Jefferson in 1949
Jefferson, Georgia ~ 1949
News around town . . .
In January of 1949, the welfare-old age pension was increased from $ 19.12 to 20.74 per month. This affected 394 citizens of Jackson County.
Ben Wright sold the first bale of cotton in Jefferson ~ 432 pounds ~ for 30 cents a pound or $ 132.84. He had 640 acres in cotton.
The canning plant opened on Tuesday’s only. S. L. McMullan was in charge.
Reverend Jim Harvey was the Pastor at Academy Baptist Church.
The population of the US reached an all time high of 148,000,000 ~ an increase of 3,000,000 from 1948.
At the Roosevelt Theater on Thursday and Friday January 8 and 9 ~ Fred Astair and Judy Garland in “Easter Parade.”
At the Roosevelt Theater on Saturday, January 10 ~ Johnny Mack Brown in “ Frontier Agent.”
At the Roosevelt Theater on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 11, 12, and 13 ~ James Cagney in “The Fighting 69th.”
The Joy Theater had a double feature on Friday and Saturday
Tim McCoy in “Gun Code.” and “Winner’s Circle.”
The “Superman” Serial was shown at the Roosevelt during the week of March 31st
On March 5, a petition was submitted by the Community Civic Club to Judge Clifford Pratt for a charter to build a new community gymnasium at Jefferson High school. It was approved by the judge.
Albert Gordon Post 56 celebrated it’s 30th anniversary on March 24.
May 5 ~ Work started on the New Jefferson Clubhouse. It was completed in early June.
In June, the Landale Company opened in Jefferson. They would make plastic car seat covers. They were located in the big block building just across the bridge on the Commerce highway. R. D. Gasaway served as company president.
The Jefferson Community Civics Club submitted its annual report to the city. Projects that had been either completed or were underway were; Leadership and support for the “Home Town” contest sponsored by Georgia Power, organization of the first boy scout troop in Jefferson, obtained charter for community gym association, planned and directed landscaping of courthouse grounds, sponsored a Christmas party for underprivileged families of Jackson County, and furnished athletic and Physical education dressing rooms at Jefferson High school.
In July it was decided that a membership drive was needed by the Rotary Club. Morris Bryan, Jr. was named chairman of the project. His assignment was to inform potential members of the benefits of the Jefferson Rotary Club and why it would be a good idea to join.
In Early July it was announced that Bryan would be the featured speaker at the July 14 meeting to be held at the Jefferson High school auditorium. It would be the first time that the general public was ever invited to a formal Rotary club meeting.
The address by Mr. Bryan was on “Is our American Republic being Liquidated?” He went into the issues of government spending, intrusion into private business and the need for lower taxation and spending. He made the statement that an out of control government can impair and greatly impact, if not completely destroy initiative and make work distasteful. He received a five-minute standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech.
Mr. Bryan also managed to get in some recruitment for Jefferson Mills employment as he told the audience that the lowest salary at Jefferson Mills for a 40 hour week was $ 40.00, while the minimum wage was $ .40 per hour. He also stated that family insurance was $ 0.67 per week for mill employees.
Morris Bryan had done what he was best at doing. Selling an idea and a need. For the next three meetings he was in charge of the program. He followed up the speech with a tour of Jefferson Mills in August for the Rotary club and invited guests. He personally conducted the tour where he carefully explained how cotton is brought into the plant, carefully cleaned of all leaves, balls and short fibers. The cotton is then called “laps.” It is then converted to “Sliver.” The size of the bulk is lessened by compression to make the cotton into yarn. The Jefferson plant had 500 looms to weave cotton into cloth. The mill was a 24 hour operation for five days per week. Many plants were on one or two shifts. Mr. Bryan was asked how he had managed to keep his plant on full operation. He said, “We try to make a little better product than our competitors and we sell it at more than reasonable prices.”
Mr. Bryan had agreed to take on the program chairmanship for three months due to his many other ventures in and around town. He simply didn’t have the time to seek out and plan all Rotary Club Meetings. His final program was his greatest recruiting tool of them all. He staged a Bar-B-Que outing on Saturday. September 12 for the public at Jefferson Memorial Field. He allowed credit for sponsorship of the dinner to go to the Rotary, while he donated the needed funds from his Jefferson Mills recreation fund.
At least 14 new members attended the November Rotary meeting at the Jefferson High school Cafeteria where Rotary members entertained their spouse or girl friends at a dinner catered in by Marlow’s Café.
At Hubert Blackstock Radio Sales and Service in Jefferson, an RCA Victory system was $ 39.95.
Henry Robinson graduated from Piedmont College on June fifth.
In late June the Jefferson Choral Club made its debut at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson. The club president was Edmond Garrison, vice-president was Britt Elrod. Mrs. Rufus Hooper served at the club treasurer.
Members were; Mrs. Morris Bryan, Jr., Miss Bonnie Carter, Miss Grace Carter, Mrs. Imogene Copas, William Cutts, Mrs. Ethel Dadisman, Joe Griffith, Robert H. Griffith, Miss Melba Hanson, Mrs. Clair Hill, Bryce Hooper, Mrs. Rachel Harper, Mrs. C. B. Lord, Mrs. Marshall Melvin, L. B. Moon, Mrs. Noble Patrick, Mays Potts, Miss Irene Rankin, Mrs. W. H. Robison, Jr., W. H. Robison, Jr., Mrs. Clarence Silman, Mrs. Frances Staton, Miss Jayne Staton, Miss Mabeth Storey, Claudius Thurmond, Ellis Whitlock, and Ernest Wilkes.
The Annual American Legion Carnival came to Jefferson the week of August 8 - 13. It featured 9 rides for $ 0.07 each. Monday was free ladies night, Thursday was fireworks night.
It was announced that the south’s largest poultry plant ~ Colonial Poultry ~ with a capacity of 6,400 birds per hour would open in Athens on November 16, 1949.
November 17 ~ Mrs. Ned Stringer won $ 5.00 of free groceries from Kesler’s Supermarket. This was a weekly promotion that consisted of a drawing of the previous week customers.
Jefferson High School News . . .
The Jefferson High school Glee Club appeared on radio station WDUN in Gainesville at 1400 on the dial on April 30 at 11:45 a.m.
Members were; Jimmy Vandiver, Beatty Beatty, Margaret Doster, Marie Satterfield, Jean Griffith, Martha Wilbanks, Hazel Payne, Mildred Whitmire, Jayne Staton, Ada Hardy, Joan Redd, Mattie Lou Jackson, Alma Jane Glosson, Martha McDonald, Clare Maddox, Mary ann Spratlin, Sara Smallwood, Billy Joe Pierce, Maxin Hale, Mary Ann Nabors, Sara Barnett,
Rachel McEver, Shirley Deaton, Jean Venable, Catherine Berryman, Betty Roberts, L.G. Jackson, Carline Ray, Donald White, Claudius Thurmond, Walter Turner, Mary Massey, Jan Anderson, Joan Wilkes, Yvonne Williamson, Lillian Jones, Vera Davis, Joyce Venable, Doris Allen, Mary George, George McCain, Nelson Tolbert, Charles Kinney, Billy Legg, Lamar Duncan, William Cutts - Director accompanied by Mrs. Doris Gasaway.
1949 Graduates of Jefferson High School were;
Virginia Barrett, William D. Bell, Peggy Bellamy, Jimmy Elrod, Cornelius E. Fleeman, James Luther Ginn, Ada Ellen Hardy, Charles N. Hawkins, Lillian Jones, Mary Ruth Jones, Martha Ann McDonald, Cecil C. Martin, Tom M. Meade, William E. Noah, James H. Rainwater, Betty Ann Roberts, William E. Sanders, Samuel M. Shirley, Winnette Smith, and Larry Harry Venable.
Only 21 of 48 graduated after their eleventh grade year. The remainder chose to return school to complete the first twelve grade class at Jefferson High School.
An article from the September 9, 1949 Jackson Herald . . .
The contest for a name for Jefferson's football team sponsered by the Touchdown Club was won by Joyce Venable of the 9th grade and Virginia Payne of the 12th grade. Each girl turned in the name "Dagons." Because the judges thought the name original and significant, each girl received $2.50 as a prize.
The girls should feel honored since this name will go through the years as a school symbol.
On September 9, the Jefferson “Red Dragons” made their debut in Cornelia. They were called the Red Dragons because of their jersey color - Red. The Red was dropped as the 1949 season progressed.
1949 Boys basketball team;
F - Louis Toney, F - Billy Sailors, C - Harry Bryan, G - Dickie Copas, G - Curtis Segars.
They were beaten in the sectionals by Winder 38 - 28.
The Girls team;
RF - Clara Maddox, CF - Jan Anderson, LF - Jenelle Adams, RG - Jan Duke, CG - Nelle Tolbert, LG - Joyce Camp
They were beaten in the sectionals by Dalonega 34 - 28.
The baseball team opened the season with a 7 - 3 win over Statham on April 18 in Jefferson.
The team was comprised of; P - L. G. Jackson, C - Charles Tolbert, 1B - Billy Sailors, 2B - Whitie Simmons, SS - Sidney Johnson, 3B - Ray Adams, LF - Joe Glosson, CF - Earl Carither or Nelson Tolbert, RF - Dickie Copas.
Y. D. Maddox of the Jefferson Future Farmers of America Club ( FFA ) won a ribbon at the Atlanta Fat Cattle Show in June for the second best animal shown. He sold the steer for $ 1,200.00 at the show.
Gus Johnson also won a Blue Ribbon for an Aberdeen-Angus steer at the show.
The Sports Scene . . .
The Jefferson Mills Recreation Field was named The Morris M. Bryan Memorial stadium on May 26.
Sam Culberson joined the American Legion Basketball team and led the team in scoring for the season.
The 1949 college football season finished with four teams that were unbeaten and untied ~ Notre Dame, Oklahoma, number 3 California and Army ~ had won all their games at season’s end. Notre Dame, however, was the overwhelming choice for national champion, with 172 of 208 first place votes. The Fighting Irish did not participate in the New Year’s Day bowl games, which were played on January 2, 1950.
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