Meeting Minutes Excerpts 1980-1986

East Point Historical Society
Board Meeting Minutes and
Regular Membership Meeting Excerpts
1980 - 1986

EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
January 25, 1981

“J.T. Goen introduced speaker r. Bill Nolan who gave an interesting account of the part East Point played around the period of the Civil War. East Point served as important railroad operation during this time. During this time there was a distillery for medication, copper mine, two mills (Conley and Trimble), four churches: Liberty, close to Connally Cemetery; Mt. Zion; Hopewell, in the area of Farley St. and a Methodist Church. There were two academies. He recalled some of the older names of home owners: Connally House, Caldwells, Harpers, Russell, Hornsby, Yarbrough, Thompson, Ramsey, Stone, McDuffie, Peters and Couch. 

Railroad became more important at beginning of war and East Point was a vital part of the war with Breast Works from Connally thru Kimmeridge, Thompson Ave. and Linwood Ave. This is where Lee’s corp was stationed. Ben Hill to Dodson Road was Breast Works of Sherman. The Blue Army went by without destroying East Point because of the ruse of cut trees lined up as artillery by the Rebels. After the devastating war, East Point dead as railroad source and times were hard. At this time East Point residents were mill owners, agrarians and in the mercantile business. The Conleys’ were mill owners and farmers, Thompsons and Carwells were in the mercantile business and one copper mine on Fairburn Rd. (Ben Hill) where the Cash Home stood.”

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1982

EPHS
Excerpts from Meeting Minutes
February 11, 1982

“Jake Goen said the City Engineer had advised him of a marker near the corner of Main Street and Nabelle Avenue which we need to remove before Marta tears up that section.”

“Other matters discussed was the fact that the bell from the old Central School is in the tower of the City Hall and that we can probably get it. By replacing with another tile, we can have the tile in the Dowda front walk that says “East Point Tile Company”. Harold Taylor said that Minor Studio would give a replacement tile.”

“Discussed was the fact that the historical marker at Cleveland Avenue between Central of Georgia and the Atlanta and West Point Railroads will be in the path of Marta construction. Since this marker belongs to the Sate of Georgia. We need to get their permission to move same.”

“According to Sam Thompson’s history of East Point, the oldest building in East Point is at the NW corner of Main and Cleveland Avenue. The fact was discussed that we need to start immediately to try to get this building put on the Historic Register before someone comes along and tears it down.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Annual Meeting Minutes
March 28, 1982

“Mr. Goen said there are pictures on display that need to be identified as well as several boxes of pictures given by Miss Earlene Dowda. He advised that through the efforts of J.D. Suttles, the flyer sent out to all water and light customers by the City of East Point had carried a notice on the Pictorial History book and it will be run again.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
April 22, 1982

“The board requested that Owen Bell ask Elizabeth Fowler to assume the project of getting the building at the N.W. corner of Main and Cleveland put on the Historical Register, and to be chairman of the Historical Buildings Committee.”

“It was stated that there was a “Jefferson Davis Highway” marker at the old Fort Mac gate. The consensus was that we should make an effort to get it. No definite plans were made.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
May 23, 1982

“Mr. Doug Purdie introduced Mr. Joseph Johnson, Jr., Director Community Development for the City of East Point.”

“Mr. Johnson announced that Mr. Clay Long represents our area on the MARTA Board, replacing the late Harold Sheets. Mr. Jonson presented a detailed drawing showing MARTA’s proposal for the rail line through East Point, including the proposed changes, the location of the stations, etc. East Point has not accepted all of these proposals as yet and several meetings will be held before the final plans are agreed upon.”

“There will be a meeting at City hall in June to review the drawing and current changes in the plans.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
August 12, 1982

“Owen Bell reported that in conversation with East Point Mayor Walter Ponder, MARTA officials and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it was agreed that the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway Marker would be picked up by the City of East Point personnel and delivered to the Historical Society headquarters When a suitable location for its installation is determined, the City would install it. At this time appropriate ceremonies would take place with invitations being extended to representatives from the UDC, MARTA, and the Mayor and City personnel.”

“Mr. Taylor suggested that there was a need to compile a history of the names of the Streets in East Point. It was agreed that the Society should undertake this as a project in the near future.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Directors Meeting Minutes
August 12, 1982

“At this meeting on November 21, we will have a ceremony placing the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway Marker at the site outside of our headquarters. Officers of the City will be invited to attend.”

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1983

EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
April 14, 1983

“Copy of letter of thanks to Mrs. Harry Vaught, East Point Avenue Methodist Church for their hosting our March meeting and copy of press release to the Southside Sun covering our planned participation in East Point’s Keep America Beautiful Day were filed. Owen Bell advised we would have hourly guided tours leaving from Whiteway beginning at 1 PM using vans on loan from the East Point Christian Church. First stop to be Atlanta Christian College to see a trench used during the East Point area fighting in the War Between the States. From there, the tour would go to the Atlanta Utility Works, a local firm operated by the Moore family at the same location since before the turn of the century. Next, will be Hemperley’s Funeral home where involved in the operation of the business is a fourth generation family. Final stop will be East Point Avenue Methodist Church (Nellie’s Chapel) for a brief history of the church and light refreshments. He stated we would have an old car with pretty girls in the parade.”

“Jackie Cooper stated she had attended the City Auditorium restoration fund raising performance of the Jean Morris School of Dance at the City Auditorium and reported that the part involving the slides made from East Point Historical Society pictures was excellent.”

“John Davidson gave a very interesting and entertaining informal talk on his ad his brother, Ed Davidson’s, coal business in East Point, established in the early 1930’s. He was asked to put this in written form to be filed in our business files.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Board Meeting Minutes
June 9, 1983

“Jimmie Lou Brewer brought up the matter of the City Auditorium renovation and the drive for reworking the chairs for $75.00 each. She made a motion that the East Point Historical Society make a donation for the renovation of one chair in honor of our first president, Roderick M. McDuffie, seconded by Willis Brown and carried. Douglas Purdie appointed Jimmie Lou Brewer and Jake Goen to write appropriate wording for the plate to be put on the chair.”


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EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
July 24, 1983

“Clara Vaught read a letter she had received from Mr. Richard Cloues, National Register coordinator, Historic Preservation Section, Sate of Georgia, concerning request for the East Point Avenue Methodist Church, which is the oldest church in East Point, being put on the National Register of Historic Places. He advised in part as follows: “due to compromising repairs having been made to the interior of East Point Avenue Methodist Church, it does not meet the criteria of being put on the National Register of Historic places”.”

“Douglas Purdie reported that a committee of John Davidson and Douglas Purdie had been appointed to look into the possibility of the society taking over the Wainwright Cemetery, same being the old Hornsby Cemetery on Washington Road, and a request by Grace Fuller. Owner of Hillcrest Cemetery for any suggestions or help that the Society might give her concerning the future operation of the cemetery.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
August 1, 1983

“Owen Bell advised Joe Johnson, City Manager, had asked the Historical Society to take part in the rededication of the East Point Historical marker on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:30 in the city park at Main and Whiteway. He asked that all the officers and board members who could to please attend. He stated he had been contacted by the Search and Rescue Location of World War II who are trying to locate Harold W. Green who lived at the time of World War II at 1353 Jefferson Avenue. None of those present knew of this man.”

“Ora Jean Gunnin requested that it be included in the ,inutes that she had bee appointed by the City as the representative from the Historical Society on their committee planning celebrations for the 250th birthday of the State of Georgia.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
September 15, 1983

“The meeting was called to order by Owen Bell who called on Douglas Purdie to give a report from the special Cemetery Committee composed of Joh Davidson and Douglas Purdie. He advised that the Wainwright Cemetery (the old Hornsby Cemetery) on Washing Road has only one marked grave, being a Hornsby in 1886. There are impressions in the ground of other unmarked graves. Apartment are built to the edge of the fence and there are huge trees in the cemetery that will eventually have to be cut down. The cemetery is of no historical significance. Therefore, their recommendation was to reject Mr. Wainwright’s offer to give same to the society. A letter to that effect from Owen Bell to Mr. Wainwright was read, to be sent to him if the Board so voted.”

“He advised that after investigation and discussing the matter of Hillcrest Cemetery with the City authorities, a decision was made to recommend that Douglas Purdie would call Grace Fuller, owner, and advise her that there is nothing the Historical Society ca do to help her.”

Both recommendations were approved.

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
October 23, 1983

“There was a discussion of the Hornsby Cemetery on Washington Road at Jackson Drive as to size of lot and number of burials, same being 50 x 100 feet with approximately 18 burials.”

“Jake reported that Anne Larcom, who is a member of the society, used materials she obtained from out files in a history course at Georgia State university on which she received a “A” for the course. She presented the society with a copy of Rebecca Poltz Dodd’s “East Pont, Ga. – A History, 1921 – 1930” and a copy of “The History Group, Inc. To Marta” by Darlene Roth, Ann DeRosa Byine and Robert S. Webb. She also gave maps used in her GSU history course. Nelda Byars bound the pictures Anne Larcom made and used in her presentation in her course. Jake Goes asked the president to write Mrs. Larcom a note of thanks for these materials”


























“Marshall Collins, Director of the East Point Electrical Department has give the society an old traffic light used in East Point Jake Goen said we also need an old street light and early type stop sign, stating that there is a stop sign in the street on Linwood Avenue in front of the Paul Kohler house.”

“Owen Bell has given the society an early console RCA radio.”

“We are now working on the second 25 years of Russell high School Annuals ad need stronger shelves. It was discussed building shelves to attached to the walls.”
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1984

EPHS
Excerpts of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 23, 1984

“Jake Goen brought the board up to date on the progress made on gathering information concerning the cost of publishing Sam Thompson’s History of East Point which had first appeared in the Suburban Reporter around 1933-1934”

“Jimmie Brewer has been preparing lists of people in the 1910 census so one cam look up families of that time. Jake said we hope to get some pictures take of some of the old building that are soon to be razed by  MARTA.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
March 25, 1984

“Owen showed some pictures take recently by Carlos Hemperley when the tank at the State Highway Building was being felled to make way for MARTA construction.”

Anne Larcom, Vice President of the Society and a student at Georgia State University majoring in History, made “a presentation on East Point – old main Street on which she had written a paper. She gave many interesting facts about the early history of our town.”

“After Mrs. Larcom’s talk, Andy McCoy, a retired businessman who came to East Point with his parents in 1910, gave a most informative and interesting talk on his forty-one years in business on Main Street.”

“Next, Ashfield Yarbrough,, for many years manager of the Fairfax Theater, the original one and for many years the only theatre in East Point, presented an interesting and entertaining informal question and answer time.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
April 12, 1984

“Anne Larcom said she had been talking to two people about re-editing and publishing the history as a hard back book in conjunction with the upcoming East Point Centennial.”

“The Hapeville Historical Society is interested in holding a joint meeting with our Society.”
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EPHS
Excerpt from Regular Meeting Minutes
May 27, 1984

“…two members of the Hapeville Historical Society, Jr. E.S. (Happy) Hogg and Mr. Ed Milton brought us a film “Wings of Hartsfield” which they had produced.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Regular Meeting Minutes
March 25, 1984

“Doug Purdie advised that the telephone extension furnished the Society by the City of East Point had been installed and that the number is 767-4656.”
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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
August 9, 1984

“A matter of new business, Mr. Bruce McGregor was introduced who presented a plan from the Business and Industrial Development Authority concerning renovation and developing several old business building in East Point and the development of a shopping are with business offices, restaurants, etc. in the area of the “Blount Buggy Building” and “Couch Manufacturing Buildings” and others. Research is needed to provide sufficient basis for the developers to have the area certified as historic structures. Mr. McGregor suggests things our society could do to help – such as: provide old photographs, written information, documented proof of ownerships, time buildings were built, to search tax records and help with gathering materials. We were to discuss the matter and make recommendations if we will help.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
August 16, 1984

“The business brought forward from the regular Board meeting of August 9 was the matter of the intention of the East Point Business and Development Authority to try to get the buildings on Cleveland Avenue east of the A&WP ad Central of Georgia railroads put on the National Register of Historical Places. These building are, Atlanta Utility Works, Blount Buggy Works, Couch Brothers Manufacturing Company and White Hickory Wagon Works. If this can be done, there is a company interested in developing same with shops, offices and restaurants.”

“At the request of the Business and Development Authority, the board agreed not only to furnish them whatever information and pictures we have on this area, but to do preliminary work to gather information from all available sources; Mr. Hunt to take any necessary pictures pertaining to the interior of the buildings, etc.”

“Eloise couch advised that the first building of Couch Brothers was built about 1868, that being the Langford Collar Building which is the end building next to the railroad. Across the side street was the Couch Mills.”
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EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
September 23, 1984

“He (Doug Purdie) gave a very favorable report on the meeting, attended by some of our members, of the Hapeville Historical Society on Thursday night, Sept. 20.”

 
“Doug advised that the Development Authority would like a progress report on the work of obtaining information on the four buildings which will be requested to be put on the National Register of Historical Sites. Progress is being made and the Atlanta utility part is almost complete. Chuck Larcom reported that they are working on the White hickory site and that he would be going to the Fulton County Courthouse and other places seeking further information.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Regular Meeting Minutes
November 18, 1984

“She (Anne Larcom) introduced the speaker of the day, Joseph Johnston, City Manager and Treasurer of the City of East Point, who spoke on the progress MARTA is making on building the rapid transit system through East Point, north to south, paralleling Main Street. He spoke concerning the physical changes being made, and that will be made, in our city and the aspirations for the future of our town by the City of East Point. During a question and answer period he said the City is working on a history of East point beginning at the period in time where the history written by Mr. Sam N. Thompson was completed. He said when this history is begun to be written they will work in conjunction with the Historical Society, and that Evelyn Reeves, City Clerk is the contact person with the City.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
December 13, 1984

“Committee reports on the Atlanta Utility Works and Blount Buggy Works have been turned in. Ora Jean Gunnin said the information on Couch Brothers Manufacturing Company will be turned in after Christmas. Anne Larcom said Chuck has two more people to call in reference to White hickory Wagon Works.”

“Jake Goen said Tom Boland’s company plans to buy Blount Buggy building and want what information we have. A lady from his company has met with Jake and the City and has made copies of various information.”

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1985



EPHS
Excerpt from Regular Meeting Minutes
January 27, 1985

“Anne Larcom introduced Mr. Bill Erquitt, a native Atlantan and member of the Civil War Roundtable, and a member of the staff of the Atlanta Historical Society as a special exhibits consultant who is at present in charge o the recently opened Civil War Exhibit. He spoke mainly on the Battle of Atlanta with special emphasis on East Point and its environs. In a question and answer session, it was brought to light that the Federals stayed in East Point about one and on-half months, and that the Confederate Army was camped in the area surrounding the present site of Sumner park and east to about the intersection of Nabelle Avenue and Main Street. Anne Larcom thanked Mr. Erquitt for a very interesting presentation and gave him a homemade pecan pie.”

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EPHS
Excerpt from Board Meeting Minutes
February 14, 1985

“Jake Goen asked for authorization to purchase a holder for our cassettes and for permission to get supplies necessary to bind the Suburban reporters found during the renovation of the City Auditorium.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Regular Meeting Minutes
March 24, 1985

“J.T. Goen, Jr. Chairman of the Book Committee, made motion that six copies of the Sam N. Thompson History Book be reserved for the Society; it was seconded ad carried. He advised that there are now less than 50 books left to be sold. The copyright has been received on the book.”

“Douglas Purdie reminded the membership that Thursday afternoon is work day at headquarters and help is needed he asked for volunteers to work on April 20th helping the Clean City Commission on clean-up day.”


“Anne Larcom, Program Chairman introduced a panel consisting of Sam W. Ramsey, Jr., Ray Harris and Carlos Hemperley, Jr., all natives of East Point and all who were in business on Main Street, who spoke on Main Street in Earlier Years. A most interesting program was given and it was interesting to note that Carlos Hemperley is still in business on Main St. Hemperley’s Funeral Home has been in continuous operation since about 1900 and he and his son are the third and fourth generation to operate the business.”

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EPHS
Excerpts from Board Meeting Minutes
April 11, 1985

“Douglas Purdie said April 20th is clean up day and the society will take part.”

“Jim Sorrells reported the property records are up to date on property reported to him.”

“Jimmie Brewer said that she has an old, old plate of the East Point First Baptist Church.”

“It was discussed that we need a list of all the Mayors and City Clerks of the City. At one time Harold Taylor was making a list of all the streets named for people.”

“There was a discussion about private cemeteries in East Point. D. T. Hunt advised he has made pictures of one on the land of Mr. Faith (Faith Pharmacy) on Washington Road. This was formerly the Joe Crews property.”

to be continued…