Jerry Smith

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of this sec­tion is quite wise in its ob­jec­tive. At a gath­er­ing a few days ago, my friend Jim Lay at­trib­uted to Ed Wel­don the source of the state­ment which said, “I would like a map of what used to be where in Cal­houn.”

I first met Ed Wel­don a few decades ago when he was with the Ge­or­gia State Ar­chives in At­lanta. He was of great value in help­ing a cousin and me in search­ing the ge­neal­ogy of the Smith fam­ily.

Ed is mar­ried to Jane Pow­ers, a Cal­houn na­tive, and they live in Jane’s home place on Col­lege Street. Her par­ents were Sam and Gla­dys Pow­ers. I am sure Ed has heard fre­quently Jane and oth­ers of their young days re­fer to some­thing that used to be at a cer­tain place. That is a habit of all of us older cit­i­zens of Cal­houn and Gor­don County.

With­out a lot of de­tail, just let it be said that Cal­houn and the en­vi­rons aren’t even close to what they used to be in my younger days. It is Jim Lay and Pete Lewis with whom I find my­self dis­cussing the scenes of long ago ( af­ter all, we are all in our 80s). Like Ed Wel­don, I too would like to see a map of “what used to be where in Cal­houn. Ed Wel­don is an im­por­tant and ac­tive mem­ber in civic mat­ters of this com­mu­nity. Jim Lay in­forms me there is a map of 1942 Cal­houn on the wall down at the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on South Wall Street. I am go­ing to take a look. It would cover some of the mat­ters about which newer cit­i­zens might be in­ter­ested. I would use the word “trans­plant,” but some­one would as­sign dis­torted mean­ings which have never crossed

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