Sunday, September 4, 2011

4 September 1903: "Several Nice 'Cues"

On this day in 1903, the Athens Banner ran this story on their front page:

The people of Clarke county reveled in barbecues yesterday.
In several of the precincts elegant barbecues were gotten up by those interested in the bond election, and they were enjoyed by quite a number of people. 
One of the largest was that at Princeton, where the managers of the two cotton mills gave the barbecue to their operatives.
Athens Banner, 4 September 1903, p. 1, col. 7.

The bond issue was to pay for paving of public roads in Athens, and passed with 979 votes for the bonds and only 2 votes against it.  The day after election results were published in the paper, the Athens Banner noted that

The eyes of the people of Georgia are upon Clarke county. The results of the bond election put her in the very front rank among progressive counties of the state....
The county of Clarke recently led the way in Georgia for a nine months session of her public schools, now she leads the way for the extensive improvement of her public roads. She is a leader and the people of the county have every reason to feel proud of the stand she is taking among the counties of the state in everything that looks to the progress and improvement of the people.
Athens Banner, 5 September 1903, p. 1, cols. 1-2. 

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