2018-07-04 / Editorials

Just a passing thought

Billy Fleming

“While there has been no patriotic jubilee arranged in celebration of the Fourth in Blakely, the majority of the business houses are closed and the day is being observed in a manner not heretofore known — for it is the first time business has been suspended on this national holiday.” — ECN, July 4, 1918

Our forefathers had their plates full 100 years ago. In that same issue the following is, in part, an account of one of the issues that was demanding their attention that day...

By 1918 Early County had “mothered” eight counties — Clay, Calhoun, Dougherty, Mitchell, Gray, Decatur, Miller and Seminole — from her original 511 square miles.

“Let’s all get together and put the new county game to sleep for good. Early has already mothered enough new counties,” the News stated in an article about another “new county project.”

The proposed county was to be known as Lamar County, carved out of parts of Calhoun and Baker counties, but principally from Early — practically one-fourth of the total area of Early County. Arlington was to have been the county seat.

“They have plenty of the sinews of war, we are told, and will maintain a strong lobby in Atlanta until the fight is over.”

“Of course, the great majority of our people are opposed to emasculating Early county merely to create a few new political plums for the office-hungry statesmen of Arlington.

“But to win the fight against the new county our people must lay aside their personal grouches and political animosities against each other...

“Not withstanding the fact that Georgia is only a medium size state and not overly populated, she has more counties than any state in the Union save Texas, which has four or five times the area of Georgia and but few more counties. We are glad to see so many of our leading citizens interesting themselves in the defeat of the new county.”

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