Mary Frazier Long
The Gwinnett Roadrunner -
On The Run July 2014
By Mary Frazier Long
 
THINKERS
It might not be opportunity knocking, it could be one of your relatives.
 
The person who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it.
 
“Living is like licking honey off a thorn.” Louis Adamic
 
By the time a man gets to greener pastures he can’t climb the fence.
 
“Then came hot July boiling like fire.” Edmund Spenser
 
Parents of long ago were extremely permissive, they permitted their children to work.
 
Lots of people driving on Pike Street in Lawrenceville drive as though they are rehearsing for an accident.
 
WAYBACK JULY EVENTS
•On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
•Presidents of the United States born in July were Calvin Coolidge born on July 4, 1872; John Quincy Adams born on July 11, 1767.
•President James Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881.
•The Korean War ended July 27, 1953.
•Scientists set off the first atomic bomb, Alamogordo, N. Mexico on July 27, 1943.
•The Gwinnett Journal, July 18, 1921: “The Georgia Legislature passed a bill making it compulsory to read a passage of scripture daily upon opening school.”
•From a 1925 Burma Shave sign, “Don’t lose your head to gain a minute. You need your head, your brains are in it.”

NOW NEWS
• Congratulations to Arcado Elementary named by the U.S. Department of Education as 2014 Green Ribbon School for exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education.
• The 2014 Gwinnett County Historical Society First Families of Gwinnett County Induction Ceremony was held at the Chew Chew Café in Lawrenceville on June 14, 2014. Inducted into the First Families were Rachel Kennedy King, Dora Kennedy Johnson, Beverly Braswell Pendergrass Paff, Max Maltbie, Maria Maltbie Karg, Craig Maltbie, Keri A. Daly, Melody Lucile Garner Smith, Timothy Allen Moore. The presentations were made by Gwinnett Historical Society President Vicki Watkins and a delicious meal followed the ceremony.
• The Duluth Farmers Market is now open on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. The market is on West Lawrenceville Street next to the New Dawn Theater. 

• Donna Piers has been named to the Dacula City Council to replace Gregory Reeves who resigned from the council.

The Lawrenceville High School Class of 1956
1st row Barbara Haney Fricks, Jimmie Young Swanson, Evelyn Chadwick Carlisle. 2nd row Barbara Chadwick Williams, Esther Wilkerson Edwards, Willard Swanson, Larry Herrington, Jo Ann Davis Clark, Carolyn Patton Alford, Randall Davis, Sarah Dunson Briscoe. Back Row, Kenneth Hood, Barron Osbourne, Jimmy Hood.  The Lawrenceville High School Class of 1956 met June 5, 2014 at the Golden Corral in Lawrenceville. Fourteen classmates and their spouses attended.

CELEBRATIONS
Robert Norton celebrated his 90th birthday on June 7, 2014’ Robert celebrated with family and friends at the Clayton Street McDonalds Restaurant. Robert Norton is a Gwinnett native, graduate of Snellville High School and a Lawrenceville businessman. He served in WWII with the 15th AF, 461st BG, 767th BS in Cerignola, Italy. He received his basic training in Gulfport, MS, engineering training in Biloxi, MS; gunnery training in Larado, TX. He went to Flight School and had crew formation in Boise, ID then left the states on July 12, 1944. Robert was assigned as flight engineer on a B-24, right side gunner. His plane was shot down on his second mission over Linz, Austria on July 25, 1944. Robert was captured and was a POW at Stalag Luft IV, he marched from February until May 2, 1945 and was liberated by the British on May 6, 1945. Robert Norton received the WWII Victory medal American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon and four Bronze Stars, Air Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Robert was discharged as a staff sergeant on May 21, 1945. Robert married Mary Kelley (deceased) and they had three daughters—Claudia (deceased), Janet and Nancy. His grandchildren are John Robert Todd and Mary Charlotte Todd. Robert and Mary lived in Lawrenceville where Robert presently lives. Norton Elementary school in Snellville was named in honor of Robert’s father.

Rubye Moore Cates
Rubye celebrated her 90th birthday in the spring of 2014. Friends and relatives joined Rubye at the Good Hope home of her son, Tommy and his wife Pat, to celebrate this milestone in her life. Rubye was born on April 28, 1924 and she has lived in Gwinnett County all her life. Rubye was the oldest of the four children of Esther and Sterling Moore who lived in the Five Forks community. Ruby was the valedictorian of her Bethesda High School graduating class. Rubye married Hugh Cates in 1941 and they were the parents of Harriet, Tommy, Velma and Anita. Rubye taught Sunday School for over 50 years at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Scenic Highway in Snellville. Rubye and Hugh raised broilers for a number of years and they also had white face Hereford cattle. Rubye was 1958 Gwinnett County Woman of the Year and she was active in many community endeavors including serving as a volunteer at the Snellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. As a member of the “Georgia Pace Setters” a Snellville travel club Rubye traveled to many interesting places. She was a certified teacher of Ceramics and for 20 years she taught that skill to many citizens of Gwinnett County. Rubye worked as a receptionist at H&R Block during tax seasons. Rubye now resides in Lawrenceville at Ashley Hall where she continues to be interested in her friends, family and relatives.

Golden Wedding Celebration  Bela and Delores Kenessey celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 
June 8, 2014. Bela and Delores’ children hosted a party at the Historic Courthouse in honor of their parents’ marriage. Bela and Delores had two wedding ceremonies, a civil marriage in Dillon, South Carolina on May 7 and a church ceremony in Greenville, South Carolina on June 20 fifty years ago.

Bela and Delores greeting friends Bela and Delores with their Wedding Cake

NEW CONSTRUCTION IN GRAYSON
Plans are underway to build a clock tower at the intersection of Rosebud Road and Highway 20 in Grayson. Stone similar to other historic buildings in Grayson will be used, plans also include a bell with benches surrounding the structure.

THROUGH THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
During 1978/79 these two beauties welcomed Lawrenceville Newcomers, the beautiful women are Miss Gwinnett County Angelia Mauldin (left) and Miss Central Gwinnett High School Tracy Britt. Angelia is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John William Mauldin and Tracy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Britt.
 
• From the May 3, 1920 issue of the News-Herald: It is rumored around that the city fathers will let a contract for the paving of the street around the court house square at a very earlydate. 
• The May 1948 issue of The News-Herald advertised ground beef at 55 cents a pound, franks at 53 cents a pound, salmon 33 cents for a no. 1 can, and catsup for 21 cents for a 14 oz. bottle. County. Rubye worked as a receptionist at H&R Block during tax seasons. Rubye now resides in Lawrenceville at Ashley Hall where she continues to be interested in her friends, family and relatives. 
 
Dynamic Duo
The dynamic songwriting duo of Bo Edwards and Bill Long are udderly delighted to announce that they have squeezed out their first single on CD: Cows In The Picture. This masterpiece casts the story of Romeo and Juliette in a rural settings. Conceived by the songwriting team of Bo Edwards (lyrics) and Bill Long (melody), the duo has more tunes in their pail after this one hoofs it to the top of the charts. The CD single is currently in distribution to national and international radio stations and you may hear it on a station near you soon. This family-friendly tune is suitable for all ages and listeners are encouraged (begged) to call or email requests for “Cows In The Picture” to their local stations. Bo and Bill will reward them with an official handshake and thank you at any live performance. Bo and Bill are just a phone call away for an interview (770 339 3668). Bill Long and Bo Edwards entertain with an acoustic set of original and traditional tunes that bring the spirit of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and gospel genres to their shows. Family-friendly jokes, light humor, and tidbits of music history are a fun time for everyone. Guest musicians may join the band to broaden the set list and performance.