PTC to celebrate founders at 50th anniversary event

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 2:36pm
By: The Citizen

Peachtree City will celebrate its 50th anniversary Monday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at the city library as officials rededicate two rooms named after the city’s founding fathers.

The event will begin in the Floy Farr room on the lower level of the library, most often recognized as a polling location during elections but also used as a community meeting room. The other room to be rededicated is the Joel Cowan history room which has a number of historical documents relating to the city’s development and progress over the years.

The event will also feature a sneak peak at a pictorial history book on the city authored by Rebecca Watts, Ellen Ulken and Clarence Lyons. Historical photographs and Peachtree City memorabilia will be on display at an open house at City Hall from noon to 2 p.m. Cake and punch will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Archival photographs showing early Peachtree City will remain on display throughout the month of March. The book will be released April 13.

“Rebecca, Ellen, and Clarence have worked hard over the past year putting this book together. It will be a real treasure for anyone who loves Peachtree City,” said Library Administrator Jill Prouty. “We look forward to the rededication of the Farr and Cowan rooms to mark such a special day in Peachtree City’s history.”

According to Watts, the Peachtree City Library’s resident archivist, “Starting a new town took the coordination of a lot of players.”

Joel Cowan was a young man willing to stake his future on someone else’s wild idea. The idea originated with Pete Knox of Thomson, Georgia, co-owner of Knox Bros. But Cowan couldn’t do it alone. Two of the local local players assisting Cowan were mature Fayette County businessmen who knew the ways of the world, Floy Farr and Bob Huddleston.

“Farr had the financial savvy and Huddleston had the farmland,” said Watts.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 4:11pm.

I would not waste time on this frivolous event. It is a waste of money and time. Have the powers that be save the cash (oh I forgot, they have no idea how to SAVE money). Well, if it is burning a hole in their pockets, donate it to a worthy cause. But wait. They wouldn't know a worth cause if it slapped them in the face. Never mind, just have them set it on fire in the parking lot. It will have about the same effect.

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