Jefferson, Georgia ~ 1952
Around Jefferson . . .
Morris Bryan, Jr. added to his fast growing resume with his selection as one of the top five “Young Men of Georgia” by the Georgia Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Thieves broke into the Enoch Brown grocery in downtown Jefferson and stole Cigarettes, candy and other small items. There was not any cash left in the store over night.
The Jackson County Correctional Institute was completed in Jefferson. The building cost was only $ 35,000. Equipment, perimeter fencing and land cost pushed the total project to over $ 12,000,000.
The Jefferson Womens Club sponsored a Tom Thumb wedding in the Jefferson Gymnasium as a fund raiser on March 25. It packed the Gym. Mrs. Lanis Ethridge served as Director of the program.
Children from around Jefferson in the program were; Bride - Ellen Garrison, Groom - Chip Hardy, Minister - Damon Gause, Maid of Honor - Lollie Ann Huff, Matron of Honor - Judy Whitmire, Best Man - Michael Rankin, Brides Mother - Sara Frances Ellington, Brides Father - Paddy Williams, Grooms Mother - Carol Carter, Grooms Father - Harold Bone, Bridesmaids - Betty Moore, Ann Melvin, Carol Ayers, Jean Jackson, Neta Payne, Lara Mae Meade, Jane Blackstock, Sandra Blackstock, Junior Bridesmaids - Gloria Jean Spence, Julia Stovall, Susan Ethridge, Vickie Ray, Posey Ann Storey, Betty McClure, Groomsmen - Bobby Seymore, Buster Covington, Michael Welborn, Tommy Whitmire, Michael Blackwell, Earl Tompkins, Jerry Duke, Danny Tolbert, Pat Jones, Flower Girls - Mary Lee McElhannon, Kay Garrison, Judy Marlowe, Clare Adams, Vickie Martin, Ring Bearer - David Hancock, Train Bearers - Frank Crawford, David Gurley, Ushers - Jimmy Hanson, Joe McMullan, Jerry Sailors, George Henry Pinion, Don Tompkins, Harry Fowler, Chorus - Jennie Wilson, Mary Alice Simmons, Janet Mize, Evelyn Smith, Pat Silman, Marsha Stringer, Marjorie Gray, Josephine Couch, Brenda Samples, Kay Simmons, Gail Hardy, Dorothy Whitehead, Aisle Boys - John Ellington, John Elrod, Bill Kelley, Danny Maffett, Bo Cutts, Charles Crowe, George Kesler, John Bryan, Walter Hogan, John Davis, Al Westmoreland, Danny wofford, Sister of the bride - Suzanne Moore, Sandra Braezeale, Aunt of the Bride - Carol Barnes, Grandmother of the Bride - Judy Black, Uncle of the Bride - Douglas Mize, Grandfather of he Groom - Conrad Lavender, Sister of the Groom - Linda Davis
The Godfrey Chevron Station opened on the corner of Lee Street and Athens Highway on May 8. John Godfrey served as manager.
Ned Venable, Jr. died of an accidental, self inflicted gunshot wound in mid-October. He was a classmate of mine. His dad was nicknamed "Beanie Weenie" where he worked at Keslers Super Market.
Ned Venable would later become manager of the new Jefferson Trail-ways bus station in Jefferson.
Primary election results in Jefferson in April were; Ordinary - L.B. Moon, Clerk of Court - Billy Elder, Sheriff - John B. Brooks, Tax Collector - A.S. Johnson, Tax Receiver - A. O. Hood, County School Superintendent - Pittman Carter, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners - Roy M. Whitehead, Solicitor of City Court - Nat Hancock.
Rose’s Department store closed its doors after 13 years in Jefferson.
Turners Furniture announced they would close in Late July.
Jack Davison, a local attorney, was elected President of the Jefferson Lions Club. Billy Elder served as Vice-President.
On July 12, the new Albert Gordon American Legion Hall was dedicated in Jefferson. Representative Phil M. Landrum was the dedication speaker as over 1000 people attended the grand opening ceremony.
Y. D. Maddox built a new building next to the Roosevelt Theater that would become the home of Keslers Supermarket.
Jefferson High School News . . .
The new Jefferson Community Gym was chosen as the host of the Sectional and District Basketball tournaments. There would be five Class B teams, Dacula, Lyman Hall, Commerce, River Bend and Jefferson and five Class C teams in the Jefferson Tournament. Class C saw Grayson, Braselton, Benton, Maysville, and Statham compete to send the Sectional winner and runner-up on to the regional, also at Jefferson.
In the sectional tournament Jefferson beat Lyman Hall 46 - 30 with Billy Sailors scoring 18 points. Charlie Middlebrooks had 13.
In the finals Jefferson beat Dacula 53 - 34 with Middlebrooks scoring 17 and Sailors adding 12 to advance the Dragons to the District tournament.
In their first game in the district the Dragons beat Buford 43 - 25 before falling to Clayton 50 - 33 in the finals.
Lamar Murphy was one of the officials at the Sectional and Regional Basketball tournament. He was a prominent Jackson County sports figure and former Major League Baseball player from Houston.
On April 11, Jefferson opened their baseball season by defeating Clayton 7 - 3 at Memorial Stadium. Members of the team were; P - Luthor Wilkes, C - Nelson Tolbert, 1B - Locke Potts, 2B - Jimmy McMullan, SS - Billy Sailors, 3B - Y. D. Maddox, LF - Jimmy McClure, CF - Hugh Blackstock, RF - Marvin Hall.
The team lost to North Habersham 3 - 0, beat South Habersham 6 - 0 with Wilkes again on the mound. The Jefferson team beat Commerce 5 - 1 to close out their regular season as Hugh Blackstock had three hits and Wilkes pitched a three hit complete game.
In the Ninth District Baseball tournament at Memorial Field Jefferson went out in two games, losing to Dahlonega 5 -3 and Winder 8 - 4
Billy Sailors was chosen to play in the third annual Lighthouse All-Star Game at Ponce De Leon Park in Atlanta on June 19. Sailors started at shortstop and had two hits in the 6 - 4 North team win.
Two weeks later he played in the B-C all-star game held at Georgia Tech.
Billy Sailors enrolled at Georgia Tech where he walked on in baseball and completed a successful college baseball career.
Note: I ( Cecil Buffington ) would later work many high school basketball games as an official with Billy. We worked out of the Atherns Association, as did John Godfrey.
April 14 saw the Jefferson Track Team defeat Maysville 65 - 48 in Jefferson. Donald Cole won the Broad jump with 20’9”, The 100 yard dash in 10.5 and the 220 yard dash in 24.1. The 440 yard relay team with Cole, Sailors, Hall and Love ran a school record 1.34 to easily win the event.
It was announced that Day Camp would begin on June 22 at Memorial Park for 6 weeks. There would not be any charge to Jefferson students.
There were over 300 enrolled to attend the summer camp.
The faculty was announced for Jefferson in August. Teachers were; Mrs. Roberta Miller, Mrs. Sara Gurley and Mrs. Mary Lou Dadisman - First Grade, Mrs. Emma Nelle Spratlin, Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, and Mrs. Joan Anderson - Second Grade, Mrs. Frances Roberts, and Mrs. Doris Turner - Third Grade, Mrs. Hilda Tonge, and Miss Cathryne Mobley - Fourth Grade, Miss Annie Roberts and Miss Nancy Mackey - Fifth Grade, Mrs. Lourie Boggs, Mrs. Stella Ash and Mrs. Sue Langford - Sixth Grade, Miss Irene Rankin and Miss Frances Smith - Seventh Grade.
High School Teachers were; Miss Miriam Dunston - Commercial, Miss Patricia Evans - Math and Physical Education. Miss Dorothy Robison - English and French, Miss Teresa Stephens - Social Science, Miss Carolyn Cowan - Public School Music, Miss Martha Jo Blackstock - Math, Mrs. Mary Alice Morton - Home Economics, Mrs. Miriam Moon - Library, Mr. M. L. Holliman - Math and Science, Mr. W. B. Henderson - Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drawing, Mr. John W. Davis - Athletic Director, Mr. H. A. Fleming - Vo-Ag, Mr. J. L. McMullan - Vo-Ag, Mr. John C. Weaver - Rural Education, Mr. W. H. Robison - Band Director, Mr. Harold Henniger - Administrative Assistant, Mr. A. W. Ash - Superintendent
Early August the Jefferson Football team attended a fall football camp at Dahlonega. This would become a Jefferson Tradition until the 1960s.
Billy Sailors was chosen “Most Valuable Player” of the team, with Ray Adams being names “Best Blocker’ and Y. D. Maddox selected as the “Best Defensive Player.”
1952 football cheerleaders were;
Gail Roberts, Rachael McEver, Nora Gilbert, Jackie Marlowe, Caroline Storey, Joyce Venable, Pat Venable, and Pam Cutts.
Day Camp saw Coach Carroll Bufford as Program Director and Coach John Davis as Events Coordinator.
Former Jefferson star Curtis Segars, after transferring from Georgia Tech, won his letter at halfback at Virginia Military Institute.
Jan Anderson, the splendid former Jefferson Basketball player enrolled at the Georgia state College for Women in Milledgeville.
The 1951 - 52 girls basketball team consisted of; Forwards ~ Sarah Barnett, Dot Cook, Barbara Elrod, Martha Lynn, and Annie Shirley. Guards were; Pam Cutts, Jackie Marlowe, Roberta Presley, Dot Venable and Pat Wilson.
The Dragonettes lost to Gainesville 41 - 29 in their season opener to Gainesville. They fell to Maysville 38 - 24. Dot Cook scored 18 points in the Maysville game. The girls first win was over Statham 50 - 41 as Cook scored 24 points.
The Dragon boys were; Marvin Hall, Davis Roberts, Y.D. Maddox, Locke Potts, John Anderson, Billy Wilbanks, Tommy Henderson and Charlie Middlebrooks.
The boys lost their first game to Gainesville 43 - 38. John Anderson led the team with 18 points. The Dragons beat Maysville 50 - 42 with Anderson again the leading scorer with 16 points. The Dragons blasted Statham 52 - 27 as Anderson scored 17 points as the Dragons closed out their 1952 pre-season schedule.
Other Sports News . . .
The Jefferson Adult basketball league had six teams; The McEver Packers, Stell Studios of Winder, The Commerce Vets, Gainesville, The Rockets from around Jackson County and Jefferson. The McEver team won the league tournament with a 56 - 50 win in the finals over the Commerce Vets.
Coach John Davis established a “Fun Night” on Thursday Night at the Jefferson Community Gym. Locals citizens could participate in volleyball, table tennis, handball, racket ball, ping pong and other events as they chose.
Coach Davis completed plans for various recreation basketball programs scheduled at the Jefferson Community gym. There was eight-under basketball for boys and girls on Saturday Morning. A 15 to 18 program called “Senior League” for those not involve in high school basketball on Monday nights. A championship league consisted on amateur teams like McEver and Jefferson Mills on Wednesday nights.
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