The Gwinnett Roadrunner -
On The Run March 2014
By Mary Frazier Long
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
A miser is a guy who lives within his income. He is also called a magician.
“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” Dan Rather
“Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.” Lewis Mumford
PAST MARCH EVENTS
•U.S. Presidents born in March: Andrew Jackson born March 15, 1767; James Madison born March 16, 1787; Grover Cleveland born March 18; John Tyler born March 29, 1790.
•Patrick Henry declared “Give me liberty or give me death” on March 23, 1775.
•On March 30, 1842 Dr. Crawford W. Long performed an operation successfully employing sulphuric either in extracting a tumor from the neck of Mr. James M. Venable. Mr. Venable was the grandfather of Mrs. G.S. Kelley and Mrs. Virginia Bagwell two of Lawrenceville’s most respected ladies.
•The News-Herald, March 5, 1903, “Lawrenceville continues to forge her way to the front. She will soon be lighted by electricity.”
•The News-Herald, March 7, 1907, “There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the Courthouse lawn.”
•The News-Herald, March 3, 1917, “Dr. Claude Kelley just installed an x-ray machine in his office. There are only 2 of these machines in the county.”
•The News-Herald, March 1932, “Alford’s Store opened in the store formerly owned by McGee on Crogan Street.”
•The News-Herald, March 30, 1939, “41 Gwinnett County schools closed. The state did not send money and county notified teachers that they would not pay them for the 7 months term of 1938/39.”
•The News-Herald, March 5, 1944. “Three arsonists set fire to the Lawrenceville High School building.”
This photo of Sterling and Esther Moore, both now deceased, was taken in the early 1970’s. They married on November 20, 1920 and lived on their farm in the Five Forks community where they raised four children. Those children still live in Gwinnett County and they are Rubye Moore Cates, Fred Moore, Louise Moore Justice and Charles Moore. A business now occupies the farm land where Sterling and Esther lived for over 50 years.
GRAYSON HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI REUNION
The fourteenth annual Grayson High School Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday March 29 at the Grayson High school on Hope Hollow Road. This reunion celebrates the tradition of education that has always been important to Grayson residents. The first Grayson High school Alumni Reunion was held on March 28, 1998 at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Grayson with 304 present. Previous to that first reunion a Ten Year Class Reunion was held on Saturday April 26, 1997 at Inviting Events in Snellville and at that reunion officers of the Ten Year Reunion were elected at the first officers for the Grayson High school Alumni Association for 1997/98. Margie Knight McBryar was elected as first President of the Grayson High School Alumni Association. Susan Cown Gerard is the current president of the Grayson High School Alumni Association. Each year the association awards scholarships to high school students. Grayson’s first school was Tripp Academy built in the spring of 1882. Tripp Academy was a two-story frame structure and the lot for the building was donated by Mose McConnell. Grayson High School held the first graduation in 1917. Members of the first graduating class were Alba Etheridge, Ruth Johnson, Ruth Petty, George Jacobs and Waymon Gower. In 1957 Grayson High School consolidated with Snellville High School and South Gwinnett High was established in Snellville. The Ram was chosen as the Grayson High School mascot and a ram statue greets visitors to the Grayson High School on Hope Hollow Road.
BETA RHO DONATES BOOKS TO LILBURN KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
The Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma put their literacy project in action by purchasing books for each kindergartener at Lilburn Elementary School. The books given to students were Llama Llama Red Pajamas and Clifford the Big Red Dog Lilburn Kindergarten teacher Pam Frazier organized the presentation of the books and found space for Beta Rho members to gather and prepare the books for distribution. Members of the Society, Brenda Zellner and Mary Long, will read to Lilburn Elementary School kindergarten students when Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration is held in March.
A REALLY NEW JEWELRY STORE IN LAWRENCEVILLE Fowler’s Jewelry Store next to the fountain on Crogan Street was an important part of the Lawrenceville downtown scene for many years. When the Fowler business closed the building was occupied by various enterprises. Now the building is again a jewelry store with Tim New as the owner. Tim repairs, designs and appraises jewelry. Tim and his wife Amelia are Atlanta natives and Tim’s father was Harry New who was in the jewelry business for 58 years. The New’s dog Gizmo guards the store.
1954/55 Combination Grayson Second/Third Class. All students were not identified; third from the left on the top row is Margaret Grissom. Second Row fourth Elaine Briscoe, Judy Porter, and next to last Camilla Lacy. Second Row left to right Judy Ewing, Patricia White, Brenda Westfall, Linda Smith, Barbara Hood, Karen Dyer, Barbara Anglin, Mary Jo Simington, Donna Walls. First Row: Bobby Barnes, ____, ____, Ricky Britt, Richard Smith, ____. Teacher Mary Frazier Long.
IN GWINNETT FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Luong Van Ngoc, born in Viet Nam, came to Lawrenceville and opened a business in 1997. He is the father of three children—a daughter at the Art Institute in Atlanta, a son at Berkmar High School and a child attending Sweetwater Middle School. Gus Bullock from Syracuse, New York winters in Georgia where he experienced some Syracuse weather in 2014. Javier Becerra was born in Cuba, came to Gwinnett as a young man and graduated from Grayson High School. Javier begins law school in the fall of 2014. Aubrey Sensibar is assisting Esbin Delacruz Gomez and Nely Gomez as they work to become U.S. citizens. Esbin is a sophomore at Central Gwinnett High School.