Last year (Aug. 31, 2017)
Putnam County Soccer Club’s new season with Georgia Soccer began with Impact’s Under 13 team competing in the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association Fall Kickoff Classic Soccer Tournament in Conyers. Putnam Impact U13 won RYSA Kickoff with a score of 3-1. The head coach was Tim Gilbert and assistant coach was Jamey Nichols. A circus from Sarasota, Fla. owned by Cathy English gave a performance in the gymnasium of the Putnam County Recreation Department. The show lasted for about an hour and a half and gathered approximately 100 adults and 200 children. The show featured jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dogs, a monkey and a motorcyclist riding a bike in a steel globe. According to Debi Rogers, Recreation Department office manager, the circus performed there twice since she undertook her position in 2014.
Five years ago (Aug. 29, 2013)
Concord United Methodist Church on Pea Ridge Road was going to celebrate its 206th anniversary. The church was the oldest Methodist church west of the Oconee River in Georgia. In 2013 it had 60 members, Rev. Karon Compton was the minister and Jerry Bustin was the chairman of the board. The church had recorded 350 members in its history. The Labor Day Farm Festival was held at Southern Manor Farms and promised a day of old-fashioned farm fun. It was complete with a petting zoo, hayrides, zip lines, corncob shooting, barbecue, live country music and Bulldog football projected on an 18 ft. by 20 ft. screen. Uyvonna Copelan, co-owner of Southern Manor Farms, said the hope was to promote agritourism. Among other things, the farmers demonstrated old-fashioned method of plowing fields with a mule-drawn plow and another one was going to show how to milk a cow. Brave-hearted people could try both activities.
Ten years ago (Sept. 4, 2008)
The War Eagles opened 2008 season with an impressive 43-6 win over Hancock Central. The following game was going to be with Jackson Red Devils that, according to football coach Ben Reaves, had five or six college prospects on each side of the ball. The Reynolds Veterans Association continued its support of the Active Duty Rehab Unit at the Augusta VA Hospital with a donation of club bags, balls and about anything to do with golf. In addition to 10 sets of clubs presented to soldiers in the rehab unit, the RVA also gave First Tee of Augusta (not only the closest course to the VA hospital, but also a sponsor of a youth program) 14 sets of clubs, numerous woods, wedges, putters, etc. The RVA also threw monthly birthday parties for soldiers in residence. The most recent ones at the time were assisted by women from the Presbyterian church and accompanied by cakes provided by the church, Ritz-Carlton and Chef Schmidt.
Twenty five years ago (Sept. 2, 1993)
As students and teachers returned to Gatewood School for the 1993-94 school year, they had additional training equipment available to them, thanks to a videodisc system donated by Youngblood Motor Company, Inc. in Madison and Chrysler Corporation. The videodisc system was a Level II Interactive system that featured a Pioneer laser disc player with a remote-control unit and stereo color monitor. David Payne found that his hobby of making arrows from scratch imitating those of American Indians was profitable as more and more people were interested in work of his hands. He read about and studied different Indian cultures as well as consulted with an archaeologist and a survival expert who explained the finer points of producing arrows. He brought some to The Messenger office and explained how they were made starting from what wood he used for the shafts to actually make an arrowhead using a hammer stone, what took him about 40 minutes. He hoped to get around to making bows one day, and in the meantime this hobby helped him and his wife (both college students) to get through school.
Fifty years ago (Aug. 29, 1968)
Bill Haley, 1968 graduate of Putnam County High School, was announced one of four area high school baseball stars to be signed to play baseball with Middle Georgia College in Cochran, according to an announcement by head coach Roy Umstattd. Haley who was then serving with the National Guard stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri, planned to join his new teammates within a few months following his duty tour. A right-handed pitcher and outfielder, he was outstanding at Putnam County High School for two years as it won Class C baseball championship the year before and that year finished second in the statewide finals. Putnam County High School’s Blue Devils were working in preparation for the fall football schedule starting that year in September with a game against Hephzibah. Twentyeight boys were listed on the varsity football roster. The coaching staff included Hunter Strickland and newcomer coach Melvin Charles who had several years of coaching experience from Monroe and Worth County.
Seventy five years ago (Sept. 2, 1943)
“For Distinguished Services Rendered In Behalf Of The War Savings Program” the United States Treasury Department awarded the Farmers and Merchants Bank a special citation signed by Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. The Bank played an active role in sales of Savings Bonds, Series E, F and G that had been declared Defense Savings Bonds after the WWII had started, and the Farmers and Merchants Bank qualified with the Treasury Department as an issuing agent. The Red Cross Sewing Room reopened with 12 sewing machines and ready for volunteer helpers. Headquarters were asking for hospital supplies every day. The Putnam’s quota for the following four months included 100 bedside bags, 100 bedpan covers, 100 housewives (filled), 100 washcloths, 200 kit bags (unfilled), 100 pairs of bedroom mules. Merit badges were ordered for women who would give 100 hours to this service.
One hundred years ago (Aug. 30, 1918)
The marriage of Miss Marjorie Kimbrough and Gordon B. Callaway was an event of interest and pleasant surprise to the many friends of the happy couple. The bride was a former student of Brenau College. The groom was the editor of The Eatonton Messenger and was short before elected Mayor of Eatonton by a very flattering vote. A quiet ceremony was performed by Rev. W. T. Granade, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eatonton, at the home of the bride’s parents on Jefferson Street and witnessed only by the immediate families and most intimate friends. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Callaway left for a week’s stay at Tybee, and on their return home they were going to occupy the home of Judge and Mrs. W. Frank Jenkins on Jenkins Avenue. One of the most delightful barbecues in the history of historic old Putnam was given by Mr. and Mrs. Zack Anderson at their home, the famous “Tompkins Inn,” in honor of their guests Mrs. Mitchel of Columbia, Tenn., Mrs. Foster of Mississippi and Mrs. Dunn of Ohio. A happy and thoroughly congenial crowd was present. A bountiful barbecue dinner was served with Brunswick stew and other accompaniments of truly southern dinner. The old Tompkins Inn, already famous in history of Georgia, was again the scene of a happy gathering and one to be remembered.