Why Mans­field?

The age-old mys­tery of city’s name is fi­nally re­vealed.

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SAN­DRA BRANDS sbrands@covnews.com

As the story goes, the mem­bers of Carmel Land Im­prove­ment Com­pany de­cided to name the new planned com­mu­nity in New­ton County af­ter the man who "ab­stained" from drink­ing at the cel­e­bra­tion bar­beque held fol­low­ing the sale of town lots in 1903.

But that wasn’t the story Lil­lian Sim­mons Adickes, Eu­gene Mans­field Sim­mons and Bon­nie Sim­mons Sherer heard from their grand­mother, Roselle.

The town was named af­ter their grand­fa­ther be­cause, Adickes told the group gath­ered at the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Wed­nes­day, he held his liquor bet­ter than the other town fa­thers.

“We came here to learn more about our grand­fa­ther,” said Adickes, who said he’d died in Columbia, Ga., in 1922 be­fore his grand­chil­dren were born.

She said af­ter do­ing In­ter­net ge­nealog­i­cal re­search, she con­tacted Mayor Jef­fer­son Ri­ley and told him about what they’d learned. On Wed­nes­day, af­ter in­tro­duc­ing the Mans­field grand­chil­dren, he turned the mike over to Adickes, who re­vealed her grand­fa­ther was Eu­gene War­ren Mans­field.

Shar­ing the story of Mans­field and his wife, Daisy White­head, Adickes said her mother, aunts and un­cles were raised in So­cial Cir­cle. Mans­field, who moved to Sa­van­nah af­ter leav­ing Mans­field, was buried in So­cial Cir­cle.

A num­ber of au­di­ence mem­bers, in­clud­ing Coun­cil Mem­ber Perry Lun- sford, be­gan shar­ing sto­ries about lo­cal ge­neal­ogy. Lunsford said Mans­field was listed on the 1900 cen­sus liv­ing in Ma­ri­etta.

At the end of the pre­sen­ta­tion, Ri­ley pre­sented Adickes, Sim­mons and his wife Mari­gene, and Sherer with keys to the city.

A ground­break­ing for the new Mans­field City Cen­ter was sched­uled for 3 p.m., but was can­celled due to a rain storm. The city has bud­geted $200,000 for the project and will ap­ply for a $200,000 grant.

The rail­road track has been re­moved, and the trail will be raised and wind through the new city cen­ter, park and pavilion. The trail will hook up with the New­ton Trail sys­tem.

Among the peo­ple at­tend­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion were Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dave Bel­ton, County Chair Keith El­lis, County Man­ager Lloyd Kerr, Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston and City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight, Ox­ford Mayor Jerry Rose­berry and City Man­ager Bob Schwartz, Por­terdale Mayor Ar­line Chap­man, Mans­field City Coun­cil Mem­bers Chris Ful­mer, Lisa Dunn and Lunsford.

San­dra Brands | The Cov­ing­ton News

Mans­field Mayor Jef­fer­son Ri­ley, sec­ond from left, pre­sents keys to the city to the grand­chil­dren of the town's name­sake, Eu­gene War­ren Mans­field. The grand­chil­dren are, from left, Lil­lian Sim­mons Adickes, Eu­gene Mans­field Sim­mons and Bon­nie Sim­mons Sherer.

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