Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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January 7, 2008

A January of remembrances

The first month of the year, gentle reader, is named for an ancient Roman god, Janus, the literally two-faced god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. In the following timeline of significant events in local history that transpired in the first month of each new year you will learn of various and sundry beginnings and endings right here where we live.

The format consists of the month and year followed by one or more events. A semi-colon serves to separate multiple events in the same time frame and parenthetical references provide additional information and/or clarification.

January 1834 — announcement was made of the incorporation by the state legislature of the Sumter Academy at Americus, William Pegg, Mark M. Brown, John T. McCrary, Jesse Harris, Thomas Gardner, trustees

January 1840 — Friendship Baptist Church constituted by a presbytery of John Rushin, James S. Lunsford and James Matthews (north side of Ga. Highway 30, east of Ga. 153)

January 1852 — Rev. Phillip A. Strobel incorporated the Americus Female Institute, (northwest corner of Barlow and Taylor, the latter street then known as the Lewis Ferry Road)

January 1861— Henry Davenport Jr., Timothy M. Furlow and Willis A. Hawkins, Sumter's delegates to the Secession Convention in the then state capital of Milledgeville, voted for severing Georgia's union with the United States of America

January 1864 — Civil War Gov. Joseph E. Brown gave a speech in Americus

January 1872 — Town of Leeton incorporated, John V. Price, Robert T. Byrd, Robert R. Brown, Dr. William N.L. Crocker, Frank E. Burke, councilmen (South Lee, from Dodson to Elm intersection, east to Elm), with re-incorporation into Americus in April 1885

January 1878 — Americus Library Association organized the city’s first public library, Thornton Wheatley, president, Dr. E.J. Eldridge and Charles W. Hancock, vice-presidents, James Fricker, secretary, Miss Emma Rylander, librarian

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