PROGRAM FROM THE SESQUI-CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

SPARTA, GEORGIA

1805  -  1955

 

Program provided by Katherine Bray ( kcbray@alltel.net )

 

 

PICTURE OF FRONT PAGE OF PROGRAM

 

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S P A R T A

Extends a Warm Welcome Home To It's Native Sons and Daughters.

Also a Cordial Greeting To all Visitors Upon this

One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration

MARVIN G. POUND, Mayor

July 14, 1955

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CITY OFFICIALS

MARVIN G. POUND, Mayor

Charlie Friedman, Mayor Pro-Tem

Jack Collins

Lloyd H. Hutchings

John G. Hill, Jr.

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E. G. Latimer, Clerk and Treasurer

Albert T. Flynt, Supt. Gas and Water

James R. Whaley, Supt. Water Dept.

R. W. Boyer, Supt. Filter Dept

W. T. Edwards, Chief of Police

G. L. Dickens, Jr., City Attorney

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Advisory Council-City Council-City of Sparta

Mrs. James H. Price, Jr., Garden Club

L. M. Hutchinson, American Legion

Mrs. A. Pierce Taylor, Woman's Club

Dr. George F. Green, Civitan Club

Col. M. W. Peck, Lions Club

Mrs. Harry Dickens, Round Table

Miss Edith Guill, MacDowell Club

Lester Mils, Jr., Veterans Foreign Wars

G. Burnett Moore, Sr., The Sparta Ishmaelite

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COUNTY OFFICIALS

Commissioners:  Geo. L. Brown, Chm,; W. F. Hall, W. J. Hitchcock

Louise H. Rozier, Clerk and County Attorney

 W. B. Dickens, Sr., Clerk, Superior Court

Mrs. Mildred L. Brantley, Ordinary

L. L. Stewart, Tax Collector

H. C. Latimer, Tax Receiver

J. David Dyer, County School Supt.

H. H. Rooks, Sheriff

 

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PROGRAM

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SESQUI-CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

July 14, 1955

Sparta High School Campus, 4:30 P. M.

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Invocation - Dr. Harry Grady Kenney

National Anthem -

Recognition of Officials and Visitors

Selection - Band

Introduction of Speaker, Dr. Bonner

Historical Facts - Dr. J. C. Bonner

Short Talks - Others

Presentation of Speaker of the House, M. E. Moate

Introduction of Governor - Hon. M. E. Moate

Principal Address - Hon. Marvin Griffin, Governor

Benediction and Grace for Meal - Rev. Eugene Dailey

Basket Dinner

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Street Dance, Courthouse Square, After Dinner

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INTERESTING EVENTS IN SPARTA'S HISTORY

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1793 - Indian Trading Post, named Sparta because of courage of settlers in Indian forays.

1795 - Sparta designated "Seat of Justice" in Hancock County.

1805 - Sparta Incorporated

1805 - Sparta Methodist Church Built

1806 - Georgia-South Carolina Methodist Conference held in Sparta

1819 - Stage Coach Stop

1826 - Gen. LaFayette Entertained by Gen. Abercrombie at the "Eagle Tavern" - Now Hotel LaFayette

1827 - Female Academy Established in Sparta

1829 - First Baptist Church Built

1831 - Sparta Model Female Academy Established,

with Boarding students from all sections of Georgia (Catalogue of this school in 1837 in Sparta School Library).

 

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1837 - Famous Hancock Planter's Club Organized in Sparta

1839 - Bishop Geo. F. Pierce of Sparta, elected First President of Wesleyan College.

1842 - Bishop Geo. F. Pierce Elected President of Emory College, Oxford, Ga.

1842 - First Agricultural Fair Held.  Established by Planter's Club.

1844 - Presbyterian Church Dedicated July 28th

1846 - Carlisle Beman's Academy For Boys, near Sparta, Attains Fame in State.

1852 - Dr. William Terrell's Bequest of $20,000 to University of Georgia, Initiates State College of Agriculture.

1860 - War of Secession - 3 Companies - Sidney Brown's Co. "E" & Co "K" - 15th. Reg. Georgia - "Flower of Hancock"

1861 - Richard Malcolm Johnston's Famous Boy's School at Rockby.

1878 - "Ishmaelite" Established by R. H. and Sidney Lewis

1881 - Work on New Courthouse Begun

1895 - Two story cream brick school building, which housed all Sparta Students was completed.

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SPARTA CIVIC CLUBS

1908 - "The Round Table" literary club with sixteen members was organized and federated with Georgia Clubs in 1910.

1910 - MacDowell Music Club Organized

1919 - American Legion Post Organized.

1919 - Woman's Club Organized

1928 - Lions Club Organized.

1945 - Woman's Club Reorganized and Federated.

1946 - Hancock County Garden Club Organized and Federated 1949.

1947 - Formation of American Legion Auxiliary.

1946 - V. F. W. Post Organized

1954 - Civitan Club Organized.

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1955 - CELEBRATES IT'S 150TH YEAR AS AN INCORPORATED TOWN

 

ISHMAELITE PRINT, SPARTA, GA.