Mrs. Edward W. Tinsley, of Smyrna, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Miss Winifred Tinsley, to Richard H.
Gazaway, of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Gazaway. The
wedding will be an event of November 17.
appointments to Marietta-Cobb Civil Defense positions have
been announced by Mrs. J.M. Foster, director. Mrs. Claude
Hambrick, Jr., of Smyrna has been named deputy director
in charge of women's activities and Horace Crowe, of Marietta,
public relations officer.
and Mrs. David Cano, of Smyrna, were the near victims of
Hurricane Flossy last week. Their car was tossed against
a sandbank, causing painful injuries to Mr. Cano and bruises
to Mrs. Cano.
A. McCracken, of Smyrna is Cobb County's first polio fatality
in recent years. He lost a four-day struggle against a paralytic
seizure at Grady Hospital of Atlanta.
Oct. 11, 1956: In a special Monday night meeting the Smyrna
City Council passed an ordinance to erect curbing on Powder
Springs Street from Hamby to Eastfield Road. The next council
meeting is scheduled for November 5 when a new councilman
will be selected to replace Vern Bolton, who recently resigned.
Other business at the meeting will be the presentation of
the 1957 budget by Murray Sonenberg, finance chairman. This
year's budget amounted to approximately $153,000.
population of Smyrna is now 11,000.
Oct. 18, 1956: Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Jeffares, of Smyrna have
four sons. Robert Edward enlisted and served in the South
Pacific during World War II. James Harold served from 1945
to 1946 and saw service in China with the Marines. George
Daniel served from August 1951 to August 1955 and saw action
in Korea with the 1st Marine Division. Richard Kenneth,
who is a senior at Campbell High School, recently told TSgt.
Joe Sassenberg, the Marine recruiter for the Smyrna area,
" As soon as I graduate, I wouldn't think of joining
any branch but the Marines."
Oct. 25, 1956: The Lex Jolleys of Pretty Branch Drive, Smyrna,
left today for a two weeks jaunt through the middle and
far west. Mr. and Mrs. Jolley and daughter Malinda fly to
Chicago to join some 500 others on the "NSTA Special
Train" to head west. "Whistle Stops: en-route
will be made at Omaha, Denver, Cheyenne and Salt Lake City.
The group stops over in Las Vegas for an inspection of Boulder
Dam and for entertainment on the famous "Strip,"
they arrive in Palm Springs Wednesday.
Sept. 1, 1966: Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gillespie entertained
the faculty of King Springs Elementary School Tuesday evening
with a buffet supper. The faculty and families enjoyed the
outdoor party given at the Gillespie home on Camp Highland
Road. The faculty attending the party were: Misses Eleanor
Arwood, Harriette Hilliard, Ann Hall, Linda Neighbors, Faye
Buffaloe, Judy Gray, Ann Rogers; Mesdames Mary Hoven, Dixie
Plant, Carol Emery, Elizabeth Nichols, Jeanine Newsome,
Leola Grice, Uldine Snelling, Betty Miller, Mignon Ridings,
M. C. Ellis and Lee Wright.
Grace Worley Mitchell, 60, of 483 Bank Street, Smyrna, died
Thursday morning in an Atlanta hospital. Funeral services
will be at 3
Sept. 1, 1966 Continued: p.m. Friday in the Smyrna Presbyterian
Church, Rev. Nat Heeth will officiate, with burial at Georgia
Memorial Park. Survivors include her husband, Samuel E.
Mithcell; sons S. E. Mitchell, Jr. and Richard P. Mitchell;
sisters, Mrs. Charles McMillan and Mrs. Buna Walker, of
Smyrna and Mrs. Kenneth Rice, Atlanta.
Oct. 13, 1966: The young mothers of First Methodist Church
met in August and formed a new circle, The Mary Jane Haley
Circle. The women met at the home of Mrs. J. W. Scarborough
on Dunn Street and elected a temporary slate of officers;
Mrs. Miller Davis, chairman; Mrs. Clarke Davis, secretary;
Mrs. Walter Lee, treasurer; Mrs. Earnest Earwood, telephone
chairman. Charter members present in addition to the officers
were: Mesdames Jerry Taylor, J. C. Toole, J. L. Anderson,
Jimmy Graves, Doyle Lindsay, James Lovvern, Jr.
Henry Konigsmark, Jr. entertained her bridge club on Thursday
at her home on Atlanta Terrace. Players included: Mesdames
Norwood Coker, J. M. Collins, Arthur Bacon, Ray Fulton,
Raymond Reed, Ray Nix Robert Bacon, James Pressley, A. B.
Morton, Max Parnell and James Spradley.
Oct. 22, 1966: Miss Diane Holleman, freshman at Valdosta
State College, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Melvin Holleman at their home on Love Street.
Oct. 27, 1966: Smyrna City Council Monday night agreed to
renumber all residences in the city to coincide with numbers
given each land lot in Cobb by the County Engineering Office.
The council also agreed to allow construction of the "Mr.
Steak: Restaurant on Cherokee Road at Burbank Circle with
a 25 foot setback, providing there will be no parking on
the Cherokee Road side of the building. Council also agreed
to purchase four trucks for use by the Street and Sanitation
Gilbreath was honored on his ninth birthday with a wiener
roast at Cobb Park by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gilbreath.
Those helping Tony celebrate were: Dan Mayfield, Phil Brunson,
Kevin Chaffin, Steve White, Jimmy Durer, Alan Chaffin, Kevin
Hart, Dawn and Dan Gilbreath.
Sept. 2, 1976: Chief Everett Little of the Smyrna Police
Department was congratulated by Mayor Arthur Bacon as the
100th city employee to complete the National Driving Course.
of the smallest turnout of Cobb voters ever------some 21
percent went to the polls Tuesday to decide six Democratic
runoff races. The majority of Smyrna voters chose the winning
candidates, Bill Hutson, Charles Ruff and George Bentley.
There are 10 voting precincts in Smyrna.
Proctor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Proctor of Smyrna, recently
captured ninth place in wrestling competition at the AAU
Junior Olympics. Proctor a senior at Campbell High School,
was wrestling in the 143 pound division.
and Mrs. Brooks Voyles of Smyrna announce the birth of a
son, Jody Lee on Aug. 2. The mother is the former Nancy
members of Smyrna Optimist Club spent last week at Jekyll
Island at the District Convention. Those attending were:
David Brown, Roy Brownlee, Milton Brumbelow, Joe Chambers,
Alton Curtis, Tom Eubanks, Jerry Guest, Bill Harrison, Gov.
Rodney Hogue, Lt. Gov. Jim Pitts, Allen Potter, Dan Scoggins,
Norman Tackett and George Williams.
Sept. 9, 1976: Alonza L. Robinson, 84, of Spring Street,
Smyrna, died September 5th. Services were held at First
Baptist Church chapel with Rev. Marvin Frady and Howard
Sept. 9, 1976 Continued: McDowell officiating with burial
in New Smyrna Cemetery. Survivors include sister, Mrs. Joe
McDowell, brothers, Tommy, N. C. and W. O. Robinson.
Smyrna coeds-------Mary Umland, Marilyn Miller, Dara Oliver,
Stephanie Coggins, Kim Chastain and Gloria Jean Lee, will
compete in the 1977 Miss Cobb County Pageant September 25th,
at Marietta School Auditorium.
Sept. 16, 1976: Mrs. Janet Rutledge Blalock, daughter of
Mrs. Jennette Rutledge of Smyrna, earned academic honors
at LaGrange College for summer quarter.
Springs School Executive committee held a get acquainted
luncheon for all teachers on the 1976-77 school staff. Honored
guests were: Sam Whitfield, County School Board; Caroline
Warner, Language Arts Supervisor of Cobb County; Vonnie
Gilstrap, 14th District Director; Virginia Ponder, Pres.
Of Jessye Coleman Council; Ken Nix, State Rep. and wife
Charlene; Phil Brockwell, Director of Elementary Education
of Cobb County; and principal Gerald Gillespie.
for the Smyrna Community Theatre's first production of the
fall theatre season will be held Sept. 19th and 20th at
Cobb Civic Center Cultural Arts Theatre. Director Ruth Watkins
says there are 20 speaking rolls and a chorus of about 10
in Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes." The
production will be Nov. 18-19-20 at the Civic Center.
Sept. 23, 1976: David Granade, formerly assistant director
with Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department, was appointed
as City inspector at council Monday. His appointment will
replace the part time positions held by W. L. Westbrook
and Luke Boring.
Sept. 30, 1976:Teresa Kay Weaver of Marietta, became the
1977 Miss Cobb County, Saturday night, Sept. 25th. First
runner-up honors went to Mary Lynn Umland of Smyrna. Contestants
chose Stephanie Coggins, also of Smyrna as Miss Congeniality.
Oct. 7, 1976: David Wingo, 23 year old musician songwriter
from Smyrna, will give his first concert performance in
Atlanta at Symphony Hall on Friday night, Oct. 8th.
Oct. 28, 1976: Earle Cochran won over two opponents and
was elected a member of the Civil Service Board, he will
join Frank Johnson and Roy Free, who are still serving their
six year terms.
23rd, the Wills High School Band, under the direction of
Barry Morgan, won several awards in the Third Annual Peach
State Marching Festival in Rome.
Sept. 4, 1986: Cobb Commission Chairman Earl Smith and Smyrna
Mayor Max Bacon are once again at odds with each other over
the annexation and several variance requests that the Smyrna
City Council granted at the Aug. 18th meeting to a company
who wanted to develop two connected office buildings near
who have tuned into Smyrna Cable TV from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
each weekday have noticed an unusual show with an unusual
host------"The Riddle Man," better known as former
Smyrna Mayor J.M. "Hoot" Gibson.
High coach John Allison, who is entering his seventh season
at the Campbell helm, says pride and confidence have been
the major factors in keeping the Panthers among the top
programs in Cobb County.
Sept. 11, 1986: The Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department
is preparing for its annual Autumn Jonquil Festival to be
Sept. 11, 1986 Continued: 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Bank
St. in front of City Hall and Police Department.
Sept. 18, 1986: The Smyrna City Council Monday night annexed
20.5 acres on Ridge Road near Ridgeview Institute and then
rezoned the property to allow a higher density for a single
family residential development despite the protests of about
Sept. 25, 1986: J. D. Ruffner was promoted to Captain and
appointed the new fire marshal for Smyrna Fire Department
Kiwanis Club of Smyrna Golden K, sponsored by the Smyrna
Kiwanis Club, was presented it's official charter last Tuesday
night. A.J. Ledbetter is club president, Frank Fogle, secretary/treasurer,
Emory C. Parrish, first vice president and James T. Spradley
second vice president. There are 27 members and they meet
each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Ash, principal of Campbell High School, received an Excellence
Recognition Award for excellence in leadership at the Georgia
Board of Education September meeting.
and Mrs. Roy Scoggins of Smyrna announce the Aug. 16th marriage
of their daughter, Diane Marie, to Ronald Mark Drake, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Drake of Douglasville.
Oct. 2, 1986: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brissey of Smyrna announce
the June 29th marriage of their daughter, Jill Leigh, to
Steven Brian Bruce, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bruce of Marietta.
Oct. 9, 1986: Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon will celebrate his
38th birthday Friday.
Mayor Max Bacon has proclaimed November as Smyrna Public
Library Month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the library
which is the oldest independent library in the state. Doris
Morris, director, said she and the staff appreciate the
recognition the city is giving the library. Kathy Hatcher,
chairman along with committee members Marsha Bacon, Jane
Ragan, and Janice Pitts are working on plans for an open
house with the theme "Honor our Heritage; Celebrate
Oct. 23, 1986: The Smyrna City Council Monday approved 5-2
a request to rezone 4 acres on South Cobb Drive at Concord
from multi family housing to general commercial to allow
a 115,000 square foot shopping center to be built on the
council also accepted the low bid of $147,000 from Advanced
Builders, Inc. to renovate the old city hall annex on Bank
Street into a new courtroom facility.
Oct. 30, 1986: Voters in Smyrna will go to the polls next
Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Ballots will be cast for governor, congressman,
state legislators, county commissioners and school board
Smyrna City Council decided last Monday night to move ahead
with plans for lighting South Cobb Drive from Pat Mell Road
to Ridge Road. The council has been working with the Smyrna
Business Association on the project which will cost $174,198.30.