A look back at friendship
The weekly newspaper is one of the best sources available to find out what our friends and neighbors have been up to. It is also a place to locate people who have the same interests that we have. This has been true long before anyone ever heard of a “social network.”
Jan. 5, 1886—Miss Mary Ponder, the cultured and refined young lady who has been visiting friends in town for the past week, has returned to her home at Birmingham today, much to the regret of many of the gallant young men.
April 24, 1891—[editorial] In the country newspaper you have a reliable and effective friend which does its mission at more family firesides than do many of the metropolitan dailies. In the country weeklies the marriage bells toll more joyfully than in the great city papers, and when the columns of such home papers tell us that some humble person has gone from this world we read with tears, for he was a neighbor and friend. The country newspaper is not only a business guide, but it is a pulpit of morals for the entire community in which it is published. It is a kind of public rostrum where the affairs of state are considered, it is supervisor of the streets and roads; it is a social friend, a promoter of friendship and good will. The above is said by the Union Springs Herald, and well said .
July 11, 1891–Mr. Charles G. Brown was in Birmingham yesterday. He is very deeply interested in the second great reunion of Alabamians and Georgians that is soon to take place. “The Georgia-Alabama reunion will be held at Cullman on August 5, “ Mr. Brown said. “The purposes of the reunion are mainly social. The reunion will afford these old neighbors an opportunity to meet and renew the old friendships here in their adopted land. Then, as a matter of course, these people have thousands of relatives and friends in Georgia whom they have not met since they left the old home. We expect 6,000 or 8,000 people in Cullman and are preparing to entertain them with an old-time barbecue and basket dinner.”
Jan. 2, 1896–A popcorn social was given this afternoon at the residence of Mr. J. M. Echols in honor of his little granddaughter, Mary Echols of Decatur, and her friend, Erin Corsbie. There were 42 little ones in attendance and they enjoyed themselves royally.
Jan. 4, 1906–Athens just held an election to determine whether cows should be allowed to roam at large on its streets and the friends of the cow running at large and destroying the town carried the day. The council had passed an ordinance depriving the town cow of the privilege of pasturing on the front yards and flowers of the town, but a petition went before the body asking for the right to vote on the matter and the council, following the democratic rule of allowing home rule, granted the request with the above result.
Jan. 3, 1908–The Bank of Hartselle gave its annual dinner for its depositors and friends at the Central Hotel at noon here today, as is the usual custom. About 30 or 40 partook of the spread.
Sept. 1, 1958—Friendship week began at MCHS today with ‘Hey Day’ during which all students wore name-tags. Tomorrow is “Courtesy Day.” Its purpose is to encourage courtesy among everyone’s fellow students. Climaxing these events on Friday night is a get acquainted party to be held in the gym. Recognition will be made of Mr. and Miss Courtesy from senior high and junior high school classes.