VOLUME;* NO. 1
Another Conyers Boy
Atlanta, Ga., 1-12-29. —I always get
such a thrill from reading your Rock
dale Record, that I thought it might
be best to go ahead and send my
money for a year’s subscription, but
I had hopes of moving back to dear
old Conyers. I was sitting back here
at my desk this morning, and of
course supposed to be working on
crooks that we bond (such as Mr.
Carnes) and all of a sudden I at
tracted the attention of my fellow
workers by a sudden outburst of one
of those old Rockdale county laughs.
Naturally they inquired concerning
my laughter, and they soon joined me
when they found that 1 was having a
big time off the old home town paper.
(I was reading about Hawkins being
traded for Floyd Cook.)
I certainly enjoy your paper, because
it brings to my mind the dearest times
of my life. I wish that you could see
if I could have the permission of mov
ing back to Conyers because I want to
come back for a thousand reasons.
Why I don’t even have the chance of
using my Gee and Har voice up here,
cause it’s against the law.
My boss gets the Dahlonega Nugget
to read and I get the Rockdale County
Record, so you can rest assured that
I do enjoy a few moments each week.
Congratulations again on your paper,
and w r ith my personal regards I am,
Yours very truly,
Lawrence B. Veal.
Again we want, to assure one and
all, that we appreciate their splendid
testimonials, and rest assured that
your Rockdale County friends enjoy
reading your letters telling why you
enjoy the Record. —Ed.
For The Good Oi The
Listen, folks! There is one wide
awake man in Conyers, Ga. He is al
ways doing something to beautify or
benefit the city. His efforts alone
causes the traveling public to form a
high opinion of the town. And not
being satisfied with the limited terri
tory, he has gone out into the county
by giving his time and efforts to make
the Rockdale Record a real county pa
per. If the people of the county will
cooperate by furnishing him with all
the news from their community then
the paper will be interesting to all
its readers. /
Joe, we are proud of you.
L. T. CARTER.
Goodrich Reaches Their
Akron, O. —Total annual production
of rubber products of the B. P. Good
rich Rubber company runs into bil
lions of pieces. More than 30,000 dif
ferent rubber products contribute to
this huge total. The items that come
under the general heads of rubber foot
wear and tires total more than 40,000
pieces. Under a general head of me
chanical goods, a total of 63,000,000
pounds is the annual ouptput. In this
department more than 25,000 different
articles are made, including rubber
bands which help to swell the huge
total of pieces.
During the past year, Godrich reach
ed the greatest volume in production
and sales of any year during the his
tory of the company. The greatest
number of tires produced in one day
was 46,000. Production on tubes fre
quently runs to 50,000 a day.
One building, the second largest
building in Ohio, is used entirely for
a warehouse for footwear. This build
ing contains 12 acres of floor space.
The entire basement floor is given
over to a storage garage for the auto
mobiles of employees.
A building under construction at
this time, in which there is being used
a total of 4,000 tons of steel frame
work, wili be nine stories high with
more than 300,000 square feet of floor
space. The top floor of the new build
ing will house a modern dispensary
and hospital. The other eight stories
will be used for warehousing tires,
tubes and accessories. This building
will be the fourth largest in Ohio.
Miss Anna Cooper of Decatur spent
the week-end as the guest of Miss
Dwynelle Potts at Walker-Pottsville.
Miss Irene Bowen, of Atlanta, spent
the week-end in Conyers guest of her
mother, Mrs- Lizzie Bowen.
Mr. R. L- Hale of Atlanta, spent
the week-end at his home in Conyers,
returning to Atlanta Sunday night.
Mr. W. A- Roberts, of Atlanta, spent
the week-end at his home in Conyers,
returning to Atlanta Sunday night.
THE ROCKDALE RECORD
A Trained Nurse
Needed for Conyers
A resident trained nurse for Con
yers, is in demand and can lie arrang
ed for and should be arranged prompt
ly in the interest of public health and
suffering humanity—not because of
any particular epidemic or pandemic —
but strictly as a means of correction
and education in making our communi
ty healthy, popular and successful in
its home life as well as in its commer
cial life. Otherwise, there is much un
neWssary suffering. Practically every
community of any size and prominence
provides for its community interests,
either with a hospital or resident nurs
es. For instance, Lithonia. Monroe and
several adjacent communities have hos
pitals and many nurses, while Milstead,
Stone Mountain, Porterdale and Cov
ington provide community nurses avail
able to even the poorest family, those
totally unable to send out for such
service. Our more wealthy, those able
to go to Atlanta for such service might
easily accomplish this necessary ar
rangement in the interest of suffering
humanity and at no cost to them or
to this community; by merely lending
their cooperation and support- The
nurse could be arranged for on basis
of its merits and be self sustaining by
reason of a reasonable charge on each
call or engagement. More often than
not, one day’s engagement would ac
complish every correction and require
ment and on this basis the compensa
tion would easily sustain the nurse in
The City of Conyers could easily
make this arrangement- The civic
League could easily arrange for it, or
the I). A. R. could really be worth
something to the community through
such a service. We have plenty of
clubs and organizations, any of whom
might step out and render such a serv
ice, by merely sponsoring the arrange
ment and we much prefer it through
them to the city, because our women
folks would have something unselfish
to do and could do something in line
with their mission in life.
Charles Dewey Sims
Mr. Charles Dewey Sims, a splendid
young man of twenty-two, automobile
mo 'lianic with the McClelland Garage
at Conyers, passed away at the home
of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Newt
Sims, in Smyrna community early last
Saturday morning after an atttack of
the flu followed by pneumonia.
The loss is great when an elderly
person passes away, but that is only
an element that goes to make up life’s
purposes following opportunity and a
Chance to share the successes and fail
ures of a reasonable legth of time and
we have learned to accept that as one
of the rewards of a well spent life,
but when a young person, in childhood
or in the prime of life as in this in
stance, is cut down far short of the
allotted three score and ten years, it
is hard to understand or to become
Mr- Sims was just another country
boy who made good, like most of them
do when given half a chance in life
and to us his death was untimely and
unfortunate, unfortunate to him and
to his people and community. Smyrna
community has presented the world
with many men like him. men among
men. whom the world delights to and
have honored in many ways. One of
the outstanding features at Smyrna
camp meeting each year, is these boys
and girls who have gone elsewhere and
established homes, but who always
come back home at that time to mix
and mingle with relatives and friends
and per chance, see Mother and Dad
again. Dewey was closely allied with
Smyrna, it was part of him and he
was part of it. He had been working
in Conyers for a number of years,
taking bis meals with his sister, Mrs.
L. C. Downs, and spending his nights
At no time have we noted a greater
gathering of relatives and friends from
far and near than were present Sun
day afternoon at his funeral and bur
ial. His pastor, Rev. L. P- Burney, con
ducted the funeral, being assisted Itf
Dr- William A. Huck, of the Atlanta
Presbytery, the best known director
of camp meetings and young people's
conferences in the south and under
whom Dewey served in many ways
around the old camp ground.
The family has many friends and
relatives in Conyers and it was these
friends who arranged for the splendid
choir, consisting of director O. R- Coop
er, Leroy Brisindine, Misses Esther Mc-
Collum and Allie Joe Sigman and Mes
dames C. C- Walker and it- S. Carter.
Surviving to mourn the loss of this
young man are his parents, Mr. and
Jlrs. G. Newt Sims, two sisters, Mrs.
Louis C. Downs of Conyers and Miss,
Ella Sims of Atlanta, and two broth
ers. Elton of Smyrna and Homer of
Decatur- Interment was in the local
cemetery with White & Co- in charge.
METHODIST CHURCH NOTES
Congratulations to the Rockdale Rec
ord in the removal of its printing
plant to Conyers. This spells progress,
confidence, better patronage, more lo
cal advertising, I’hller news service. We
feel more Tike we have a county news
paper. Congratulations to Conyers.
This printing plant is one more busi
ness house in the town- One or more
new citizens-earning their living in our
midst. We welcome you. Now iot us
support our paper and printing plant.
Let us give our commercial printing to
our own house, patronize our own
printing office, keep our money at
home- Spend-our money in other cities
and we .never set 1 il again. Spend it in
Conyers and it comes hack• into our
purses in Inlying groceries, dry goods,
shoes, hardware, furniture, drugs and
etc. A ten dollar Hill passing from one
hand ty, another pays a dozen accounts
in a day- Let us support our local busi
Our Methodist congregation ' lias
been hard hit by the. flu. For several
weeks our ; work lias been greatly hin
dered ; congregations have been cut in
half- Several of our members have
passed, we trust, into’ their heavenly
reward- As soon as we can let us get
hack into our pews and our work
Wherein lies tlit- strength of a church?
I do not forget the responsibility of
the pastor, the value of his pulpit in
tercourse. the worth of a clean, whole
some life- I do not forget the impor
tance of good, spiritual singing. But
after all, (he best sermons can do little
good if tin' people are not there to
hear I hem. The good singing depends
on the presence of the people. Wherein
is the strength of a church? It is in
its loyal members. Whatever may be
the strength of the pupit or the effi
ciency of the pastor's salary, the
church is no stronger than its loyal
Death of Mrs. S. F.
Smith; Burial Sunday
Mrs- S- P- Smith, whose husband pre
eeeded her to the grave by ten years,
passed away at the Stewart bouse Fri
day night following a prolonged ill
ness of morh than four weeks-
Fifty three years, ago, when a jrouug
lady of twenty-four, the attractive
daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. J. A.
Stewart, she was married to Mr. S- F-
Smith and from this union came two
children, one boy, Dr. P- S. Smith, one
of our prominent practicing physicians
and one daughter, Miss Kate Smith, a
local artist of much prominence, both
of whom survive, to mourn her loss.
Miss Willie Stewart, an only sister,
who has kept the family name promi
nently blended in the life of this com
munity, also survives to mourn the loss
of an only sister and constant com-
COMMUNITY CONFIDENCE IS A VALUED ASSET
Upon the confidence which the people of this communi
ty have in its present and its future, depends the growth
and the prosperity of each one of'us.
Confidence leads on to all worthy developments which
tend toward making this community a better place in
which to live.
Confidence in the ability of the local business men to
supply our needs with reliable merchandise at reasonable
prices is likewise a most important factor in the prosperity
of the community. Since it is of such vital import to all of
us to keep our confidence in our neighbors and their con
fidence in us, let us each do everything possible to warrant
confidence. It will help us to build our home community
into a busy, prospering town —a home town of which we
will all be proud.
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We Huy mid Sell Country
Produce, Chickens, & Kggs
17 16-oz. Lbs* Sugar for * SI.OO
2 Large Cans Carnation Milk 25 c
5 Gal* Kerosene Oil for * 90c
Fresh Ground Corn
Meal, Bushel * * $1.25
Miss Dixie Flour at
FRESH FISH AND OYSTERS
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
BELL’S CASH GROCERY
Phone 2.") Gonyers, Ga. We Deliver
.1. 11. .IORDAN
Pastor Methodist Church
members.. So long as the men of the
church-content themselves with sitting
aboht "their homes and reading tlieir
Sunday papers an denjoying their fav
orite cigar, and leaving the pastor and
pianist and song leader and a few
faithful officials to carry on, the
church will languish. If there lie
faults that can be corrected, let them
lie corrected- If they cannot he cor
rected at once, then let every man lie
loyal ami give tlie church Ids pres
ence and strength- May it not be true
that we need to sing that little song,
“It’s not the parson, it's not tile dea
But it’s me. oh Lord
That's standin’ in the need of prayer."
HeiVs for loyalty to the church,
J. R JORDAN.
panion, with whom she has operated
the “Stewart House” for lo! these
many yeara. Among the many, more
distant relatives to survive the loss
of this good woman, mother and friend,
is Mrs. R. I). Hewlett, a niece-
Funeral services were conducted at
the Stewart House Sunday morning by
her pastor. Rev- J- R. Jordan of the
Conyers Methodist t hutch, with inter
ment in East View cemetery. White &
Little Miss Dorothy Holman develop
ed a case of scarlatina last week, hav
ing but little fever or trouble until
over the week-end when a case of flu
developed, since which time she has
been quite a sick little girl.
Miss Elizabeth Sprayberry of the
Conyers high school spent the week
end with home folks at Macon-
Milstead Barber Shop
Burns Up This Time
The Milstead Barber shop, n magnifi
cent two story building, located at
five points, burnt up Friday morning,
with all contents.
Robert Berry, the barber, with a
full sto-k of uji-to-date equipment and
supplies had no insurance and his loss
was quite hurtful. The Milstead Man
ufacturing company owned nothing ex
cept the building and barber chairs. We
understand the building was covered
b,v insurance—most business men and
concerns take such precautions. Mr- (5.
\Y Knight lost quite heavily also, hav
ing among other equipment, a very ex
pensive' Goodyear Stitching machine in
his basement shoe simp. The up stairs
hull was used by (lie young Indies of
Milstead as a club house and they had
just furnished it with furniture, rugs,
etc., and of course they are heart brok
en over their loss, not only of property,
hut of such a splendid place for their
It is presumed, however, that the
management will ret mild and possibly
on a larger scale.
The Milstead fire department con
fined the fire to this particular build
ing. When those husky fellows grab
hold of that hose reel you want to be
ready like Parson Brown shouted —'yo
want to be ready to jump when yo’
lienhs Gabriel blow dat horn. Fo good
ness sake.” murmured Brother Dinks,
“a in lie a-cornin’ in a tutomobeel.”
These fellows at Milstead are not both
ered with an auto-fire truck. When
they turn on the pressure down in the
mill, the flow is so strong as that it
will even knock weather hoarding off
of a house. The Record extends con
gratulations to them in their efficient
and effective methods of combating
Riverside Golf Club
The Riverside Golf club has started
many improvements in its system of
rules and regulations with the renewal
of memberships for 1929- Fairways are
being smoothed over, greens recondi
tioned and several hazards removed,
although this is not an improvement-
The ups and downs of life are suppos
ed to he fully duplicated and portrayed
upon the course, otherwise, a sameness
is brought about that becomes monot
onous and we become listless in our
play. Those two trees in fairway three
have been hit by us as many times in
our play as not and their removal
leaves us without excuse or anything
to say and when you quit teaching
players new things to say, our dic
tionaries will cease publication and
being in the printing business some
what ourselves, we regret their remov
By actual measure by Mr. Mobley,
our very efficient and obliging secre
tary-treasurei who is exactly three
feet long from his big toe to his pocket
knife, the yardage lias been established
much different from what Pat had it.
For instance, coming down the hill on
No. 9 without looking back, Mr- Mob
ley stepped only two hundred and sev
enty-one times, whereas Pat stepped
four hundred and thirty four times.
We have been thinking all the time
that our drives were* nearly four iniri
dred yards over to tlie big rock —some
husky drive you know, but now it’s
different. Our game will be hurt by
Ibis (badge, however, we still admit
that we play a better game than
Tharpe Baldwin, or preacher Drake
can play- The total yardage around tin*
course, by walking rigid fast, is only
twenty-two hundred yards, hut about
thirty six hundred yards tlie way we
Mr. J. D. Ray Passes
Mr. J. 1). Ray, 76 years of age, pass
ed away at his home in Lorraine dis
trict last Tuesday afternoon after a
very short illness. He was born and
reared in Rockdale county and was a
prominent citizen- He is survived by
liis wife and five daughters, Mrs. W.
B. Cook of Atlanta, Mrs. Lee Wilson
of Mebonougs. Misses Mary Frances
and Arizona Ray and Mrs. G. T. Love
of Ktockbridge; five sons, Mr. J. M-
Ray of Conyers, Mr. J. N. Ray of Mc-
Donough. Mr. H- G- Ray of Atlanta,
Messrs. T. E. and Howard Ray of
Stockbridge and a host of other friends
and relatives. Funeral services were
conducted Thursday, January 17 at
11 o’clock from Union Methodist
church, Rev. L- P- Huckaby officiating,
assisted by Rev. R. P. Etheridge. In
terment was in the church yard, Bauk
niglit, Clark & Keen, funeral directors
of Jonesboro, in charge-
Mr. Stokes Walton, who has just
completed .a business course in Com
merce at Mercer University, spent the
week-end in Conyers with his cousin.
Miss Lucile Haynes.
Sulisn ipiion $ 1,50 per year
Register At Once With
Something new in a way, but you
must register with the Ordinary and
pay him sl-90 and then walk across
the hall and pay the tax collector a
special license if you are doing any
thing like the following:
Professions, 115.00. This includes
lawyers, doctors, dentists, embalmers,
Auto Dealers, $25.00. This applies
in connection with retailing automo
biles and parts.
Accessories, SIO.OO. This Includes
tires, tubes, and parts of every de
Garages, $5.00. This applies wheth
er in town limits or outside limits.
Barber Shops, $2.50. This applies
to each chair in use in each shop.
Book Agents, $5.00. This applies to
all solicitors, except school boys and
Cafes, etc., $5.00. This applies to
small restaurants less than ten tables.
Corporations, SIO.OO. All corpora
tions less than $10,000.00 capital.
Dry Cleaning, $26.00. This includes
all small pressing clubs, etc.
Hotels, per room, 50c. This applies
to small communities like Conyers.
Insurance Agents, SIO.OO. For each
company represented by an agent.
Junk Dealers, SIO.OO.
Livestock Dealers, SIO.OO.
Lumber Dealers, SIO.OO.
Slot Machines, $2.00.
Monument Dealers, $25.00.
Motor Buses, minimum $25.00.
Moving Pictures, $30.00.
Musical Instruments, SIO.OO.
Playing Cards, SIO.OO.
Pressing Clubs, $5.00.
Soda Fountains, $5.00.
Swimming Pools, SIO.OO.
Oil Trucks, SIO.OO.
Cotton Warehouses, $25.00.
Storage Warehouses, $25.00.
Plumbing and Fixtures, SIO.OO.
Sewing machines, SIO.OO.
The above returns must be made di
rect to the Comptroller General after
you have registered with the Ordinary
and have paid him a registration fee
of SI.OO. Failure to do this January
first, subjects you to double tax and a
fine. There are many other special
licenses not enumerated here, but we
have enumerated those of general ap
plication to this community.
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE
And Old Siren Sleeps
While James Rosco Chapman, our
tonsorial artist, was performing
the serious and painful operation of
shaving us Monday night, our night
policeman, Lon Bailey, opened up his
six shooter directly in front of us had
we been standing up and announced
one of several things and being an edi
tor of a newspaper we could not tell
which one it was for several long sec
The McNair home place, a two-story
building of pre-historic days, one of
Clie few tilings Sherman left in Con
yers, burned up or down —we never
did know whether a thing burns up or
down for our dictionary seems to be
a bit confused along that line —any
way, it was a vacant residence on that
off street, or gully that runs from high
way 12 to the old Covington road, be
ginning in front of George W. Cruna
bley’s. The McNair estate and several
other estates around here have been
dormant for many years, just like you
will find estates in many, if not every
community and in nearly every in
stance they are a thorn in the flesh of
Finally big ben up there behind the
court house sang a swan song and our
fire truck got cranked up, but when it
arrived in the neighborhood of the fire
the excitement was practically over.
It’s a funny thing why a Ford engine
won’t crank up in a hurry—reminds
us of our wife when we want to go
somewhere on time —every time we
rush her, we choke her down and
there is a loud back-fire.
Mr- and Mrs. Broughton Ivey of At
lanta spent the week-end in Conyers,
guest of his pu rents, Mr. and Mrs. I.
♦>. Ivey, being accompanied by Miss
Lucile Haynes, Mildred Pruitt and
Messrs. Skinner and Walton back to
their Highland Apartments in Atlanta
Mr. Wilton L. Haynes, formerly with
flie Times, is able to be up and about
after a two weeks attack of the flu.
Misses Louise Patrick and Louise
Ilaie. began riding the trains between
Conyers and Covington Monday morn
ing. both having recovered from an
attack of the flu. Miss Hale will be
with the Ginn Motor Co- on and after