STANDING ON THE PRECIPICE OF TIME
As we stand on the precipice leading our city and county into its 200th
birthday, as with other recent columns, I wanted the November column to reflect
some of our town’s very early history to share with Tribune readers.
Thanks to a friend who shares my interest in Monroe’s history, he
passed along a column from The Walton Tribune, fragile almost to the point of
crumbling, which belonged to a deceased relative and takes the reader all the
way back to 1908…..110 years from our present day, giving a glimpse of what
was going on then. Since many of the old issues of the Tribune were destroyed in
two office fires, this column is like a piece of gold, giving names, places,
events and situations in town 90 years after its founding. This compilation
shows tidbits of various Tribune issues during that year but with no month or
day known. We have to use our imagination in determining the possible months
these segments were taken. I hope you enjoy
this look back in time to see how we lived as we continue our journey into the
next 200 years. In 1908 we learn:
“The rummage sale, given by the ladies of the Baptist Church, will be
held next Friday and Saturday at the R. L. Pendergrass old stand.
Those desiring lamps for homes or churches, where electric lights are not
used, will find it in their interest to call.
Mr. John W. Arnold, Jr., of The Arnold Buggy Co., who last week placed
with this paper a very attractive, half-page advertisement, and who continues
the ad in this issue, informs us that he will at once erect a brick stock pen
and storage room, two stories, 40 by 60, in the rear of his place of business.
The dirt has been broken for the foundation of the building and the
bricks are on the ground. Mr. Arnold
says: ‘Talk about retiring from business in Monroe, why I am just fixing to do
business. I expect to stay right
here and sell the goods.’
Those who know E. H. Hulsey, formerly of this city and who was for
sometime in the G. W. Felker Bank, will regret to learn of the recent death of
his mother. Hulsey is now pleasantly
and profitably located in Galveston, Texas and the news of his mother’s
passing we are sure was a heavy shock. Hulsey
is a clever fellow. It is said of
Mrs. Hulsey that she was a noble, Christian woman.
Mr. Fred Thomas, the young man who came here some months ago from
Arnoldsville to accept a place with the Monroe Telephone Exchange Company, and
who, in that capacity has been found quite efficient, has recently been chosen,
according to published ordinance, to the position of clerk of council, clerk of
water and light commission, city tax receiver and collector, by the city
council. The place occupied by Mr.
Thomas with the Exchange Company will be filled by Mr. George Rooks, the
promising young son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Rooks, of this city.
greeting Dr. Andrew M. Soule and his party on arrival here in a special train
were the following: Ex-Gov. Henry D. McDaniel, Mayor E. W. Roberts, Judge Thomas
Giles, J. T. Robertson, C.T. Mobley, Ernest Camp, E. A. Caldwell, Judge R.C.
Knight, Judge John J. Nunnally of Lithonia, Profs. Adams, Whitworth Upshaw, W.
H. Nunnally, R. L. Mobley, George W. Felker, J. H. Felker, Orrin Roberts, A. B.
Mobley, W. A. Moore, C. D. Launius, James Sheats, A.C. Stone, E. S. Tichenor,
J.M. Adams, E. T. Roane, E. P. Nowell, B. J. Edwards, W. O. Dean, J. F. Hester,
H. G. Nowell, J. M. Nowell, Charles M. Walker, G. H. Langston and Herbert
Mr. O. L. Nowell who has for years been identified with public affairs in
Monroe, is in the race for office of County Treasurer.
Mr. Nowell says that on account of a decline in health, forcing him to
retire from active business sometime ago, he needs the office and will
appreciate the support of his friends to that end.
He is, it is claimed by his friends, fully competent to fill the place.
At the morning service, Brother L. E. Roberts, pastor of the Monroe First
Baptist Church, preached to the Monroe Lodge K. of P. No. 120 by special
invitation. The members of the lodge
met in their hall and marched in a body to the church where seats were reserved
for them. Brother Roberts is an
enthusiastic Knight himself.
Especially enjoyable was the Irving Club meeting at the home of Mrs. G.
M. Eakes last Tuesday. The roll call
was “Distinguished Men of Walton County” and many great men whose names are
indelibly written in the history of our county were discussed.
Mrs. G. A. Lewis read a paper on “Monroe – What She Has Been, What
She Is and What She Will Become,” which contained many interesting facts about
At the conclusion of the program a delicious luncheon was served by
Misses Claire Felker and Mary Edwards.
Quite a number of the pupils of the Monroe High School and citizens of
the city were present at the lecture at the court house by Prof. W. O. Payne of
the University of Georgia. Prof.
Payne spoke on “An Hour with Napeoleon” and thoroughly delighted his
In our last issue we presented the announcement of Mr. John T. Robertson,
offering to succeed himself as clerk of the Walton Superior Court.
There is no question as to him being one of the most painstaking, capable
and affable officials that ever served the people of Walton County.”
Even though he was widely known not only as editor and publisher of The
Walton Tribune, the late Ernest Camp was also a poet of great renown to readers
not only in Walton County but throughout the state.
Often times many of his poems would find their way into the pages of The
Walton Tribune, signifying important events or special months.
While he was busy penning his poems he was always appreciative of friends
who were also poets in their own right. Often poems of his friends would find
their way into the pages of the Tribune such as the one listed below.
Mr. Camp published this poem entitled “Thankful” by R. W. Haynie in
the December 21, 1945 issue of the Tribune, but the theme of the poem seems to
fit very nicely with this month of Thanksgiving and remembrance and I am
enclosing it as it is just as timely now as it was then:
am thankful today for by-gone years,
mother’s love calmed all my fears.
father’s care noted all my needs
supplied them with unselfish deeds.
am thankful today to teachers who were true,
my every need studied and knew,
thankful for counsels from faithful hearts
studied my life in all of its parts.
am thankful for the years of manhood’s estate,
friends who were true in life’s fickle fate,
handicaps and sympathy
the going was tough
Cheers and laughter when I routed the bluff.
am thankful for on whose life was tender and true,
shared every triumph with praise that I was due.
noted every failure with sympathy and cheer,
steeled me for the future with never a tear.
am thankful for the children, healthy and strong,
live for the right and scoff at the wrong;
walk in the footsteps of the brave and the true,
faithfully, habits of virtue pursue.
am thankful for friends who, through the many years
noted my sorrows and counted my tears.
shared my triumphs, hearts filled with joy,
prayed that the Father my talents would employ.